The Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) strives to continually support the needs of our female members and conference attendees. This year, at the 2012 International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), in Graz, Austria, the IMS will be offering the “Women in Instrumentation and Measurement Panel Discussion”.
The Women in Instrumentation and Measurement Panel Discussion will provide an opportunity for conference attendees to address and discuss issues, concerns and professional topics that are not of a distinctly technical nature. The Panel will consist of 4 female members who work in the field of instrumentation and measurement, encompassing different geographical, technical/career and age groups. It will take place in the Graz Congress, session room S5, Tuesday, May 15th, 10:45-12:45.
I&M AdCom (2012-2015); VP Membership; Membership Development Committee Chair; I&M Chapter Liaison; Distinguished Lecturer Program Chair; Faculty Course Development Award Chair; Graduate Fellowship Award Chair
The 2011 International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) was held successfully in Hangzhou, China on 9-12 May 2011. The conference was attended by a total of 289 registered participants, including 89 postgraduate students and 5 undergraduate students. The post-conference survey results indicate that 84.3% of the attendees were either very satisfied (46.1%) or satisfied (38.2%) with the I2MTC 2011 and that 13.3% of the attendees ticked the “fair” box. The technical program consisted of a series of thought-provoking scientific and technical sessions, covering all aspects of theory and practice of metrology, measurement technology, instrumentation, and related applications. The technical program included more than 350 papers from all over the world organized in 50 oral presentation sessions and 5 poster sessions. It was encouraging that 137 papers were from postgraduate or undergraduate students. Parallel technical sessions began after the keynote address on Tuesday, 10 May and continued through Thursday, 12 May. There were also 11 tutorial sessions held on Monday, 9 May. In addition, the oral presentation sessions included seven special sessions which were consistent with the conference theme of I2MTC 2011 - “Instrumentation and Measurement for Improving Quality of Life”. In particular, special sessions on Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation for Healthcare and on Advanced Measurement and Instrumentation for NDT&E and Structural Health Monitoring attracted overwhelming response from the community and were well attended at this conference. We were delighted to have Professor Jian Chu, the Vice President of Zhejiang University, as our keynote speaker. Professor Chu’s keynote presentation on recent advances on instrumentation, control systems and security problems was very informative and stimulating.
The organization of I2MTC 2011 was a very demanding and complex task. Many people devoted their time and energy to promote the event, solicit and review the submissions, shape the technical program, organize the exhibits, compile conference proceedings, arrange the logistics, and organize the social functions. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the contributors to the conference organization. Our special thanks go to the main sponsors: The IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society and Zhejiang University.
Hongjian Zhang and Kang Lee General Conference Co-Chairs
Yong Yan and Ruth Dyer Technical Program Co-Chairs
Ruth A. Dyer and John L. Schmalzel, Conference Co-Chairs Vincenzo Piuri, Technical Program Chair
I2MTC-2010 was held in Austin, Texas at the Hilton Austin located in the downtown area close to the Capitol and Lake Lady Bird with the Congress Street bridge, which hosts the largest urban bat population in the U.S.
Four parallel tutorial tracks were conducted on Monday afternoon. Topics included: DSP in Measurement, Data Acquisition, Environmental Sensing, Nonlinear Distortion Analysis in Circuits and Systems, Frequency Doman Signal Parameter Estimation, ADC Architectures, Sensors, Fundamentals of Power Measurements, Medical Instrumentation Development, Uncertainty in Measurement, and Advanced Topics in ADC Testing.
The conference kicked off Tuesday morning with Dr. Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist with Google. He spoke on measurement and modeling of Internet behavior. The continued rapid growth of the Internet presents new measurement challenges; Google initiatives involve distributed monitoring nodes and acquisition software. As one example, the collaborative M-Lab  is an open distributed platform created to deploy measurement tools that are freely available to researchers.
Dr. Vinton Cerf delivering the keynote address.
The main theme of the conference was "Innovative and Integrated Applications of Instrumentation and Measurement." Authors and sessions focused their presentations on these specific aspects since integration within the application environment is a critical issue for creating advanced solutions to empower industry to remain on the leading edge of the economy and for citizens to achieve a better life.
The technical program spanned two and one-half days. Oral presentations were given in four parallel tracks; additional poster sessions were set up in the coffee break area, which gave attendees and poster presenters multiple opportunities to meet and discuss their work.
The conference addressed many new developments and results from research and engineering practice in instrumentation and measurement as well as in their related applications. A number of hot topics were discussed, e.g., ranging from sensors to ADC/DAC recent outcomes, from calibration to advanced signal processing, from image processing to quality assurance, from electrical to dielectric/magnetic measurements, from temperature to flow, from physical/mechanic quantities to energy, from chemical to biological measurements, and all related applications.
A number of Society and I2MTC-2010 awards were given during Wednesdayâ€™s lunch as summarized in Table 1.
Table 1. I2MTC-2010 Award Recipients
IEEE Fellows, Class of 2010
James Baker-Jarvis Georg Brasseur George Giakos Nicholas Paulter George Zentai
2009 Outstanding Young Engineer Award
2009 Technical Award
2009 Distinguished Service Award
2009 Career Excellence Award
Undergraduate Student Paper Award
Graduate Student Paper Award (1st)
Graduate Student Paper Award (2nd)
Emil Petriu accepting the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from IMS President, Kim Fowler.
The Undergraduate Best Paper award being presented by Kim Fowler to Giuseppe Montenero.
Kim Fowler presenting the 2009 Outstanding Young Engineer Award to Jenny Wirandi.
Kim Fowler presenting the Best Graduate Student Paper Award to Rigel Woodside.
Kim Fowler presenting the 2009 Career Excellence Award to Steve Dyer.
Tuesdayâ€™s reception was held in conjunction with the Austin Chamber of Commerce annual â€œBrain Party.â€ The venue included live music and the chance to network with area engineers. Wednesdayâ€™s dinner banquet was held at the hotel and featured a Mexican theme in keeping with Cinco de Mayo; live music was also provided as after-dinner entertainment.
Other Conference Highlights
Several special activities included: â€¢ AdCom Meet & Greet. AdCom members circulated during coffee breaks to meet conference and IMS attendees. This afforded the chance to find out what members are interested in and gave direct input to the AdCom. â€¢ Industry Track. A new format for the conference was offered. Papers were solicited from industry representatives; one option provided was to do a presentation only without a full-length paper. â€¢ Technical Committees. Several TCs conducted business meetings in conjunction with the conference including TC-10, Waveform Generation, Measurement, & Analysis. Other TCs organized sessions and supported the tutorials. â€¢ A Graduate Student Panel Discussion was conducted to give students a chance to network with their peers and discuss issues encountered prior to and after completion of a graduate degree.
Table 2 summarizes the submissions, acceptance, presentation, and attendance statistics for I2MTC-2010. I2MTC continues to be a highly international conference as evidenced by the 32 countries representedâ€”very much a World Cup of I&M!
Table 2. I2MTC-2010 Summary
I2MTC-2010 was co-sponsored by the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society and the Central Texas Section of the IEEE.
Conference Co-Chairs Ruth Dyer, Kansas State University, USA John Schmalzel, NASA - Stennis Space Center, USA
Technical Program Chair Vincenzo Piuri, University of Milan, Italy
Technical Program Co-Chairs Mark Yeary, University of Oklahoma, USA Annamaria Varkonyi-Koczy, Budapest Univ., Hungary Wendy Van Moer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Local Conference Assistant Chair Thuy Dao, IEEE Central Texas Section, USA
Local Arrangements, Industry Exhibits, Patrons Chair Kenny Rice, IEEE Central Texas Section, USA Local University Liaison Chair Robert Flake, IEEE Central Texas Section, USA Educational Activities Chair Kim Fowler (IMS Pres.)IEEE I&M Magazine, USA
Conference Management Conference Catalysts LLC, USA
Arrangements Sue Kingston, IEEE I&M Society, USA
Exhibitors I2MTC-2010 gratefully acknowledges the following exhibitors for their support of the conference: National Instruments  Advanced Test Equipment Rentals  Rowan University 
I2MTC-2011: May 10-12, 2011 I2MTC-2011 will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton, Hangzhou, China. More detailed information is available  including the call for papers and important deadlines
The city of Luimneach, also known as Limerick, was host to the fifth IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium (SAS-2010); the first SAS held outside of the United States, in the Republic of Ireland.
SAS continues to be forum for sensor innovators and users to meet and exchange information. The symposium addressed novel approaches and emergent applications in a number of sensor-related areas includingâ€”but not limited toâ€”MEMS, nanosensors, wireless sensors, sensor networks, smart sensors, and biosensors/arrays. Sensor applications included multisensory data fusion, homeland security, nondestructive testing, remote sensing, integrated systems health management, and other related areas.
SAS has grown significantly â€“ from 39-published papers in 2007 to 61-papers in 2010, requiring us to organize parallel sessions on the second day of the conference. Perhaps, owing to its European location, SAS-2010 had over 50% of authors from that continent, with the remaining papers from North America (24%), the Asia-Pacific region (20%) and Latin America (5%). The Technical Program committee was enlarged significantly and consisted of members from all over the world.
SAS-2010 highlights included:
â€¢ The plenary address by Professor James McLaughlin entitled, â€œNanotechnology can improve our point of care sensing needs.â€ Dr. McLaughlin is the Director of the Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials Research Institute and the Director of the Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC), both at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. â€¢ A â€œMedieval Banquetâ€ at Bunratty Castle in County Clare. â€¢ Travel and best-paper awards for student authors, with the support of the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society.
SAS will return to the United States in 2011 and is scheduled to be held in San Antonio, Texas, 22-24 February 2011.
SAS-2010 Chairs: Shreekanth Mandayam, Rowan University, USA Khalil Arshak, University of Limerick, Ireland
SAS-2010 Technical Program Chair: Deniz Gurkan, University of Houston, USA
SAS-2010 Technical Program Committee: Halit Eren, Curtin University of Technology, Australia Ning Lu, ITT Aerospace/Communications, USA Kim Fowler, CoolStream, USA Steven Griffin, University of Memphis, USA Linda Head, Rowan University, USA Robert Krchnavek, Rowan University, USA Pradeep Ramuhalli, Michigan State University, USA Ahmed Abdelgawad, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA Ashok Vaseashta, Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence, USA
SAS-2010 Steering Committee: Hal Goldberg, Tufts University, USA John Schmalzel, NASA-Stennis Space Center, USA Robert Goldberg, ITT Aerospace/Communications, USA Kang Lee, NIST, USA
Conference Administrator: Chris Dyer, Conference Catalysts LLC