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Chapter Chair Summit 2017

Sergio Rapuano

The fifth Chapter Chair Summit 2017 was held at the Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, on May 22, 2017. In the tradition of the previous editions, the Summit was a parallel event of the IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), held one day in advance of the conference at the same venue. The Chapters of Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) have been consistently increasing in number during the last two years, numbering 55 Chapters and 8 Student Branch Chapters in May 2017. The most prolific region was R10, the IEEE Asia Pacific Region. 

The Chapter Chair Summit was originally launched in 2013 with an agenda based on a classical one-to-many interaction that started with an introduction of IMS Representatives, the VP of Membership or the Chapter Chair Liaison, followed by several simultaneous one-to-one interactions among the Chapter Chairs about a specific hot topic suggested by the IMS Rep. A final session collected the suggestions and comments from the Chairs about the hot topics and future agendas. During the following years, by continuously collecting the Chapter Chairs’ suggestions and steering the contents in the directions requested by them, the agenda was enriched with several new interventions of the Chairs of the IMS Standing Committees who presented IMS programs and interacted with the attendees. A session where the Chapter Chairs present their best practices to their colleagues and the AdCom members attending the summit was also introduced. Several Distinguished Lecturers attended the summits, too, to network with the Chapter Chairs. During each summit, the actions taken by the AdCom in response to the suggestions and comments cast during the previous year were presented to the Chairs who validated the issues and provided new comments. As a result of this continuous improvement process, the duration has been extended to a full day and the attendance has doubled. For the fifth consecutive year, in fact, the number of attending Chairs increased, and this year included 16 Chapter Chairs or representatives, many of whom have attended the summit from the very first edition in 2013, and others who attended for the first time. All of the IEEE Regions from 7 to 10 were represented in Turin. 

A specific example of new policy designed as a result of the interaction with Chapter Chairs is the Chapter Outreach Program. Started in 2015, the program has the twofold aims of boosting the activities of newborn chapters and revitalizing the inactive ones. The program foresees the designation of an advisor from AdCom who will nurture the chapter and help organize meetings and visit the chapter at least two times in three years. This approach has been thought to simplify the start-up of the new chapters by a one-to-one interaction with experienced AdCom members and to provide more direct support to the chapters which had previously exhausted their propulsion force.  

The IMS President Ruth Dyer opened the Chapter Chair Summit 2017 by addressing the attendees. Society Committees presented a review of their activities, mainly in the morning. Kristen Donnell introduced the IMS Distinguished Lecturer Program and the Chapter Outreach Program. Chi Hung Hwang, VP of Conferences, presented the conference organization opportunities and rules. The Technical Activities and Standards Committee was represented by the VP Ruqiang Yan. The discussions about the AdCom member presentations involved the Chapter Chairs for the whole morning. Then, Salvo Baglio, VP for Education, presented the Education Activities of the IMS and, in particular, the new IEEE International "Sensors and Measurement" Student Contest that joins the efforts of the IMS and the Sensors Council.

The rest of the day was devoted to the round table about hot topics for IMS and chapters, the traditional opportunity of reviewing IMS policy about chapters from the Chairs' points of view and vice-versa, and the presentation of the chapters’ best practices. Also, this year the Chairs provided useful feedback, comments and suggestions to be discussed in the following AdCom meetings. Since the very first edition, this part of the summit provided very valuable information that allows the AdCom to define a series of requested improvements leading to new plans and actions. For example: (i) the guidelines and policies about the chapters, like the Chapter Development Program, were redesigned between 2013 and 2014 and are now easier to follow; (ii) forms were redesigned to be easier and reduce the time for applications; (iii) the Outstanding Chapter Award was redesigned in 2015, according to a list of best practices that were provided and discussed by the Chapter Chairs; and (iv) the new Best Student Chapter Award, started as initiative in 2016, was designed to recognize the activities of IMS Student Branch Chapters to encourage the expansion of a positive trend in the formation of Student Branch Chapters. 

Opening of the New IMS Chapter in New South Wales

The IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) New South Wales (NSW) Chapter was  approved by the IEEE HQ on June 21, 2017. The new chapter currently has 25 IMS members. Prof. Subhas Mukhopadhyay of Macquarie University took the initiative of opening the chapter. He contacted the IMS NSW members, got the necessary support and submitted the petition to form the IMS NSW Chapter on May 9, 2017. The chapter was officially approved, and the opening ceremony was held on July 20, 2017 at Macquarie University, North Ryde campus. The Chair of the IEEE NSW section, Prof. Karu Esselle welcomed the attendees, talked about the NSW section and announced the section congress which was held August 8-9, 2017 in Sydney. 

Prof. Subhas Mukhopadhyay presented details of the IMS and its varied activities. He also elaborated on the different recognitions to which the volunteers could aspire. The founding Executive Committee members for the IEEE IMS NSW Chapter were selected and include: 
•    Subhas Mukhopadhyay
•    Ediz Cetin
•    Mohsen Asandia
•    Dimitrios Georgakopoulos
•    Paritosh Giri
•    Bill Solomon and
•    Nasrin Afsarimanesh

The opening ceremony was graced by the presence of the Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE IMS Prof. Andrew Taberner of Auckland University, New Zealand who travelled to Sydney to deliver a lecture entitled “Measurement and Instrumentation at the Tissue- Machine Interface.” There was a huge amount of interest among the audience and a good interaction took place.

The IEEE IMS NSW Chapter would like to express their thanks to IEEE HQ, the IEEE IMS, the IEEE NSW Section, Prof. Andrew Taberner, and the IEEE IMS New Zealand Chapter for their financial support to Prof. Andrew Taberner.  For more information, please contact Prof. Subhas Mukhopadhyay (Subhas.Mukhopadhyay@mq.edu.au). 

The print article includes photos.

Activities of IEEE IMS Puebla, Mexico Chapter

IMS Puebla Chapter Chair:     Dr. Juan Manuel Ramirez
IMS Puebla Chapter Advisor: Dr. Kristen Donnell

The initiative to create this new chapter in Puebla, Mexico started in 2013 when Jorge Daher, who in that year was IMS President, visited Puebla to deliver a technical talk at an event organized by the Institute of Astrophysics, Optics, and Electronics. As part of its Strategic Plan for that year, the IMS Administrative Committee established a program to develop new chapters, and Puebla had the opportunity to participate in the program with Kristen Donnell as Chapter Advisor and Juan Manuel Ramirez as founding Chapter Chair. 

Puebla City is located 120 km southeast of Mexico City. Enthusiastic members of IEEE Puebla Section from the local industry and academic institutions constitute the IMS Puebla Chapter. Since forming, the chapter has received the visits from Octavian Postolache and Andrew Taberner under the IMS Distinguished Lecturer program. They participated as keynote speakers in an academic event called Seminar on Electronics and Advanced Design, organized annually by the Electronics Department of the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics (INAOE) in coordination with IEEE Puebla Section. 

In March 2017, an event called IEEE Mexican Humanitarian Technology Conference (MHTC2017) was organized by the IEEE Puebla Section. MHTC is a biannual cross-discipline conference to present and discuss technological solutions to social challenges.  This year, resulting from the efforts of Salvatore Baglio, IMS Education VP, a series of “Meetings and IMS Workshops” are being carried out around the world. The IMS Puebla Chapter participated in this initiative by organizing the Meet IMS Panel on Environmental Monitoring during MHTC 2017, inviting Dr. Pedro Silva Girao as IMS Distinguished Lecturer. In addition, a series of activities involving colleagues and students from several institutions in the local area are continuously organized. We truly consider that being a part of the IEEE IMS community constitutes a big plus to accomplish our professional duties. 

The print article includes photos.

IEEE Bahia Section IMS/CASS Joint Chapter Report

Sebastian Yuri Catunda

The Brazilian IEEE IMS/CASS Joint Chapter from the Bahia Section was created in August 2013 by chapter officers Sebastian Yuri Catunda (President) and Vincent Bourguet (Vice-President), from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte– UFRN, and Malone Castro (Secretary), from the Federal Institute of Paraiba– IFPB. Their objective was to gather researchers in the field of instrumentation together with circuits and systems and foster their interactions.
 
From the beginning, the chapter has supported the realization of the annual Brazilian Northeastern School of Microelectronics (EMICRO-NE) which had its 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th editions held in the cities of Natal (RN), São Luis (MA), Campina Grande (PB) and João Pessoa (PB), respectively, from 2013 to 2016. Also, for the first time, the school was replicated in the city of Manaus (AM) in the Northern region, in 2014. In 2017, the 12th School was held in Maracanau (CE) from August 26 to 28.

The EMICRO-NE offers nearly 70 hours of short-courses and talks from about 20 lecturers in the areas of manufacturing process, analog design and instrumentation, digital design and radio frequency design. It brings together around 200 participants, most of them undergraduate students, but also graduate students and professionals.

In 2014 and 2015, the chapter promoted the 1st and 2nd Workshops on Circuits and Systems for Instrumentation (WCSI) in the city of Natal (RN). These two-day-long events aimed to promote discussion and exchange of knowledge between researchers and students on the topic of circuits and systems focused on instrumentation. 

The WCSI was the precursor of the 2016 1st International Symposium on Instrumentation Systems, Circuits and Transducers (INSCIT) that was jointly supported by the Bahia Section IMS/CASS and the South Brazil Section IMS/CASS/ComSoc Chapters. The INSCIT is sponsored by the Brazilian Microelectronics Society– SBMicro, technically sponsored by the IEEE IMS and co-sponsored by the Brazilian Society of Physics – SBF and Brazilian Society of Automatics – SBA. The 2016 1st INSCIT was held in Belo Horizonte (MG) within the Multiconference “Chip on the Mountains.” In its first edition, the event had a submission of 46 papers, from which 31 papers were accepted. It was organized into eight sessions and featured two invited talks.

The 2017 2nd INSCIT was held within the same multiconference, although with a slightly different name, “Chip on the Sands,” in Fortaleza (CE) from August 28 to September 1, 2017. The 2nd INSCIT had a 15% increase in the number of submissions, with 53 papers submitted of which 30 were accepted. 

The print article includes photos.

Invitation to Submit I&M Video Tutorials

If you wish to submit a proposal for a new Expert Series or Classroom Series video, please visit the related page on the IMS web page at http://ieee-ims.org/evts/tutorials. Your proposal will be reviewed by the Editorial Board with the help of expert reviewers. If accepted, you may record your video with your own audio/video facilities or attend one of the video recording stages that will be organized at selected I&M conferences.

The print article contains photographs from at I2MTC 2016.

I&M Video Tutorials

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