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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!

Here we are in July of 2020. We all hoped that by this time we would have some clarity on the pandemic trajectory, and what we see unfolding through the mid-year and beyond. Unfortunately, the resurgence of cases, and the variable response has not defined a very clear path.

What we do know is that our community is fully committed to contribute to solutions. In this newsletter, you will find plenty of inspiring examples on how our council and our community is responding to the crisis.


All sponsored events by the Sensors Council will be virtual this year. Our colleagues in Japan conducted in March the virtual INERTIAL 2020, with great success. We are looking forward to a successful virtual Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS) in August, which was originally planned to be in Manchester, UK. And our flagship SENSORS Conference will be virtual as well this year, to be launched at the end of October.

Switching to the virtual format of SENSORS will deprive us of going to beautiful Rotterdam, and decrease the opportunities for networking. It is a disappointment for everyone. However, this might be a unique opportunity to make our technical content more accessible to those of you who are interested in technology and applications of sensors, but never had a chance to attend FLEPS or SENSORS. We hope to see you online, we encourage your participation, and we hope this will be your first step in becoming a part of our vibrant Sensors community.

Enjoy the Newsletter!

Andrei Shkel
IEEE Sensors Council President

Council News
2020 IEEE Sensors Council Award Recipients Announced
We are pleased to congratulate the following recipients of the 2020 IEEE Sensors Council Awards. The Council is especially proud to honor their outstanding accomplishments and look forward to their continual involvement with the Council.
  • Meritorious Service Award
    Srinivas Tadigadapa
    For Founding Editorship of IEEE Sensors Letters Journal
  • Young Professional Award
    Hamida Hallil
    For exemplary service to IEEE Young Professionals and Women in Science and Engineering, particularly within the sensors community
  • Technical Achievement Award Sensor Systems or Networks (early career)
    Domenico Ciuonzo
    For contributions to energy-efficient sensor networks
  • Technical Achievement Award Sensor Systems or Networks (advanced career)
    Laurence Yang
    For contributions to system design and data analytics for human-centric smart sensor systems
  • Technical Achievement Award Sensors (early career)
    Sheng Xu
    For considerable accomplishments and leadership in the development and deployment of innovative soft wearable sensors for health monitoring
  • Technical Achievement Award Sensors (advanced career)
    Eui-Hyeok Yang
    For outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of nanotechnology-based sensors, for his high-impact research, and for his commitment to shaping the scientists, engineers and educators of tomorrow
New Discussion Group in the field of Sensors
In the present age of scientific research and publishing of related outputs, assuring fast access to information is vital to the spread and sharing of scientific knowledge. Moreover, the existence of Predatory journals requires creating new focused groups in science and technology capable of maintaining high quality in order to guarantee trust in published scientific content. Therefore, a new discussion group has been created on Facebook toward that aim.

The motivation of this new group is to offer an additional space to keep going with the good habit of IEEE in publishing and advertising peer-reviewed content to the benefit of the scientific community as well as to the benefit of the society at large. The group is meant to be the place where all our readers, authors, reviewers, associated Editors, topical Editors, associated Editors-in-Chief, and Editors-in-Chief (past and present) meet to promote, discuss, and share knowledge about “sensors” and related fields of applications. The group is “public” in order to give the right of access to this information and related comments to any individual “passionate about sensors,” who potentially may become a reader or an author of our journals. So, please, feel free to join the group and take part by posting, commenting, participating in discussions, and reading blog articles as well.
COVID-19 Related Research by the Sensors Community
Chapter Brief
Currently, IEEE Sensors Council has 28 Section level chapters and 19 Student Branch chapters. We added two Section level and four Student Branch chapters in 2020. Sensors Council welcomes all of them by listing their names below:

Section Level Chapters:
1. Vancouver Section Chapter (Region 7)
2. Harbin Section Chapter (Region 10)

Student Branch Chapters:
1. Adi Shankara Institute of Engineering & Technology (Region 10)
2. Tula’s Institute, the Engineering & Management College, Dehradun (Region 10)
3. Jamia Millia Islamia-Faculty of Engineering (Region 10)
4. Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology Student Branch Chapter (Region 10)

The complete list of all Chapters may be found here. We are looking forward to volunteers starting a Chapter(s) in Region 3.
IEEE Sensors Council Outstanding Chapter Award
To encourage chapters activities, IEEE Sensors Council Outstanding Chapter Award was constituted in 2017 with the objective of recognizing the best chapter for a given calendar year. The prize is US$1,000 and a certificate.

We are pleased to announce that IEEE France Sensors Council Chapter has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 IEEE Sensors Council Outstanding Chapter.

The complete list of IEEE Sensors Council Outstanding Chapter Award Winners is available on our website.

Call for Nominations for SC Distinguished Lecturers (2021-2023 term)

  • Nominations Open: 15 July
  • Nominations Close: 31 August
  • Decision Announcement: End of October


  • Be a member of at least one IEEE Technical Society affiliated with the Sensors Council.
  • Be recognized as an outstanding researcher and/or practitioner in the field of sensing.
  • Be able to serve as a champion of our technical field, of IEEE, and of the Sensors Council.
  • Be willing to travel widely if necessary.

Duties and Expectations

  • Each Distinguished Lecturer is expected to give at least three talks and preferably more per year, thus a minimum of nine talks per term.
  • The Council sees its DLs as ambassadors of the field of sensing, of the Council, and of IEEE.
  • DL speakers are advised to use the approved “SC intro slides” before their talk.
  • DL lectures shall encourage young professionals and students to pursue IEEE membership. Further, the DL will distribute Council’s publicity materials to event organizers.
  • DLs shall promptly submit expense reports, semi-annual reports to VP-TO on interim activities, and a summary report at the end of the term (copy to SC Newsletter).
  • DLs shall minimize travel expenses to the greatest extent possible, by seeking - funding from inviting the entity and combining multiple talks within a given geographic region: e.g., a USA-based DL should not travel to Asia to present a single lecture but can plan multiple talks within that region during one trip.
  • DLs shall produce a tutorial or review paper or a recorded video (voice over PPT) for the Council's YouTube channel in their topic area during or at the completion of their term.

To nominate your colleague for Sensors Council's DL, please complete the online Distinguished Lecturer Nomination Form.

Women in Sensors

Women in Sensors (WiSe) aims to promote globally, the presence and advancement of persons who identify as women in the technical area and professions related to sensors. It is targeted at professional women in sensing technology, from industry or academia, and will provide the opportunity to create communities to facilitate knowledge sharing and provide support through highly interactive sessions designed to foster discussion and collaboration. 
Conference News
In response to conditions caused by COVID-19, IEEE SENSORS 2020 will now be held virtually. This offers a wider range of participation for authors to present their research and application projects to sensor professionals around the world. Register by Septemeber 30th to receive maximum savings!
Meet the IEEE SENSORS 2020 Keynote Speakers!

Albert Theuwissen


An-Suei Yang

We look forward to interacting with you virtually this coming October!
The 2nd IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS 2020) will be held for the first time on our virtual platform! Tune in with us on 16-19 August, 2020 to experience a forum of the latest research findings, ideas, and applications, delivered by scientists around the world!

Authors may submit extended IEEE FLEPS 2020 papers to the Special Issue in the IEEE Sensors Journal, similar to FLEPS 2019.

Learn more about FLEPS 2020 Invited Talks and Tutorial Speakers.

Register today to access our exclusive online platform with recorded presentations, speaker bios, scheduled meetings, and more!

Visit the conference website for more information.
Save the Date: The 8th IEEE International Symposium on Inertial Sensors and Systems (INERTIAL) will be held on 22-26 March 2021 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay in Hawaii. The event will continue our annual tradition of informal single-track international meetings discussing the latest developments in the area of modern inertial sensors and emerging applications.

The symposium offers a rare opportunity to meet and network with leaders in the field of Inertial Sensors and Systems in an informal atmosphere of a focused international technical gathering. We hope the atmosphere, breadth and depth of research topics combined with the quality of invited and contributed technical presentations will make the INERTIAL a “must attend” event for you every year.
Publication News
IEEE Sensors Journal : Special Issue Call for Papers
Smart Sensing for Agriculture
Submission Deadline: 30 September 2020 

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

Advanced Sensors and Sensing Technologies in Robotics
Submission Deadline: 1 December 2020

Artificial Intelligence-based Sensors for Next Generation IoT Applications
Submission Deadline: 30 December 2020

Sensors for Body Temperature Measurement and Monitoring in a Time of Pandemic
Submission Deadline: 31 December 2020

Sensors Tutorials: A Vigorous Dive into the Vast Sea of Sensor-Related Knowledge
Submission Deadline: 31 January 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 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.
Special Issue Call for Papers

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

Fractionated and Federated Satellite Systems
Submission Deadline: 30 August 2020

For more information, please visit our website or contact Antonio Plaza.

IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology (J-ERM)

Call for Papers for the Special Issue on COVID-19 Related Emergency Methods and Systems

The IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology (J-ERM), sponsored by IEEE MTT-S, APS, and EMBS Societies, and Sensors Council, will publish a special Issue devoted to the emerging applications related to the COVID-19 pandemic by electromagnetics, RF and microwaves techniques. The focuses of the journal are on unifying the sciences and applications of medicine and biology with utilizing electromagnetics, radio frequency signals and microwaves/millimeter waves. Thus, the manuscripts need to contain both elements of electromagnetic waves and the applications to deal with the COVID-19 situations.

If you are doubtful whether your paper is suitable for J-ERM, please write to the editor. Every paper will be reviewed in the same manner as all other regular submissions to this journal. Information of the journal can be found on their website.

The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2020.
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.
Upcoming Special Issues:
Visit the IoT-J website for more information on upcoming special issues.
Member Society Spotlight
IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S)
Field of Interest: The field of interest of the society shall be theory, techniques and applications of guided wave and wireless technologies spanning the electromagnetic spectrum from RF/microwave through millimeter-waves and terahertz, including the aspects of materials, components, devices, circuits, modules, and systems which involve the generation, modulation, demodulation, control, transmission, sensing and effects of electromagnetic signals.

Conferences of Interest:
IEEE International Microwave Symposium
4-6 August 2020
On-demand is available from 4 August – 30 September

IEEE RFIC Symposium
4-6 August 2020

Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS)
Field of Interest: Engineering in Medicine and Biology; Innovations in Health Care

Conferences of Interest:
International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC)
20-24 July 2020

Initiatives of Interest:  
So You Want to Be a Biomedical Engineer - Learn more about biomedical engineering
Vehicular Technology Society (VTS)  
Field of Interest: The fields of interest of the Society are the theoretical, experimental and operational aspects of electrical and electronics engineering in mobile radio, motor vehicles and land transportation.
  • Mobile radio shall include all terrestrial mobile services.
  • Motor vehicles shall include the components and systems and motive power for propulsion and auxiliary functions.
  • Land transportation shall include the components and systems used in both automated and non-automated facets of ground transport technology. 
Flagship Conferences:
4-8 October 2020
Victoria, BC Canada

Initiatives of Interest:
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