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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

Dear Colleagues and Friends!

It is the beginning of April 2020, and the world is in the middle of a pandemic. As the coronavirus spreads it is causing widespread concern, fear and stress.

This is indeed an unprecedented time for all of us – schools are closed, all live events are canceled, and we have not left our houses in a few weeks. It sounds surreal, yet this is our reality in the April of 2020.


Most of us are voluntarily in self-isolation and the COVID-19 outbreak has introduced many people to the term social distancing for the first time. However, it is more a physical distancing, not a social distancing. Every day, from early in the morning until late at night, we are in constant communication with each other: emailing, meeting in Zoom virtual rooms (or their equivalents in GoToMeeting, Skype, BlueJeans, etc.), exchanging thoughts on different subjects with colleagues, keeping in touch with friends and family, attending virtual conferences, preparing and recording lectures for students, and continuing our collaborative research.

We are using every opportunity to contribute to solutions with research in our labs, or serving on crisis response teams at our home institutions, organizing engaging virtual events, or simply serving our local community.

In my message in January, I welcomed our newest (and continuing) Society representatives and AdCom members. There I wrote how all of us at the Sensors Council had been looking forward to meeting in-person at our Spring 2020 AdCom meeting in Marina del Rey, CA on 13-15 March. Of course, we were at the very beginning of the crisis and the in-person meeting didn’t happen, but we decided to hold our meeting anyway a week late, virtually, on Saturday, 21 March and Sunday, 22 March . We really wanted to introduce our members to the Council as soon as possible with our Sensors Council 101 on 21 March, and give an opportunity to our VPs and committee chairs to present their activities and exciting initiatives to the Council on 22 March. The virtual AdCom meeting was a success with about 30 members in attendance! We talked to each other, we supported each other, and we started engaging our AdCom members in activities of the Council. I believe this was a necessary reminder of normalcy during this difficult time. As always, Brooke Johnson was on the top of every single logistical detail of both meetings.

We were looking forward to hosting our INERTIAL conference for the very first time in Asia on 23-26 March. However, when it became apparent that the live meeting was no longer an option, we were faced with the dilemma of whether to cancel the meeting or to find an alternative format. The decision was to look for a way to save the meeting, and perhaps create a model for other meetings to follow. In a matter of one month, we were able to convert INERTIAL 2020 to the first virtual INERTIAL conference. Needless to say, there was a lot of uncertainty and risk involved. It was an amazing feat to pull off in under a month, and I'd say, with a spectacular outcome. As in previous years, the virtual conference delivered a strong technical program, attracted participation from around the world, and enjoyed the support of outstanding tutorial instructors, invited speakers, and industrial sponsors. This was a truly heroic effort by the organizing committee and our PCO, Conference Catalysts, with close coordination with the IEEE Emergency Response Team and MCE. On a personal level, I’d like to acknowledge Rachel Brockhoff (Conference Catalysts) for her dedication, real-time response to the crisis, and exemplary organizational skills. Thank you, Rachel!

In this newsletter, you will see many inspiring examples of how our Council and our community is responding to the crisis.

Now it is more relevant than ever to say - Best of luck and keep safe.

Andrei Shkel
IEEE Sensors Council President

Council News
Nominations for the 2020 Sensors Council Awards

Nomination Deadline – 15 May:

  • Technical Achievement Awards (4 Awards)
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Young Professional Award
  • Lifetime Contribution Award
  • IEEE Sensors Journal Best Paper Award
  • IEEE Sensors Letters Best Paper Award

Nomination Deadline – 30 June: 

  • IEEE Internet of Things Journal Best Paper Award
  • IEEE Internet of Things Journal Outstanding Service Award

The annual awards will be presented at the IEEE SENSORS Conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands on 25-28 October 2020.

Please visit our website for more information on how to submit your nomination.

Call for Bids for SENSORS 2024
Groups interested in hosting the future IEEE SENSORS 2024 are encouraged to submit their Letters of Intent by 1 May 2020. The SENSORS Conference venue rotates between three geographical zones and therefore SENSORS 2024 will be held in Asia/Pacific. A summary of the bidding process and the bid package requirements can be found on our website.
Conference News
This global health crisis is a unique challenge that has impacted many members of the IEEE family. These are difficult times, but we will get through them by working together. Thank you for your support of our shared mission to advance technology for humanity.

The situation is changing very quickly. Please consult the conference web pages frequently to obtain latest information.
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 and submit a paper today. We hope to see you there!
IEEE INERTIAL 2020 was held virtually on 23-26 March 2020. The event was the first virtual edition of the conference and proved to be a success with over 120 registrants. Thank you to all the attendees for making INERTIAL 2020 a success!
The IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020) has been postponed. The new conference dates and confirmation of the location will be announced as soon as they are available. Visit the conference website for the most up-to-date information.
The safety and well-being of all conference participants is our priority. After studying and evaluating the announcements, guidance, and news released by relevant national departments, we are sorry to announce that SIM 2020, scheduled to be held 14-15 May at the Evoluon has been cancelled. Further details can be found on the SIM website.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 1st edition of SIM 2021. More information will be provided at a later date.
The 2nd edition of the IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS 2020) in Manchester, UK has been postponed to 16-19 August 2020

Important Dates:

  • Full Paper Submission Deadline EXTENDED – 17 April 2020
  • Standard Registration Deadline – 8 July 2020

Visit the conference website for more information.

Publication News
IEEE Sensors Journal : Special Issue Call for Papers
Embedded Sensors for Fault Diagnosis in Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems and Power Grids
Submission Deadline: 15 May 2020

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

Smart Sensing for Agriculture
Submission Deadline: 30 July 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.
2019 MetroAeroSpace Workshop
Submission Deadline: 30 April 2020

From Payload to Uses
Submission Deadline: 31 May 2020

Advanced Processing of Remotely Sensed Data Collected by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Submission Deadline: 30 June 2020

Innovative Approaches for Measurements in Small Aerospace Platforms
Submission Deadline: 30 August 2020

Fractionated and Federated Satellite Systems
Submission Deadline: 30 August 2020

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

Member Society Spotlight
IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS)
Field of Interest: The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control.

Flagship Conference:
IEEE International Radar Conference (RADAR)
28-30 April 2020
Virtual Conference

Initiatives of Interest:
ICNS 2020 in September
Mentoring Program
Quarterly Email Blast Archive
Video Tutorials
IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS)
Field of Interest: The theory, analysis, design, tools, and implementation of circuits and systems. The field spans their theoretical foundations, applications, and architectures, as well as circuits and systems implementation of algorithms for signal and information processing.

Flagship Conference:
IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS)
11-14 October 2020
Sevilla, Spain

Initiatives of Interest:
Student Design Competition
Seasonal Schools
Chapter Event Listings
Our Newly Launched Open Journal of Circuits and Systems (OJCAS)
IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) 
Field of Interest: SSCC field of interest is the design, implementation, and application of solid-state integrated circuits.

Flagship Conferences:
Symposium on VLSI Circuits (VLSI)
14-19 June 2020
Virtual Conference

International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)
14-18 February 2021
San Francisco, CA, USA

Initiatives of Interest:
Education is one of the main focus areas for SSCS. Besides conferences and journal publications, there are online tutorials and webinars for our members. Please visit our website for details.

The SSCS has a webinar program to help educate members about current trends. The program has had various speakers talk about a wide array of topics ranging from Analog/RF to future microprocessors to upcoming biomedical applications. You can find more than 60 past webinars here as well as future webinars here.

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IEEE Learning Network - April Discount
The IEEE Learning Network (ILN) gives members easy access to online learning content from across IEEE, all in one place. Browse hundreds of courses on core and emerging technologies, leadership skills, and more. Check out this week's selection of courses that active IEEE members can purchase for US$10 each!