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IEEE Measurement and Networking Symposium, 2019 (M&N 2019)

Bruno Andò

IEEE Symposium on Measurements and Networking (M&N) is one of the flagship conferences of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS).  M&N 2019 presented a forum for researchers and practitioners from industry, academia, government and standardization committees interested in the areas of measurements, communications, computer science, wireless systems, and sensor networks and fostered discussion on the role of both measurements for networking and networking for measurements.

The Symposium is mainly promoted by IEEE IMS TC-37 Measurements and Networking, the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Italy Chapter and the IEEE Italy Section Systems Council Chapter. In 2019, this biennial event reached the 5th edition, and it involved researchers and experts coming from different parts of the world.

The Venue

The venue of M&N 2019 was the Museo Diocesano, located in the heart of the city of Catania, which hosts the oldest University of Sicily, Italy. The Museo Diocesano is equipped with religious, art, furniture and various artifacts within the seminar building that date from the 17th century. Museo Diocesano is a large museum representing the history and culture of the diocese. It is divided into two sections: one dedicated to liturgical furnishings of the cathedral and one that includes furniture of other churches in the city and the diocese.

The Technical Program

M&N 2019 edition drew a remarkable interest worldwide. From the 81 originally submitted papers, 76 went through the full revision process, which involved 61 reviewers within and outside the Technical Program Committee. The M&N review process is designed to ensure high quality of accepted papers. At the end of this process, 62 papers were accepted for presentation at M&N 2019, leading to an acceptance rate of about 80%. A special thanks to all of the authors and reviewers for having contributed their high-quality papers and their valuable comments, respectively, to the great success of the conference.

Accepted papers were divided for presentation in seven Oral Sessions and two Poster Sessions during the three days of the conference. Oral Sessions included the following four Special Sessions, organized to provide a better overview of hot topics in the subjects addressed by the symposium:

  • Measurements for Networking: Traffic Monitoring and Performance Analysis (organizers: Prof. Alfio Lombardo and Prof. Laura Galluccio, University of Catania, Italy)
  • Sensor Networks and Sensing Systems for Assistive Technology (organizers: Prof. Bruno Andò and Prof. Vincenzo Marletta, University of Catania, Italy)
  • Antenna and RCS Measurements (organizers: Prof. Claudio Curcio, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II Italy; Prof. Francesco D’Agostino, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy; and Prof. Marco D. Migliore, Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale, Italy)
  • Intelligent Sensors Technologies for Structural Health Monitoring (organizers: Prof. Luca De Marchi, University of Bologna, Italy and Prof. Davide Brunelli, University of Trento, Italy)

Many thanks go to the Special Sessions organizers.

Topics of the Technical Sessions included: Channel quality prediction and QoS measurements in wired and wireless networks (short-range and cellular systems), Anomaly Detection, Measurements on Telecommunication systems, Electromagnetic exposure to BS, Electromagnetic interference measurements, 5G perspective, Sensor and Sensor networks (for assistive technologies, structural health monitoring, air-quality monitoring, health monitoring), Uncertainty in antenna measurements, Wearable antenna design and characterization, NF-FF measurements, Measurements and Networking for localization (Indoor location, Object classification for autonomous navigation, and Ultrasound time of flight).

Many thanks also go to the 20 Session Chairs who contributed to profitable discussions during all of the sessions. Special thanks go also to all of the instrument manufacturers that have really contributed to the success of the symposium and of the technical program.

The authors of papers presented at M&N 2019 will have the opportunity to extend their paper and submit to a special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement.

The Keynotes

Keynotes provided attendees with additional broad perspectives on particular issues.  This year, during the opening day, we had two keynote speakers: Carla-Fabiana Chiasserini from Politecnico di Torino, Italy who presented “Implementation and Performance Measurements of a MEC-based Automotive Service” and Dr. Giuseppe Bruno from ST Microecletronics who shared his insights into “ST Environmental sensors and main applications.”

On Day 2, two additional keynote speakers enriched the program with very up-to-date topics: Prof. Ricardo Goncalves from New University of Lisbon, Portugal presented the results of an important project “Electronic citizen-centered electronic data exchange for personalized digital health,” and Prof. Kaushik Chowdhury from Northeastern University, MA, USA had a speech on, “(Air)space is the Final Frontier: Experiments with Learning, Sensing and Communications in UAVs.” Many thanks go to the Keynote Speakers for their interesting and involving talks.

The Social Events

Catania also means exceptional food and drink, and the social events during M&N 2019 were not an exception. A Welcome reception was held at the Cafeteria of the Museo Diocesano. The Gala dinner took place at the wonderful “Palazzo Manganelli,” very close to the conference venue. During the gala dinner, the Conference Organizing Committee announced the winners of conference awards.

The Awards

M&N 2019 is committed to encouraging student engagement in the field of measurements and networking. To this aim, a specific category of award, the Best Paper Young Author Award “Nicola Pitrone” was delivered. To be a candidate for this award, a paper must be co-authored and presented by a researcher younger than 35 years of age. Best Paper Award “Domenico Grimaldi” and Best Poster Award were also presented. For each category, two positions of equal merit were awarded. The selection of best papers was made by the Technical Program Chairs on the basis of paper quality.

During this edition, winners of M&N 2019 Best Paper Young Author Award “Nicola Pitrone” were Federica Zonzini, Michelangelo Maria Malatesta, Denis Bogomolov, Nicola Testoni, Luca De Marchi, and Alessandro Marzani for the paper “Heterogeneous Sensor-network for Vibration-based SHM” and Carl J. Debono, Matthew Sacco, Joshua Ellul for the paper “An RGB-D based Framework for Ambient Assistive Living Applications.”

The M&N 2019 Best Paper Award “Domenico Grimaldi” was given to Marjo Heikkilä,      Arto Seppänen, Marjut Koskela, Jukka Pihonen, Jan Engelberg, and Ari T. Pouttu for the paper entitled “The Use of Unmanned Aircraft System for the Radio Frequency Interference Measurements” and to Alessandra Galli Giorgi, Giada Giorgi, and Claudio Narduzzi for the paper entitled “Multi-User ECG Monitoring System based on IEEE Standard 802.15.6.”

The M&N 2019 Best Poster Award was given to Ghada Bouattour, Bilel Kallel, Houda Ben Jmaa Derbel, and Olfa Kanoun for the paper entitled “Passive Peak Voltage Sensor for Multiple Sending Coils Inductive Power Transmission System” and to Vincenzo Paciello, António Espírito Santo, Francesco Abate, and Gustavo Monte for the paper entitled “Smart Sensor Efficient Signal Processing for Earthquake Early Detection.”  Congratulations to all the winners!

Future Perspectives

M&N 2019 was very successful. General Chairs of the conference: Prof. Bruno Andò, University of Catania, Italy and Prof. Domenico Capriglione, University of Salerno, Italy; Technical Program Chairs Prof. Marco Di Felice, University of Bologna, Italy, Prof. Gianfranco Miele, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Italy and Prof. Octavian Postolache, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Portugal have received much positive feedback from people who attended the symposium for the first time. The high level of interdisciplinarity together with high quality papers (62) and presentations have been particularly appreciated by the participants (80 in this edition).

Indeed, we really think that given the complexity of modern networks and related systems, a multidisciplinary approach has to be followed for correctly addressing current and incoming technological challenges. We are very enthusiastic because we are feeling an increasing interest of the international community in the participation at this interdisciplinary symposium.

At this edition, 251 authors were from all over the world. Looking at the attendees, Europe is the most represented continent, but researchers also came from USA, Asia, South America and New Zealand. This trend is particularly important, because it means that the measurements and networking community, since the first edition in 2011 (Capri, Italy) has been continuously increasing, attracting newer and newer people also outside Europe and North America, which are the regions historically more represented in the IMS field.

The Steering Committee (Prof. Leopoldo Angrisani, Prof. Claudio Narduzzi, Prof. Bruno Andò, Prof. Domenico Capriglione and Prof. Luigi Ferrigno) is encouraged to continue in this way and to promote international cooperation in the field of measurements and networking.

 

The print magazine includes a photo from the event.

14th IEEE MeMeA Symposium

Baki Karaböce

The 14th IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA) was organized at Kadir Has University (KHU) in İstanbul, Turkey from 26-28 June, 2019. We welcomed 110 registered participants from mainly Italy, Turkey, India and Canada and but also from all over the world. 

MeMeA 2019 carried on the leadership role in the field of measurements for medicine and healthcare. Since the first idea arose from special sessions on medical measurements organized by the IMS TC-25 in IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technical Conferences and the IEEE International Workshop on Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA), this international series has now reached its 14th symposium.

Workshops:

Benevento, Italy in 2006
Warsaw, Poland in 2007
Ottawa, Canada in 2008
Cosenza, Italy in 2009
Ottawa, Canada in 2010

Symposia:

Italy: Bari (2011), Turin (2015), Benevento (2016), Rome (2018)
Budapest, Hungary in 2012
Gatineau, Canada in 2013
Lisbon, Portugal in 2014
Rochester, Minnesota, USA in 2017

We met in 2019 in Istanbul, a city which served as the capital of three empires and the east-west intersection of two continents, Europe and Asia. This city is renowned for its long and exceptional history, its prestigious monuments and its welcoming social and cultural life. İstanbul is the forward-looking inheritor of 8,500 years of history—cradle of faith, culture, and trade—and the heart of the Turkish economy.  Turkey's top universities are located in İstanbul, which is the base for 54 universities.

MeMeA 2019 was held at KHU, which has seven faculties: Engineering and Natural Sciences; Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences; Communication; Management; Law; Art and Design; and Applied Sciences. The main building was originally a tobacco factory, erected in 1884 by the İstanbul-based Ottoman Armenian architect Hovsep Aznavur. The factory was used for nearly seventy years by TEKEL, the state tobacco producer, and then renovated as the university building in 1997. KHU won the Europa Nostra Award for the beautiful restoration of an historic place.

Interest in the MeMeA symposium continues to increase from a variety of disciplines, including our main participants from engineering and medicine. This year we also had an important contribution from metrologists from the national metrology institute of Turkey, TUBİTAK UME, that supported the theme of the symposium entitled “Metrological point of view in medical measurements.”

After a rigorous review, more than 120 high quality papers by 585 authors from academia, industry, government and NGOs from 26 different countries of Europe, Asia, Africa and America were selected for presentation in this outstanding symposium.

Two keynote presentations were given by experts in the field of medical measurements and applications: Tobias Schaeffter, who heads the Division 8 of Medical Physics and Metrological Information Technology at Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Berlin, Germany spoke about “Quantitative Measurements in Medicine.” Zijad Džemić, General Director of the Institute of Metrology of Bosnia and Herzegovina, spoke about “Conformity Assessment of Medical Devices in the Frame of Legal Metrology.” We were honored to have them as plenary speakers and thank them for sharing their knowledge and experiences with us.

Two tutorials were presented by: Sandro Carrara from EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland concerning “Ultrasensitive Memristive Biosensors” and Irfan Karagöz from Gazi University, Turkey about “Imaging Systems and Effectiveness of Physiological Imaging Systems in Early Diagnostic Process.”

In light of the symposium theme: metrological point of view in medical measurements, a panel discussion was organized. Sandro Carrara moderated the panel, with valuable contributions of panelists Maria Ferroro Garçia, Tobias Schaeffter, Yekta Ülgen and Marco Parvis. Over the three days, four parallel sessions ran each day and were organized as follows:

Once: “Imaging and Communication,” “Novel Techniques in Medical Ultrasound” and “Medical and Instrumentation Uncertainty and Calibrations” sessions.
Twice: “Bioengineering and Rehabilitation,” “Biosignal Processing,” “IoT Devices and Systems for Biomedical Applications and Health Parameters Monitoring” and “Measurement Systems and Sensors for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures” sessions.
Three times: “Wearable and Unobtrusive Monitoring Systems for Medical Applications” and “Medical Metrology and Medical Device Calibration” sessions.
Five times: “Sensors and Devices for Medical Measurements” sessions.
Once: Poster Session.

Traditionally, several awards are distributed:  Best Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award, Best Women in Engineering Paper Award and the Best Poster Award are granted on the evaluation of presentation quality by the Technical Program Committee. The Best Paper Award has been designated the “Domenico Grimaldi” Best Paper Award in memory of him. For the third year, MeMeA 2019 provided travel support grants to student authors of high-quality papers selected by the Technical Program Chairs on the basis of the reviewers' evaluations.

The MeMeA 2019 Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement will be prepared and published to promote the best results presented at the symposium. The MeMeA 2019 Special Issue will contain technically extended papers selected on the basis of the results of regular peer review of the manuscripts submitted for consideration by the participants of the symposium.

Great support has been received from our supporters IEEE, IEEE I&M Society, TÜBİTAK UME and KHU, the Steering Committee members and the reviewers who contributed to make the outstanding program of this year’s edition possible. This symposium has been realized naturally with the valuable contributions of authors, whose research and development efforts were presented during the MeMeA 2019 İstanbul.

The Organizing Committee received plate gifts designed by artist Dr. Nur Balkır that represent medical applications at Ottoman times. The Committee also organized an opening concert, a Whirling Dervish show called the Mevlevȋ Semâ Ceremony (designated as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity) and a symposium dinner on the boat tour for all participants and their guests.

MeMeA 2019 welcomed almost 140 scientists, academicians, researchers, engineers, students and accompanying persons in İstanbul, Turkey with scientific works and good memories.