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IEEE Sensors Council Newsletter
 3rd Quarter 2017
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IEEE Internet of Things Journal (IoT-J)

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About the IEEE Sensors Council Newsletter

The IEEE Sensors Council Newsletter includes news useful to its members and highlights content of the current issue of IEEE Sensors Journal.

Happy mid-2017 to all! The IEEE Sensors Council has been very busy working on new, better ways to promote development and use of sensor technology throughout the world. One of our major efforts is the IEEE Sensors Journal, which continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. In addition to growth in size, the quality is continuing to increase - in fact, the extremely diligent efforts of the editorial board and contributions of outstanding authors and reviewers were recently rewarded with a dramatic increase in impact factor. I want to personally thank everyone involved and especially commend the efforts of Krikor Ozanyan and his amazing team of editors that work tirelessly to ensure continued success. If IEEE Sensors Journal is not already your top choice as a forum to share your sensors-related research results, I hope you take some time now to learn more about the journal and consider sending your best material.

We have already held a conference, the 4th IEEE International Symposium on Inertial Sensors and Systems and the deadline for paper submission to IEEE SENSORS 2017 just passed. We are now in the final stages of planning for what is shaping up to be one of the best all-around meetings for sensor engineers and end-users. Along with a continuously-growing industry contingent, two associated events will be held immediately following the main conference. The first is a workshop on "Sensing the Brain" intended to bring sensor experts together with brain researchers to address needs for new measurement technology. The other is the 4th Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS) Technology Summit and conference, showcasing local industry and research in all areas related to development and production of sensors. I encourage everyone to explore both of these and make your plans to take advantage of one of these high-value events while you are in Glasgow!

Finally, we have elected some outstanding leaders to bravely take us into the future. Among our newly-chosen President-Elect, VP Conferences, and VP Technical Operations, listed below, each has a vision and a passion for helping IEEE become an even stronger force in the sensors community. They will also be looking for more volunteers to help us achieve our goals, so please let them know if you are willing and able to contribute to our future success!

With warm regards and best wishes for a productive second half.

Mike McShane
IEEE Sensors Council President


Congratulations to the newly elected 2018-2019 IEEE Sensors Council Officers. The following will take office on 1 January 2018:
  • President Elect-Andrei Shkel
  • Vice President, Conferences-Deepak Uttamchandani
  • Vice President, Technical Operations-Elfed Lewis
  • Members at Large - Ravinder Dahiya, Yu-Cheng Lin, and Anil Roy


IEEE Sections Congress 2017 will take place in Sydney, Australia 11-13 August 2017. Please visit the website to learn more.




IEEE SENSORS 2017, the flagship conference of the IEEE Sensors Council, will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, 29 October - 1 November 2017.

Please plan to attend! While the paper and demo submission deadline has passed, there is still time to make plans to participate in the valuable technical talks, professional development activities, exhibit, industry day, and networking aspects of the conference. For more details, please visit the website.




The ISOCS/IEEE International Symposium On Olfaction and Electronic Nose (ISOEN) 2017 was held in Montreal, Canada, 28-31 May 2017. It was co-sponsored by International Society for Olfaction and Chemical Sensing (ISOCS), the IEEE Sensors Council and the IEEE Montreal Section. ISOEN featured regular sessions on topics ranging from solid state sensors to instrumentation, as well as special sessions on standards, robotics, distributed sensing, and breath analysis. Submissions were mostly from academia, with good participation from industry and government organizations. Submitted papers came from 27 different countries from Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia/Pacific, US/Canada and Latin America.

ISOEN 2017 featured a new selection process for Best Paper Awards in the technical program committee carefully reviewed submissions that were highly rated and were also recommended for an award, and identified a selected few as candidates for Best Paper Award. Five candidates were invited to prepare an oral presentation, at which point they received a second round of scores to determine the Winner and Runner Up. The Awards were announced at the closing ceremony. The Runner Up was a paper entitled "Silicon nanowire arrays for the preconcentration and joule heating-based desorption of trace vapors," by Pehr E. Pehrsson, B. C. Giordano, D. C. Ratchford and K. Johnson of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. The Winner was a paper entitled "Exploration and localization of a gas source with MOX gas sensors on a mobile robot-a Gaussian regression bout amplitude approach," by Mikel Vuka, E. Schaffernicht, M. Schmuker, V. Hernandez, F. Amigoni and A. J. Lilienthal of Orebro University, Sweden.

SnifFEST student Competition at ISOEN

ISOEN 2017 also hosted a new event: the SnifFEST student competition. SnifFEST sought to attract new talent to the machine olfaction community and advance the field by promoting practical and original solutions to odor measurement problems. As part of SnifFEST, we provided students with sensors, hardware and software tools (donated by JLM Innovation GmbH) to design and build their own instruments. In its first edition, SnifFEST honored a culinary tradition in Montreal: cheese. Seven teams entered the competition: team Sniffer Wolves from North Carolina State University, team Pick Our Nose from Georgia Tech, team Make America Grate Again from Texas A&M University (TAMU), team Foobots from Orebro University, team SENSE-able from the University of Brescia, Italy, team MinoSniff from the University Rovira i Virgili, Spain and team BarsMELLona from the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

On day one of the conference, the teams were provided with samples of cheeses that were local to Montreal, thanks to a generous donation from the Agropur dairy cooperative. The teams had one and a half days to optimize their odor-sampling protocol and calibration models. The competition took place on the afternoon of day 2, and consisted of two rounds: a qualification round, and a final round. In the qualification round, the teams were provided with nine samples: six of them from one type of sharp cheddar cheese, and the other three samples were blue cheese. The teams had 20 minutes to identify which three of the nine samples were outliers. To qualify for the final round, the teams had to correctly identify all three outliers. Five of the seven teams completed this task, and made it to the final round: NC State, Georgia Tech, TAMU, Rovira i Virgili, and Barcelona. The final round followed a similar format, but with a more challenging outlier-detection problem, in which the six samples were from gouda, and the three outliers were from sharp cheddar. The winner of the final round was to be decided based on three criteria, applied sequentially in the following order:
  • Accuracy: The team with the highest number of correctly-identified outliers would be declared the overall winner.
  • Response time: If there were ties (e.g., the top teams had the same accuracy), the team with the shortest response time would be declared the overall winner.
  • Popular vote: If there were ties (e.g., the top teams had the same accuracy and same response times), the team with the highest popular vote would be declared the overall winner.
The fastest team was from Rovira i Virgili, who provided their answers with 12:41 left on the clock; they were able to correctly identify two of the three outliers. Second came the team from Georgia Tech (7:21), who also identified two of the three outliers. Third was TAMU, with 3:38 to go; they correctly identified three of the three outliers and were declared the winner of the 2017 SnifFEST competition.

Cheese samples ready to be distributed
to the teams for the qualifier round.
The TAMU team solution consisted of an Android app, candle warmers to release odors from the cheese samples, and a custom glass lid to collect the cheese headspace.
The Rovira i Virgili team designed a complete instrument including a
3D-printed case, and a dedicated single-board computer with touch screen.
The Georgia Tech solution featured a custom-built instrument that simulated the breathing cycle of animals by means of a diaphragm pump. Based on this design, the Georgia Tech team received an Honorary Mention.



The SnifFEST teams receiving a standing ovation at the closing ceremony.




The IEEE Sensors Council hosted the 2nd Edition of the IEEE Sensors Council Summer School, at the University of Limerick, Ireland, from 26-30 June 2017. This year's Summer School focused on Optical Fibre Sensors and leading experts from both academia and industry presented a range of topics relating to this area, including distributed fibre sensors, microstructured fibres, chemical sensing, structural health monitoring and 3D printed fibre sensors, with a special focus session on pushing the boundaries of micro- and nano- fibre sensors.

The School featured a mix of lectures, keynote talks and poster sessions together with a number of networking opportunities for students to engage further with the lecturers. Keynote lecturers included Prof. Michel Digonnet, Stanford University, Prof. Francis Berghmans, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Prof. Brian Culshaw, University of Strathclyde, Prof. Andrea Cusano, University of Sannio, and Prof. Sile Nic Chormaic, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.




The IEEE Brain Initiative will be hosting a one-day workshop 2 November 2017, following the IEEE SENSORS 2017 meeting. The theme of the IEEE Brain SENSORS workshop will be "Sensing the Brain," with a focus on invasive sensors and sensing technology. Unlike traditional lecture style workshops, the IEEE Brain SENSORS workshop will be collaborative in nature and will include only a few short presentations that are intended to facilitate discussions. The goal is for all participants to identify challenges and to explore solutions as part of breakout group dialogues. The outcomes of this one-day workshop will be included in a future IEEE publication. Learn more on their website.



Young Professionals in Space will provide a forum to researchers, engineers and industry experts to discuss recent research breakthroughs, technical advancements, existing opportunities and new findings in Space and Satellite based Applications. Session will be technically and financially sponsored by IEEE Bangalore Section and Young Professional Bangalore AG. Adhering to an IEEE Member and Geographic Activities goal, the event focuses on promoting/increasing IEEE Young Professionals involvement, membership in Bangalore/India and technical exchange of knowledge with experts from all the parts of world. For more information, please visit their website.


Each month, IEEE makes available the list of the 50 most downloaded IEEE Sensors Journal papers for the previous month. The latest list is now available.

Each quarter, authors of the most downloaded papers receive a letter from the Sensors Council President acknowledging them for their impressive accomplishment.


An up to date listing of the IEEE Sensors Journal Editorial Board is available on our website.


This Special Issue is focused on sensors and sensor systems for connected vehicles with emphasis on the whole range between modelling and applications. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Sensors for connected cars and autonomous vehicles
  • Emerging sensor technology for driverless cars
  • Sensors for Wireless On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) fleet management
  • Accurate Vehicle Location System Using Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Intra-Car Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Sensor interfaces for Peer to Peer (P2P) vehicle sensor data sharing
  • Sensor Interfaces for Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) information exchange
  • Sensor interface compliance to communications protocols and standards, authentication and security requirements
  • Testing, evaluation and verification of sensor systems for connected cars
  • Safe, secure and infotainment connected cars
  • Anti-collision and alarming sensors
  • Traffic regulation and transaction sensors
  • Sensor Data Processing
  • On-road video contents streaming delivery and traffic sensor management
Submission Guidelines
The main criteria for publication in the IEEE Sensors Journal are the quality of the manuscript and whether the reported novelty is in the area of sensors and sensor systems. Solicited and invited papers shall undergo the standard IEEE peer-review process. All manuscripts must be submitted online, via IEEE Manuscript Central. When submitting, please indicate in the "Manuscript Type" roll-down menu, and also by email to Ms. Lauren Young at l.young@ieee.org, that the paper is intended for the "Sensor Technologies for Connected Cars: Devices, Systems and Modelling" Special Issue. Authors are particularly encouraged to suggest names of qualified potential reviewers for their manuscripts in the space provided for these recommendations in Manuscript Central. For manuscript preparation and submission, please follow the guidelines.

Important Dates
  • Submission deadline: 15 July 2017
  • Author notification:20 October 2017
  • Final manuscript due: 15 December 2017
  • Publication date: 28 February 2018




IEEE delegates joined the March for Science in Washington, D.C. on Earth Day! See the photos.


2016 IEEE Sensors Journal Impact Factor
The journal impact factors for 2016 were recently released and it is a pleasure to report that the IEEE Sensors Journal 2016 Impact Factor (Clarivate, former Thomson-Reuters) is up 33% from last year, to 2.512. This is despite our yearly growth in pages, which means that we have grown in both the number of papers and their perceived quality.

Call for Nominations for the Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Games
The IEEE Transactions on Games is searching for an Editor-in-Chief. The IEEE Transaction on Games publishes original articles on the scientific, technical, and engineering aspects of games. The IEEE Sensors Council is a co-sponsor of this publication. View the Call for Nominations.

The IEEE Sensors Council is proud to announce the IEEE Sensors Council Distinguished Lecturers (DL) 2017-2019.
  • Ravinder Dahiya, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Vladimir Lumelsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA
  • Michael Shur, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA
  • Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • Sandro Carrara, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Jung-Chih Chiao, University of Texas at Arlington
The IEEE Sensors Council Distinguished Lecturer Program details, including Distinguished Lecturer prerequisites, candidate evaluation criteria, and Lecturer appointment process, duties, and expectations are listed on the Sensors Council's website.

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