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TC-42 Photonic Technology in Instrumentation and Measurement

George Xiao

Photonics plays a critical role in everyday life. Telecommunications, sensor technology, medicine and spectroscopy, to name a few, all rely on this 20th-century discovery. Photonic technology is increasingly used in instrumentation and measurement for applications in the oil and gas industry, electric power systems, aerospace missions, transport, civil structure, military, defense, ocean exploration, biomedical detection, environmental monitoring and other areas. The field is related to many of the fastest evolving engineering professions in a challenging time but with increasing opportunities.

This committee aims to bring together experts in the field and maintain associations with other technical committees in the Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) and other societies in the related areas, develop standards in the field as appropriate, as well as to organize special sessions in IMS-sponsored conferences and organize special issues for IEEE journals.

The goals of this committee are to:

  • Promote and disseminate technical information related to the fields listed below via workshops, lectures, and technical papers:
  • Photonic technology in the sensors and instrumentation of industrial and clinical areas that include:
    • chemical, medical and biological applications
    • indoor/outdoor environmental monitoring and
    • structural health monitoring
  • Photonic instrumentation for optical fiber communication applications
    • New concepts for photonic sensing
    • Photonic sensing applications, field tests and standardization
    • Smart photonic devices, structures and systems
    • Distributed photonic sensing
    • Photonic multiplexing and sensing networking
    • Micro- and nano-structured fiber and waveguide sensors
    • Interferometric and polarimetric photonic sensors
    • Photonic technology for chemical, environmental, biological and medical measurement
    • Photonic sensor fusion and big data
    • High speed photonic instrumentation and measurement systems
    • Multiplexed and distributed photonic sensor networks
    • Micro- and nano-scale photonic sensors
    • Novel photonic concepts and techniques for the measurement of physical, chemical and biological  parameters
  • Maintain connections with other groups, societies and organizations working in the related areas
  • Develop standards in the field as appropriate
  • Organize special sessions during the I2MTC and special issues in IMS sponsored IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology


  • Dr. Gaozhi (George) Xiao, National Research Council (Canada), FIEEE, IMS Representative for Journal of Lightwave Technology, IMS Representative for IEEE Council on RFID, Associate Editor of IEEE TIM, Chair of IEEE IMS TC-42. Email:
  • Prof. Tuan Guo, Jinan University (China), Guest Editor of Sensors, Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal. Co-chair of IEEE IMS TC-42. Email:


  • Prof. Luigi Rovati, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). Email:
  • Prof. Zheng Liu, University of British Columbia (Canada), VP of Publication of IMS, Chair of IEEE IMS TC-36, Editorial Board for IEEE IMS. Email:
  • Prof. Yong Zhao, Northeastern University (China), Associate Editor of Sensor Letters, Instrumentation Science & Technology, Journal of Sensor Technology, and Advances in Optical Technologies. Email:
  • Prof. Alberto Vallan, Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Email:
  • Prof. Wojtek Bock, Université du Québec en Outaouais (Canada), Life Fellow of IEEE, Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal,  Email:
  • Prof. Zuyuan He, Shanghai Jiaotong University (China), Associated Editor of Journal of Lightwave Technology. Email:
  • Prof. Jianping Yao, University of Ottawa (Canada), FIEEE, FOSA, FCAE, Topical Editor for Optics Letters, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Optics Communications, Frontiers of Optoelectronics, and Science Bulletin, Chair of IEEE Photonics Ottawa Chapter, TC Chair of IEEE MTT-3. Email:
  • Prof. Guido Perrone, Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Email:
  • Prof. Hwayaw Tam, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong). Email:
  • Prof. Chao Lu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong). Email:


  • Organizing special issues for IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology
  • Organizing special sessions for I2MTC

TC-42 is currently calling for participation in the committee. If you are interested, please contact either Dr. George Xiao or Prof. Tuan Guo.

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