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IEEE Sensors Council Newsletter
 1st Quarter 2019
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Welcome to 2019 and a new issue of the IEEE Sensors Council quarterly newsletter!

At the start of a New Year, we can look back at the achievement of the year that just ended. Our flagship conference, IEEE SENSORS 2018, took place for the first time in India last October. It was also an opportunity to learn more about India’s very rich science heritage, through a public awareness campaign orchestrated by the organizers. The conference was also the opportunity to see finalists of the IEEE International Sensors and Measurement Student Contest (IEEE IS&M-SC) led in collaboration with the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, and the first competition based on Sensors Council-produced Make Your Own Sensors Applications (MYOSA) sensor platform.

Our new rapid-dissemination journal, IEEE Sensors Letters was very successful in 2018, achieving impressively low time to publication, as did our flagship journal, IEEE Sensors Journal.

We have also launched our YouTube channel - check it out and subscribe to it to keep informed of new tutorials and contents added regularly!

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 2019 a big success for the Sensors community!

Fabrice Labeau
IEEE Sensors Council President

Congratulations to the 2019 Sensors Council Class of IEEE Fellows! Thank you for your many contributions to IEEE Sensors Council:

Prof. Julian Gardner
"For contributions to electronic noses and gas sensors"
Deepak Uttamchandani
"For contributions to photonics-based sensing"

The 2018 Sensors Council Awards were given during our flagship conference, IEEE SENSORS 2018 in New Delhi, India on Tuesday 30 October 2018. The full list of 2018 award recipients can be found on the Sensors Council website.

IEEE Sensors Council Meritorious Service Award
Yu-Cheng Lin
National Cheng Kung University, Tainan City, Taiwan
"For outstanding contributions to the IEEE Sensors Council conferences"

IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award in the field of Sensors - Early Career
Prof. Daniele Tosi
The Nazarbayev University, School of Engineering, Astana, Kazakhstan
"For outstanding research in high resolution fiber optic sensors for biomedical applications and biosensors, as well as dedicated work for the sensors community and the Sensors Council"

IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award in the field of Sensors - Advanced Career
Prof. Gerard Coté
Texas A&M University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College Station, TX, USA
"For pioneering research in the area of optical glucose monitoring for diabetes and point-of-care diagnostics of diseases, as well as a distinguished career of service to the profession"

IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award in the field of Sensor Systems or Networks - Advanced Career
Ashwin Seshia
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
"For pioneering work on resonant microsystems, with applications to sub-surface density-contrast imaging and energy harvesting systems"

IEEE Sensors Council Early Career (Young Professionals) Award
Omer Tolga Inan
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
"For his outstanding research, teaching and service, including his leadership in the fields of wearable and non-invasive sensing of bioacoustics and vibrations, and his pioneering contributions to modern ballistocardiography and joint health monitoring"

IEEE Sensors Journal Best Performing Topical Editor
Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay

IEEE Sensors Journal Best Performing Associate Editors Cheng-Ta Chiang and Tarikul Islam

2017 IEEE Sensors Council Outstanding Chapter Award
Congratulations to the IEEE Santa Clara Valley Section Chapter; photos of the event are below:

Tarikul Islam, 2018 IEEE Sensors Journal Best Performing Associate Editor with IEEE Sensors Journal Editor in Chief Sandro Carrara
Yu-Cheng Lin, 2018 Sensors Council Meritorious Service Award recipient with IEEE Sensors Council President Fabrice Labeau
Daniele Tosi, 2018 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award in the area of Sensors (early career) recipient with IEEE Sensors Council President Fabrice Labeau
Mike McShane accepting the Technical Achievement Award in the area of Sensors (advanced career) on behalf of Gerard L. Coté with Sensors Council President Fabrice Labeau
Ashwin Seshia, 2018 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award in the area of Sensor Systems or Networks (advanced career) recipient with IEEE Sensors Council President Fabrice Labeau

The call for nominations for the 2019 IEEE Sensors Council awards is now open. Please consider nominating a deserving colleague for the following awards:
  • IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Awards (4 Awards)
  • IEEE Sensors Council Meritorious Service Award
  • IEEE Sensors Journal Best Paper and Runner-Up Award
  • IEEE Sensors Council Young Professional Award
The detailed instructions are available in the official Sensors Council Award Procedures. All nominations are due by 15 May 2019. The annual awards will be presented at the IEEE SENSORS Conference in Montreal, Canada on 27-30 October 2019. Please visit our website for more information on how to submit your nomination.

The Sensors Council Nominations Committee requests nominations for qualified individuals to fill the following Council officer positions for the 2020-2021 term:
  • 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)
  • Member-at-Large (2-year term)
The deadline for nominations is 1 March 2019. More information and nomination packages on our website. Please direct any questions to Mike McShane, IEEE Sensors Council Nominations and Appointments Committee Chair.

The IEEE Sensors Council's YouTube channel currently contains videos of 164 conference presentations. Subscribe to our channel free of charge to stay up-to-date with all the latest videos!

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by Deepak Uttamchandani, Vice President (VP) - Conferences

The VP of Conferences is one of the four VP roles within the leadership team of the Sensors Council. The importance of this role stems from the fact that around 50% of the Council's revenue is generated from conference activity. Our conferences are, therefore, very important in terms of the financial sustainability and future growth of the wide range of the Council's professional and technical activities, many of which are delivered worldwide.

In a typical year, the VP Conferences will lead and support a number of activities including: venue recommendation for future editions of the flagship SENSORS conference (which tends to generate a lively and passionate debate within the AdCom); give support to the organizers of the current year's SENSORS conference; lead the review of the current year’s SENSORS conference whilst ensuring that lessons learnt and conference-delegate feedback is passed on to the leadership team of the next SENSORS conference; engage with the leadership of other conferences where the Sensors Council has full or partial interest, such as INERTIAL, WF-IoT and ISOEN; engage with the IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events (MCE) team and Contracts team; engage with VP-Conferences of other IEEE Technical Councils and Societies; and if possible attend the IEEE CONVENE event.

The Sensors Council VP Conferences also chairs the Meetings Committee (MC) whose members assist with many of the tasks described above. One of the new actions that will be undertaken with the help of the MC is a search for new Sensors Council conferences or meetings to add to our already successful, but fairly small portfolio. With the help of our volunteers, my immediate aim is for the Council to launch some high-quality, successful and sustainable new conferences over the next 12 to 18 months.

Call for Bids for SENSORS 2023
Groups interested in hosting the future IEEE SENSORS 2023 are encouraged to submit their Letters of Intent by 1 May 2019. The SENSORS Conference venue rotates between three geographical zones and therefore SENSORS 2023 will be held in Europe/Africa/Middle East. A summary of the bidding process and the bid package requirements can be found on our website.

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IEEE SENSORS 2018 was held in New Delhi, India, 28-31 October 2018. Thank you to all our attendees, promotional sponsors, primary exhibitors, and emerging business exhibitors for helping make IEEE SENSORS 2018 a huge success!

IEEE SENSORS 2018 showcased high-quality technical presentations on a broad range of multidisciplinary topics related to sensors and sensor applications. The conference attracted over 600 from over 53 different countries and attracted over 921 abstracts from 58 countries.

This year's conference included a wide range of new initiatives and events including:
  • The first international IEEE conference of any that touch upon the subject of sensors (e.g., IEEE MEMS, IEEE Transducers) to be held in South Asia.
  • Approximately 30% of the accepted papers were from South Asia, a region which normally contributes only about 3% of the papers and about 57% of the accepted papers were from the greater Asia/Pacific region.
  • The Women in Sensors (WiSE) activities were expanded to three events, and were organized by the newly established Women's Leadership Forum
  • Two industry panels were conducted, and both were successful. The panels were:
    • Biometric, Medical, and Wearable Systems
    • Connected Sensors are Enabling a Smarter Society - From Hype to Products
  • International Sensors and Measurement Student contest and MYOSA Student Contest
  • "Emerging Sensor Technologies and Data Analytics for Air Quality Monitoring" DST-UKIERI workshop
We look forward to seeing everyone again at IEEE SENSORS 2019!

Women in Sensors

Young Professionals and Women in Sensors in IEEE SENSORS 2018

A feature of the 2018 IEEE SENSORS Conference was the 'Women in Sensors (WiSe) Program'. The WiSe Keynote Speaker, Veena Misra, North Carolina State University, NC, USA spoke about the recent advancement in the 'Wearable Sensor Systems in Healthcare.' This was followed by a panel discussion on 'Career Opportunities in Academia, Industry and Government Laboratories.' This session was open to all men and women; however, a lot of emphasis was on Fellowships and career opportunities for women.

A session called "Young Professionals and WiSe Mentoring Round Table: Lunch with the Experts" was held during the conference lunch. This session focused on unique issues related to young professionals and women in sensors career development and gave the opportunity to all Young Professional and female participants to interact with experts in key areas of sensors. Participants were assigned a table based on their relevant topics (with an additional table specifically for Women in Sensors) in a setting that fostered attendee/expert interactions and provided networking opportunities with leaders in the field.

The last session of WiSe was a women's only session for women working in different fields of sensors. It commenced with brief talks by the keynote speakers and was then open for discussions and networking between women in all stages of their careers.

The IEEE Young Professionals (YP) Program gathered lot of attention by beginning with YP reception and Halloween party followed by a dinner on first day of the conference, coordinated by Saakshi Dhanekar and Sinead O'Keeffe. Around 80 YPs interacted informally and discussed their present work, future collaborations and scope to work outside their organizations.

The following day, there was a Professional Development Program with a Panel discussion on "Publishing in Journals and the Review Process." The panel addressed the general doubts of researchers like "how and what to publish," "how to enhance readership," and "the difference between IEEE Sensors Journal and IEEE Sensors Letters." This was followed by a presentation by the IEEE Sensors Council Young Professional Representative, Hadi Heidari and IEEE Sensors Council Young Professional Award Committee Chair, Alper Bozkurt. The Professional Development Program II consisted of a talk by Elfed Lewis, IEEE Sensors Council VP Technical Operations on IEEE Sensors Council Activities and was followed by a panel discussion titled "Work of the Future" moderated by Bruce Hecht and Sinead O'Keeffe.

Visit our website for photos from the event.

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Save the Date: IEEE SENSORS 2019 will be held in Montreal, Canada from 27-30 October 2019. All conference information can be found on the SENSORS 2019 website.

Future IEEE SENSORS Conference Locations
IEEE SENSORS 2019: Montreal, Canada
IEEE SENSORS 2020: Rotterdam, Netherlands
IEEE SENSORS 2021: Sydney, Australia
IEEE SENSORS 2022: Dallas, Texas, USA

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IEEE INERTIAL 2019 will be held in Naples, FL, USA from 1-4 April 2019 at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. The event continues our annual tradition of informal single-track international meetings discussing the latest developments in the area of modern inertial sensors and emerging applications.

Important Deadlines:
Late News Submission: 4 January 2019
Full Paper Submission and Early Registration: 1 February 2019

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The IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2019) will be held 15-18 April 2019 in Limerick, Ireland.

Register for the conference by 20 February 2019 to receive a discounted rate. More information can be found on the conference website.

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The 18th International Symposium on Olfaction and Electronic Nose (ISOEN 2019) will be held 26-29 May 2019 in Fukuoka, Japan. ISOEN 2019 provides a forum for scientists, engineers and practitioners to share their latest findings, innovations and products in the area of artificial chemoreception.

Visit the conference website and register today!

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The 16th IEEE EMBS International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN’19) jointly organized with IEEE EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI’19) will be held at the UIC Forum, Chicago, IL, USA 19-22 May 2019.

Important Dates:
Submission Deadline of Regular four page Papers: 21 January 2019
Acceptance Notification of Full-Length Papers: 25 February 2019
Submission Deadline of Demo/Poster Abstracts: 5 March 2019
Acceptance Notification of Demo/Poster Abstracts: 11 March 2019
Submission of Camera-ready Papers and Abstracts: 25 March 2019

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The 41st International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference will be held 23-27 July 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The overarching theme is "Biomedical engineering ranging from wellness to intensive care."

Important Dates:
Full Paper submission deadline: 5 February 2019
Full Paper accept/reject notification: 5 April 2019
Full Paper final submission deadline: 17 April 2019

In partnership with the IEEE Standards Association (SA), the Standards Committee and the Industrial Liaison Committee of the IEEE Sensors Council is supporting three global initiatives:
  • Standard for Establishing Quality of Data Sensor Parameters in the Internet of Things Environment (P2510)
  • Wearables and Medical IoT Interoperability and Intelligence Workshop Series (WAMIII)
  • IEEE SA Industry Connections (IC) Program: Connectivity Harmonization of the Digital Citizen
These initiatives are intended to drive collaboration between academic and industry partners to develop solutions and standards for a diverse range of sensor and sensor system applications. To participate in these and other activities please contact Gerry Hayes at

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Become a member of the IEEE Sensors Certification Committee (ISCC) to take advantage of these benefits:
  • Stand out in the market with the IEEE Global Sensors Registry.
  • Attain voting rights on Sensors Certification Program Development.
  • Get 50% off the first-year membership fee.

Learn more about the ISCC. Apply Today!

IEEE Sensors Journal

IEEE Sensors Journal New Special Issue on "Deep Learning for Multi-Source Multi-Sensor Fusion"

Multi-source multi-sensor fusion has a wealth of manifestation ranging from object detection, monitoring, and recognition to decision making. This new Special Issue will be devoted to present and highlight the advances and the latest novel and emergent technologies, implementations and applications in multi-source multi-sensor fusion fields. The application of deep learning in different sensor systems will be largely exploited.

Submissions deadline: 31 January 2019

The IEEE Sensors Journal Special Issues are available on our website.

IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS)

The IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems 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.

Papers are sought that address innovative approaches to solving problems related to the development and use of miniaturized platforms such as drones and CubeSats. The scope includes both the sensors (across the electromagnetic spectrum) and platform systems. These topics include: airframe, propulsion, controls, navigation, power, communication, etc. Papers addressing theory, application, and operation of small platforms along with the design and development of platforms and sensor systems are welcome. Papers covering educational activities in developing small platforms or their sensors are also encouraged.

For more information, please visit our website or contact John Schmalzel at

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

The IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, sponsored by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (APS), IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), and IEEE Sensors Council, encourages the submission of manuscripts with scopes in state-of-the-art research related to electromagnetics theory, techniques and integration for medical and biological applications.

The focuses of the journal are on unifying the sciences and applications of medicine and biology related to and/or utilizing electromagnetics, radio frequency signals, and microwaves/millimeter-waves. The manuscripts emphasize important features in biological studies and practical aspects in medical applications. Instrumentation, device fabrication and development, hardware, software, interface, simulation, mathematics, and physics described in the manuscripts are to support their implementation for biological and medical applications.

Particularly, J-ERM is interested in articles about state-of-the-art sensors for medical, health-related, agricultural, environmental, and biological applications, utilizing electromagnetic techniques. The manuscripts can be original research or review types.

The journal is in electronic format. The authors are asked to provide a Visual Summary with a figure to summarize the achievements of research in the manuscript; and "Take-Home Messages" with maximum five bullet points to highlight the significance, innovation, and conclusion of the work. The details for manuscript submission are at the journal website.

Visit the Journal website:
Contact information: Editor in Chief: Professor J.-C. Chiao

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