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IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Newsletter
2nd 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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An application for Senior Membership requires three references unless nominated by a Senior member, and in that case requires two references.

The following members have been elevated in 2017:

Marco Faifer, Francesco Ferranti, Tuan Gu, Anders Jorgensen, Hui Lu, Enrico Silva, Peter Sjoblom, Andrew Taberner, Ioan Tudosa, Tadeo Urbina, Kenneth Wallace


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 says, "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, which highlight available services and products.

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!

I&M Society Undergraduate Student Representative - Katelyn Brinker

Katelyn Brinker is an undergraduate student studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and an undergraduate research assistant at the Applied Microwave Nondestructive Testing Laboratory. Following graduation, she plans to pursue her Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and then pursue a career in developing spacecraft technology and nondestructive testing techniques. Besides being involved with I&M, Katelyn is also involved with her school's IEEE Student Branch, Eta Kappa Nu Chapter, and Mars Rover Design Team.

I&M Society Graduate Student Representative - Andrea Angioni

Andrea Angioni is research assistant and PhD at the Institute for Automation of Complex Power System (ACS) of the Eon Energy Research Center (EonERC) of RWTH University of Aachen Germany. He graduated in 2013 in the master program of electrical engineering at the University of Cagliari, Italy. He worked from 2013 to 2016 at the European fp7 project named IDE4L on automation architectures for distribution network. The IDE4L project was evaluated by the European commission with "Excellent Progress." Currently he is working at the H2020 Fast Track Innovation ADMS project, which develops a cloud and PMU based monitoring system for distribution grids. His research focus is on state estimation, PMUs and in general automation systems in distribution.

I&M Society is dedicated to providing worldwide, high quality conferences, symposia and workshops for all I&M colleagues throughout the year by disseminating and exchanging information concerning the science and application of instrumentation and measurement. To achieve this, I&M Society is now looking forward to sponsoring conferences/symposia/workshops which are aligned with emerging instrumentation and measurement technologies.

The Society has prepared very detailed Conferences Management Guidelines. We ask that colleagues who would like to organize technical events with the Society please take a careful look at these Guidelines. The VP of Conferences, Chi Hung Hwang, would be glad to answer any questions or further discuss any suggestions for implementation.

To ensure the success of sponsored technical events, as indicated in the Conferences Management Guidelines, we suggest that:
  • All the conference organizers send requests for technical sponsorship to VP for Conference one year prior to the proposed conference.
  • For the request of financial sponsorship, the conference organizer is strongly recommended to contact the VP for Conferences, no later than 12 months before the event (earlier would be better)
  • If the event is new to the I&M financial sponsorship process, contact must be made no less than 12 months before the event since the budget must be approved by the I&M AdCom.
I&M Society takes pride in the quality of all sponsored Conferences, and our members and colleagues in instrumentation and measurement deserve to have high quality technical events with different technical aspects. Please contact us immediately if you are currently organizing or planning to organize high quality technical events associated with instrumentation and measurement technical aspects.

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 12th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA) will be held at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA. The symposium will include papers that advance the science of measurement and instrumentation as related or applied to medicine. This includes electrical, chemical and physiological sensors and systems which deliver measurement data for prevention, diagnosis or treatment of disease. Plenary speakers are now confirmed! Go to the website for more details!

Symposium Topics:
  • Sensors for medical systems / sensor fusion and calibration
  • Biosignal processing
  • Imaging and communication
  • Measurement and quality control for medical products
  • Environmental medicine and home automation for disability, disease, and aging
  • Patient safety
  • Internet of things (IoT) in medicine

MeMeA 2017 Pre-conference Tutorials, Sunday, 7 May 2017
MeMeA 2017 will include an afternoon tutorial session on Sunday, 7 May 2017 prior to the conference. There will be two tutorial tracks to choose from and the sessions will run from approximately 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time. The first track will be a technical track devoted to novel instrumentation and measurement techniques and the second track will be hosted by Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers and devoted to the medical application of biological sensors. More details will be available as soon as the topics and speakers are confirmed.

Please join us for the 2017 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) to be held in Torino, Italy, 22-25 May 2017. I2MTC 2017 spans research, development and applications in the field of instrumentation and measurement science and technology. To enhance industry engagement and increase exchange between industry members, as well as between industry and academic members, (I2MTC) 2017 conference is employing Industry Sessions. These sessions will focus on all aspects of instrumentation and measurement technologies, methods, and applications achieved by our industry colleagues, giving an opportunity to the I&M industry to present to their colleagues their new technologies, new applications, or even new challenges.

Registration details can be found on the conference website, and detailed program schedule information can be found here.

Special Opportunities for Students Attending I2MTC 2017:
A large community of students interested in Instrumentation and Measurements is going to participate in the (I2MTC) conference in Turin, to be held 22-25 May 2017. Among the many activities of the conference, the following were created exclusively for students.

Student Panel Discussion: Future of Instrumentation and Measurements

Discussion and presentation about new technologies as well as new applications rising in the field of measurements and instrumentation to better understand how students, need to adapt our background and skills to the evolving research world.

Visit to INRIM Laboratories

For students registered to attend (I2MTC) of the Italian National Institute for Metrology Research (INRIM). Students will have the opportunity to observe and understand advanced testing facilities for electric measurement applications during a special guided tour.

The 2017 IEEE International Conference on Computational Intelligence & Virtual Environments for Measurement Systems and Applications (CIVEMSA) will be held on 26-28 June 2017 in Annecy, France

CIVEMSA 2017 is dedicated to all aspects of computational intelligence, virtual environments and human-computer interaction technologies for measurement systems and related applications. 2017 will be the 20th anniversary of the conference.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

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

Deadlines for I&M Conferences Approaching

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

20-22 September 2017 | Liverpool, UK

Initial Submission Deadline: 30 May 2017

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

27-29 Septmember 2017 | Naples, Italy

Initial Full Paper Submission: 31 May 2017

Approaching I&M Technically Co-Sponsored Conferences
2017 IEEE 4th International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace
Padua, Italy | 21-23 June 2017

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

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) for having been awarded the prestigious NASA Graduate Fellowship Award. Additionally, Katie was also recognized during DiscoverE's "Day of the Global Engineer" for her Mars Rover work. She was nominated by IEEE-USA. See more 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.


Octavian Postolache, IEEE IMS Distinguished Lecturer, delivered a lecturer at the 10th edition of the International Symposium on Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering, ATEE 2017 in Bucharest, 23-25 March 2017. Click here to read more.


Call for Participation
IEEE International Sensors and Measurement Student Contest Announcement

Deadlines for submitting proposals are:
  • 30 May 2017: Proposals submission deadline for those who intend to participate in the live demonstration session at IEEE Sensors in Glasgow, 30 October - 2 November 2017.
  • 5 October 2017: Proposals submission deadline for those who intend to participate in the live demonstration session at IEEE SAS 2018 in Seoul, Korea, 12-14 March 2018.
  • 10 November 2017: Proposals submission deadline for those who intend to participate in the live demonstration session at IEEE I2MTC 2018 in Houston, TX, USA, 12-15 May 2018.
For more information and submission details, please click here.

J. Barry Oakes Advancement Award
Nomination Deadline: 1 August (for the following year presentation)

The IEEE J. Barry Oakes Advancement Award will be used to provide a presentation during the annual I2MTC or AUTOTEST. Exceptionally, and upon motivated request by the recipient, the presentation will be given to another event fully sponsored by the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society.

Technical Award

Nomination Deadline: 1 August (for the following year presentation)

The I&M Society Technical Award is given to an individual or group of individuals for outstanding contribution or leadership in advancing instrumentation design or measurement technique.

Distinguished Service Award
Deadline for submissions: 1 August (for the following year presentation)

The I&M Society Distinguished Service Award is presented each year to an individual who has given outstanding service to the Society and to the profession. All nominees must be, or have been, members of the I&M Society. The Society Awards Subcommittee will review the nominations, with the main criterion being service to the I&M Society. Secondary considerations are service to the IEEE, IRE or AIEE, service to the engineering profession in general, technical accomplishments and outstanding technical leadership.

IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society Best Student Chapter Award
Nomination Deadline: 30 August 2017

This award will be given to the best student Chapter in a given calendar year based on activity. Deadline for Nominations is 30 August. Selection will be made in October. Checks will be mailed in the same calendar year, with the award being recognized at the following IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Conference (I2MTC). This award will be given annually. The award will be given only if a suitable awardee is identified. The award will be advertised on the Society website, newsletter, and magazine.

Career Excellence Award
Nomination Deadline: August 1 (for the following year presentation)

The I&M Career Excellence Award is awarded to recognize a lifetime career of meritorious achievement and outstanding technical contribution by an individual in the field of instrumentation and measurement.

Outstanding Young Engineer Award
Nomination Deadline: 1 August (for the following year presentation)

The I&M Outstanding Young Engineer Award recognizes an outstanding young I&M member who has distinguished him/herself through achievements, which are technical, of exemplary service to the I&M Society, or a combination of both early in their career. The nominee must not have reached their 39th birthday and must be an I&M member at the time of nomination.

IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society Outstanding Chapter Award
Nomination Deadline: 1 August 2017

This award will be given to the best chapter in a given calendar year based on activity. Selection will be made in October. Checks will be mailed in the same calendar year, with the award being recognized at the following IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Conference (I2MTC).

For more information, please visit our Awards page on the I&M Website.


I&M has various Technical Committees (TC). Our TC's 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 reach out to Ruqiang Yan, the VP Technical and Standards Activities or any member of the Technical and Standards Activities Committee, if you are interested in membership in one or more of our TC's. To view the complete list of TC's, visit our website.


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.


We would like to recognize I&M 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.


To see the full list of 2017 I&M Officers, please
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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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