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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

Welcome to the Spring 2021 (Qtr 2) newsletter of the IEEE Sensors Council.

As COVID-19 cases continue to drop and vaccinations increase around the world, we look with optimism that the final chapter of the COVID-19 era is within reach. We are all looking forward to getting back to our normal life, with in-person meetings, debates, travel.

Just this past weekend, the Council held its semi-annual AdCom meeting. It was a three-day, virtual marathon where we discussed our vision for the Council, “bragged” about our successes in publications, conferences, finances, education, our special attention to diversity, debated about the future of conference publications, format of post-pandemic events, and our presence on social media. It was a very good meeting! Election of the Council’s officers was the culmination of the meeting. Our warmest congratulations to Council’s new leaders for 2022-2023: Deepak Uttamchandani (President-Elect), Anil Roy (VP-Technical Operations), John Vig (VP-Conferences), and Chris Schober (Senior Member-at-Large). My congratulations also go to our five new Members-at-Large.

Since our Winter (Qtr 1) newsletter, we have had another highly-successful INERTIAL conference with outstanding tutorials, traditionally high-quality technical presentations, and opportunities for networking. Congratulations to the organizers, the General Chair, Mike Larsen (Northrop Grumman), and the Technical Program Committee Chair, Ron Polcawich (DARPA), as well as the Tutorials Chair, Jenni Strabley (Honeywell), the Exhibits Chair Ryan Knight (ARL), and the entire Organizing and Technical Program Committee. We are now preparing for the INERTIAL’22 in Avignon, France, to be held on 21-28 March 2022.

With our conferences, publications, technical and educational events, we are continuing to spread our vision for "Sensors at the Core," where mighty and accessible sensors will be the central piece providing the intelligence to a growing number of interactive products and applications. The Sensors Council remains to be the IEEE hub for sensors technology.

Enjoy the Newsletter!

Andrei Shkel
IEEE Sensors Council President

Council News
Sensors Council Newly-Elected Officers for 2022-2023
IEEE Sensors Council would like to congratulate the newly-elected Council Officers for the 2022-2023 term:
  • President-Elect: Deepak Uttamchandani
  • VP Conferences: John Vig
  • VP Technical Operations: Anil Roy
  • Senior Member-at-Large: Chris Schober
  • Members-at-Large: Saakshi Dhanekar, Hadi Heidari, Marco Jose da Silva and Stoyan Nihtianov
Call for Nominations for the 2021 Sensors Council Awards
The Sensors Council is currently accepting nominations for the following 2021 Sensors Council Awards:
  • Technical Achievement Awards (Four Awards)
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Young Professional Award
  • Lifetime Contribution Award
  • IEEE Sensors Journal Best Paper Award
  • IEEE Sensors Letters Best Paper Award
  • IEEE Internet of Things Journal Best Paper Award
  • IEEE Internet of Things Journal Outstanding Service Award

The nomination deadline is 15 May. Visit our website for information on how to submit your nomination.

2021 IEEE Sensors Council Outstanding Chapter Award
Congratulations to the New South Wales (NSW) Section Chapter for being awarded with the 2020 IEEE Sensors Council Outstanding Chapter Award.

The criteria for the award include New Volunteer Engagement, Technical Meetings, Industry Participation, and Student Involvement.

To encourage Chapter activities, IEEE Sensors Council Outstanding Chapter Award  was formed in 2017 with the objective of recognizing the best Chapter for a given calendar year based on their activities. The prize is US$1,000 and a certificate. For more info, click here.

Read the full announcement here.
Call for Letters of Intent for the 2025 IEEE SENSORS Conference
IEEE SENSORS 2025 will be held in the Americas! Groups interested in hosting the future SENSORS conference are encouraged to submit Letters of Intent by 1 May 2021. A summary of the bidding process and the bid package requirements can be found here.
IEEE Array Cafe – Episode 2: Featuring Chris Schober
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 2: On our second episode, our hosts - Hadi Heidari, Hamida Hallil, Nicole Weckman, Bruce Hecht, and Aisha Yousuf - interview Chris Schober. Chris takes us through her educational journey, recounts her incredible four decades-long career at Honeywell, offers some advice for young engineers seeking to make an impact, and much more.

Reach out to @CafeArray on Twitter to suggest topics, speakers or if you would like to join the conversation.
Connect with the Council
We are excited to announce the launch of a new Sensors Council LinkedIn Company Page. The Sensors Council LinkedIn Group Page will remain in place for members to communicate with one another in a closed setting, while the LinkedIn Company Page will serve as a place to find official updates and communications from the Council. The new page will allow members to add the Sensors Council as a volunteer position on their LinkedIn profile and tag the Council in posts.

You can also become a part of the Sensors Council community on IEEE Collabratec®.
Chapter News
New Sensors Council Chapters Added
Please help us welcome the newest Sensors Council Chapters:
  • Hyderabad Section Joint Chapter, India
  • Russia Section Joint Chapter
  • South Brazil Section Chapter
  • Seoul Section Chapter, South Korea

Currently, IEEE Sensors Council has 25 Section levels and 7 Joint Chapters, and 21 Student Branch Chapters. The complete list of all Chapters may be found here.

Winter School on Wearable Sensors and Devices Post-Event Report
The IEEE Gujarat Section Sensors Council Chapter hosted an all virtual-event “Winter School on Wearable Sensors and Devices” 6-7 February. It was a two-day event which included 9 expert-led, 60-minute sessions. It was attended by 172 (including speakers) delegates from different academic institutions and industries from nine countries including the USA, Canada, Scotland, the Netherlands, Iran, Pakistan, Australia, Italy, and India and 22 states of India. Additionally, participants were 37% female and 63% male with 51% students, 40% faculty, and 8% industry.

Read the full report here.
The International Summer School on Wearable Sensors in Sport on 14-16 June
The Summer School is organized by the University of Rome "Foro Italico," the only Italian University entirely devoted to sport and exercise sciences, and is sponsored by the IEEE Sensors Council Italy Chapter. This School is unique with its intent of establishing synergies between the different stakeholders working in the field of sports monitoring with wearable sensors.

Topics Include:
  • Trends in wearable sensors and related applications in sport
  • Cardiac monitoring in sport
  • Respiratory monitoring in sport
  • Movement monitoring in sport
  • Energetics and power monitoring in sport
  • Training metrics and data analysis
  • Challenges and perspectives on the use of wearable sensors in sport

Detailed information can be found at International Summer School on Wearable Sensors in Sport - IEEE Italy Sensors Chapter.

Call for Submissions of Seasonal Schools
The Sensors Council encourages organizing Summer/Seasonal Schools in different locations of the world. Sensors Council is soliciting proposals for such schools focused on a sensors theme. If you are interested in organizing one at your location, please send your proposal to the Educational Activity Chair, Dr. Chonggang Wang with a copy to Brooke Johnson.
Chapter Support Funding Available
The Sensors Council provides technical and financial support to its Chapters for organizing events during the calendar year, preferably to the newly formed Chapters. Please contact the Vice President – Technical Operations, Anil Roy with a copy to Brooke Johnson should you need funding and/or need to contact a potential lecturer for your Chapter's meeting.
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.
IEEE FLEPS 2021 will be held as a virtual conference. Register by 28 May.

FLEPS is a fast-growing conference expected to bring more than 600 Flexible, Printable Sensors and Systems practitioners together to interact and network with colleagues, learn of the latest sensor-technology innovations, and meet the vendors that supply products and solutions to technical needs.
The exhibition will be closely integrated with the technical program via workshops and tutorials, plenary and industrial innovation sessions, industrial panels, demonstrations, and social activities.
In response to conditions caused by COVID-19, IEEE SENSORS 2021 will be held virtually. Though we are disappointed that we will not be meeting in Sydney, Australia, we hope to visit Sydney for future SENSORS. Going virtual offers a wider range of participation for authors to present their research and application projects to sensors professionals around the world. We look forward to interacting with you virtually this coming October.

Upcoming Deadlines:
  • Proposals for Tutorials and Focused Sessions – 6 May
  • Paper Submissions – 18 June
For more information, please visit the conference website.
While we could not be together in person this year, we were excited to virtually bring together a community of people to discuss the latest developments in the area of modern inertial sensors and emerging applications. We had over 150 attendees join the conference in various events including tutorials, technical sessions, and social hours. Thank you for making INERTIAL 2021 a continued success.

Congratulations to the following Student Best Paper Award Recipients
  • 1st Place: "Finding The Critical Impact Energy For Micro Debris Generation In MEMS Inertial Sensors" by Leonardo Gaffuri Pagani
  • 2nd Place: "Identification Of Gain Mismatches In Control Electronics Of Rate Integrating CVGs'" by Daryosh Vatanparvar
  • 3rd Place: "Digital Control Of MEMS Gyroscopes: A Robust Approach" by Fabrício Saggin
Save the Date! INERTIAL 2022 will be held on 28-31 March in Avignon, France. We hope to see you there!
Publication News
IEEE Sensors Journal
IEEE Sensors Letters

IEEE Sensors Letters 
is a hybrid open-access journal, allowing either traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author-pays-OA) manuscript submission.

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
Upcoming Events

IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference (WAMICON)
28-29 April | Virtual Conference

Virtual IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference (WPTC)
1-4 June | Virtual Conference

IEEE International Microwaves Symposium (IMS)
7-10 June | Atlanta, Georgia, USA (In-Person)
20-25 June | Virtual Conference

MTT-S Distinguished Microwave Lectures

MTT-S presents a series of virtual distinguished lecturer webinars. Check out the latest webinar - Microwaving a Biological Cell Alive: Label-free Noninvasive Cell Characterization by Broadband Impedance Spectroscopy presented by Professor James Hwang, Cornell University, NY, USA.

Call for Proposals for the 2024 Radar Conference
The formal notice of intent is requested by 1 May and the written proposal by 15 June. Prior to submitting a proposal, AESS members interested in hosting RadarConf'24 should send a notice of intent via email to Prof. Julie Jackson. As part of a formal proposal, interested parties will be asked to demonstrate sufficient anticipated support from the radar industry, facilities amenable for hosting the conference, and a financial plan according to IEEE requirements.

IEEE Radar Conference 2021
The safety and well-being of all conference participants is a top priority. As such, Radar Conf '21 has been moved to fully VIRTUAL format from 10-14 May. To register for the conference, go to the CVENT registration website for more details.

The IEEE International Magnetics Conference (Intermag) will be held as a virtual conference from 26-30 April. INTERMAG covers all aspects of applied magnetism ranging from fundamental to applied aspects, including spintronics, magnetic recording, magnetic memory, sensors, bio-magnetism, energy and power technologies, electrical machines, power electronics and electric drives, and the emerging fields of Internet-of-Things and smart living. It provides a series of oral and poster presentations, invited talks and symposia, a tutorial session and exhibits. Proceedings will be published in the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics upon peer review.
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