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.