Special Technical Communities (STCs)

Building global, interactive communities around important and emerging technical areas

Special Technical Communities (STCs) are intended to be financially self-sustaining online communities of computing professionals (including students) who share a common technical, geographic, career, or other interest. STCs may be created around any set of ideas that are relevant to the Society’s field of interest. STCs are agile entities that are relatively easy to create and organize, and that can develop new products and services to realize their communities’ goals and objectives. STC members may be members of the IEEE, the Computer Society, or nonmembers of either. STCs are emerging entities, evolving through learned policies and practices that are being determined through their activities under the IEEE Computer Society’s Member & Geographic Activities (MGA) Board.

Why participate?

Help drive new technologies with experts in the field and join effective communities that create knowledge.

Want to join an STC?

Click on the logo of the STC(s) you wish to join, and then visit their membership link.

Interested in initiating a new STC?

Click here and fill the the New STC Application form

Interested in Volunteering?

Refer to the list of available positions here and fill the form.

STC Smart Computing logo

NEW STC:  Smart Computing is an interdisciplinary subject that covers a wide scope of techniques bridging up three crucial aspects, including data, cloud computing, and security. Specific topics of interest also include high performance smart computing, smart digital forensics, smart big data security, smart social engineering, smart communications, smart embedded systems and sensor networks, smart cloud computing, smart heterogeneous systems, and smart security mechanisms.   more...

STC Autonomous Driving Technologies logo

The STC on Autonomous Driving Technologies is an open online community and forum striving to explore innovative solutions to open problems in the area of autonomous driving. The STC serves those who have an interest in autonomous driving which involves the integration from different technology areas including intelligent sensors, machine perception, machine localization, planning and control, operating systems, high performance embedded systems, as well as cloud computing. Join now and engage with the Autonomous Driving Technologies Special Technical Community.


STC Blockchain logo

The IEEE Computer Society Blockchain Special Technical Community is a new worldwide Open Community on Blockchain within IEEE. Blockchain based technologies have recently emerged into the mainstream, demonstrating the advantages of decentralization, disintermediation, anonymity and censorship resistance, especially in relation with the financial sector. Blockchain technologies, through recent development, have not only enabled simple transactions, but also complex computation on a network. These advances are now not just limited to the financial sector, but also new internet applications can harness these building blocks to empower users to take control of their online footprint, such as in healthcare, social media and other digital services. The community shall become the gathering place for academic researchers, practitioners and business innovators alike, where they may meet and work together to embrace, promote and enhance blockchain technologies and their applications. Join now and engage with the Block Chain Special Technical Community.


Broadening Participation in Computing STCThe STC on Broadening Participation is an IEEE organization working to broaden participation in the computing sciences. We provide a social platform to enable like-minded people to discuss and promote topics and ideas about BP.   more...

Big Data STCBig Data STC serves as a forum where researchers, vendors, providers and users exchange ideas on past experience, requirements, needs and visions for promoting data science and interdisciplinary collaboration between fields.   more...


STC Dew Computing logo

The IEEE Computer Society Dew Computing Special Technical Community is a new worldwide Open Community on Dew Computing within IEEE. Dew Computing is an emerging research/application area that is the complementary piece of cloud computing. The goal of dew computing is to fully realize the potentials of on-premises computers and cloud services. The vision of the Dew Computing Special Technical Community is that its efforts shall facilitate dew-computing research and dew computing application, for the benefit of all users and providers of the future global cloud dew-computing environment. Visit our website and learn more.

Enterprise Architecture STCEASTC is an open, international, on-line community of practitioners, researchers and students with an interest in Enterprise Architecting (EA).   more...

Internet of Everything STCIoE STC aims to significantly advance the technology development and industrialization by creating an open collaborative platform on IoE research and development.    more...

Cloud Computing STC


CS Cloud Computing STC focuses on Cloud activities across CS, involving both CS members and non-members. Its work is complementary to the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative (IEEE CCI), a 3-year project to promote Cloud efforts across IEEE.   more...

Cybersecurity STC

The Cybersecurity STC aims to become the voice of the cybersecurity field, allowing the Computer Society to speak authoritatively on the subject and become a one-stop source of reliable information for stakeholders such as government, educators, industry at large and the general public.   more...

Education STCThis STC forms a community of those interested in all forms of educational research and pedagogy in the field of computing. The network supports active and experienced researchers, as well as those interested in developing expertise in the area. Its primary aim is to develop good practice in learning and teaching activities, and inform educational strategy and policy in computing, through a wide variety of models ranging from action research to purely theoretical works.   more...

eGov STCThe IEEE Computer Society e-Government Special Technical Community (e-Gov STC) is a new worldwide and transversal Open Community on e-Government within IEEE. e-Government is the "brand label" for a multidisciplinary domain, related to the use of ICT in the context of public policy (e-Governance, Open Government, Smart Governance, etc.), operations in public organizations (transformation, management, interoperability, security), citizen engagement (e-Participation, transparency, e-Democracy) or government services (including using social media). Numerous disciplines contribute to this intersection of areas such as computer science, information systems, information science, management, sociology or political sciences, among others   more...


Haptics STCThe multidisciplinary international haptics research community has enjoyed a healthy and steady growth in recent years. The IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics (TCH) was founded under the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and the Computer Society (CS) in 2006 and 2007, respectively. In 2006 it was awarded by the RAS as the “Most Active Technical Committee”, and in 2011, the TCH became solely sponsored by RAS (http://www.ieee-ras.org/haptics), with the status of Special Technical Community under CS.   more...



Multicore STCThe IEEE Computer Society Special Technical Community on MultiCore (STCMC) aims at promoting research, development, education, and standard activities related to multicore and manycore technologies by providing places for discussion to communities from academia, industry, and government.

Activities will include leader summits, international conferences, workshops, online lectures, online magazines and transactions, and working with standard committees.   more...

Operating Systems STCThe Special Technical Community on Operating Systems (STCOS) encourages research, application of novel engineering methods, dissemination of knowledge, and advancement of education in the areas related to Operating Systems and complex software systems in general. The STC cosponsors conferences, maintains mailing lists, helps improve university curricula, and publishes newsletters.   more...


Social Networking STCThe Special Technical Community on Social Networking (STCSN) is THE entry point for researchers in social networking fostering communication with like-minded people through existing social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Google , and LinkedIn.   more...

Sustainable Computing STCThe STC on Sustainable Computing takes a holistic view of information technology (IT). Any domain that uses or could potentially benefit from using IT is relevant to STCSC.   more...

The two primary goals of STCSC are:

            • Promote the design and implementation of sustainable computing.
            • Facilitate computing for sustainability.

Systems Engineering STCThe mission of the Special Technical Committee on Systems Engineering of the IEEE Computer Society (STC-SysE) is to advance the principles and practices of systems engineering as applied to development and sustainment of computer-based and software-intensive systems. The Committee seeks to identify and develop products and services that will be of benefit to members of the Computer Society and that will attract new members.

The purpose of the Committee is to serve as a focal point for technical and managerial issues in systems engineering that are common across the Computer Society boards and committees, and to provide liaison to other elements of IEEE and external organizations.  The purpose is NOT to usurp the ongoing and future work of existing Computer Society boards and committees.   more...

Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies STCWe are in the process of creating the social network group to facilitate the process of joining the STC on Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies. We will provide the links and content soon.   more... 



DataFlow STC logo

Since the mid 2000s, with the advent of multicore architectures, parallel computer and systems have witnessed a remarkable comeback from the downturn of hte early 90s.

Some have called it the "second spring" of parallel computing and the trend has continued. More.... 



  Carlos E. Jimenez-Gomez
     Computer Society MGA Board Vice Chair for STCs
Committee Members
  Bruce McMillin
    Missouri University of Science and Technology
  Yuhong Liu
    Santa Clara University
  John Walz
    Computer Society Past President
  Eric Berkowitz
     Computer Society Membership Director
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