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IMS Newsletter, Issue 4

July, 2012

President's Perspective

In May we held one of our most important conferences, the International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC). This time the conference was held in Graz, Austria, in an excellent venue. Around 500 people attended the conference. At this time I would like to congratulate the Conference Chair, Georg Brasseur and the Conference Co-Chair, Imre Rudas for their efforts towards the success of such an important event.

The theme for I2MTC 2012 was “Smart measurements for a sustainable environment”. Five tutorials about topics relevant to industry and academia were held during Sunday. Almost 150 people attended them which proved to be a very successful part of the conference.

Important people, coming from the US Department of Energy, the British Ministry of Sate for Science and Innovation and Volkswagen AG were selected as keynote speakers.

In this conference some new features were introduced so that we started improving the relation between measurement science and industrial applications. This is one of our Society’s goals according to our strategic planning. This was achieved presenting industrial specialists during the tutorials, keynote presentations for industrial fields and special sessions where technical papers very useful to industry engineers were presented.

In order to promote the relation between our members and industry at the end of the meeting everybody had the chance to attend to any of the three company tours offered by the local organization team. One of the companies was AVL GMBH offering instrumentation, test equipment and tools for the automotive industry. Another tour took us to Anton Paar GMBH which develops and manufactures analytical instruments for quality control. The third company tour allowed us to visit Austriamicrosystems AG, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance analogue integrated circuits.

This conference was supported by many local and national Austrian organizations which showed the importance they assigned to I2MTC. Also many private companies exhibited their products and services related to instrumentation and measurements.

I think it was a very successful event and I encourage you to attend this and other Instrumentation and Measurements Society’s conferences. Next year, I2MTC will be held in Minneapolis, MN, during May 6 to 9. This time the conference theme will be “Instrumentation and Measurements for life”. It will be focussed in de research and development of medical and biomedical instrumentation. You will also be able to attend the presentation of technical papers focused on industrial aspects of instrumentation and measurements, specifically related to medical and biomedical fields but you will also have the chance to hear presentation on regular topics as in previous I2MTC.

We are improving our conferences trying to broaden the interest and trying to attract not only people from universities but also engineers and technicians from industry. These events are a good opportunity to interact with other professionals coming from different parts of the world with a common interest on the science of measurements and its application to industry activities.

In this newsletter you can find a section about our industry liaison, Max Cortner, and our plans to strengthen the relation between our society and industry. Please feel free to contact Max or me if you have any contributions.

Jorge Fernandez. Daher
President, IEEE I&M Society


IMS Chapter Highlights – featuring the Taipei Section Chapter

The I&M Society has over 40 Chapters representing all Regions within IEEE. Our Chapters are very important to the Society, as they provide a direct link between the Society and our membership. Members of the IMS Administrative Committee (AdCom) had the pleasure of meeting with a delegation of 18 members from the Taipei Section Chapter in May at I2MTC 2012 in Graz, Austria. This meeting provided the Taipei Section Chapter with an opportunity to share with the AdCom the growth this Chapter has seen since its’ formation in 2009. Additionally, the AdCom was able to see highlights of some of the Chapter’s activities. The meeting was chaired by the Chapter Secretariat, Dr. Chi Hung Hwang on behalf of the Chapter Chair, Professor Din Ping Tsai.


Beginning in 2009, the Taipei Section Chapter has organized and provided technical sponsorship for the “i-One International Instrumentation Technology Innovation Competition”. This competition is held exclusively for students in high school through graduate school. In 2010, IMS helped support this activity through the Chapter Funding Program. 2010 also welcomed an annual workshop on instrumentation and measurements for graduate students. The Chapter promotes this workshop locally, and typical attendance of the workshop includes over 250 graduate students. Additionally, the Taipei Section Chapter also holds an Annual Chapter Meeting for the members of the Chapter, in additional the regular meetings and activities.

IMS is grateful to the Taipei Section Chapter for their wonderful support of the IMS member in their region. All Chapters are welcome and encouraged to submit a short article for the Society Newsletter highlighting their activities and membership support. For questions or to submit an article, please contact the IMS Chapter Chair Liaison, Kristen Donnell.



I&M Society VP-Conferences report July 2012

Conferences are among the most important activities of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) because they provide members with opportunities to share new research results and exchange technical information about the hottest topics, face-to-face contact with their peers, build communities of common interests, and help develop and grow their professional careers.

Thus, Conferences and Workshops are a perfect way to offer to our members a timely opportunity to become involved in advancements in the field of instrumentation and measurement science and technology, particularly in new, emerging areas and application domains.

Additionally, an appreciable amount of new scientific results presented at Conferences and Workshops, may find their way into the Society Transactions.

You can find the essential information concerning the 2012 Conferences sponsored by the IMS in the following Tables.




IEEE International  Symposium on Instrumentation  and Control Technology (ISICT)

11 July   – 13 July

London, UK

IEEE International  Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques (IST)

16 July   – 17 July

Manchester, UK


10 Sep   – 13 Sep

Anaheim, CA

IEEE Inter. Symposium on Precision Clock Synchronization for Measurement, Control and Communication (ISPCS)

24 Sep   – 28 Sep

San Francisco, CA

IEEE International Workshop on Applied Measurements for Power Systems (AMPS)

26 Sep   – 28 Sep

Aachen, Germany

IEEE International Symposium on Haptic, Audio and Visual Environments and Games (HAVE)

08 Oct   – 09 Oct

Pisa, Italy

IEEE International Symposium on RObotic and SEnsors Environments (ROSE)

16 Nov – 18 Nov

Magdeburg, Germany





IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC)

04 Mar  – 08 Mar

Greenville, South Car.

Intern. Multi-Conference on Systems, Signals and Devices (SSD)

20 Mar  – 23 Mar

Chemnits, Germany

Measurement Science Conference (MSC)

22 Mar  – 23 Mar

Los Angeles, CA

IEEE Conference on Prognostics and Health Management (PHM)

04 Jun    – 07 Jun

Denver, CO

IEEE Workshop on Complexity in Engineering (COMPENG)

11 Jun    – 13 Jun

Aachen, Germany

Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements (CPEM)

01 July   – 07 July

National Harbor, MD

Int. Symp. on Instrum., Sensor Networks and Automation (IMSNA)

25 Aug   – 28 Aug

Sanya, Ainan, China

International Energy Conference & Exhibition (ENERGYCON)

09 Sep   – 12 Sep

Florence, Italy

Symp. on Neural Network Applic. in Electrical Eng. (NEUREL)

20 Sep   – 22 Sep

Belgrade, Serbia

Future of Instrumentation International Workshop (FIIW)

08 Oct   – 09 Oct

Gatlinburg, TN

International Conference on Sensing Technology   (ICST)

18 Dec – 21 Dec

Kolkata, India


The IMS Conferences Committee supervises the approval process of Society conferences. It  reviews the Conference application form, which contains the Memorandum of Understanding and essential information about Conference motivation, organizing committees, location and other possible financial and technical sponsoring parties. Then the Conferences Committee assesses the Conference application form on the basis of the IMS requirements and decides for or against the approval.  Applications for financial sponsored Conference require the AdCom approval.  Also, the AdCom will review and approve any budget revisions for previously approved sponsored Conference budgets.

First Annual Women in Instrumentation and Measurement Panel Discussion

The Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) strives to continually support the needs of our female members and conference attendees.  This year, for the first time, at the 2012 International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), in Graz, Austria, the IMS was pleased to host the Women in Instrumentation and Measurement (WIM) Panel Discussion.

The WIM Panel Discussion provided an opportunity for conference attendees to address and discuss issues, concerns and professional topics that are not of a distinctly technical nature.  All conference attendees were welcome to attend this special session of I2MTC 2012

The WIM Panel was chaired by Dr. Kristen M. Donnell, and featured Panelists from different career and geographic areas.  Dr. Sarah Seguin, an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas provided an academic perspective, as did Ms. Charna Parkey, a Sr. Signal Processing Engineer at Astronics DME Corporation, and a PhD Student at the University of Central Florida.  Dr. Jenny Wirandi, a System Engineer at the Oskarshamn Nuclear Power Plant, in Oskarshamn, Sweden, provided an industry and managerial perspective.  Dr. Marlene Fritz, a Process Engineer at EPCOS Company, also contributed to the industry perspective.  The Panel was also able to compare and contrast life as a woman in engineering from a European and American perspective.

Over 20 conference attendees (both men and women) attended the WIM Panel, including a number of IMS Administrative Committee members.  Throughout the Panel Discussion, the audience interacted with the Panelists, discussing topics including family leave, the influence of culture and career path (academia vs. industry) on the female experience in engineering, and challenges faced by women in a position of leadership.  The perception of female managers and leaders by colleagues was also discussed, as was the importance of professional validation.

Plans are already underway for the WIM Panel at I2MTC 2013 in Minneapolis, MN.  For more information, or if you wish to get involved, contact Kristen Donnell.

Kristen Donnell, Sarah Seguin, Jenny Wirandi, Marlene Fritz, Charna Parkey

Upcoming Conferences






IEEE AUTOTESTCON will be held 10-13 September 2012 in Anaheim, CA,, USA.

For more information, visit the website at:




2013 IEEESensors Applications Symposium (SAS) will be held 19-21 February 20123 at The San Luis Hotel, Spa & Conference Center, Galveston, TX, USA.

Abstract Submission Deadline
1 October 2012

Acceptance/Rejection Notification
1 November 2012

Final Manuscript Submission and Registration
10 January 2013

For more information, visit the website at:



2013 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC)
will be held 6-9 May 2013 in Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Abstract Submission Deadline
1 October 2012

Acceptance/Rejection Notification
1 December 2012

Final Manuscript Submission and Registration
1 March 2013

For more information, visit the website at:

Graduate Student Panel Discussion 2012

The annual Graduate Student Panel Discussion at I2MTC aims to examine topics relevant to graduate students attending I2MTC as they move forward with forming goals and pursuing their careers.

Dr. Kristen Donnell of Missouri University of Science and Technology chaired this year’s panel discussion, which had 11 attendees. The panelists included Dr. Sarah Seguin, of the University of Kansas, Mr. Erik Timpson of Honeywell, USA and a PhD student at the University of Missouri at Columbia, Mr. Jorge Fernandez Daher, President of the Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS), and Dr. Reza Zoughi, past Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement.

“What can involvement in the IEEE and IMS bring to a student?” Dr. Donnell described the major benefit of being a member of a professional society as having the opportunity to experience professional networking, mentoring, publishing, and attending conferences. Mr. Daher explained the organizational structure of IEEE and also discussed the benefits of membership including the fact that IEEE provides a useful venue to demonstrate technical skillsets. In addition, job opportunities may result from such involvement.

Sarah Seguin, Erik Timpson, Jorge Fernandez Daher

Dr. Seguin spoke about life as an assistant professor. For those in the audience considering an academic career, her descriptive experience as a tenure track professor was very insightful. She was very candid about the challenges facing a young professor (e.g. learning how to manage students, projects, project funding, and time), and also spoke of the rewarding parts of the job such as educating and discovery. She noted that the key to success is organization, and that the best part about being in academia is having the freedom to explore and research across many different disciplines.

Mr. Timpson brought a unique perspective resulting from his experiences in industry. He spoke on topics that ranged from management styles and the importance of communication between colleagues to cognitive neuroscience and why learning from experience is so effective. He also talked about how earning a PhD is an important credential that is going to help him bring technical excellence to a high level of practicality in industry. In his experience, he said, “to truly be very successful, you must pool your resources and bring peoples’ expertise together" to find a solution.

Whether in academia or in industry, Dr. Zoughi explained, publishing is important for building a career. “Publishing your work is the ultimate statement of saying you’ve done something novel,” he said. He spoke about the mechanics of publishing including the peer review process, its importance, and how to get involved. He also offered his insights into publishing successfully.

The IMS is committed to supporting the involvement of students within the Society and our Conferences, and the next Graduate Student Panel discussion is already being planned for I2MTC 2013 in Minneapolis, MN. For more information, or if you wish to get involved, please contact Sarah Hatfield.

Report on IEEE I&M Society New Zealand Chapter workshop
Smart Sensors, Measurements and Instrumentation

Theme: Agricultural and environmental monitoring
Date of workshop: April 11, 12, 2012.
Venue: Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand

The annual workshop of IEEE Instrumentation and Measurements Society New Zealand Chapter, entitled on Smart Sensors, Measurements and Instrumentation was held on April 11 and 12, 2012 at Lincoln University, and was attended by 27 researchers and students.

The IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement society supported the workshop technically and financially, and Lincoln Ventures Ltd ran the event and sponsored it financially. We also acknowledge financial support from the three NZ Sections, North, Central and South.

Dr Ian Woodhead welcomed all attendees and outlined the workshop theme and the relevance of I&M to agricultural and environmental monitoring and industry. Prof Subhas Mukhopadhyay promoted the I&M society and its activities, and also gave a brief history of the IEEE IMS NZ Chapter.

The two day workshop provided many interesting papers and in line with the workshop theme, a visit to the commercially operated Lincoln University dairy farm and presentation by Prof Keith Cameron provided valuable insight into sensors and management of production and, pasture and environmental impacts from a large modern dairy farm operation. Presentation titles were:

• From WSN to The Internet of Things: Where are we Today?
• A practical guide to the implementation of the Internet of things
• Time Series Analysis of Sensing Data for Smart Home
• Development of a laser based fruit firmness sensor
• Development of a Near Infrared Sensor Prototype for Prediction of Kiwifruit Quality Attributes
• Amperometric Biosensor Bacteria for the SciTox® Assay
• Engineering MFC Biosensor Biofilms
• Lactose at-line biosensor - 1st viable industrial biosensor?
• Audio recording and analysis of NZ bird calls
• New Type of Planar Interdigital Sensors for Detection of Lipopolysaccharide
• Phthalate Detection in Water Using Interdigital Sensor Based System
• TDR Imaging
• Time-gating free-space microwave reflection measurements
• Microwave Sensor for the Measurement of Stacked and Layered Dielectrics
• Predicting Moisture Distribution in Wood using RF Impedance Tomography
• Quantisation Noise in Measurement
• Loudness Management for Home Television Viewing
• The porosity of hygroscopic materials

The workshop was most successful. It provided a forum to present and discuss research and development projects and concepts, and since sensors and instrumentation is strongly cross-disciplinary, it provided an ideal venue for students to receive and contribute up-to-date knowledge of applications, technology and solutions.

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