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Re: Meet w/ the Stds Board in 2002

Sounds good to me.  Even better if we can hold the meetings in Singapore ;-)


At 14:34 06/04/00 -0700, Howard Frazier wrote:

>When Jim and Geoff and Roger and I were at the IEEE Standards Board
>meeting in Piscataway last week, I raised an idea that I think
>deserves some discussion amongst the SEC.
>As you may be aware, the standards board meets 4 times a year, usually
>in March, June, September, and December.  The March meeting usually
>takes place one to two weeks after the 802 March Plenary week. Sometimes,
>we have a scheduling conflict between the two meetings, and the standards
>board has been considerate of our needs, especially since we tend to
>schedule our meetings farther in advance.
>The standards board has been trying to "reach out" to the industry
>lately.  We even went so far as to fly all the way to Signapore this
>past January to hold our meeting. That meeting was held in conjunction
>with some big meeting of the IEEE Power Engineering Society.
>Typically, it seems that 3/4 or more of the standards board meetings
>are held in or near Piscataway, NJ, which is not exactly the center of
>the universe of high tech.
>I think it would be a great idea to invite the Standards Board to hold
>one of their meetings in conjunction with an 802 meeting, and it seems
>like March would be a good month to do this.  Furthermore, I recall
>that we hadn't finalized the location for the March 2002 meeting as of
>the end of our last meeting.
>So, I raised the idea of having the standards board hold its March 2002
>meeting at the same hotel, during the same week, as the March 2002 802
>Plenary meeting.  The standards board typically meets for three days.
>The first day, a couple of small groups (ProCom and PatCom) meet for
>just a couple of hours.  These meetings could take place thursday
>afternoon.  They are not likely to be of broad interest to the 802
>folks.  The more interesting meetings of NesCom and RevCom take most of
>a day, and these could be held on Friday during our plenary week, since
>we ain't doing Friday meetings anymore.  Then the Standards Board could
>hold it's meeting on Saturday.
>Imagine this scenario (concocted by Geoff, who is creative as all get
>out):  Your project has been presubmitted to NesCom (for a PAR) or
>RevCom (for a std), so it's on their agenda.  Your WG approves the
>project on Thursday afternoon.  The SEC approves it Thursday night.
>NesCom or RevCom approves it on Friday, and the Standards Board
>approves it on Saturday.  Talk about expedited processing!
>The other benefit is that this would build a better relationship and
>better contacts between the Standards Board members and the 802 members,
>and it would also present a great opportunity to meet and interact with
>the IEEE standards department staff.  Believe me when I say that this
>sort of interaction is very valuable.
>I talked to Terry Steenweg (she's the meeting planner, Dawn's opposite
>number), and a couple of other members of the staff, and they were very
>enthusiastic about the idea.  The meeting schedule for the stds board
>isn't very hard to accomodate.  They would need a couple of small rooms
>Thursday, a couple of medium sized rooms Friday, and a medium-large size
>room (a little bigger than what we need for an SEC meeting) for the board
>on Saturday.  Total attendance at these things seems to be ~40 people.
>Naturally, they have a budget for their meetings, so I don't
>think there would be any additional financial cost to 802.
>What do you all think?  We probably need to bring this up at the June, 2000
>Standards Board meeting, so I would like to get an idea of how the SEC
>feels before I formally raise the idea with the board.
>Howard Frazier