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

Sensors Council PresidentWelcome to the last edition of the IEEE Sensors Council newsletter for 2019.

At this time of year, preparations are in full swing for our annual flagship conference, SENSORS 2019; it will be my pleasure to welcome you to my home town of Montréal, Canada, for this event. The program will of course include technical presentations, but it will also feature tutorials, keynote presentations, a program for Young Professionals, activities organized by our Women in Sensors (WiSE) group, a brain data challenge, and many other events. I also hope that you will be able to take a bit of time before or after the conference to visit the city.

This also happens to be the last time that I am writing this word from the President, as my term expires at the end of December. I would like to once again thank all the volunteers who work tirelessly to keep the IEEE Sensors Council running, to manage and review papers for our journals and conferences, and who lead our many initiatives to serve the sensors community. Let me also thank Brooke Johnson, the Council’s executive assistant, who keeps all of us on top of our tasks and ensures that everything that needs to be done gets done!

Starting in January, Andrei Shkel will start his two-year term as President of the Sensors Council. Those of you who know Andrei from his work within the Council or from his day job already know that you will be in good hands. I am looking forward to supporting him in the years to come.

Happy reading!

Fabrice Labeau
IEEE Sensors Council President

Council News
Call for Nominations: Sensors Council Officers and Members-at-Large
The IEEE Sensors Council (SC) Nominations and Appointments Committee requests nominations for qualified individuals to fill the SC Officer and Member-at-Large positions listed below for the 2021-2022 term. Self-nominations are allowed. The positions required by the SC rules for odd-year terms are as follows:
  • Vice-President for Publications (2-year term, renewable once)
  • Vice-President for Finance (2-year term, renewable once)
  • Senior Member-at-Large (2-year term, renewable once) – up to two SMALs may be elected for 2021-2022
  • Member-at-Large (2-year term, renewable once) – up to three MALs may be elected for 2021-2022

The deadline for nominations for these positions is 1 March 2020.

For more information, please visit our website or contact Fabrice Labeau, 2020 Nominations and Appointments Committee Chair.


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Conference News
IEEE SENSORS 2019 will be held in Montréal, Canada from 27-30 October 2019. While the paper and demo submission deadline has passed, there is still time to make plans to participate in the valuable technical talks, professional development activities, industry day, and networking aspects of the conference.

Visit the SENSORS 2019 website to view the full program and register to attend today!
Keynote Speakers:
  • Dr. Christofer Hierold, ETH Zürich
    “Concepts for Ultra Low Power Sensors”
  • Ying Zhang, Georgia Institute of Technology
    “Remote vital sign detection and sensing”
  • Veena Misra, North Carolina State University; National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center on ASSIST
    “Body powered sensors for continuous physiological, biochemical and environmental sensing”
Special Program:
  • WO+MEN Reception
  • Young Professionals Reception
  • Gala Dinner
Women in Sensors (WiSe) Panel Discussion:
The WiSe Panel discussion will present view-points from top-level leaders in academia, industry and government high institutions about current and future career opportunities, specifically in different sub-fields of sensors. Meet the Panelists.

Professional Development Program:
Track 1: SMART PUBLISHING - Communicating your research: Dos and don’ts of publishing articles/review articles in journals. Meet the Panelists.

Track 2: Entrepreneurship, understanding research in simple ways, outreaching your research, TED Talk. Meet the Speakers.
IEEE Brain Data Bank Challenge: Call for Participation
The IEEE Brain Initiative is partnering with the IEEE SENSORS 2019 to host a Brain Data Bank (BDB) challenge on 28 October in Montreal, Canada. The 2019 IEEE BDB Challenge will help advance multi-disciplinary research and development, and seeks to address questions associated with EEG signal image data processing and analytics. Register for the Challenge and creatively demonstrate value proposition based on your selected open source multi-modal brain data. A cash prize and Brain Device Awards will be given to top winners.
We invite you to sign-up with your Team Name, Team Captain’s name, affiliation, email address, and project title/abstract:
  • Individual or Team (each up to 5 people per team), no age limitation
  • Maximum number of participants: 50 individuals/12 teams
  • IEEE members will be given priority.
More details can be found at the SENSORS 2019 website and IEEE Brain page.
IEEE INERTIAL 2020 will be held in Hiroshima, Japan on 23-26 March 2020 at the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima. 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 Dates:
  • Abstract submission: 15 October 2019
  • Acceptance Notification: 8 December 2019
  • Late News Submission: 5 January 2020
  • Late News Acceptance Notification: 15 January 2020
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline: 1 February 2020
  • Early Registration Deadline: 1 February 2020
More information, including the Call for Papers, can be found on the conference website.
The IEEE World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT 2020) will be held on 5-9 April 2020 in New Orleans, LA, USA.

WF-IoT 2020 is the premier conference of the IEEE IoT Initiative. Every year the conference is attended by hundreds of most active participants from research community, government and public sector, small business, multinational corporations and industry. The technical papers, presentations and events at this conference are focused on contributions to enhance and accelerate the adoption of IoT technologies and applications for the benefit of humanity. WF-IoT 2020 will include a multi-dimensional program of technical research papers, expert presentations, panels, workshops, tutorials and industry forum on the latest technology developments and innovations in many fields and disciplines that drive the utility and vitality of IoT solutions and applications.
WF-IoT 2020 seeks submissions of technical papers and proposals that address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
  • RFID, Sensors and Actuators
  • Power and Energy for IoT
  • IoT Enabling Technologies
  • Computing Platforms for IoT
  • Data Acquisition, Storage and Management for IoT
  • IoT Applications and Services
  • Security and Privacy for IoT
  • IoT Social Impact
  • Design, Integration and Testing Methods
  • 5G and IoT Networks
  • IoT Data Analytics
  • Signal Processing for IoT
  • IoT Experimental Results and Deployment Scenarios
  • Machine Learning for IoT
The submission deadline is 3 November 2019 and the submission guidelines can be found here. More information can be found on the conference website.
We are excited to announce that the 2nd edition of the IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS 2020) will be held in Manchester, England, United Kingdom from 28 June – 1 July 2020. Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. And today the city combines this heritage with a progressive vision to be a city that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures.

Important Dates:

  • Tutorial & Focused Session Proposals Submission Deadline – 27 January 2020
  • Full Paper Submission Deadline – 1 March 2020
  • Final Manuscript Submission and Author Registration Deadline – 1 May 2020
  • Standard Registration Deadline – 8 May 2020

Visit the conference website for more information and to view the full call for papers.

The 1st edition of the IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS 2019) took place in Glasgow, Scotland from 7-10 July, 2019 and proved to be a success with over 150 delegates from across the world in attendance.

The program featured four tutorials, three prominent keynote speakers, ten distinguished invited speakers and an Industry Session.

IEEE FLEPS 2019 attracted large companies to its industry session, which focused on "Commercialization of flexible and printed electronics." Moderated by Prof. Steve Beaumont the industry panel discussed various aspect in the supply chain – ranging from supplier of inks, equipment of printed sensors to the users of this new and exciting technology. The industry panel consisted of senior executive from ARM, Novacentrix, SIJ, Printed Electronics, CPI and NuPrint. The well attended industry panel session was very much appreciated by the delegates. We will continue this trend in future FLEPS conference.

The survey conducted after successful conclusion of IEEE FLEPS 2019 clearly shows the enthusiasm of research community in this conference by IEEE Sensors Council. A special issue has been approved by IEEE Sensors Journal for extended papers based on IEEE FLEPS 2019. The organizers would like to thank IEEE UKRI Sensor Council chapter. The organizers would also like to thank the Conference Manager, Rachel Brockhoff for excellent logistical arrangements and support throughout the organization phase and we are looking forward to working with her for IEEE FLEPS 2020.
Call for Participation: IEEE International Sensors and Measurement Student Contest
Welcome to the third edition of the IEEE International Sensors and Measurement Systems Student Contest! This international competition addresses teams of Ph.D., Master and advanced undergraduates (particularly those in fast-track, dual BS/MS, Master programs) students and aims to stimulate innovative ideas for applications in the area of sensors and measurement systems.

The contest is jointly promoted and organized by IEEE IMS, IEEE EMBS and IEEE Sensors Council and is sponsored by STMicroelectronics who will provide one SensorTile.box® to each team admitted to the competition. This multisensory device will be the common technology platform of the contest, which may be extended by other sensors as needed.

Those wishing to participate will have to submit a proposal, develop their application at their University laboratories and attend one of the scheduled live demonstration sessions co-located with international conferences in the areas of sensors and instrumentation and measurement.

Awards will be given to the two best Sensors and Measurement Systems applications at each of the planned demo session.
  • 1st prize: US$2,000
  • 2nd prize: US$1,000 
Submission Deadlines:
For live demonstration at I2MTC 2020 – 20 December 2019
For live demonstration at EMBC 2020 – 1 February 2020

For complete submission information, please visit our website.
Standards News
New Standards Working Group on Odor Monitoring
This new standards Working Group (WG) is sponsored by the IEEE Sensors Council Standards Committee and cosponsored by the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Standards Committee. The WG held its first meeting on 13 June 2019. Susan Schiffman, a well-known expert in the field of olfaction, serves as WG Chair. The membership of the WG is currently stands at 20. Members hail from Europe, the US, and Asia. Over the summer the WG held five online meetings. A wide range of applications, technologies, policies, and procedures are under discussion. In Fall 2019, the WG will review fundamentals of odor monitoring and analysis in a series of seminars that are open to the public. The first seminar was given on 7 October by Prof. Krishna Persaud of the University of Manchester, UK. Prof. Persaud in one of founders of the electronic-nose (eNose) field. Membership in the WG is open to anyone who is interested in contributing to the develop of the standard. No travel is required. All activities are being conducted online. Meetings take place every two to four weeks.

You can join by sending a request to WG Secretary, Troy Nagle.
Publication News
Call for Special Issue Papers
IEEE Sensors Journal

Embedded Sensors for Fault Diagnosis in Electrical Wires, Interconnection Systems and Power Grids
Submission Deadline Extended: 31 December 2019

RGB-D Sensors and 3D Reconstruction
Submission Deadline: 30 November 2019

Advanced Interface Circuits for Autonomous Smart Sensors
Submission Deadline: 30 November 2019 

A full listing of the IEEE Sensors Journal Special Issues are available on our website.
IEEE Sensors Letters

IEEE Sensors Letters
is an electronic journal dedicated to publishing short manuscripts, quickly, on the latest and most significant developments in the field of sensors. The scope of the journal 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. Papers are limited to four pages with the stipulation that at least one column of each paper be devoted exclusively to references. Visit our website to learn more or read the latest issue of the journal on IEEE Xplore.
IEEE Internet of Things Journal (IoT-J)

Internet of Things for Smart Ocean
Submission Deadline: 1 November 2019

Internet of Food: Emerging Trend and Challenges
Submission Deadline: 1 December 2019

Artificial Intelligence Powered Edge Computing for Internet of Things  
Submission Deadline: 15 December 2019 

Please visit the journal website for more information on the IoT-J.

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

Special Issue Title: “Applications of Electromagnetics in Biological or Medical Sensors”

The IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology (J-ERM), sponsored by IEEE MTT-S, APS and EMBS Societies and Sensors Council, will publish a special issue devoted to the 2019 IEEE Sensors Conference. Authors of original research papers related to biomedical applications presented at the conference are invited to submit an expanded version of their papers to the special Issue. The expanded version requires significantly new technical content and results beyond the conference paper. Every paper will be reviewed in the same manner as regular submissions to this journal. Information on the journal can be found here.

The focuses of the journal are on unifying the sciences and applications of medicine and biology related to utilizing electromagnetics, radio frequency signals and microwaves/millimeter-waves. If you are doubtful whether your paper is suitable for J-ERM, please write to the editors.

The due date for the paper submission is 15 January 2020. The expected publication date of the special issue is May 1, 2020. The journal is in electronic format so the accepted paper will appear in IEEE Xplore within a few days after acceptance.

Guest Editors:
Qammer H Abbasi, University of Glasgow
Hadi Heidari, University of Glasgow
Hung Cao, University of California – Irvine

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

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

Paper submissions for the journal are now being accepted! For more information, please visit our website or contact John Schmalzel.
Discounts Available for IEEE Society Members on Article Processing Charges

IEEE is now accepting paper submissions for its new gold fully open access journals spanning a wide range of technologies including telecommunications, biomedical engineering, automotive technology, signal processing, industrial applications, power and energy, and more.

These new journals are targeting a rapid ten-week publishing schedule and will be fully compliant with funder mandates, including Plan S as all articles will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) enabling authors to retain copyright.

The new open access journals will follow IEEE’s established high standard of peer review, providing fully open access publications for high-quality, cutting-edge scientific and technical content accessible to researchers around the globe. Independent editorial boards will be led by an accomplished expert as editor-in-chief. The call for submissions presents a unique opportunity for authors to benefit from the visibility each journal’s launch will generate and their published papers will be exposed to 5 million unique monthly users of the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library.

IEEE's new gold fully open access journals include:
  • IEEE Open Journal of Antennas and Propagation
  • IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems
  • IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society
  • IEEE Open Journal of the Computer Society
  • IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology
  • IEEE Open Journal of Industry Applications
  • IEEE Open Journal of the Industrial Electronics Society
  • IEEE Open Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • IEEE Open Journal of Nanotechnology
  • IEEE Open Journal of Power Electronics
  • IEEE Open Journal of Signal Processing
  • IEEE Open Journal of Solid-State Circuits
  • IEEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology
The Article Processing Charge (APC) is US $1750 with discounts or special offers available for IEEE and IEEE Society members. More information on IEEE’s new gold fully open access journals, editorial boards, submission dates, and links to submit a paper can be found here.

IEEE Access, IEEE’s broad scope open access journal, is also now accepting papers for six discipline-specific Sections aligned with the following technical communities: IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, IEEE Electronics Packaging Society, IEEE Photonics Society, IEEE Reliability Society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, and IEEE Power & Energy Society.

Learn more about the IEEE Access Sections.
Member Society Conferences of Interest
The 64th Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2019 MMM) is sponsored jointly by AIP Publishing and the IEEE Magnetics Society, in cooperation with the American Physical Society. 2019 MMM will be held 4-8 November 2019 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Members of the international scientific and engineering communities interested in recent developments in fundamental and applied magnetism are invited to attend and contribute to the technical sessions.

The technical program will include invited and contributed papers in oral and poster sessions, invited symposia, and an evening session, with about 1800 presentations overall. This Conference provides an outstanding opportunity for worldwide participants to meet their colleagues and collaborators and discuss developments in all areas of magnetism research. Visit the conference website for all the latest Conference information.

The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society is pleased to announce the 42nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in conjunction with the 43rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (EMBC), to be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, 20 – 24 July, 2020. The theme of the conference is “Enabling Innovative Technologies for Global Healthcare.” As the world’s largest international biomedical engineering conference. A broad array of scientific tracks will cover diverse topics of cutting-edge research and innovation in biomedical engineering, healthcare technology R&D, translational clinical research, technology transfer and entrepreneurship, and biomedical engineering education. In addition to the high-profile keynotes, the conference program will feature mini- symposia, workshops, special sessions, oral and poster sessions, sessions for students and young professionals, sessions for clinicians and entrepreneurs, and exhibits from vendors and universities.

Conference themes include:
  • Biomedical Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Imaging and Image Processing Micro/Nano-bioengineering
  • Cellular/Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials Computational Systems & Synthetic Biology
  • Multiscale modeling
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems Engineering Neural and Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Biomedical Sensors and Wearable Systems Biorobotics and Biomechanics
  • Therapeutic & Diagnostic Systems and Technologies Clinical Engineering
  • Biomedical & Health Informatics
  • Biomedical Engineering Education and Society Translational Engineering for Healthcare
  • Innovation and Commercialization
Visit the conference website to stay up to date on upcoming deadlines and developments.
IEEE Sensors Journal
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.

An up to date listing of the IEEE Sensors Journal Editorial Board is available here.
IEEE Internet of Things Journal
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 website.

Visit our website for more information on special issues.