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

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2021 and a new issue of the IEEE Sensors Council quarterly newsletter.

This year opens with optimism that the final chapter of the COVID-19 era is within reach. Needless to say, we are all looking forward to getting back to our normal life.

In this issue, you will read about some exciting initiatives of the Council and about great achievements of our colleagues. Congratulations to our dear colleagues Bernhard Jakoby, Roya Maboudian, Ashwin Seshia, and Thomas Thundat on elevation to IEEE Fellows Class of 2021. Bernhard was recognized for his contribution to fluidic sensors; Roya for contributions to surface coatings and structural materials for MEMS; Ashwin for contributions to resonant-based inertial and mode-localized sensors; and Thomas for contributions to multi-modal MEMS for chemical and biological sensors. 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. Welcome aboard!

We are continuing our promotional campaign "Sensors at the Core."

This campaign highlights our vision that mighty and accessible sensors are the central piece of modern diagnostic systems and interactive devices, and the Sensors Council is the IEEE hub for the development of sensor components, sensor systems, and sensor networks.

Enjoy the Newsletter!

Andrei Shkel
IEEE Sensors Council President

Council News
Nominations Open for Officers and Members-At-Large for 2022-2023 Term
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 2022-2023 term. Self-nominations are allowed. The positions required by the SC rules for odd-year terms are as follows:
  • President-Elect
  • Vice-President for Technical Operations (2-year term, renewable once)
  • Vice-President for Conferences (2-year term, renewable once)
  • Senior Member-at-Large (2-year term, renewable once) – up to one SMALs may be elected for 2022-2023
  • Member-at-Large (2-year term, renewable once) – up to three MALs may be elected for 2022-2023

The job description for each position can be found here. For more information on eligibility, please refer to Article III, Sections 7 and 8 of the Sensors Council Bylaws.

The deadline for nominations is 1 March 2021. Additional details can be found on the Call for Nominations.

Class of 2021 IEEE Fellows Announced

  • Bernhard Jakoby"For contributions to fluidic sensors"
  • Roya Maboudian"For contributions to surface coatings and structural materials for microelectromechanical systems"
  • Ashwin Seshia"For contributions to resonant-based inertial and mode-localized sensors"
  • Thomas Thundat"For contributions to multi-modal microelectromechanical systems for chemical and biological sensors"
2021-2023 Distinguished Lecturers Cohort Announced
The IEEE Sensors Council’s Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) promotes the field of Sensors to the broad engineering and scientific community. The following have been selected for 2021-2023 term:
  • Arokia Nathan – Darwin College, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Vladimir Lumelsky – University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • Enakshi Bhattacharya – Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
  • Giancarlo Fortino – University of Calabria, Rende, Italy

To see a full list of Sensors Council DLs, their talks, or to request a speaker at your next event, please visit the website.

Virtual Winter School on Wearable Sensors on 6-7 February

The virtual Winter School on Wearable Sensors and Devices is being organized by the IEEE Gujarat Section Sensors Council Chapter on 6-7 February. This format emphasizes the flexibility of virtual speakers both in real-time and through recorded talks.

Featured Talks:
  • "Discovering Templates of Engineering Design Hidden in Nature’s Transducers"
  • "Self-Powered Wearable Sensors for Health and Environmental Monitoring"
  • "From Sensors to Computing, Trends for Wearable and Medical Devices"
  • "Tactile Skin in Robotics and Medical Applications"
  • "Wearable Printed Graphene Sensors"
  • "Smart Textile"
  • "Heartbeat Monitoring System and Healthcare"
IEEE Array Cafe – Episode One: Dr. Amara Amara and the Coronavirus
IEEE Array Cafe is a podcast (sponsored by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and the IEEE Sensors Council) about everything engineering – science, technology, and professional issues.

Episode 1: Hear hosts Hadi Heidari, Hamida Hallil, Nicole Weckman, Bruce Hecht, and Aisha Yousuf interview Dr. Amara Amara, President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. In this episode, Dr. Amara discusses his career, the coronavirus, and much more.

Reach out to @CafeArray on Twitter to suggest topics, speakers or if you would like to join the conversation.
Sensors Council WiSe Week
The IEEE Gujarat Section Sensors Council Chapter in collaboration with the WIE Affinity Group of IEEE Gujarat Section hosted the virtual event "WiSe Week 2020" from 28 September-2 October 2020. All 131 attendees were given certificates of participation. The student volunteers were acknowledged for their contribution. The event was live-streamed through the Sensors Council YouTube Channel. During the period of this event, the channel witnessed 1,100 unique views, 98 hours of total view, and added 35 new subscribers.

If you or your Chapter are interested in hosting a WiSe event, please contact Hamida Hallil, WiSe Chair.
Young Professionals Events
The IEEE Sensors Council Young Professionals is a group of members and volunteers who have graduated with their first professional degree within the past 15 years. In Q3 and Q4 2020, the SC YP hosted several successful virtual events at the 2020 SENSORS Conference and started a new initiative "Industry-Academia Webinar Series" jointly organized with the IEEE Rajasthan Subsection. They hosted two webinars "How Does Deep-Tech Innovation Bring Value to Society?" and "Emerging Possibility in Smart Grid."

If you or your Chapter are interested in hosting a YP event, please contact Dr. Saakshi Dhanekar, YP Chair.
Chapter News
“REACHING LOCALS” – IEEE Gujarat Section's Chapter Activity
Encouraged by the initiation of 2020 IEEE President, Professor Toshio Fukuda, and IEEE R10 Director, Professor Akinori Nishihara, the IEEE Gujarat Section Sensors Council Chapter has started this ambitious project, "REACHING LOCALS." They are currently translating the interesting and engaging engineering lessons of Try Engineering into the local language (Gujarati) in order to reach out to non-English speaking communities.

Check out these select lessons:

The goal of the project is to provide a trusted source of educational resources and services to a section of aspiring people, primarily students, who previously did not have access. We believe that this initiative will inspire a global audience and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. A seed fund of US$300 was received from IEEE Region 10 in acknowledgment of our initiative and effort.

Conference News
COVID-19 UPDATES: As travel and the status of events around the world remain uncertain, please frequently check the conference websites to ensure you have the most up-to-date information and announcements.
INERTIAL 2021 will be a five-day event with one day of tutorials and four days of technical sessions. The deadline for Late News submissions has been extended. All accepted and presented papers will be available at IEEE Xplore.

Upcoming Deadlines: 
  • Late-Breaking News Submissions – 24 January
  • Full Paper Deadline – 10 February
  • Early Registration – Now Open

Visit the conference website for more details and to register.

IEEE FLEPS 2021 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 Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems.

Upcoming Deadlines:
  • Tutorial Proposal Submissions – 25 January
  • Focused Session Proposal Submissions – 25 January
  • Final Paper Submissions – 1 March
  • Standard Registration – 14 May

Visit the conference website for more details and to register.

IEEE SENSORS 2021 provides 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.

Upcoming Deadlines:
  • Proposals for Tutorials and Focused Sessions – 6 May
  • Paper Submissions – 18 June
For more information, please visit the conference website.
Publication News
IEEE Sensors Journal
Special Issues Call for Papers

Sensors Tutorials: A Vigorous Dive into the Vast Sea of Sensor-Related Knowledge
Submission Deadline: 31 March 2021

Sensors for Body Temperature Measurement and Monitoring in a Time of Pandemic
Submission Deadline: 31 March 2021 

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

IEEE Sensors Letters
scope 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.
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. Submissions 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
The IEEE-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics BHI is the flagship conference of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society on informatics and computing in healthcare and life sciences. The theme of BHI 2021 is “Reshaping healthcare through advanced AI-enabled health informatics for a better quality of life”. IEEE-EMBS BHI 2021 will be co-localized with IEEE-EMBS BSN 2021 (17th IEEE International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks) in Athens, Greece from 21-24 September, 2021.

Ignacio R. Matias, IEEE Sensors Journal Editor, has published a book entitled "Optical Fibre Sensors: Fundamentals for Development of Optimized Devices." This work discusses the fundamentals and foundations of fiber optic sensor technology and provides real-world examples to illustrate the concepts found within.

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