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Special Sessions

The following Special Sessions have been submitted. Authors interested in participating in this session are invited to submit their contribution to I2MTC 2015 via the EDAS site specifying the focus for this session.

  • Special Session 1: Advanced Measurement and Data Processing for Complex Engineering System Health Monitoring
  • Special Session 2: Going beyond the Linear Time-Invariant framework in instrumentation and measurement
  • Special Session 3: Instrumentation and measurement for improving quality, reliability and safety: new perspectives for technology and industry
  • Special Session 4: Advanced multi-sensor platform for Ambient Assisted Living
  • Special Session 5: Measurement fundamentals- challenges towards a unified body of Knowledge
  • Special Session 6: Sensors and Instrumentation for the Environment and Climate Change Monitoring
  • Special Session 7: Instrumentation and measurements for road safety
  • Special Session 8: Superconducting Sensors and Instrumentation

Prospective organizers of Special Sessions for I2MTC 2015 are invited to submit their proposals by August 10, 2014.  Please send an email to the Special Sessions Chair, Ada Fort.  Each proposal will be carefully evaluated at the time it is received.  Once accepted, it will immediately be announced on the conference website, and the Session Organizer will be welcome to promote it.

Depending on the number of contributions, Special Sessions will be organzied within a track of both oral and poster sessions.  Once the papers are accepted, the Special Session Organizer will interact with the Conference Organizers to put the session together. The Authors submitting papers will have the Special Session as an option in EDAS.

More information can be found in the Call for Papers.

Special Session 1

Advanced Measurement and Data Processing for Complex Engineering System Health Monitoring

Engineering system health monitoring has attracted increasing attention in both academic and industrial communities. Dynamical changes of engineering systems have to be captured in time for safe and reliable operations. These tasks are typically realized by using measurement technologies in combination with data processing algorithms. Recent advances in the theory and methodology for measurement and data processing have provided viable tools to dealing with issues encountered in engineering system health monitoring. This invited session is seeking for papers on recent research and development on engineering system health monitoring with theoretical and/or applied nature. Suitable topics for this special session include but are not limited to:

  • New measurement methodology for system health monitoring
  • Wireless sensor networks for distributed measurement
  • Advanced time scale/frequency analysis
  • Sparse decomposition/representation
  • Non-linear time series analysis
  • Other-related topics.

Ruqiang Yan, Southeast University, China
Xuefeng Chen, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Weihua Li, South China University of Technology, China

E-mail contact: [email protected]

Special Session 2

Going beyond the Linear Time-Invariant framework in instrumentation and measurement

Many real life measurement problems boil down to the characterization of a dynamical system. In most instruments, for example, dynamic signal analyzers, the linear time-invariant (LTI)  paradigm is used to model these systems. However, nowadays the linear and the time invariance behavior are more and more challenged. The ever increasing demand for higher performance and efficiency pushes the systems in a nonlinear operation mode so that nonlinear models are required for their design and control. Also the time invariance assumption does no longer hold in many biomedical applications. For that reason it becomes very urgent to extend the successful LTI approach to address these new challenges. The model quality and the model building cost are becoming limiting factors for further technological developments, and a new generation of instruments is needed to provide the basic information in the engineering labs. These new challenges create large opportunities for the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement society.  From its rich and successful  historical background, the I2MTC conference is well placed to offer a unique forum to tackle the problem by:

  • Discussing a new generation of instruments that can detect and quantify the presence of nonlinear and time-variant behavior.
  • Developing the underlying theoretical framework that is needed to create these instruments.
  • Addressing the educational challenges to prepare our members for the next generation of challenges.
  • Preparing the foundations for a new generation of standards and calibration procedures that are needed in the Nonlinear Time-Varying framework.

Rik Pintelon, Vrije Universitei,  Brussel, Belgium
Yves Rolain, Vrije Universitei,  Brussel, Belgium
Johan Schoukens, Vrije Universitei,  Brussel, Belgium
Gerd Vandersteen, Vrije Universitei,  Brussel, Belgium

E-mail contact: [email protected]

Special Session 3

Instrumentation and measurement for improving quality, reliability and safety: new perspectives for technology and industry

Nowadays in many contexts it is mandatory to fulfill performance of Testing and Diagnostics, Reliability, Maintainability, Safety and Risk assessment. Such tasks play a fundamental role in different fields of application (energy, transportation, information and communication technology, logistics, etc.) and are considered as fundamental in high-tech industry and plants. This Special Session represents an interesting opportunity for engineers and researchers who work in this area to meet and discuss about live issues. In particular, useful and beneficial discussion can be promoted with the aim to provide an increasing of  knowledge and an easier diffusion of the most recent developments. Prospective authors can provide original contributions in this topic which can cover, but not only, the following aspects:

  • Instrumentation and measurement methods for Testing and Diagnostics (Destructive and Non-destructive Testing, Vibration monitoring, Built-in Test Equipment and Automatic Test Equipment, etc.)
  • Condition monitoring and maintenance of industrial process, plants and complex systems
  • Measurements and techniques for Fault detection and diagnosis 
  • Design and implementation of laboratory tests (Reliability test, Environmental test, Burn-in test, quality tests, etc.) and Qualification tests for components, assemblies and process
  • Measurements, methods and instrumentation for evaluation of Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS), Risk assessment and management
  • Impact of RAMS requirements in the emerging technologies for Life and Society, environment and new energy sources
  • Effects of measurement uncertainty on the estimation of the RAMS parameters
  • Standards definition, certification and accreditation.

Loredana Cristaldi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Lorenzo Ciani, University of Florence, Italy
Massimo Lazzaroni, University of Milan, Italy
Lorenzo Peretto, University of Bologna, Italy

E-mail contact: [email protected]

Special Session 4

Advanced multi-sensor platform for Ambient Assisted Living

Assisted Living is a hot area having an everyday increasing strategic relevance given its impact on the economy and on the society. In this sector, measurement systems and methodologies assume a role of primary importance.  There is, in fact, an extremely vivid interest on this subject both in the scientific and in the industrial community.  In spite of the numerous results available, there is still a large need for further research efforts and for novel solutions.  In particular multi-sensor platform and Wireless Sensors Networks hold the promise of being able to bring innovative contribution to this area being able to collect and transfer large sets of measurement data from several points thus realizing distributed and flexible measurement systems.  We invite therefore original research papers on this subject with the goal to contribute to this area through a vibrant arena where novel ideas on converging subjects for the general topic of “Advanced multi-sensor platform for Ambient Assisted Living” will be confronted and exchanged between prominent actors in this field.
Submissions are welcomed on:

  • Overview of state of the art on "Multi-sensor platform for assisted living"
  • Measurement methodologies and algorithms for ambient assisted living (AAL), with particular regards to the well-being and the active ageing
  • Smart (wireless) multi-sensor systems for AAL and Activity Daily Living monitoring
  • Robotics for AAL
  • Smart textile solutions for Body Sensor Networks
  • Wireless Body Sensor Network

Bruno Andò, DIEEI – University of Catania, Italy
Salvatore Baglio, DIEEI – University of Catania, Italy

E-mail contact: [email protected]

Special Session 5

Measurement fundamentals- challenges towards a unified body of Knowledge

Measurement is a key enabler for scientific, social, and economic development, but in different disciplines measurement science is still characterized by almost independent research paths and communities. A critical example is the case of physical vs. software measurements, which are based on different models and adopt different terminologies. This hinders an effective communication and cross- ‐contamination among application fields. This session aims at gathering contributions towards shareable models of measurement, proposing novel perspectives to a forthcoming unified (both hard and soft, both strongly and weakly defined) measurement science.
Possible topics are related but not limited to:

  • Definition of measurement and role of instrumentation
  • Measurement modeling
  • Measurement uncertainty evaluation
  • Measurement of weakly defined properties
  • Scale construction and traceability
  • Standardization in metrology
  • Measurement based decision making

Luca Mari, University Carlo Cattaneo, Italy
Paolo Carbone, University of Perugia, Italy

E-mail contact: [email protected]

Special Session 6

Sensors and Instrumentation for the Environment and Climate change Monitoring

The proposed special session seeks submission of technical research articles addressing topical issues, underpinning better sensors and instrumentation for monitoring environment and climate change. The need for monitoring parameters of climate change has never been greater - driving research in accurate, robust and reliable sensors and associated instrumentation to achieve reliable measurement of these parameters.  Key examples include temperature (e.g. water, atmospheric), gas concentration (CO2, NO2, NO SO2, etc) and water quality (e.g. poisoning by algal blooms). Sensors and instrumentation is core to today's Engineering curricula, being strongly cross-disciplinary and an ideal subject for today's environmentally-aware research community. The research, developments and applications in the following fields of environmental measurements are welcomed:

  • analytical methods, sensors and instruments for monitoring of air, water and soil quality in residential, industrial, as well as, in agricultural areas,
  • instrumental methods for the measurement of environmental noise and vibration pollution;
  • sensing technology and associated instrumentation and measurements for the monitoring of the environmental conditions,
  • environment condition modeling,
  • robust instrumentation design for environment harsh conditions,
  • calibration methods for environment instrumentation,
  • remote sensing methods for measuring environmental pollution and climate change,
  • quality assurance and quality control of environmental measurements.

IEEE IMS Technical Committee 18  Environmental Measurements, 

E-mail contact: [email protected] (Professor Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Massey University, New  Zealand)

Special Session 7

Instrumentation and measurements for road safety

Traffic safety is gaining great attention worldwide, since an unacceptably high number of people are killed or severely injured each year.
Electronic instrumentation and sensors are playing a relevant role in preventing and detecting road accidents, and improving the overall driving experience. The aim of this special session is to gather scientific contributions in the field of instrumentation and sensors for road safety and traffic monitoring. The main topics include, but are not limited to:
  • real-time traffic monitoring;
  • road structural monitorin
  • sensors for transportation vehicles
  • vehicle counting and speed measurements;
  • vehicle identification and tracking;
  • fleet management and truck monitoring;
  • accident detection;
  • environmental and pollution monitoring along the roads;
  • hazard transport identification and tracking;
  • characterization of instruments for road safety;
  • fault detection on vehicle and traffic monitoring instrumentation;
  • traceability problems of instruments for vehicle speed measurement.
Luigi Ferrigno, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica e dell’Informazione, University of Cassino, Italy,  Luca De Vito, Dipartimento di Ingegneria, University of Sannio, Italy
E-mail contact: [email protected], Luca De Vito, Dipartimento di Ingegneria, University of Sannio, Italy

Special Session 8

Superconducting Sensors and Instrumentation
Superconducting materials have found a wide range of applications in science and society. Their unique properties and exquisite sensitivity have been exploited in many science disciplines. Superconductivity is used in detectors for dark matter, for the cosmic microwave background radiation and for national security purposes. Superconducting magnets and RF structures are at the heart of most particle accelerators for fundamental science, as well as accelerators for medical isotope production and ion therapy treatment. Superconductivity is also being explored for use in biosensors and quantum computing. This special session seeks to understand the state-of-the-art of the technology in the various applications, how the technology can be exploited through better instrumentation and how different science disciplines can contribute to advancing and accelerating the use of these sensors. The research, developments and applications in the following fields are welcomed with as goal to promote exchange between the experts of the various fields:
  • Measurements Methods and Parameters of Low and High Temperature Superconductors
  • High Sensitivity Detectors, Transition Edge and Kinetic Inductance
  • Sensors for Earth and Space Experiments
  • Instrumentation and Tests of Superconductive Components in Accelerators, including High Field Magnets and Superconducting RF Structures
  • Instrumentation technology in Superconducting Magnets for Fusion Tokamak Reactors and for Particle Detectors
  • Superconductivity in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance for Materials and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
  • Superconductivity in Medical Instrumentations, Magnetic Resonance Tomography
  • Quantum Computing, including Josephson Junctions, SQUID devices,etc.
  • Superconductivity in Nanoscale Applications
Dr. Marcel Demarteau, Argonne National Laboratory, USA, Dr. Emanuela Barzi, Fermilab Technical Division, Fermilab, USA
E-mail contact: [email protected] - Dr. Emanuela Barzi, Fermilab Technical Division, Fermilab (corresponding organizer)