Society Spotlights: June 2010

News from three IEEE societies

7 June 2010
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IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

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The society’s premier conference, the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, will celebrate its 30th anniversary from 25 to 30 July with a look to the future. The symposium’s plenary session will highlight the emerging field of community remote sensing, which leverages information gathered through social networks and by individual volunteers who perform tasks involving observation, measurement, and computation. This data, by augmenting traditional satellite and aircraft remote sensing systems, will help scientists understand the mechanisms of climate change, enhance human prosperity, and respond to natural disasters.


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IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society

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Thanks to a successful membership recruitment campaign, this society had one of the biggest jumps in membership last year, a 10.9 percent increase over 2008. The expansion was due to a successful membership recruitment campaign.

The broad range of interests NPSS covers includes radiation instrumentation and effects, medical imaging, plasma science, fusion technology, pulsed-power systems, particle accelerator science and technology, and computer applications to nuclear and plasma sciences. The latest research is published in the society’s three journals: IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, and IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, the last of which is published in cooperation with several other societies. The society also sponsors four annual conferences and sponsors or cosponsors numerous other conferences in the nuclear and plasma sciences.


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IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

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A series of forums the society launched in May addresses the challenges facing the biomedical engineering field. The forums review the progress made during the past decade and identify challenges facing related disciplines in the next 10 years. One forum addressed neuro-engineering, an emerging field that translates research into neurotechnologies that could lead to enhanced patient care. Topics included decoding brain activity, repairing or reversing brain damage, and the brain as an information processor.

The society teamed with the American Medical Association to hold the first-ever joint conference on medical technology devoted to individualized health care, which took place in March in Washington, D.C. Individualized health care is motivated by the observation that medical interventions have to be tailored to the physiology of each individual. Interest in the topic is being driven by the increased use of genetic information in making clinical decisions and of electronic patient records, by the creation of national health registries, and by novel technologies for remote data capture of clinical information.

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