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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 Summer 2021 (Q3) newsletter of the IEEE Sensors Council.

Here we are in July of 2021. Looking back a year ago, July of 2020, we didn’t have clarity on the pandemic trajectory and there were no vaccines available. The situation is very different now. Today, we look with optimism that the final chapter of the COVID-19 era is indeed within reach and are looking forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead.

In this newsletter, you will see many exciting happenings in the Council, from launching a new journal to starting new Chapters to recognizing our outstanding colleagues with annual awards. Here are a few very recent developments.

Only a few weeks ago, we had a very successful annual conference on Flexible, Printable Sensors (FLEPS 2021), with a record number of attendees. We have received a record number of submissions for our flagship conference, SENSORS 2021, that will take place from 31 October to 4 November. Even though all our events will still be virtual this year, we are looking forward to opening the year 2022 with the first in-person conference INERTIAL’22 in Avignon, France, to be held on 28-31 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 the IEEE hub for sensors technology.

Enjoy the Newsletter!

Andrei Shkel
IEEE Sensors Council President

Council News
2021 IEEE Sensors Council Award Recipients Announced
We are pleased to congratulate the following recipients of the 2021 IEEE Sensors Council Awards. The Council is especially proud to honor their outstanding accomplishments and look forward to their continual involvement with the Council.
  • IEEE Sensors Council Lifetime Contribution Award
    Troy Nagle and Vladimir Lumelsky
    “For extraordinary impactful contributions to the Council for over a decade while serving in multiple elected leadership roles”

  • Technical Achievement Award in Sensor Systems or Networks (early career)
    Katarzyna Wac
    "For contributions to the algorithms enabling improvement of human behavior, well-being, health, disease self-management, and quality of life in the long term”

  • Technical Achievement Award in Sensor Systems or Networks (advanced career)
    Asad Madni
    "For seminal contributions to the development and commercialization of electronic sensors, systems and instrumentation for aerospace and automotive safety"

  • Technical Achievement Award in Sensors (early career)
    Muhammad Akram Karimi
    "For commercializing innovative Dual mutually orthogonal resonator (DMOR) based microwave sensors for the oil and gas industry"

  • Technical Achievement Award in Sensors (advanced career)
    Joseph Wang
    "For seminal contributions to the fields of wearable sensors and electrochemical biosensors and impacts on the training and professional development of students and postdoctoral sensor researchers from around the globe"

  • IEEE Sensors Journal Best Paper Award
    Nauman Ali Choudhry, Abher Rasheed, Sheraz Ahmad, Lyndon Arnold, and Lijing Wang
    For the paper entitled, "Design, Development and Characterization of Textile Stitch-Based Piezoresistive Sensors for Wearable Monitoring"

  • IEEE Sensors Journal Best Paper Award Runner-Up
    Caitlin N. Teague, J. Alex Heller, Brandi N. Nevius, Andrew M. Carek, Samer Mabrouk, Florencia Garcia-Vicente, Omer T. Inan, and Mozziyar Etemadi
    For the paper entitled, "A Wearable, Multimodal Sensing System to Monitor Knee Joint Health"

  • IEEE Sensors Letters Best Paper Award
    Herbert M. Aumann, Margery K. Aumann, Nuri W. Emanetoglu
    For the paper entitled, "Janus: A Combined Radar and Vibration Sensor for Beehive Monitoring"

  • IoT-J Outstanding Service Award
    Xuemin (Sherman) Shen
    "For the contributions to the growth of the IEEE Internet of Things Journal"

  • 2020 IEEE Sensors Council Outstanding Chapter Award
    New South Wales (NSW) Section Chapter
    "For an active, vibrant, and engaged Chapter"
Call for Distinguished Lecturer Nominations (2022-2024 term)
We are pleased to announce that the IEEE Sensors Council is accepting nominations for the IEEE Sensors Council Distinguished Lecturer (DL) Program for the 2022-2024 term. The nomination deadline is 31 August 2021. For details and to nominate, please visit our website.
Celebrating IEEE Sensors Journal’s 20th Anniversary
In June 2021 we celebrated the IEEE Sensors Journal’s 20th anniversary! The IEEE Sensors Journal was first published on 1 June 2001. The journal has grown exponentially over the past 20 years to become one of the world’s largest journals in sensor engineering and technology as well as one of the largest among more than 200 IEEE publications. We would again like to thank all of the incredibly talented people who have contributed to this journal over the past 20 years.

Connect with the Council
The Sensors Council YouTube channel has had 26,520 views since 1 January and 103K total views since 2018. It has 2300 subscribers. The channel features over 890 tutorials, review papers, conference plenary and invited talks, and more.

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UK's Top 50 Women in Engineering 2021
Congratulations to Professor Elena Gaura for being recognized as one of the UK's Top 50 Women in Engineering 2021. Elena Gaura is a contributor to the Sensors community and in particular the Sensors Council as a reviewer for the IEEE Sensors Journal, her contributions to the SC WiSe Committee, and wireless and sensing technology tutorials at IEEE SENSORS conferences.
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.
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 a future SENSORS Conference. Going virtual offers a wider range of participation for authors to present their research and application projects to sensors professionals around the world.
Meet the IEEE SENSORS 2021 Keynote Speakers!

Debbie G. Senesky


Jérôme Casas


Justin Gooding

We look forward to interacting with you virtually this coming October!

For more information, please visit the conference website.
Save the Date! INERTIAL 2022 will be held on 28-31 March in Avignon, France. We hope to see you there!

Important Dates:
  • Abstract submission: 1 October 2021
  • Acceptance Notification: 1 December 2021
  • Late News Submission: 7 January 2022
  • Late News Acceptance Notification: 17 January 2022
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: 1 February 2022
  • Early Registration Deadline: 1 February 2022
Post-Conference Report:

We had a total of 338 virtual attendees join us this year from 23 different countries. IEEE FLEPS 2021 had a total of 130 presentations, 102 lecture presentations and 28 poster presentations.

Additionally, we are proud to congratulate the winners of the IEEE FLEPS 2021 best student paper awards!

We want to thank our sponsors for their support. Our Platinum Patron, Arm. Our Silver Patrons, who are Printed Electronics Ltd and XTPL. Our Awards Patron, Cambridge University Press. Finally, our Website Patrons, PragmatIC, and Semitronics.

We are very excited to announce that IEEE FLEPS 2022 will be held in Vienna, Austria on 10-13 July 2022! Papers are now accepted.

IEEE FLEPS 2022 will have two new additions to co-chair sets:
  • Diversity in FLEPS Co-Chairs
  • YP FLEPS Co-Chairs
Additionally, IEEE FLEPS 2022 will be taking part in IEEE Open Access, this means that the conference proceedings will be available on IEEE Xplore about a month before the conference.
Chapter News
New Sensors Council Chapters Added
Please help us welcome the newest Sensors Council Chapters:
  • Delhi Section and Rajasthan Subsection Joint Chapter
  • Bangladesh University of Business & Technology Student Branch Chapter
  • Seoul Section Chapter

Currently, IEEE Sensors Council has 33 Section level and 22 Student Branch Chapters. The complete list of all Chapters may be found here.

Report on the IoT Enabled Intelligent Sensor Nodes for Smart City: A Success Story Webinar
The joint Chapter of Hyderabad Section and Ananthapuramu sub-Section’s inaugural program was organized on 4 July 2021 as a webinar on IEEE Sensors Council activities and IoT Enabled Intelligent Sensor Nodes for Smart City: A Success Story. The webinar was attended by 97 participants.

Chapter Chair, Amit Kumar, overviewed the scope of IEEE Sensors Council activities and emphasized engagement with our member society chapters. Prof. Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Sensors Council DL, then presented on the Commonwealth Funded Smart City project that was successfully completed by Macquarie University in 2020 when they installed fabricated sensor nodes that count the number of pedestrians, along with ambient temperature and humidity.
Event Report from the Spain Chapter
The Spain Section Chapter hosted an Air Quality Monitoring Technical Session on 22 June 2021 where Mario de Miguel Ramos, Founder and CEO of Sorex Sensors Ltd. UK, spoke on Sorex Sensors FBAR technology. Participants also had the opportunity to speak with Javier Fernández Huerta, founder and CEO of Kunak Technologies S.L., and Xabier Aláez Sarasibar, CEO and Co-founder of inBiot Monitoring S.L., for the round table portion of the event.
Post-Event Report on the International Summer School on Wearable Sensors in Sport
This Summer School was an all-virtual event organized by the University of Rome “Foro Italico” and sponsored by the IEEE Sensors Council Italy Chapter. It was a three-day event held from 14-16 June which included 18 lectures delivered by experts from academia, sports industry and professionals working with elite athletes. It was attended by 102 delegates with different backgrounds (50% sports science, 50% bioengineering), thus, creating a fruitful environment for establishing synergies between the different stakeholders working in the multidisciplinary field of sports monitoring with wearable sensors.

Ten countries were represented, including Italy, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, Portugal, Serbia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Detailed information can be found at International Summer School on Wearable Sensors in Sport - IEEE Italy Sensors Chapter.
Young Professionals News
Young Professionals Development Program
26-29 July 2021

The IEEE Sensors Council Young Professionals Committee will host a virtual event “Young Professionals Development Program” on 26-29 July. The aim of this series is to prepare young professionals in their early career development, both in research skills and networking. This training program is aimed at young professionals in sensing technology, from academia to industry. The goal is to prepare young researchers to develop, enhance and diversify skill sets needed for their career. This program will be hosted virtually as a series of daily events for four consecutive days. A series of topics that are essential in the early-career stage of individual researchers are selected for young professionals and researchers.

Topics Include:
  • Proposal Writing Skills
  • Journal Article Writing Skills
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Researchers
  • Effective Peer Review of Articles

This event is free with no registration required. Do not miss the chance to attend the YP Development Program, and to grasp a great opportunity to interact with speakers and colleagues, learn something new and boost your professional career!


YES Webinar Series

The YP subcommittee hosts a monthly webinar series called YP Engagement Series (YES). The first two events featured the following talks.
  • “Netradyne – AI and IoT” 
    28 May 2021
    Teja Gudena, Senior Vice President, Netradyne, India spoke on and covered the vision, journey, and product of the company along with the capability of AI, ML, Edge computing, 3D mapping in managing road transportation and monitoring. More than 50 participants across the globe joined the webinar.
  • “Graphene for Next Generation Nanomechanical Sensors” 
    30 June 2021
    Peter Steeneken, Professor, Delft University of Technology, Former principal scientist at NXP shared his experience on working in academics and industry which is quite applicable to the YPs.

The next YES webinar will be held on 28 July at 13:00 BST and feature a talk from Dr. Mohsen Kaboli, Principal Scientist at BMW Group and Assistant Professor at Donders Institute for Brain and Cognition. Additional details will be available on the Sensors Council website.


YP @ FLEPS 2021

Two Young Professionals events were organized at IEEE FLEPS 2021. For the first event, two invited industry experts, Prof. Deepak Gupta (from National Center for Flexible Electronics, IIT Kanpur) and Dr. Neil Chilton (Technical Director of Printed Electronics Limited (PEL)) gave talks on the current technology trends of flexible and printable electronics in the market, and the focus and products of their company. It was a good opportunity for young researchers in the sector.

The second event was a mentors and mentees interactive session. Attendees were divided into three virtual rooms based on their interest and three mentors from academia gave career advice to the young researchers. It was an excellent opportunity for mentees to ask their questions directly to the mentors and have a one-to-one interaction with mentors.

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.
IEEE Journal on Flexible Electronic (J-FLEX)

IEEE Sensors Council will soon have another journal in its growing list of publications.

The IEEE Journal on Flexible Electronics (J-FLEX) will publish cutting-edge research covering all aspects of sensors, transistors, related devices, circuits and systems on flexible, disposable, stretchable and degradable substrates. This includes various functional and sustainable materials; material-integrated sensing, interface subsystems, corresponding actuators; energy harvesting, generation and storage devices; modeling & simulation; manufacturing and integration or packaging in soft and flexible substrates; and all applications of flexible electronics. Topics such as 3D printed or heterogeneous integration of sensors, transistors, related devices, circuits and systems and use of sustainable materials and processes aligned with circular economy are also in the scope of this journal. J-FLEX is cosponsored by the IEEE Electron Device Society and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

New Editor-in-Chief of IEEE J-MASS

The IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS) is a technical journal devoted to covering the rapidly evolving field of small air and space systems such as drones and small satellites. J-MASS has welcomed a new Editor-in-Chief, Kim Fowler, Associate Professor at Campbell University. Learn more on their website at ieee-jmass.org.

Member Society Spotlight

Upcoming Events

2021 IEEE International Symposium on Radio-Frequency Integration Technology (RFIT)
25-27 August | Hualien, Taiwan (Hybrid)

IEEE MTT-S International Microwave and RF Conference (IMaRC)
17-19 December | Lucknow, India

IEEE Radio & Wireless Week
16-19 January | Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 
Paper Summary Submission Due: 25 July

You can find a detailed list of events and webinars here:

New: EPS Resource Center

The EPS Resource Center is the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society’s online library of webinars, lectures, presentations and more. It includes content specifically for EPS members. With the EPS Resource Center, you have videos from the world’s leading electronics packaging experts at your fingertips. As an EPS member you have free access to webinars, newsletters and conference content.

You can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for completing an EPS webinar on the Resource Center. This can count towards the EPS Certificate of Achievement.
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