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The IEEE Sensors Council Newsletter includes time-sensitive news useful to its members and highlights content of the current issue of IEEE Sensors Journal.
President’s Message

Welcome to 2020 and a new issue of the IEEE Sensors Council quarterly newsletter!

I am starting my two-year term as IEEE Sensors Council President.

Mike McShane launched this newsletter in 2016, and Fabrice Labeau continued the tradition of short welcome messages by presidents of the Council kicking off each quarterly newsletter. I’m planning to continue this tradition.


I’d like to start off by thanking Fabrice Labeau for his time, dedication, and energy serving as the Council’s president. During his term as President, the Council went through a successful five-year review, added a new journal and a conference, and initiated many initiatives to serve the sensors community. As a culmination of his term, Fabrice organized and chaired a successful 2019 IEEE Sensors Conference in beautiful Montreal, Canada. Thank you, Fabrice.

Congratulations to our dear colleagues, Kukjin Chun and Ravinder Dahiya, on elevation to IEEE Fellows. Kukjin was recognized for his leadership in microelectromechanical systems technology development and Ravinder Dahiya for contributions to tactile sensing. This is a great professional achievement, as IEEE Fellows are only one-tenth of one percent of the IEEE voting membership. Congratulations!

Please join me in welcoming our newest (and continuing) Societies’ representatives and AdCom Members. All of us at the Sensors Council are looking forward to meeting you in person at our next Spring 2020 AdCom meeting in Marina del Rey, CA, 13-15 March. Welcome aboard!


We are launching a promotional campaign “Sensors at the Core:”

This campaign highlights our vision that mighty and accessible sensors are starting to play an increasingly important role in our society, and the Sensors Council assumes a leadership role in support of these exciting developments. Let’s make it so!

Andrei Shkel
IEEE Sensors Council President

Council News
2020 IEEE Fellows

Kukjin Chun

“For leadership in microelectromechanical systems technology development”


Ravinder Dahiya

"For contributions to tactile sensing"

Nominations for the 2020 Sensors Council Awards Opening Soon
The IEEE Sensors Council offers several annual awards to acknowledge the achievements of leaders in the sensors professional community. Nominations for these awards will open soon. More information on these awards will be available on the Council website in the coming weeks.
Call for Nominations: Sensors Council Officers and Members-at-Large
The IEEE Sensors Council (SC) Nominations and Appointments Committee requests nominations for qualified individuals to fill the SC Officer and Member-at-Large positions listed below for the 2021-2022 term. Self-nominations are allowed. The positions required by the SC rules for odd-year terms are as follows:
  • Vice-President for Publications (2-year term, renewable once)
  • Vice-President for Finance (2-year term, renewable once)
  • Senior Member-at-Large (2-year term, renewable once) – up to two SMALs may be elected for 2021-2022
  • Member-at-Large (2-year term, renewable once) – up to three MALs may be elected for 2021-2022

The deadline for nominations for these positions is 1 March 2020.

For more information, please visit our website or contact Fabrice Labeau, 2020 Nominations and Appointments Committee Chair.

Publications Portfolio Spotlight
As part of our work with member societies, the current publications portfolio of IEEE Sensors Council includes, in addition to our fully-owned journals, the flagship IEEE Sensors Journal and the newer IEEE Sensors Letters, the IEEE Internet of Things Journal, in which we are the main sponsor. Papers in these journals have been accessed online in excess of 1.86M times year-to-date. Other co-owned journals are the IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology (J-ERM), the IEEE Transactions on Games, the IEEE Transactions on Big Data and the Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS).

The publication on IEEE Xplore of the yearly IEEE SENSORS Conference Proceedings, by our conference management provider, is also an important contribution to publishing the most recent sensors research worldwide. Other components, essential for serving our community, are our web presence, as well as this Newsletter.
2019 Sensors Council Young Professionals (YP) Activities

2019 was an exciting year for the Sensors Council YP team as the team was awarded the IEEE Young Professionals Hall of Fame Award. This award recognizes active and inspiring Young Professional Affinity Groups and Society Groups worldwide, based on their activities.

In 2019, the Sensors Council Young Professionals Committee held a variety of events in conjunction with IEEE SENSORS 2019 held in Montreal, Canada in October. These included a YP reception/Halloween party, a YP dinner and networking event and two professional development programs.

The dinner at 3 Amigos restaurant attracted around 90 participants, and with participants from both academia and industry, it helped the YP team to exchange ideas, network and get to know each other, which they might be unable to do otherwise. The dinner turned out to be a very interactive and vibrant meeting.

The technical event on “Entrepreneurship, understanding research in simple ways, outreaching your research, TED Talk” was supported by IEEE IEC. This was the only technical event on entrepreneurship and was a huge success. All presentations were interactive and interesting. The meetings with startups were also very useful, as this paved the way for innovations and commercialization.

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Conference News

The proceedings from IEEE SENSORS 2019 are now available on IEEE Xplore!

2019 IEEE Brain Data Bank Challenge Report
The IEEE Brain Data Bank Challenge aims to advance the exciting field of brain signal analysis with multi-disciplinary research and development, by supporting investigation of, preferably, non-invasive sensor activated brain signal measurements in conjunction with other physiological inputs, to explore brain signal multi-modal system methodology and experimental Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) or deep learning for user-centric brain signal and image data bank.

These BDB events have attracted graduate/post-doctoral researchers with faculty guidance, some with entrepreneurial attempts, embracing a multi-disciplinary approach involving brain science, sensors, physiology, psychology, computer science, electric engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, medicine, etc. The 2019 Brain Data Bank (BDB) Challenge marked the event’s 7th occurrence, and the 2nd time co-located at the Sensors Conference, in Montreal, thanks to the Sensors Council’s strategic directions to expand fields of interest into system-oriented, new applications. It started with an inspirational Keynote by Yannick Roy who gauged various deep learning techniques in EEG data analytics (dating back to a decade ago) for an incremental accuracy improvement around 7%. Later team presentations also shed light on the contribution of such AI techniques.
Read the full article on the Council’s website.
Our flagship conference, IEEE SENSORS 2020 will be held on 25-28 October 2020 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. It is intended to provide a forum for research scientists, engineers, and practitioners throughout the world to present their latest research findings, ideas, and applications in the area of sensors and sensing technology.

SENSORS 2020 will include keynote addresses and invited presentations by eminent scientists and engineers. The conference solicits original state-of-the-art contributions as well as review papers.

Important Dates:
Tutorial Proposal Deadline: 6 May 2020
Focused Session Proposal Deadline: 20 May 2020
Paper Submission Deadline: 18 June 2020
Early Registration Deadline: 6 September 2020

Visit the conference website for more information. We hope to see you there!
IEEE INERTIAL 2020 will be held in Hiroshima, Japan on 23-26 March 2020 at the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima. The event continues our annual tradition of informal single-track international meetings discussing the latest developments in the area of modern inertial sensors and emerging applications.
Open Poster Submission Deadline: 28 February 2020 
More information, and to register, please visit the conference website.
The IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020) will be held on 5-9 April 2020 in New Orleans, LA, USA.

Register to attend on the conference website by 29 February 2020 to receive a discounted rate.
It is our pleasure to inform you that, with the backing of the IEEE Sensors Council, we are launching a high-quality event focused on sensor interface electronics, called Sensor Interfaces Meeting. We feel that this topic deserves more attention, considering the increasingly important role that sensors play in society and industry. This is why we have decided to establish a focused two-day Meeting featuring 12 outstanding invited speakers from both academia and industry.

The Meeting will take place on 14-15 May 2020 in Eindhoven: the high-tech heart of The Netherlands, which has a high concentration of developers, suppliers and users of advanced sensor solutions. The theme of the 1st day will be “Sensors for the Internet of Things,” while that of the 2nd day will be “High Performance Sensor Interfaces.” On each of the two days there will be six 40-minute talks followed by 10-minute Q&A sessions. The coffee breaks and shared lunches will offer plenty of opportunities to interact with speakers and colleagues, and to have discussions about the state-of-the-art, challenges and future trends in this most demanding area of analog and mixed-signal system design.

Do not miss the chance to attend Sensor Interfaces Meeting, and to grasp a great opportunity to make new friends, learn something new and boost your professional career!
The 2nd edition of the IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS 2020) will be held in Manchester, England, United Kingdom from 28 June – 1 July 2020. Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. And today the city combines this heritage with a progressive vision to be a city that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures.

Important Dates:

  • Full Paper Submission Deadline – 1 March 2020
  • Standard Registration Deadline – 8 May 2020

Visit the conference website for more information.

Deadline Extended: IEEE International Sensors and Measurement Student Contest
This international competition addresses teams of Ph.D., Master and advanced undergraduates (particularly those in fast-track, dual BS/MS, Master programs) students and aims to stimulate innovative ideas for applications in the area of sensors and measurement systems.

The contest is jointly promoted and organized by IEEE IMS, IEEE EMBS and IEEE Sensors Council and is sponsored by STMicroelectronics who will provide one SensorTile.box® to each team admitted to the competition. This multisensory device will be the common technology platform of the contest, which may be extended by other sensors as needed.

The submission deadline for the live demonstration at EMBC 2020 has been extended to 28 February 2020! For complete submission information, please visit our website.
Publication News
IEEE Sensors Journal
Dear Readers,

The IEEE Sensors Journal closed 2019 with exactly 12,765 published pages, being now the 2nd largest Journal among 180 IEEE Publications for number of pages: our 15 December issue was at p. 10,261, while the November issue of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology issue was at p. 11,318. Still, we are first for the number of published papers!

New Features in 2020

In December 2019, the journal started giving a paper in each issue a “promo status" in Open Access. This is done to highlight a paper in each issue as a Featured Article, and also offering it in open access for six months. Special attention on this kind of Featured Article is done on review papers.

Another novelty of our journal is the new format of the published PDF, which is now coming out with new features as indicated in the images below.

It was a great honor for me to meet some of our esteemed Editors working for the success of the Sensors Journal last October in Montreal, and I hope to meet all our editors again at our next meeting planned during our flagship conference, IEEE SENSORS, in October 2020 in Rotterdam.

Annual Editorial Board Meeting held on 28 October 2019 in Montreal, Canada
I wish you all a great 2020 fulfilled by new exciting research and brilliant new scientific outputs.

Sandro Carrara
Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Sensors Journal
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
IEEE Sensors Journal: Special Issue Call for Papers

Advanced Sensing and Sensor Fusion for Intelligent Transportation Systems
Submission Deadline: 30 April 2020

Advances and Current Trends in Sensing Physiological Parameters for Human Wellness and Patient Monitoring
Submission Deadline: 31 May 2020

Sensors in Machine Vision of Automated Systems
Submission Deadline: 31 May 2020

A full listing of the IEEE Sensors Journal Special Issues are available on our website.
IEEE Sensors Letters

IEEE Sensors Letters
is an electronic journal dedicated to publishing short manuscripts, quickly, on the latest and most significant developments in the field of sensors. The scope of the journal includes all aspects of sensors and sensing technology including the theory, design, fabrication, manufacturing, signal processing, interface circuits and applications of devices for sensing and transducing physical, chemical and biological phenomena. Papers are limited to four pages with the stipulation that at least one column of each paper be devoted exclusively to references. Visit our website to learn more or read the latest issue of the journal on IEEE Xplore.
IEEE Internet of Things Journal (IoT-J)

The IoT-J solicits original papers, review papers, and proposals for special issues. Topics of interest include IoT system architecture, IoT enabling technologies, IoT services and applications, and the social implications of IoT. Submission of manuscripts are accepted at the Manuscript Central website.

Visit the IoT-J website for more information on upcoming special issues.

IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS)

The IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS) is a new technical journal devoted to covering the rapidly evolving field of small air and space systems such as drones and small satellites. These platforms offer new, low-cost ways to accomplish a wide range of sensing functions for applications ranging from agriculture to land use and ocean surveys.

Paper submissions for the journal are now being accepted! For more information, please visit our website or contact John Schmalzel.
Member Society Conferences of Interest

IEEE International Magnetics Conference, INTERMAG Americas 2020, will take place in Montréal, Canada, from 4-8 May 2020.


Student Travel Grants

INTERMAG 2020 and the IEEE Magnetics Society will offer travel grants in the amount of US$1,000 to a limited number of students working in the areas of basic and applied magnetism who wish to attend the Conference. The application deadline is 21 February 2020. Recipients will be notified of approval of their application in early April 2020.

Child Care Grants

There are a limited number of child care grants available for INTERMAG 2020 participants who are bringing young children to the meeting or who incur extra expenses in leaving their children at home. The grants will be up to a maximum of US$400 for children over five years of age and up to US$800 US for children under five years of age. The application deadline is 21 February 2020. Recipients will be notified of approval of their application in early April 2020.

INTERMAG 2020 has reserved limited blocks of hotel rooms at discounted rates at several hotels located within easy walking distance to the Convention Center. Attendees are encouraged to make their hotel reservations as soon as possible.

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