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IEEE Sensors Council Newsletter
1st Quarter 2015
In this issue
  • New Virtual Conference
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • IEEE Sensors Conference
  • IEEE Sensors Council Standards Initative
  • IEEE Sensors Journal
  • TAB 2015 Meeting Series
  • IEEE Sensors Council Awards
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IEEE Sensors Journal
The March Issue of IEEE Sensors Journal is in the mail and retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

All IEEE Sensors Journal subscribers can access the online edition using their IEEE Account.

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Some of the feature articles in this issue:
  • "Disordered Nanomaterials for Chemielectric Vapor Sensing: A Review"
  • "Wearable Sensors for Human Activity Monitoring: A Review"
  • "Biconical Tapered Fibers Manipulation for Refractive Index and Strain Sensing Applications"
  • "Predicting the Resonant Frequency of Photoacoustic Cells With Side Branches"
  • "Detection and Monitoring of Leakage Currents in Power Transmission Insulators"
  • "Micromachined In-Plane Pressure-Gradient Piezoelectric Microphones"
  • "A 2 x (4) 128 Multitime-Gated SPAD Line Detector for Pulsed Raman Spectroscopy"
  • "Part-Per-Trillion Level Detection of Microcystin-LR Using a Periodic Nanostructure"
  • "Magnetic Field Sensing With Reflectivity Ratio Measurement of Fiber Bragg Grating"

IEEE Internet of Things Journal (IOT-J)

The IEEE Internet of Things Journal (IoT-J) began publication in 2014. All IoT-J papers are now available in IEEE Xplore.

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. Submission of manuscripts are accepted at the Manuscript Central Web site.

Visit our Web site for more information on special issues.

IEEE Sensors Council Chapters

Interested in meeting like-minded people in your area?

Visit the Chapters page on our Web site to find a Sensors Council Chapter near you.

IEEE Sensors Council Distinguished Lecturers

The Sensors Council currently has two Distinguished Lecturers (DL): Brian Cunningham and Elfed Lewis. To request more information concerning these two DL's please contact Hulya Kirkici. For information regarding the DL Program, visit our Web site.

IEEE Sensors Council Executive Committee-Secretary/Treasurer

The IEEE Sensors Council warmly welcomes Jill Gostin, of Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to the Executive Committee. Jill will serve as our secretary and treasurer.

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About the IEEE Sensors Council Newsletter

The IEEE Sensors Council Newsletter includes time sensitive news useful to its members and highlights content of the current issue of IEEE Sensors Journal.

Announcing a new IEEE Virtual Conference

The IEEE Sensors Council and IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) have joined forces to launch a new virtual conference that focuses on practical applications of sensors.

The IEEE Virtual Conference on Applications of Commercial Sensors (VCACS) will have an extended duration, running from 15 June through 15 October. Presentations of accepted papers will occur each week, a more detailed schedule will be available on our Web site as the conference nears.

Successful authors will submit papers that will teach others how to build useful electronic devices using commercially available microprocessor platforms and sensors. Successful authors will include complete details (circuit diagrams, PCB layouts, computer code, SolidWorks files, etc.) so that others can readily implement their working prototypes. A short video of each working system is required.

Special features to IEEE VCACS 2015:
  • There are no conference registration fees;
  • Authors present their work during a Google Hangout on Air;
  • Conference attendees view the conference via a streaming video link. Questions are asked via Twitter;
  • Recordings of the authors presentations will be posted to YouTube;
  • The EMBS is sponsoring a Track on Portable & Wearable Biomedical Sensors & Systems;
  • The virtual conference organizing committee will identify Track best papers. Appropriate Awards will be presented at an IEEE International conference.
Important Dates:
  • Submission Opens: 1 March 2015
  • Submission Closes: 15 August 2015
  • Virtual Sessions Begin: 15 June 2015
  • Virtual Sessions End: 15 October 2015
For Paper Submission Details please view the VCACS 2015 Call for Papers.

Upcoming Conferences

IEEE International Symposium on Inertial Sensors and Systems (ISISS) will be held 23-26 March 2015 in Hapuna Beach, HI, USA.

Register online now!

Visit the conference Web site for more information.

IEEE Tenth International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP) will take place 7-9 April 2015 in Singapore.

Online Registration is now open.

Visit the conference Web site for more information.

IEEE SENSORS Conference 2014-2017

IEEE SENSORS 2014 was held in Valencia, Spain 3-5 November 2014. All conference organizers along with the Sensors Council would like to thank all authors, attendees and supporters. The conference papers are now available on IEEE Xplore. View them here.

IEEE SENSORS 2015 will be held 1-4 November 2015 in Busan, Korea.

Important Dates:
Abstract Submission Deadline: 17 April 2015
Session Proposals: 17 April 2015
Tutorials, Workshop Proposals: 18 May 2015
Notification of Paper Acceptance: 1 July 2015
Submission of Final Papers: 1 September 2015

Visit the conference Web site for more information.

IEEE SENSORS 2016 will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA from 30 October - 3 November 2016.

IEEE SENSORS 2017 will be held in Glasgow, Scotland.

----------------------- IEEE Sensors Council Standards Initiative: Call for Volunteers

At the November 2014 meeting in Valencia, Spain, the Sensors Council Administrative Committee (AdCom) endorsed a proposal from its Strategic and Operational Plans Committee (SOPC) to explore new standards activities in 2015 and beyond. The Council is collaborating with the IEEE Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data Initiatives, and financially cosponsoring their new journals and conferences. Because reliable and accurate sensors are key building blocks for the IoT, as well as the fundamental source of information comprising Big Data, standards are now in progress to guide future developments in both arenas.

To help accelerate the development of industry-wide sensor standards, the Council is partnering with the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) to search for gaps in current sensor standardization efforts. Over the next two years, a series of sensor standard workshops will be organized with IEEE-SA and Council Member Society partners. The Council’s first collaboration in this new standards effort is with IEEE Region X. At the upcoming IEEE TenSymp 2015 conference, an 'Industry Day' is being organized for May 15 in Ahmedabad, India. The Council is participating in an IoT sensor standards exploratory exercise that day. Also on the horizon, a similar event is being planned for IEEE SENSORS 2015 in Busan, Korea, in November.

Individuals who are interested in participating in the Council’s new standards initiative should send an email message to Troy Nagle. Please place 'Sensors Initiative Volunteer' in the subject line. In the body of the message, please state your area of sensor expertise and your ideas for needed standards. Those who respond will become members of our Sensor Standards Technical Community.

Sensors Council Standards Committee (SCSC): Will Lumpkins (chair), Edward Grant (treasurer), Chris Schober, Troy Nagle, Alexander Gelman, Oleg Logvinou, Jim Moore, Ravinder Dahiya

IEEE Sensors Journal Print Discontinued for 2016

John Vig, VP, Publications, presented a case for discontinuing the print version of the IEEE Sensors Journal. The motion he proposed passed unanimously, which means the print version of the Journal will be discontinued at the end of 2015.

IEEE Sensors Journal Most Downloaded Papers

Each month, the IEEE makes available the list of the 50 most downloaded 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.

Member Society Presidents at the IEEE TAB Meeting Series
The Council underwent a five-year review by the IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) in 2014. The report was very positive. In its review report to the Council, TAB recommended that the Council explore new services for sensor professionals. To comply with this TAB request and to update to the Councils' Member Societies, the Sensors Council held a dinner for their Member Society President's at the IEEE TAB Meeting Series in New Orleans, LA, USA on February 5, 2015. An informal reception for networking was held, followed by dinner and a presentation by Sensors Council President, Troy Nagle. There was opportunity to get to know one another, and also to brainstorm on possible collaborations between the Sensors Council and our Member Societies. Several new areas for collaboration were identified, including industry forums, distinguished lecturer programs, and standards workshops.

Attendees were:
  • Robert P. Lyons, Jr., Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society President;
  • John Y. Hung, Industrial Electronics Society President;
  • Dalma Novak, Photonics Society President;
  • Jian-- Lu, Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society President;
  • Fabrice Labeau, Vehicular Technology Society President;
  • H. Troy Nagle, Sensors Council President;
  • John Vig, Sensors Council VP Publications;
  • Chris Schober, Sensors Council Past-Past President and Member Society Relations Committee Chair;
  • Hulya Kirkici, Sensors Council VP Technical Operations;
  • William Lumpkins, Sensors Council Standards Committee;
  • Judy Scharmann, Sensors Council Executive Assistant

IEEE Sensors Council President, H. Troy Nagle, addresses the attendees, welcoming them to the Member Society President's dinner.

IEEE Sensors Council President, H. Troy Nagle, speaks with AESS President Bob Lyons and UFFC President Jian-Yu Lu.

Sensors Council Awards - Nominations Open, New Awards!

With the posting of the awards information on the Sensors Council Web site, nomination season is officially open! Nominations are due 15 May 2015.

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our awards to include four different Technical Achievement Awards. Now, we have separate awards to recognize activities in the categories of Sensors and Sensor Systems or Networks as well as separate awards for different career levels in each category. Early Career Awards are intended for individuals within 15 years of receiving the first degree, while Advanced Career Awards will honor individuals in later stages of their careers. These awards aim to recognize individuals with outstanding technical contributions, documented by publications and patents, and the competition is based on the general quality and originality of contributions. As there are often significant differences between achievements at different career stages as well as technical areas, we felt expanding the awards program would provide more direct comparisons as well as encourage more nominations.

In addition to the Technical Achievement Awards, we will continue to offer the IEEE Sensors Journal Best Paper (based on citations and impact), Meritorious Service Award (for outstanding long-term service to the IEEE Sensors Council), and IEEE Sensors Council Early Career (Young Professionals) Award Young Professional Award. The latter is broader in scope than the Early Career Technical Achievement Award and includes consideration for non-technical contributions (teaching, service, other professional). Also, don't forget that the Sensors Council also reviews and promotes IEEE Fellows candidates to the IEEE Fellows committee!

Awards and Fellows are one of the most visible aspects of the Council activities beyond the IEEE Sensors Journal and the annual conference. They promote the field, recognize excellence, and have significant monetary value. We all have colleagues that we believe have made outstanding contributions to the field of sensors, and are worthy of recognition for their achievements and impact. The deadline for nominations is 15 May 2015. Why not take a few minutes this week to recommend them to us? If you have ever received an award, it is because someone took the time to nominate you. Here is your chance to return the favor, help a colleague and serve the sensors community in the process! Get the details on our Web site.

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