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IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Newsletter
4th 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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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 & 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!

Dear friends and colleagues:

It is with a very heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of our great friend and colleague Dr. Sergey Khakovsky (Sergiy Kharkivskiy).

Sergey, very unexpectedly, passed away a short while ago in his home in Sydney, Australia. He was an Associate Professor in Sensor Technology and the Director of HDR Student Excellence at Western Sydney University in Australia, where he was also a major contributor to the establishment of the Institute for Infrastructure Engineering.

He was a tireless supporter of and contributor to the I&M Society in many ways, including being a TIM Associate Editor for many years. It is certain that those who knew Sergey had their lives positively touched by him. A “Memoriam” article will soon be published in the I&M Magazine. He will be greatly missed. May you rest in peace, dear friend.

Reza Zoughi
Past President of the I&M Society

Obituary for Sergey Khakovsky

Missouri University of Science & Technology Student Receives International IEEE-HKN AWARD

Missouri S&T student in electrical and computer engineering, Katelyn R. Brinker, has been selected as the 2017 International Co Winner of the Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Student Award along with James Smith from Auburn University. Each of the over 200 IEEE-HKN chapters may nominate one student each for the award which is sponsored by the IEEE - Eta Kappa Nu Association. The award recognizes academic excellence, character, and service. Eta Kappa Nu is the IEEE honor society for electrical and computer engineering and related fields. Ms. Brinker graduated from S&T in May 2017 with dual B.S. Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering and is continuing her studies as a masters student at Missouri S&T. Her undergraduate and graduate advisor is Dr. Reza Zoughi. She will receive the award next spring at the annual ECE Department Heads Association (ECEDHA). Rolla students have received the national award six times in the 52-year history of the program.

Congratulations to Shervin Shirmohammadi for receiving an honor from Dr. Khaddaj Mallat after his recent presentation at the IEEE Administrative Meeting and Technical Talk at the AAU Abu Dhabi Campus. During his presentation, Dr. Shirmohammadi discussed the goals of the IMS, what the Society offers to Chapters and members, and shared a list of IMS Chapter best practices.

Read the full article.
In support of the IEEE-PSPB author education initiative, I&M Society has sponsored and prepared a set of short tutorial videos on educating authors on important issues related "how to write a technical journal/transactions paper, from A to Z", and "a comprehensive guide on how to review a paper". These videos are now available for our members or anyone who may be interested. Please note that some of the slides are specifically about publishing in the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement (TIM). So, our I&M Society members may find those particularly useful and educations.

With best wishes,
Reza Zoughi


As part of AdCom meeting, there was a successful conference committee meeting in Salerno, Italy. Members of conference committee have discussed all issues regarding how to help organizers of sponsored conferences to prepare high quality conferences, organize new and/ or emerging conferences for colleagues, and the way to extend the influence of the I&M Society to all aspects of instrumentation and measurement. The Society Conferences Management Guidelines was also reviewed and revised.

In 2017, the Society sponsored 15 technical events including 10 financially sponsored conferences and five technically co-sponsored conferences. In 2018, we have plans for 10 financially sponsored conferences and 10 technically co-sponsored conferences. The exciting news is that there will be four new conferences! Some of the new conferences are organized by technical committees of I&M Society and some are co-sponsored with other IEEE Societies. Multidiscipline is an important characteristic of science and technology and the I&M Society possesses the same characteristic. We believe that the new conferences will provide excellent opportunities to all Society members to know new friends, new challenges, and new technical domains.

During the AdCom meeting, the Society Conference Management Guideline were reviewed and revised by the Conference Committee and approved by the Society AdCom. The revised Conferences Management Guidelines will replace the previous version and become effective on 1 January. We sincerely welcome Society members, Technical Committee members and other colleagues who are planning to host a conference and would require sponsorship from the IEEE I&M Society to take time to read the guidelines, especially the colleagues who have never organized a conference for IEEE. The Guidelines contain useful information.

As a conference committee chair and VP for Conferences, I sincerely invite all Society colleagues to send me suggestions and new ideas about how to make the conference process better. If you have interest in organizing a new technical event, please contact me or any conference committee member for more detailed information or to ask for assistance. We also welcome local Chapter cooperation on organizing conferences to benefit all members.

Chi Hung Hwang
VP of Conferences I&M Society

The International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) Board met during the Fall 2017 AdCom meeting (19 October 2017). Discussion revolved around its strategic plans as well as ways to enhance all aspects of this flagship conference. Reports were received and discussed from the organizers of I2MTC 2017 (Turin, Italy), I2MTC 2018 (Houston, USA), I2MTC 2019 (Auckland, New Zealand) and I2MTC 2020 (Dubrovnik, Croatia). The organization of I2MTC 2018 is well under way and we invite and encourage all of our members to review paper submission guidelines, logistical information, and technical, educational and social programs. The Board is also considering several initiatives for future I2MTCs, including: i) formation of a permanent industry track, ii) formation of a permanent technical program committee (TPC), iii) increased involvement of Technical Committees (TC) in organizing special sessions, iv) formation of a permanent group of Patron’s for supporting future I2MTCs, and v) a plan to incentivize involvement of local I&M Society Chapters and Sections in organizing future I2MTCs.

Reza Zoughi
I2MTC Board Chair
We hold numerous conferences 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.

IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS) 2018 will be held in Seoul, Korea from 12-14 March 2018. For more information, please visit the conference website.

Important Dates:
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 Paper Submission - 27 April 2018

CIVEMSA 2018 (IEEE International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Virtual Environments for Measurement Systems and Applications)
Ottawa, Canada | 12-14 June 2018
Initial Full Paper Submission: 4 February 2018

The 2018 IEEE AUTOTESTCON will be held at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD on 17-20 September 2018.

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 the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

For more information, please visit the conference website.

CERN, Geneva, Switzerland | 30 September - 5 October 2018

Initial Paper Submission Deadline - 16 April 2018
Acceptance Notice & WIP Deadline - 28 May 2018
Final Papers Due - 23 July 2018

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

Nanotechnology for Instrumentation and Measurement Workshop (NANOfIM 2017)
Uttar Pradesh, India | 16-17 November 2017

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

3rd International Conference on Microwave and Photonics (ICMAP 2018)
Dhanbad, India | 9-11 February 2018

5th IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace (MetroAeroSpace)
Rome, Italy | 20-22 June 2018

Other Conference of Interest:
Workshop: Utility Cybersecurity
Atlanta, GA, USA | 14 Dec 2017

2018 IEEE 1st 5G World Forum (G5WF'18)
Santa Clara, CA, USA | 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.


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Submission deadline for the IEEE International "Sensors and Measurement" Student Contest at I2MTC in Houston, TX USA has been extended to 30 November 2017.

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Africa Initiative: approved applications
In May 2017 the I&M started an Extraordinary Africa Initiative. With the Africa Initiative the I&M provides financial support of actions aimed to promote and improve the services for African members of the Society through specific unique actions to be carried out in 2017. Two applications were selected to participate the initiative from Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo that will fund the start-up of instrumentation and measurement laboratories in Luanda and Kinshasa.

Attention Student Members! Society membership dues removed for three years
During the fall meeting, the I&M AdCom decided to remove the Society membership dues for Student members starting in 2019 for a duration of three years. Such decision was taken in order to encourage the enrollment of students in the Society allowing the highest number of them to benefit from the Society's services and opportunities.


Some IEEE insight on the role and position of Women in Engineering, recent developments and the IMS:

Women in Engineering (WIE) is a committee of the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities (MGA), to which WIE reports through Member Engagement and Life Cycle Committee (MELCC). The IEEE Societies appoint Liaisons, who are (non-voting) members of the WIE committee.

This year, the Technical Activities Board (TAB) has approved a new committee on Diversity and Inclusion, which reports to the TAB Strategic Planning Committee. This committee will focus not only on women in engineering, but in engaging underrepresented groups as a whole.

From the point of view of women activities, Celia Desmond of the IEEE Technical Activities Board and voting member of the WIE Committee, with the support of Kristen Russell Program Specialist of IEEE Technical Activities, has initiated a series of teleconferences for IEEE WIE Society/Council Liaisons in order to collect best practices for supporting women inclusion in the IEEE technical fields, membership and leadership positions. This across-IEEE connection is creating new paths for exchanging information and ideas. An in-person meeting of WIE is going to take place in March 2018 in Washington DC, and the WIE Liaisons are invited to participate with the financial support of the individual Societies.

From the calls in June and in October, it looks like one of the key points is to engage local representatives of the Regions, Sections, and affinity groups, and this may be a synergistic activity between the Societies and WIE. Another immediately useful activity is a more systematic collection of all women related activities of Societies and councils, to facilitate participation and to build a collection of live models.

The Instrumentation & Measurement Society is from many points of view well ahead of most IEEE Societies. In spite of a lesser percentage of female members compared to IEEE ad a whole and many other Societies, the I&M has and has had for years, women in key leadership positions. Work is still needed to encourage more women e.g.,  to apply for Awards, or to organize conferences or to serve as Associate Editors or Distinguished Lecturers.

Involving and energizing our women and women’s advocate members is perhaps the most urgent factor on our path to progress.


I&M has 20 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 out the application form and send to the chair of a TC of interest. To view the complete list of TCs, visit our website.


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 2017 we would like 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 advancements within and outside of the community and that the website will help to spread the good news about the hard work of the authors. We look forward to your contributions! Visit our website for terms and guidelines.


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