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IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Newsletter
3rd Qtr 2017
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Feature articles in this issue include:
  • "Remembering the Slide Rule [Back to Basics]"
  • "Covariance evaluation by means of uncertainty assessment"
  • "Pure and applied metrology"
  • "A very short history of measurement from a social and legal perspective"
  • "Human activity monitoring based on hidden Markov models using a smartphone"
  • "Photonics enhanced sensors for food monitoring: Part 1"

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The following members have been elevated in 2017:

Marco Faifer
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Tuan Gu
Anders Jorgensen
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Peter Sjoblom
Andrew Taberner
Ioan Tudosa
Tadeo Urbina
Kenneth Wallace
Michael Cracraft
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Marco Mugnaini
Huang Songling
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Mikael Gudlund
Haobo Lai
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Surman Shrestha


About the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society Newsletter
Engineers today start their careers with excellent technical skills and subject matter expertise. The IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement (I&M) Newsletter includes time sensitive news useful to its members and highlights content of the current issue of IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine.

Our mission statement reads, "The Instrumentation & Measurement Society Administrative Committee strives to provide the most comprehensive and high-quality services to our members and related professionals." The I&M Society has a wide range of activities and benefits to offer our members. These are detailed on our website.

There also are many opportunities for our members to become involved in volunteer leadership positions that help promote the instrumentation and measurement profession. We invite you to become involved today!

Congratulations to the 2018 IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and Measurement recipient. David Wayne Allan (LSIEEE), President, Allan's Time Interval Metrology Enterprise, "For leadership in time determination and precise timing instruments."

We would like to welcome the following new I&M Society Chapters:
  • New South Wales Section Instrumentation and Measurement Society Chapter
  • Chengannur College of Engineering Instrumentation and Measurement Society Student Branch Chapter
For a full list of IMS Chapters, please visit our website.

Award Nominations due by 1 August 2017:
Award Nominations due by 20 August 2017:
Award Nominations due by 1 October 2017:
Award Nominations due by 31 December 2017:
Award Nominations due by 1 February 2018
For more information, please visit our Awards page on the I&M Website.
IEEE TIM remains the number one I&M-focused journal

We are very pleased to announce that in the recently-released Journal Citation Report, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement (TIM) is ranked in Quarter 1 (Q1) of both the Instruments & Instrumentation (I&I) and the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) categories. Also, its impact factor has impressively increased from 1.808 to 2.456. In addition, according to Scopus, IEEE TIM is still the number one I&M-focused journal with a CiteScore of 2.8.

IEEE TIM is a journal published by IEEE's Instrumentation & Measurement Society and is focused on innovative solutions to the development and use of electrical and electronic instruments and equipment to measure, monitor and/or record physical phenomena for the purpose of advancing measurement science, methods, functionality and applications. Submitted papers go through a rigorous peer-review process, and only the highest quality papers are published in both hardcopy and on IEEE Xplore. For more information, please see:

As Chair of the Conference Committee, I took advantage of I2MTC in Turin by attending the Chapter Chair Summit and Technical Chair meeting. During the meeting, participants learned about best practices from previous conferences, the Society Conferences Management Guidelines, and procedures for requesting conference sponsorship from the Society. The meetings were successful and an excellent resource. Afterwards, Chapters and TCs who had initiated new technical events shared their experiences. If you are considering organizing a new technical event, conference, forum, or symposia and were not able to attend the meeting in Turin, I encourage you to download the Society Conferences Management Guidelines.

During the Spring AdCom meeting, the Conferences Committee also made some changes to the scope, plans, and metrics for the Society’s strategic plans. These modifications emphasize that Conference Committee planning should benefit all members by supporting and promoting technical events focused on emerging topics in the I&M field. The Conference Committee will work closely with the Technical and Standards Committee and Education Committee to find sponsorship opportunities for events surrounding emerging instrumentation and measurement technologies. The committee also passed a motion to invite authors of TIM published papers to present their work at an I&M Society financially sponsored conference. The trial run of this initiative invites all authors of TIM published papers within 2017 to present their work at I2MTC 2018. Additionally, the SAS handbook has been proposed and approved. Thanks to the hard work of the SAS steering committee for their creation of a best practices and guidelines for future events. We would like to encourage all steering committees of I&M Society Conferences to prepare a similar type of handbook.

The Conference Committee members continue to work together on improving the quality of our conferences and welcome all suggestions. Please feel free to contact any member of the committee to share your ideas.

Chi Hung Hwang
VP of Conferences I&M Society
We hold numerous workshops throughout the year. Please refer to the I&M Conference website for a full listing.

For more information on any of the conferences, please contact Chi Hung Hwang, VP of Conferences for the I&M Society.

The 2017 IEEE International Conference on Computational Intelligence & Virtual Environments for Measurement Systems and Applications (CIVEMSA 2017) was held in Annecy, France on 26-28 June 2017. Conference attendees enjoyed the 20th anniversary of the conference, dedicated to all aspects of computational intelligence, virtual environments and human-computer interaction technologies for measurement systems and related applications.

The 2017 International IEEE Symposium on Precision Clock Synchronization for Measurement, Control, and Communication (ISPCS) will take place on 27 August - 1 Septemember 2017 in Monterey, CA, USA.

The objective of the symposium is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from industry, academia, and government involved in the area of Precision Clock Synchronization and Distributed Time-based Applications.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

The 2017 IEEE AUTOTESTCON will be held in Schaumburg, IL on 11-14 September 2017.

AUTOTESTCON is the world's premier conference that brings together the military/aerospace automatic test industry and government/military acquirers and users to share new technologies, discuss innovative applications, and exhibit products and services. It is sponsored annually by IEEE.

AUTOTESTCON will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA, on 11-14 September 2017. The technical program for AUTOTESTCON 2017 will be determined by the interests of those participants submitting for publication, presenting a technical paper or organizing a technical session. Papers and sessions should cover appropriate topics dealing with system readiness and automatic test technology in particular.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

AMPS 2017 (2017 IEEE International Workshop on Applied Measurements for Power Systems)

20-22 September 2017 | Liverpool, UK

M&N (2017 IEEE International Workshop on Measurements and Networking)

27-29 September 2017 | Naples, Italy

IST 2017 (IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques)

18-20 October 2017 | Beijing, China

HAVE 2017 (IEEE International Symposium on Haptic Audio-Visual Environments and Games)

22-23 October 2017 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Please note the following deadlines for I&M Society Conferences that are approaching and notify your colleagues that may not be aware of these deadlines.

IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS) 2017 in Glassboro, New Jersey, USA was a success—over 120 attendees were able to share their knowledge in the fields of sensor technologies, sensing methodologies and applications for sensors.

SAS 2018 will be held in Seoul, Korea from 12-14 March 2018. The paper submission deadline is 31 October 2017. For more information, please visit the conference website.

Important Dates:
Full Paper Submission Deadline - 31 October 2017
Final Paper Submission Deadline - 20 January 2018
Final Decision Notification - 5 February 2018

The 2017 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) took place in Torino, Italy from 22-25 May 2017. Industry Sessions focused on all aspects of instrumentation and measurement technologies, methods, and applications achieved by our industry colleagues. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend!

Save the date for I2MTC 2018 - 14-17 May 2018 in Houston, TX, USA! Learn more here.

Important Dates:
Full Paper Submission Deadline - 5 November 2017
Final Notification Deadline - 5 February 2018
Final Manuscript Submission - 10 February 2018

The 12th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA) was held at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA from 8-10 May 2017. The symposium included papers that advance the science of measurement and instrumentation as related or applied to medicine including electrical, chemical and physiological sensors and systems which deliver measurement data for prevention, diagnosis or treatment of disease. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend!

Save the date for MeMeA 2018 – 11-13 June 2018 in Rome, Italy! Visit the conference website for more information.

Important Dates:
First Paper Submission Deadline - 2 February 2018
Notification of Paper Acceptance - 2 March 2018
Submission of Revised Paper Deadline - 16 March 2018
Final Decision Notification - 6 April 2018
Final Manuscript Submission, Copyright Form, Registration - 27 April 2018

Please note the following I&M Society Technically Co-Sponsored Conferences that are approaching.

2017 2nd International Symposium on Instrumentation Systems, Circuits and Transducers (INSCIT)
Fortaleza, Brazil | 28 August - 1 September 2017

2017 International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation (IPIN)
Sapporo, Japan | 18-21 September 2017

11th International Conference on Sensing Technology (ICST)
Sydney, Australia | 4-6 December 2017

Other Conference of Interest:
2018 IEEE 1st 5G World Forum (G5WF'18)
Santa, Clara | 9-11 July 2018

Have a conference you would like advertised in the I&M Society Newsletter? Contact Judy Scharmann for details on how to have it included.

Congratulations to Katie Brinker, IEEE I&M Society Undergraduate Student Rep, and the whole Missouri S&T Mars Rover Design Team, on winning the 2017 University Rover Challenge!
The University Rover Challenge (URC) is an international design competition where teams showcase potential next-generation Mars rovers. The 2017 competition hosted 35 collegiate teams from around the world at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah, USA.

The URC event, sponsored by the Mars Society, is designed to demonstrate the fundamentals of remote robotic travel and task completion.

Missouri S&T’s Mars Rover, named Gryphon, was designed and built by the students. The team developed custom circuitry for the rover, machined the aluminum and carbon-fiber support structure, developed durable wheels for terrain mobility, and 3-D printed gears used in the rover.

Read more about the Missouri S&T Mars Rover Design Team’s victory here:

IEEE is pleased to introduce a new IEEE data repository service called IEEE DataPort®. After gathering input from IEEE members and performing further research, IEEE DataPort was developed and is now LIVE and ready for use by all society members.

IEEE DataPort provides many benefits to IEEE Society members beyond what other data repository services can offer. To learn more about the valuable capabilities of IEEE DataPort and the key differentiators that set IEEE DataPort apart from other data repositories, go to

IEEE DataPort is ramping up quickly with new users and new datasets. Please visit the IEEE DataPort site and view the valuable capabilities it offers. Please visit the website for more information.


DLP News - Welcome to our 2017 Distinguished Lecturers!

The Instrumentation and Measurement (I&M) Society's Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) is one of the most exciting programs offered to our chapters, I&M members, and IEEE members around the world. Our Distinguished Lecturers (DLs) are outstanding in their fields of specialty, and collectively, our DLs possess a broad range of expertise within the area of I&M. Each year, up to three new DLs join the DLP cohort for a three-year term. DLP evaluations take place in person annually at the International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), the I&M Society's annual flagship conference. The Call for Applications to the DLP is released early each year, and applications are accepted through early May. Since 2015, the DLP has seen in excess of 10 highly qualified DLP candidates each year (in 2017, there were 13 applicants).The Society is thrilled to see our expert members interested in serving the Society in this way, and selection of three candidates to join the DLP each year is always challenging.

The 2017 evaluations welcomed:

Prof. Marco Mugnaini of the Università degli Studi di Siena

Prof. Octavian Postolache of the Instituto de Telecomunicações

Prof. Sergio Saponara of the Università di Pisa

For more information about our new and existing DLs and their respective areas of expertise, please see, or contact the DLP program chair, Kristen Donnell, at


The Instrumentation and Measurement (I&M) Society strives to support our members interests and needs in a variety of different ways. One such event that is geared with this goal in mind is the Women in Instrumentation and Measurement (WIM) Panel that takes place annually at the International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), the I&M Society's flagship conference. The WIM Panel was introduced in 2011, making 2017 the 7th year we have held the Panel at I2MTC. Topics of discussion have ranged from the history and influence of women in science, mentoring, gender bias and acceptance, and work-life balance, amongst others.

This year, the Panel was chaired by Dr. Kristen Donnell, and featured keynote speaker Dr. Preethi Pratap of Raytheon Corporation, and Panelists Dr. Margherita Bongiovanni of Politecnico di Torino, Dr. Annalisa Migliorelli of ABB, and Dr. Panayota Vassiliou of the National Technical University of Athens. Dr. Pratap, shared with us her experiences as a woman in physics and engineering. In particular, she noted the importance of mentoring and networking, and how women often prefer personal engagement, resulting in smaller and closer networks. She also emphasized the importance of helping women to learn to stand up for themselves, and that is OK to say "I don't know." Dr. Bongiovanni shared with the group the history of the architectural school and first female engineer at Politecnico di Torino, and Dr. Migliorelli spoke about her experiences as a female manager for an all-male team. She noted that good mentorship and leadership is important for professional growth, as is the opportunity for learning and teaching. Dr. Vassiliou spoke of her experiences in chemical engineering including the challenge women face in finding balance between their personal and professional lives. Following the Panelist presentations, a discussion with the audience on topics including retention of women in technical fields, work-life balance and childcare, and the importance of visible role models to young women interested in science and engineering. I2MTC 2018 will see another edition of the WIM Panel, again chaired by Kristen Donnell. For more information or to get involved, please contact her at


Call for Applications
2017 Extraordinary Africa Initiative

To promote and improve the services for African members of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society through specific unique actions to be carried out in 2017.

  • The I&M Society financial support must be used for the purpose of membership development, such as attracting new members, working with local student branches, or improving the value and quality of membership of our current members.
  • The financial support is mainly intended to be provided in the form of free IEEE and I&M membership or conference registration fees, free visits and seminars from Distinguished Lecturers to African IEEE Sections and other value-added services or products.
  • Events can also be funded with the following caveats: (i) the events must be reasonably well-publicized such that local IEEE and/or I&M members will be aware of them; (ii) funds may not be used for private events; (iii) funds will be transferred to the local IEEE Sections.
  • Within one month of the completion of the activity, a detailed report, including the results or metrics outcomes must be submitted to Sergio Rapuano, Chair of the I&M Africa Initiative ad-hoc Committee.
  • The total program budget for 2017 is US $10,000.00. The financial support will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • The deadline for application is 1 Oct. 2017
Click here for more information about this opportunity and the application package.


I&M has 19 different Technical Committees (TC). Our TCs define and implement the technical directions of the Society. As a fundamental element of the Society all members are invited and encouraged to participate in one or more of its technical committees. Please contact Ruqiang Yan, VP Technical and Standards Activities, at or any member of the Technical and Standards Activities Committee, if you are interested in membership in one or more of our TCs. You can also fill the application form and send to the chair of your interested TCs. To view the complete list of TCs, visit our website.

Welcome TC 42 - Photonic Technology in Instrumentation and Measurement!
Please contact TC-42 Chair, George Xiao, if you are interested in getting involved with this Technical Committee.


I&M recognizes Society members' technical achievements and innovations that have resulted in issued patents during the current calendar year. If you have already been issued a patent in 2016 we wish to add it to the list. To do so please fill out the form
here and we will add the information to the website. In addition, if you are issued a patent in the future please use the same link to inform us and we will be happy to add it to the list as we intend to continuously update the information in this list.


Advertise your book on the I&M website! The Instrumentation and Measurement Society would like to provide a list of book titles written by I&M authors on the I&M website. The Society believes that books are an excellent avenue to disseminate the most advanced state-of-the art within and outside of the community and that the website will help to spread the good news about the hard work of the authors. The guidance below will govern which titles will be displayed. We look forward to your contributions! Visit our website for terms and guidelines.


The Administrative Committee (AdCom) of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society met in May, immediately after the I2MTC, to advance our mission to:
  • Provide the most comprehensive and high-quality services to our members and related professionals.
  • Serve as the professional incubator for the growth of all (particularly younger) members.
  • Be in the forefront of future I&M fundamental, technological, and application advances.
  • Provide education in the field of instrumentation and measurement.
Each of the AdCom committees conducted a meeting, and the full AdCom reviewed each committee's recommendations and decided on actions for the future. The following reports are organized by committee.

To read the full report from the I&M Spring 2017 AdCom Meeting, please visit our

To see the full list of 2017 I&M Officers, please click here.
To see the full list of I&M AdCom members, please click here.
To see the full list of additional AdCom appointments, please click here.

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