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IEEE Sensors Council Newsletter
 4th Quarter 2016
In this issue
  • President's Message
  • IEEE SENSORS Conferences
  • IEEE Virtual Conference on Applications of Commercial Sensors (IEEE VCACS)
  • IEEE Sensors Council AdCom Meetings
  • New Requirement for IEEE Authors
  • Distinguished Lecturers (DL) Program
  • Chapter Activity
  • Summer School
  • New Logo and Tagline
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IEEE Sensors Journal
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Some of the feature articles in this issue:
  • " A Lottery SMC Protocol for the Selection Function in Software Defined Wireless Sensor Networks"
  • " Adaptive Barrier Coverage Using Software Defined Sensor Networks"
  • " Small Cell Offloading Through Cooperative Communication in Software-Defined Heterogeneous Networks"
  • " Assessing the Reliability of a Nanosensor Network for Monitoring Human Lung Cells"
  • " Design, Performance, and Testing of a Brushless Axial Flux Resolver Without Rotor Windings"
  • " Computationally Intelligent Sensor System for Microwave Characterization of Dielectric Sheet"
  • " Biosensing With Asymmetric High Refractive Index Contrast Gratings"
  • " Image Contrast Enhancement Using Weighted Transformation Function"
  • " An Efficient Tree-Based Power Saving Scheme for Wireless Sensor Networks With Mobile Sink"

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IEEE Sensors Journal Most Downloaded Papers

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

IEEE Sensors Journal Special Issue on Smart Sensors for Smart Grids and Smart Cities

The Call for Papers for IEEE Sensors Journal Special Issue on Smart Sensors for Smart Grids and Smart Cities is now open.

Submission Deadline: 31 March 2017.

100+ Review Papers in the IEEE Sensors Journal

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


President's Message
Greetings! This time of year brings excitement in many areas and the IEEE Sensors Council is pleased to share news of many accomplishments as well as upcoming events that will be of interest to many in the sensors community. This month, we focus on providing insight into our expanding efforts in technical activities, specifically those related to outreach, education, standards, and local leadership development. Our current technical activities aim to promote sensors knowledge and usage via Distinguished Lecturers (DLs), educational resources, Chapters, and standards.

Did you know that you can invite one of our three Distinguished Lecturers to come give a talk at a location of your choice? They will arrange and pay for the travel, while the host(s) will need to take care of local accommodations. Also, we anticipate growing the slate of speakers from three to nine in the next few years; in fact, we are now accepting nominations for future DLs. If you know of sensors experts that are also excellent presenters, please consider nominating them!

Educational resources include online Tutorials and a Summer School. Currently, tutorials are PDF versions of presentations given at conference-related tutorials sessions. A plan for the future is to expand this offering to capture voice-over-screen versions of presentations and possibly full video. The Council is currently exploring the infrastructure required to compile and efficiently distribute multimedia tutorials. Most importantly, the Council has set a specific goal of building a larger and broader library of high-quality tutorials. Therefore, by the end of 2017, there should be a significant expansion of this component of the Council's educational contributions to the community.

Mike McShane
IEEE Sensors Council President

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IEEE SENSORS Conferences


IEEE SENSORS 2016 will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA 30 October - 3 November 2016. Visit our website for more information.

Registration is open!


IEEE SENSORS Conference - Exhibitor and Patron Prospectus

IEEE SENSORS 2016 will bring approximately 800 sensor and sensor systems practitioners together to interact and network with colleagues, learn of the latest sensor technology innovations, and meet the vendors of sensors and sensor systems that supply products and solutions to technical needs. The exhibition will be closely integrated with the technical program through workshops and tutorials, plenary sessions, industrial panels, sensor and sensor systems demonstrations, industrial innovation sessions, and social activities for delegates and exhibitors alike.

To begin the booking process for exhibiting at IEEE SENSORS 2016, click to view the Patron/Exhibitor Prospectus.


IEEE SENSORS 2016 - Young Professionals Halloween Party

This year, the IEEE Sensors Council will this year host a Halloween Party for Young Professionals at IEEE SENSORS 2016. For more information, go to the conference website.


IEEE SENSORS 2017

IEEE SENSORS 2017 will be held in Glasgow, Scotland 29 October - 1 November 2017.



Sensors Council President Mike McShane visited Glasgow, the host city for SENSORS 2017, 12 September 2016. During the visit Mike met with Deepak Uttamchandani (General Co-Chair for 2017) and Ravinder Dahiya (TPC Co-Chair for 2017), and also met with a team from CENSIS. Based in Glasgow, CENSIS is an Innovation Centre for Sensors and Imaging Systems, and this Centre will be supporting the local organizing team towards increasing industrial participation in the SENSORS 2017 conference.

Following this meeting, a site visit to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, the venue for IEEE SENSORS 2017, and some local attractions of interest to conference delegates was undertaken. During his visit to Glasgow, Mike also delivered a well-attended Lecture at the University of Glasgow titled "From Wearables to Implantables: Enabling Next-Generation Health Monitoring."




IEEE Inertial Sensors 2017 conference will be held in Kauai, Hawaii 28-30 March 2017.

View the Call for Papers

Topics include:
  • Sensors Phenomena and Modeling
  • Inertial Measurement Units
  • Innovations in Manufacturing and Packaging
  • Advanced Test and Evaluation
  • Emerging Applications
  • SPECIAL SESSION: Advances in Precision Inertial Sensors
Important dates:
  • Abstract Submission: 15 October 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance: 1 December 2016
  • Late News Submission: 5 January 2017
  • Author Registration/Final Paper Deadline: 1 February 2017


The ISOCS/IEEE International Symposium On Olfaction and Electronic Nose (ISOEN) 2017 will be held in Montreal, Canada, 28-31 May 2017. Visit the website for more information. View the Call for Papers; the submission deadline is 15 January 2017.
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IEEE Virtual Conference on Applications of Commercial Sensors (IEEE VCACS)


This new virtual conference series is focused on Young Professionals and students who have produced working electronic prototypes for interesting applications using sensors and microprocessors.

IEEE VCACS 2016 paper and presentation submissions are now open.

Please visit the VCACS 2016 website for more information.

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IEEE Sensors Council Fall AdCom Meeting
The Sensors Council AdCom Fall meeting will be held in Orlando, FL, USA 29-30 October 2016. Stay tuned for details about the meeting.

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ORCID To Be Required of Authors
Many author names in IEEE Xplore are not unique. For example, there are more than 60,000 authors whose last name is Kim, more than 30,000 whose last name is Zhang, and more than 10,000 each whose last name is Smith, Nguyen, Kumar or Singh. An author's name can also change; e.g., as a result of marriage.

How is one to determine which C. Park an author is when there are more than 13,780 C. Parks in IEEE Xplore? By the end of 2016, IEEE will require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) from authors of papers submitted to a periodical, with a similar requirement on conference submissions to follow. ORCID is a nonproprietary and persistent alphanumeric code to uniquely identify an author, just like the Digital Object Identifier (DOI), uniquely identifies each article with a nonproprietary and persistent alphanumeric code. An example of an ORCID is "orcid.org/0000-0002-2378-0113." Researchers may obtain an ORCID for free at https://orcid.org/register. Further information may be found at their website.

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Distinguished Lecturers (DL) Program
The Sensors Council is expanding efforts in outreach, education, standards, and local leadership development. Our current technical activities aim to promote sensors knowledge and usage via Distinguished Lecturer Program, Educational Resources, Chapters, and Standards.

Distinguished Lecturers are traveling speakers with outstanding achievement records in some aspect of sensors as well as strong presentation skills. They are allocated a travel budget of up to US$6,000 per year to support travel to a number of sites for presentations. Distinguished lecturers are expected to make several trips each year to give invited talks to chapters and other meetings where large groups of individuals interested in sensors are gathering. Dr. Vladimir Lumelsky, Dr. Ravinder Dahiya, and Dr. Michael Shur are the current DLs of the Sensors Council.

In June and July 2016, Dr. Lumelsky gave three lectures in Europe, at the University of Iceland, Rejkjavik, Iceland (host, Prof. Thomas Runarsson, School of Engineering, UI), University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK (host, Prof. Ravinder Dahiya, Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering, UG), and at the Imperial College, London, UK (host, Prof. Etienne Burdet, Department of Bioengineering, IC).

Each of the invitations for the DL lectures above came from a local IEEE Chapter or Section. In Glasgow, the lecture has inaugurated the opening of the IEEE UK&I Chapter of Sensors Council organized thanks to efforts by Prof. R. Dahiya. At the Imperial College, London the lecture was added as part of the workshop "Advances in Touched-Enhanced Robotics" at the annual Conference Eurohaptics 2016.

As planned, the first few minutes of each lecture were devoted to information about IEEE in general and Sensors Council in particular. Looking back, Dr. Lumelsky thinks this is a very good idea; people asked questions, and for some of them this information was clearly eye-opening.

The main topic of the lecture - sensing and intelligence in human-robot team environments - was well received and invariably generated a lively discussion. The size of the audience in all cases was roughly 25-50, typically faculty and students.

Dr. Ravinder Dahiya started his first term as DL in January 2016. Since then he has delivered five talks, including two in San Diego and three in IEEE Quebec Section (McGill University Montreal, Carleton University Ottawa, and Laval University, Quebec City). The DL talk of Dr. Dahiya is in the multidisciplinary field of flexible and wearable electronics - attracted a large audience, ranging from more than 100 at University of California San Diego to about 30 in Carleton University. Dr. Dahiya is planning to give at least four more DL talks during this year in different IEEE regions. The upcoming talks are at University of Manchester, UK (13 October at a IEEE UKRI Sensor Council Chapter event), Tarragona, Spain (21 October organized by IEEE Sensors Council Spain Chapter), and two Lectures in South Korea in November 2016.


Sensors Council Distinguished Lecturer Call for Nominations 2017-2019

The IEEE Sensors Council is accepting nominations for the IEEE Sensors Council Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Program for 2017-2019.

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 website. Nomination packages should include the completed nomination form and other documents listed in the form.

Please send the complete DL nomination packages to Fabrice Labeau, IEEE Sensors Council DL Committee Chair, no later than 15 October 2016.

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IEEE Sensors Council Chapters
Chapters are organized by local groups with interest in promoting sensors. At present, Chapters are a fledgling program within the Council; however, the number is growing rapidly. Sensors Chapters are typically formed in partnership with leaders from multiple member societies that already have IEEE Chapters with sensors-related activities, and they see value in additional community organization around the topic of sensors. The primary support offered by the Council is assistance in starting and maintaining the Chapter as well as prioritization of Distinguished Lecturer travel to visit Chapters. Chapters are also expected to serve as a nucleus for industry and standards-related activities, and eventually will likely play key roles in conferences. On the latter point, Chapters will be logical sources of strong bids to hold the annual conference, as they will have critical mass and an understanding of Sensors Council expectatiois. Dr. Ramesh Ramadoss is the Chair of the Committee on development of Chapters.

IEEE San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

This summer, Dr. Ramesh Ramadoss represented IEEE Sensors Council at Sensors Expo & Conference. This is the longest running (three decades) and largest gathering of engineers (approximately 5000) involved in Sensors and Sensor-Integrated Systems. Several volunteers from the IEEE Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Section staffed a booth at 2016 Sensors Expo & Conference held at McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA 21-23 June 2016. Several societies were represented by volunteers from their respective local Chapters in IEEE SCV Section. IEEE Sensors Council was represented by Ramesh Ramadoss, Founder & Emeritus Chair, IEEE San Francisco Bay Area Sensors Council Chapter. More than 300 Flyers and a 'Call for Abstracts' for our upcoming IEEE SENSORS 2016 Conference were distributed at this event. There were over 450 industrial exhibitors on the Expo Floor. The 2017 Sensors Expo & Conference will be held again at McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA 28-29 June 2017, and the IEEE SCV is planning to staff a booth next year as well. This event is expected to be a great opportunity for our Council to promote the IEEE Sensors Conference and connect with potential exhibitors.

IEEE Sensors Council UK & Ireland Chapter

IEEE Sensors Council UK & Ireland Chapter is actively serving the engineering community in the sensors area this year throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. We specialize in organizing meetings, seminars and workshops, in supporting conferences and other science and technology events, as well as in delivering information to our members and establishing professional relations between them and their colleagues around the world. Here, our activities over last three months have been summarized:
  1. In July 2016, a workshop on advances in touch enabled robotics was held during Eurohaptics 2016 conference at the University of Imperial College London by Prof. Vladimir Lumelsky, DL of IEEE Sensors Council.

  2. In July 2016, a Distinguished Lecturer talk was given by Prof. Vladimir Lumelsky on 'Human-Robot Interaction and Whole-Body Robot Sensing' Lecture at the University of Glasgow.

  3. In July 2016, there was an inaugural meeting at University of Glasgow, Scotland. The main topics that were discussed included the visit by the president of IEEE Sensors Council in September, 2016, and IEEE SENSORS 2017 Conference. IEEE UK and Ireland Sensors Council Chapter Executive Committee members were elected for the period 2016/2017:
    • Chair: Dr. Ravinder Dahiya
    • Vice Chair: Dr. Sinead O'Keefe
    • Publicity Chair: Dr. Hadi Heidari
    • Secretary: Dr. Charusluk Viphavakit

  4. In July 2016, the Chapter arranged a talk on bioinspired gecko-like robots by Prof. Cutkosky from Stanford University at the School of Engineering in the University of Glasgow. This multidisciplinary lecture attracted more than 60 people from mechanical and electronics departments.

  5. In September 2016, there was a lecture on 'From Wearables to Implantables: Enabling Next-Generation Health Monitoring' presented by Prof. Mike McShane, Departments of Biomedical Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University. This lecture attracted a lot of attention between biomedical and electronics engineers at the University of Glasgow with more than 70 people in attendance.

  6. On 12 September, 2016, there was a Young Professionals (YP) meetup for the first time in Glasgow, Scotland to introduce the YP and activities and services through the IEEE Sensors Council. More than 60 people participated in this event which Dr. Hadi Heidari (IEEE Sensors Council Young Professionals Rep) presented Council activities in presence of Prof. McShane (IEEE Sensors Council President).

  7. On 13 October 2016, the next scheduled lecture will be on 'Large Area Tactile/Electronic Skin' at the University of Manchester by Dr Ravinder Dahiya (IEEE Sensors Council DL).

Future Plans:
The future plans of this Chapter is to recruit more volunteers to complete the committee and to continue focusing on the Chapter development strategy. We also plan to continue with our seminar series in 2017 to increase the number of meetings in local areas. Our intention is to aim for the Council's Best Chapter award next year. We also hope to actively participate in the organization of innovative conferences and workshops and will focus on continuing Young Professionals event next year.

We would like to acknowledge the important role played by the technical sponsor IEEE Sensors Council and The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for their support in all of these activities.
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IEEE Sensors Council Summer School
From 11-15 July 2016, Sandro Carrara organized at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) a Summer School on behalf of the IEEE Sensors Council with intention of further developing a sustainable, self-financing IEEE Sensors Council Summer School series. The school was funded by the IEEE Sensor Council in the amount of US$50,000.

The Summer School organized this year in EPFL was highly multidisciplinary with special focus on the new emerging field of distributed diagnostics. The school enabled students interested in modern technologies for health to broaden their knowledge in this new emerging area. The five-day program covered a range of topics including nanostructured devices and interfaces, biosensor devices and interfaces, implantable electronics, telemetry sensory systems, wireless and energy harvesting/scavenging, electronics for brain sensing, and innovative circuits for medical applications.

Top worldwide leaders in the field were invited to provide keynote lectures: Mark Phelps from Medtronic, Ali Khademhosseini from Harvard Medical School, and Georges Gielen from Leuven University. Tutorial lectures were provided by EPFL professors, such as Christian Enz, David Atienza, Sandro Carrara, and other worldwide esteemed experts, such as Till Bachmann (University of Edinburgh), Roland Thewes (Berlin Institute of Technology), Maysam Ghovanloo (Georgia Institute of Technology), Pantelis Georgiou (Imperial College London), Marco Bianchessi (Politecnico di Milano and STMicroelectronics), and Danilo Demarchi (Politecnico di Torino).

Participation was diverse, with more than 70 participants from the entire world. The EPFL students were enabled to obtain two credits by the EDEE Doctoral School. A limited number of travel grants were provided to support some students.

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IEEE Sensors Council New Logo and Tagline
We are currently designing a new IEEE Sensors Council logo, and will be adding a tagline that speaks to the mission of the organization.

Logo Options:





Tagline Options:
1. Sensing the World
2. Ubiquitous Sensors
3. Observe, Examine, and Respond
4. Responsive to a Changing World

Please stay tuned to see which logo is selected!

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