IEEE SENSORS 2023 celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the parent IEEE Sensors Council and was back in Vienna (Austria) after 19 years. The Conference hosted workshops along with tutorials, for the first time, and maintained the journal-conference synergy that began last year in Dallas. In total, 1082 submissions were received, and 482 papers were accepted, featuring 9 parallel sessions and 2 poster breaks. The Conference featured 3 keynote speakers: Dr. Kimberly Foster, Dean of the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, who spoke about Nonlinearity and Sensing, Dr. Michael L. Roukes, Founding Director of Caltech’s Kavli Nanoscience Institute and Professor of Physics, Applied Physics and Bioengineering, who spoke about his path from Classical to Quantum Sensing, and Dr. Archana Sharma, Principal Staff Scientist at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva (Switzerland), who spoke about the implications of research done at CERN on daily-life problems. Besides, the Young Professionals (YP) and Women in Sensors (WiSe) committees organized several special focus programs, such as a Big Idea Pitch competition for students, and a Mentor/Mentee session. The main social event was the IEEE Sensors Council’s 25th Anniversary Ball & Dinner held at the Vienna Hofburg Royal Palace on Tuesday evening.
As we did last year, MEMS-TC collaborated with IEEE SENSORS 2023 as a Silver Patron. We hosted an exhibitor booth that was visited by many attendees during the Poster breaks. Our goal in the booth was to explain our values and mission and try to persuade those involved in the MEMS field to join our community. Our message was simple: “MEMS is disseminated across multiple councils and societies, so if you want to have a stronger voice within IEEE you should support our cause to become council, and then a society.” Many of them were interested and grabbed our informational flyers. Moreover, we had the opportunity to interact with officers from the Sensors Council and supporting societies that provided us with valuable feedback. Our organization also sponsored the Conference Award Ceremony. This year, there were 5 award categories: Best Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award, Best Live Demo, WiSe/YP Big Idea Pitch Competition, and YP Poster Session. The event overall was successful and received more than 1,000 attendees (40% more than usual). We are looking forward to our next collaboration with this conference.