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 1st Quarter 2018
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Welcome to 2018 and a new issue of the IEEE Sensors Council quarterly newsletter!

I am starting my two-year term as IEEE Sensors Council president, As I look back at everything that our volunteers within the Council have accomplished over the span of 2017, it is clear that quite a lot has been done.

The 2017 edition of our flagship conference IEEE SENSORS in Glasgow was a resounding success; for the first time, it included a public awareness campaign over the weeks leading up to the conference, all Glaswegians were exposed to posters in local public transport highlighting the rich science and engineering heritage of the city. Another first was a day-long activity promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among girls from local schools. I am personally looking forward to what the IEEE SENSORS 2018 has in store for us in New Delhi, India.

2017 was also a year of student contests: from the "sniffest," a machine olfaction cheese recognition competition that took place at ISOEN 2017, to the IEEE International Sensors and Measurement Student Contest (IEEE IS&M-SC) led in collaboration with the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, we have been engaging students in competitions in which they can showcase their design skills with sensor equipment. This activity will definitely continue to grow in 2018, with the IEEE IS&M-SC in its next phase, and the development of new competitions based on a the Make Your Own Sensors Application (MYOSA) platform developed by Sensors Council AdCom member Anil Roy.

2017 also saw the launch of our new rapid dissemination journal, IEEE Sensors Letters. Early reports are in and the new journal is indeed keeping its promises in terms of timeliness: the median time between submission and first decision is now at 2.5 weeks.

2018 promises to be another important year for the Council, with the continuation of the initiatives above, but also several more that the AdCom and volunteers are hard at work preparing.

If you have any specific ideas of initiatives the Sensors Council could be considering, feel free to send your ideas to me by email at I am looking forward to working with all of you to make 2018 a big success for the Sensors community!

Fabrice Labeau
IEEE Sensors Council President

The IEEE Sensors Council Nominations Committee requests nominations for qualified individuals to fill the following Council officer positions for the 2019-2020 term:
  1. Vice President for Finance (2-year term, renewable once)
  2. Vice President for Publications (2-year term, renewable once)
  3. Member-at-Large (2-year term)
The deadline for nominations is 15 March 2018.

More information and nomination packages can be found on our website. Please contact Mike McShane with any questions.

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IEEE SENSORS 2018, the flagship conference of the IEEE Sensors Council will be held in New Delhi, India 28-31 October 2018.

The three page paper submission deadline is 18 June 2018. For more information, please visit the conference website.

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IEEE SENSORS 2017 was held in Glasgow, Scotland, 29 October - 1 November 2017.

Thank you to all our attendees, promotional sponsors, primary exhibitors, and emerging business exhibitors for helping make IEEE SENSORS 2017 a huge success! IEEE SENSORS 2017 showcased high quality technical presentations on a broad range of multidisciplinary topics related to sensors and sensor applications. The conference set a new attendance record of 932 attendees, from over 40 different countries, and attracted over 995 abstracts from 57 countries.

This year's conference included a wide range of new initiatives and events including:
  • A public engagement campaign through a two-week poster campaign highlighting the advances of local scientific heroes and their connection to sensors
  • New Women in Sensors events including STEM for girls and professional networking for women engineers
  • International Sensors and Measurement Student contest
  • CENSIS Technology Summit
  • Brain Data Bank Team Challenge
  • Sensing the Brain workshop
Live demos were again a very popular addition to the technical program. The videos can be viewed on our website. We look forward to seeing everyone again this year at IEEE SENSORS 2018!

IEEE Young Professionals Halloween Party at IEEE SENSORS Conference 2017
Bridges the gap between Young Professionals & Fellows in Sensors Technology

The IEEE Young Professionals Halloween Party was held during the IEEE SENSORS Conference on 30 October 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. IEEE Young Professionals at the IEEE Sensors Council brings together over 100 young professionals in the field of sensors, building bridges between young researchers and fellows. The IEEE Young Professionals Sensors Council Halloween Party was established last year at the IEEE SENSORS 2016 Conference, October 2016 in Orlando, FL, USA. It has emerged as an opportunity where young professionals from different countries and geography regions, from academics and industries can gather together to connect with IEEE Members and explore professional networking and mentorship opportunities.

This year, the IEEE Young Professionals Halloween Party program was organized in two parts on Monday 30th October. During part one, the IEEE Young Professionals enjoyed a drink reception and met the biggest names in Sensors tech including Sensors companies and academics, as well as enhanced their knowledge, skills and network with industry professionals. Part two followed the Halloween party and included a networking discussion supported by the IEEE UK & Ireland Section. Part two was held in the Rotunda Bar in Glasgow near the IEEE SENSORS Conference venue and attracted around 100 participants. While there, they enjoyed a night of Scottish dishes, networking, treats and photo booth, and we introduced them to IEEE Services for Students and Young Professional Members across UK and Ireland Section during the conference through a Professional Development Track.

We would like to acknowledge the important roles played by the IEEE Young Professionals Chair, Dr. Rafal Sliz, IEEE UK and Ireland Section, Professor Ali Hessami, IEEE UK & Ireland Young Professionals Committee, Noel Gomes, and the IEEE Sensors Conference Young Professionals chair, Dr. Sinead O'Keeffe for support of this event. We are also thankful to IEEE Sensors Council admin, in particular Professor Mike McShane and Professor Fabrice Labeau, for their support.

The IEEE Sensors Council and the IEEE Internet of Things Initiative are seeking volunteers to participate in the Organizing Committee for a Virtual Career Fair in Spring 2018. The goal of this pilot project is to help graduating university students find jobs in the emerging Internet of Things field. Graduating students are eager to join IoT companies developing exciting new products based on IEEE technical specialties. In-person career fairs are not universally available. We want to create a Virtual IoT Career Fair (VIoTCF) that will give all students worldwide a new avenue to reach recruiters. The students can trust IEEE to discretely handle their private information. Recruiters will trust IEEE as an honest broker to compile student credentials. Our project will create an efficient global mechanism to bring these parties together:
  • Develops a new partnership mechanism between TAB (Societies, Councils) and MGA (Student Branches, Sections).
  • Increases value of IEEE Membership to students.
  • Gives industry a new avenue to find excellent new employees.
  • Helps Societies and Sections identify Young Professional volunteers.
  • Gives students from both large and small university programs an equal footing when competing for job openings.
  • Potential for program to be self-sustaining with industry patronage
IoT is a rapidly expanding technical area is creating thousands of new jobs. Large and small companies now flock to career fairs on university campuses in search of bright new talents. Thousands of students attend each of these fairs and stand in line for hours to get their resumes into the hands of the "right" company recruiter. Students from smaller programs miss these opportunities. Having the VIoTCF will allow companies and universities of all sizes an equal opportunity to match the perfect student recruit with the perfect job. The VIoTCF is envisioned to operate as follows:
  • Students complete a standard career package (a CV, a personal abstract, and a 30-minute "elevator" pitch video following a recommended outline) in which they describe their qualifications, skills, and achievements in team projects.
  • Their local Student Branch & Section forms a Screening Committee of students and IoT practitioners to review (for quality and content) and "endorse" each student's career package.
  • Students submit their "endorsed" career packages to the VIoTCF using an existing IEEE Virtual Conference toolset by IEEE GlobalSpec and IEEE Collabratec®.
  • Companies exhibit their job openings using the same existing IEEE Virtual Conference toolset.
  • Recruiters and student applicants are "matched" using the existing IEEE Virtual Conference toolset.
  • Industry recruiters contact the students directly to make further arrangements (telephone interviews, video interviews, plant-site interviews, etc.).
  • Students remove their career package from the VIoTCF website when they formally accept a job offer.
Call for Volunteers:
We are seeking volunteers to join the organizing committee for this project. From IEEE, we need Student Branch officers, Section Education Committee Chairs, and Technical Society Education Committee officials. From Universities, we need Engineering Career Office professionals. From the IoT industry, we seek company HR officers and recruiters. If you think this is an interesting project and have some ideas on how we can make it successful, please volunteer by contacting Troy Nagle at

Inertial logo

IEEE INERTIAL 2018 will be held in Lake Como, Italy 27-29 March 2018.

The late news submission deadline is 5 January 2018. Visit the conference website for more information.

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The IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things will be held in Singapore 5-8 February 2018.

Advanced Registration Deadline: 5 January 2018

For more information and to register, please visit their website.

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SAVE THE DATE! The IEEE Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) 2018 and the IEEE Conference on Body Sensor Networks (BSN) 2018, two premier flagship events in the area of mHealth, health analytics and wearable computers, will be co-located this year along with the Health Information Management Systems Society Annual Conference (HIMSS) 2018.

Our joint event will take place in Las Vegas, NV, USA, 4-7 March 2018. Please join us! Complete details now available on the conference website. #BHI18 #BSN18

SAS logo

Save the Date! The 2018 IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium will take place 12-14 March 2018 in Seoul, Korea.

Final Paper Submission Deadline: 20 January 2018

Visit the conference website for more information.

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The IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) is the flagship conference of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society. I2MTC 2018 is being held in Houston, TX, USA 14-17 May 2018.

Visit the I2MTC conference website for more information.

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The IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) is the flagship conference of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. ISCAS 2018 will be held on 27-30 May 2018. More information can be found on their website.

Each month, IEEE makes available the list of the 50 most downloaded IEEE Sensors Journal papers for the previous month. The latest list is now available.

Each quarter, authors of the most downloaded papers receive a letter from the Sensors Council President acknowledging them for their impressive accomplishment.

An up to date listing of the IEEE Sensors Journal Editorial Board is available on our website.

2016 IEEE Sensors Journal Impact Factor
The journal impact factors for 2016 were recently released and it is a pleasure to report that the IEEE Sensors Journal 2016 Impact Factor (Clarivate, former Thomson-Reuters) is up 33% from last year, to 2.512. This is despite our yearly growth in pages, which means that we have grown in both the number of papers and their perceived quality.

The IEEE Sensors Council is proud to announce the IEEE Sensors Council Distinguished Lecturers (DL) 2017-2019.
  • Ravinder Dahiya, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Vladimir Lumelsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA
  • Michael Shur, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA
  • Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • Sandro Carrara, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Jung-Chih Chiao, University of Texas at Arlington
The IEEE Sensors Council Distinguished Lecturer Program details, including Distinguished Lecturer prerequisites, candidate evaluation criteria, and Lecturer appointment process, duties, and expectations are listed on the Sensors Council's website.

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