Detailed Field of Interest Statement

According to ARTICLE II, Section 1 of the Constitution, “the fields of interest of the Council and its activities shall be the theory, design, fabrication, manufacturing and application of devices for sensing and transducing physical, chemical, and biological phenomena, with emphasis on the electronics, physics and reliability aspects of sensors and integrated sensor-actuators.  Changes to the field of interest may be made with the approval of the IEEE Technical Activities Board.”

The specifics of the field of interest statement shall be as follows.

The fields of interest of the Council and its activities shall be the theory, design, fabrication, manufacturing, reliability and applications of devices for sensing and transducing physical, chemical, and biological phenomena.  Included shall be the following:

– Sensor phenomena & characterization (sensitivity, selectivity, noise, aging, hysteresis, dynamic range, interfering effects, etc.),

– Mechanical sensors such as: metallic, thin-film, thick film and bulk strain gauges, pressure sensors, accelerometers, angular rate sensors, displacement transducers, force sensors, bulk and surface acoustic wave sensors, ultrasonic sensors, flow meters and flow controllers,

-Electromechanical sensors of all ranges from macro to micro, on any substrates, such as metal, plastic, or silicon

– Thermal sensors such as: platinum resistors, thermistors, diode and transistor temperature sensors, thermocouples, thermopiles, pyroelectric and piezoelectric thermometers, calorimeters, bolometers,

– Optoelectronic/photonic sensors such as: photovoltaic diodes, photoconductors, photodiodes, phototransistors, position-sensitive photodetectors, photodiode arrays, charge-coupled devices, light-emitting diodes, diode lasers, other quantum devices, liquid-crystal displays,

– Ionizing radiation sensors such as gamma ray, charged particle and neutron detectors

– Integrated optics/fiber optical devices such as those based on photometry, fluorimetry, surface plasmon resonance, interferometry, ellipsometry,

– Microwave/millimeter wave sensors

– Magnetic sensors such as: magnetoresistors, Hall-effect devices, magnetometers, magnetic-field sensors, solid-state read and write heads,

– Chemical and biological sensors, with emphasis on the electronics and physics aspects of transducing chemical and biological signals into information about chemical and biological agents,

– Mass-sensitive devices such as quartz crystal microbalances and surface acoustic wave devices.

– Sensor arrays: large and high density sensor arrays, distributed sensor networks, sensitive skin systems, intelligent sensor arrays.

– Sensor-Actuators, including integrated sensor-actuators, smart sensor-actuators and networkable sensors-actuators,

– Sensor systems and applications such as: multiple-sensor systems, sensor arrays and “electronic nose” technology, sensor buses, sensor networks, voting systems, telemetering; combined sensors (e.g., electrical & mechanical); automotive, medical, environmental monitoring and control, consumer, alarm and security, military, nautical, aeronautical and space sensor systems, and robotics and automation applications.

– Other topics such as: sensor packaging and interconnections; sensor materials; intelligent sensors for applications such as on-line monitoring, process control, and test kits; sensor signal processing and fusion; thin-film and thick-film gas sensors, humidity sensors, specific ion sensors (such as pH sensors), radon sensors, carbon monoxide sensors, viscosity sensors, density sensors, acoustic velocity sensors, proximity sensors, altimeters, and barometers; CAD, modeling and testing of sensors; Internet based and other remote data acquisition and control of sensors.

This Detailed Field Of Interest Statement adopted January 8, 2000.

E-mail Voting Policy

After a motion is proposed via E-mail, discussions will be held on-line (E-mail or bulletin board), by telephone, or otherwise. The time allowed for discussion shall be at the discretion of the President.  E-mail voting will have three choices: Yes, No, and Hold (because some may feel that an item ought to be held for in-person votes). If more than 50% vote yes, the motion carries. If at least 50% vote No, the motion is defeated. If at least 50% vote No or Hold, the motion shall be tabled until the next AdCom Meeting.

Policy adopted 6 November 1999

E-mail List Policy

Whereas the IEEE Sensors Council’s e-mailing list is the primary means of publicity for the IEEE Sensors Council’s activities, and, whereas other uses would increase the number of addressees who filter the IEEE Sensors Council’s mailings via their spam filter, junk e-mail filter and such, it is the IEEE Sensors Council’s policy that the e-mailing list shall be used exclusively for publicizing the IEEE Sensors Council’s activities. It shall not be shared with, or used for the benefit of, any non-Sensors-Council activities. This policy can be changed by AdCom vote only.

Passed at the 2005 meeting of the Sensors Council AdCom, 2 November 2005

IEEE SENSORS Conference Budgeting

In each year’s IEEE SENSORS conference budget, an expense item for IEEE administrative expenses will be included, at a value of 50% of the administrative expense stated in the IEEE Sensors Council budget of the previous year*.


This policy implements the motion passed at the November 2012 AdCom meeting in Taipei, Taiwan:

Motion: Mike McShane moved that we include administrative expenses that the Council must pay to IEEE in the annual SENSORS conference budget. Specifically, next year’s SENSORS conference budget shall include an expense line item of 50% of the IEEE Administrative expense from the current year.  The motion was seconded by John Vig.  The motion passed unanimously.


The administrative expense is listed in the Council’s 2012 and previous budgets as “Total Expense” at tab 1800, “BUSINESS UNIT – 0390 SENSORS COUNCIL, COST CENTER – 01800 ADMINISTRATION.”