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SAS 2011


SAS-2011 provides an established forum for sensor users and developers to meet and exchange information about novel and emergent applications in smart sensors, homeland security, biology, system health management, and related areas. Collaborate and network with scientists, engineers, developers and customers, in a balance of formal technical presentations, workshops, and informal interface meetings. Suggested topics for SAS-2011 include:

Sensors Sensor Applications
  • Biosensors /Arrays
  • Smart sensors and standards (Ex. IEEE 1451, internet standards)
  • Sensor networking (wireless, optical, and Ethernet)
  • MEMS and Nanosensors
  • Virtual Sensors
  • Homeland security
  • Multisensor Data Fusion
  • Nondestructive Evaluation and Remote Sensing
  • Integrated System Health Management (ISHM)
  • Commercial Development

Author Instructions


Final Instructions

The Conference Proceedings will be included in the IEEE Interactive Electronic Library (IEL) as part of IEEE Xplore. All authors who have been accepted must register for the conference and attend the conference to present their paper. Authors who do not attend the conference to present their papers, or arrange for a co-author or knowledgeable colleague to present their paper in the absence of the primary author, will not have their paper published in the IEEE IEL and IEEE Xplore, per latest IEEE policy.

1. Prepare the final version of the manuscript using the paper templates linked below.

Paper Templates

Final Paper Appearance

REMEMBER: the final version of a paper in the format given above CANNOT EXCEED 6 PAGES. NO EXCEPTION IS ALLOWED.

2. Register online.

Online Registration is now open! You MUST register before uploading your final paper. Papers will be included in the proceedings only if at least one author has registered and paid the FULL IEEE Member or Non-Member registration fee by January 10, 2011. Student fees do not ensure publication of a paper - no exceptions. One full registration covers only one (1) paper. To guarantee inclusion in the proceedings of more than one (1) paper, the author must pay a USD $50 surcharge for each paper in excess. If you need to register by bank transfer, please contact Rachel Edmunds, SAS 2011 Administrator.


3. An electronic version of the final manuscript must be generated for the conference proceedings.

From the final manuscript formatted as instructed above, authors must generate the electronic version in PDF format. Regardless of its initial format, the file containing the final version of the paper must be transformed in the PDF format using the IEEE PDF express web tool. PDF files generated by means of other tools are not acceptable.

To generate the IEEE Xplore compatible PDF file of your paper, follow these steps:

Create your IEEE PDF eXpress account by going to: http://www.pdf-express.org and using Conference ID: sas11xx

The first time you access the system, please follow the link to New user. Please note that, in order to access the service, you need to allow the use of cookies from the PDF eXpress web site. Once you have registered as a new user:

   1. upload the source file (containing your paper) for conversion
   2. receive by e-mail the IEEE Xplore-compatible PDF of your paper. Once you’ve received your PDF file, upload it to EDAS

4. Send the electronic version of the final manuscript, complete the presenter's biography form, and submit the copyright form through EDAS by January 10, 2011.

   1. Once you receive your Xplore compatible PDF, log in at http://edas.info

   2. Upload you paper.
       Click the My Papers tab. Click the upload icon (third column from the right) and a dialog box will open that will enable you to select and upload your paper via the web or via FTP.

   3. Fill in and sign the IEEE Copyright Transfer form.
      The IEEE is enforcing strict copyright rules. For your convenience, the copyright form is made available electronically through EDAS. To access the copyright form, click on the 'My Papers' tab and then click on the copyright icon under the copyright column (second column from the right). Authors who are not authorized to sign a copyright transfer form, should download the paper version of a copyright transfer form, fill it in, and ask an authorized person to sign it.Then, send the completed form to the SAS 2011 Administrator by fax: +1 (785) 537 3437.

   4. Prepare the presenter's biography form.
       Please declare who will be presenting the paper at the conference on EDAS. To do this, click the 'My Papers' tab, click on your paper title, and then click the Change/Add icon in the Presenter row. Indicate who will present the paper and click Choose presenter. Presenters must fill out a short bio (50 word max) on EDAS by going to the ‘My Profile’ tab and filling in the information in the ‘Brief bio’ field. Information in this form will be used by the session chairperson to introduce the presenter.


If authors like to post their papers electronically on any web site, any ftp site, or any other electronic dissemination technique, they must include the IEEE Copyright notice on the initial screen displaying the IEEE-copyrighted material.

Problems in preparing and submitting your final manuscript? Further Information?

Contact the IEEE SAS 2011 Conference Administrator:

Chris Dyer
Conference Catalysts, LLC




Closed-loop Sensor Networks for Atmospheric Sensing

Michael Zink
Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003

Abstract: CASA is an NSF funded Engineering Research Center that seeks to revolutionize our ability to observe, understand, predict, and respond to hazardous weather by creating distributed collaborative adaptive sensing (DCAS) networks that sample the atmosphere where and when end-user needs are greatest.

In this presentation, I will give an overview on the sensor network architecture for DCAS systems and present how this architecture has been realized in several CASA testbeds. I will especially focus on CASA’s 4-node testbed in southwestern Oklahoma, which covers a region of 7000 square km that receives and average of four tornado warnings and 53 thunderstorm warnings a year.

First of all the system architecture of this DCAS system will be presented. This includes the sensing nodes, the communication infrastructure, and the central node, which hosts the Meteorological Command & Control (MC&C) architecture. The MC&C is the heart of the DCAS system, which ingests data from the four radars, identifies meteorological features in this data, and determines each radars scan strategy based on detected features and end-user requirements.

Every 1-minute heartbeat the MC&C ingests processed sensor data to generate meteorological features, which might be of interested to the systems end-users. These features are then clustered together and posited as potential three-dimensional scanning tasks. Novel optimization techniques that consider the preferences of different end-user groups then determine the actual targeting of the radars.

In addition, I will present work on sensor virtualization and data-intensive cloud computing that evolved from the work on DCAS sensor networks and is part of the NSF initiative on Global Environment for Network Innovation.

Michael Zink is currently Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Previously, he was a Research Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He got his PhD in 2003 from the Multimedia Communications Laboratory at Darmstadt University of Technology. He works in the fields of sense-and-response sensor networks, distribution of high-bandwidth, high-volume data, and the design and analysis of long-distance wireless networks and Systems Engineering. Further research interests are in wide-area multimedia distribution for wired and wireless environments and network protocols.
As Deputy Director for Technical Integration in the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, he manages an interdisciplinary team of meteorologists, electrical engineers, social scientists and computer scientists.


Smart Aggregates: a Distributed Intelligent Multi-purpose Sensor Network (DIMSN) for Civil Structures

Gangbing Song, Ph.D. Professor
Director, Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204, USA

Laboratory Website: http://egr.uh.edu/smsl/
Remote Laboratory Website:

: This talk summarizes the authors’ recent pioneer research work in piezoceramic-based smart aggregates and their innovative applications in concrete civil structures. The smart aggregate is formed by embedding a water-proof piezoelectric patch with lead wires into a small concrete block. The smart aggregates are multi-functional and can perform three major tasks: early-age concrete strength monitoring, impact detection, and structural health monitoring. The smart aggregates are embedded into the desired location before the casting of the concrete structure. The concrete strength development is monitored by observing the high frequency harmonic wave response of the smart aggregate. Impact on the concrete structure is detected by observing the open circuit voltage of the piezoceramic patch in the smart aggregate. For structural health monitoring purposes, the embedded smart aggregates form a Distributed Intelligent Multi-purpose Sensor Network (DIMSN) and the active sensing approach is used for damage detection. Wavelet packet analysis is used as a signal-processing tool to analyze the sensor signal. A damage index based on the wavelet packet analysis is used to determine the structural health status. To better describe the damage time-history and location information, two types of damage index matrices are proposed: a time-history damage index matrix and an actuator-sensor damage index matrix. To demonstrate the multi-functionality of the proposed smart aggregates, different types of concrete structures have been used as test objects, including concrete bridge bent caps, concrete cylinders, and a concrete frame. Experimental results have verified the effectiveness and the multi-functionality of the proposed smart aggregates. The multi-functional smart aggregates can be applied in the comprehensive monitoring of concrete structures from their early stages throughout their life-time.

Dr. G. Song is the founding Director of the Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory and a Professor of both Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Houston. Dr. Song is a recipient of the NSF CAREER grant in 2001. Dr. Song received his Ph.D. and MS degrees from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University in the City of New York in 1995 and 1991, respectively. Dr. Song received his B.S. degree in 1989 from Zhejing University, P.R.China. He has expertise in smart materials and structures, structural vibration control, and structural health monitoring and damage detection. He has developed two new courses in smart materials and published more than 200 papers, including 80 peer reviewed journal articles. Dr. Song is also an inventor or co-inventor of 3 US patents and 6 pending patents. He has received research funding in smart materials and related research from NSF, NASA, Department of Education, Texas Higher Education Board, TSGC (Texas Space Grant Consortium), UTMB (University of Texas Medical Branch), OSGC (Ohio Space Grant Consortium), OAI (Ohio Aerospace Institute), ODoT (Ohio Department of Transportation), HP, OptiSolar, and Cameron.

TIM Special Issue


Invitation to submit to the Special Issue of TIM:

The SAS 2011 Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, intended to promote best results presented at SAS 2011, will be published. Authors are invited to submit their presented work from SAS 2011 (with sufficient technical extension) to the “SAS 2011 Special Issue” of the  IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement.

The SAS 2011 Special Issue will contain 10 papers selected on the basis of the results of regular peer review of the manuscripts submitted for consideration by the participants of SAS 2011. However, the remaining reviewed and accepted papers will appear in an upcoming regular issue of TIM. Each manuscript should be based on a paper published in the SAS 2011 Proceedings and presented at SAS 2011. However, the manuscript MUST be significantly extended beyond the scope of the proceedings paper (in terms of the overall TECHNICAL content and research results).

Special issue manuscript may ONLY be uploaded in the period of April 1– 15, 2011. Please DO NOT try to submit your papers earlier, since the SAS 2011 Special Issue folder in Allentrack will not be available.

Guest Editor:

Deniz Gurkan received her BS and MS degrees in 1996 and 1998 from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey and PhD degree in 2003 from the University of Southern California, all in Electrical Engineering. In 2004, she has taught at the Claremont Graduate University, Applied Mathematics Program and the California State University at Long Beach Electrical Engineering Department before joining the University of Houston’s Department of Engineering Technology as a faculty. During her PhD studies, she has demonstrated optical networking functions with all-optical setups. As an assistant professor, her research interests has been in computer networks, optical networking, sensor network standard development, measurement systems for healthcare, fiber-optic communications, and aerospace systems. She has authored and co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed technical papers in her field of research.

Requirements for ALL submissions:

The manuscript, together with the accompanying documents “viz. the manuscript submission cover letter, the IEEE copyright transfer form, and the overlength page charge form” must be submitted electronically using the web-based submission system. Prior to submission of the manuscript, its author, especially if he/she has not yet used that system, should register and obtain a password that will enable him/her to enter the system and read Authors Instructions and Manuscript Upload Instructions. Both instructions contain information of vital importance for the problem-free submission. In particular, Authors Instructions provide the guidelines for the preparation of the manuscript.

  1. The paper must be TECHNICALLY extended beyond the scope of the paper that have appeared in the SAS 2011.
  2. At the time of submission, the authors must provide detailed information (in a separate file to be uploaded as part of the submission process) regarding how the paper is a technically extended version of the SAS 2010 proceedings paper.
  3. The SAS 2010 proceedings paper MUST be clearly referred to in the text and listed as one of the references in the special-issue paper.
  4. A PDF copy of the SAS 2010 proceedings paper must be submitted at the time of special-issue paper submission.

When uploading your manuscript click on “Special Issue Manuscript” in the “Manuscript Upload Instructions” page of the Allentrack System.  Then, in page #1 of “Submit Manuscript” you must choose “SAS 2011 Special Issue.”  Subsequently, in the same page and in the “Files to Upload” section you MUST upload two files; one containing a detailed explanation of how the paper is TECHNICALLY extended beyond the scope of the proceedings paper and another which is a PDF copy of the Conference Proceedings paper.  To this end, you must put the number “2” in the small box in front of “Extension Beyond Proceedings & Copy of Proceedings” so that the system allows you to upload these two files. Consequently, these two files will be available to the reviewers.

Failure to submit a detailed explanation of the TECHNICAL extension and a PDF copy of the Proceedings paper will result in the immediate return of the manuscript to the author(s) as an unacceptable submission.

Notice: The SAS 2011 paper identifier should be put in the upper right-hand corner of every document to be submitted.

Further information and help:

Mrs. Cam Ingelin
Editorial Assistant
E-mail: c.ingelin@ieee.org



Registration is now Open!

The registration fees are as follows and must be paid in US dollars.

  Until 10 January 2011
Advance Registration
After 10 January 2011
Late and On-Site Registration
IEEE Member $475 $575
Non-Member $625 $725
Student, IEEE Life-Member $200 $250


Please, read carefully the following information concerning the registration procedure that is presented in the Author Instructions, especially if you are the prospective presenter of an accepted paper or if you need to guarantee inclusion of your accepted paper in the proceedings. An accepted paper will be published in the proceedings only if the full-fee registration payment for one of the authors is received and correctly processed by 10 January 2011 - no exceptions.

Only member or non-member fees are allowed to cover the publication of an accepted paper. To qualify for member rates, the membership number must be provided in the registration form. Student registration fees cannot be used to guarantee the publication of an accepted paper. If the author registering to cover the paper publication is a student, he has to pay the appropriate member or non-member fee. Members to whom the society bylaws grant special discounts (e.g., Students, Life members of the IEEE) cannot use the discounted rates to cover the publication of an accepted paper, they have to pay the member fee.

One author registration will cover the publication expenses of only ONE accepted paper. For each additional accepted paper associated to the same registration, a 50 US$ printing contribution will be charged. In the case no registration has been received and correctly processed to cover the paper publication, the conference organizers will contact the authors before the paper is removed from the proceedings.


For further information concerning your registration, please, contact only the SAS 2011 Administrator:

Rachel Edmunds
Conference Catalysts, LLC

Conference History


SAS 2010
February 23-25, 2010 | Limerick, Ireland

SAS 2009
February 17-19, 2009 | New Orleans, Louisiana

SAS 2008
February 12-14, 2008 | Atlanta, Georgia

SAS 2007
February 6-8, 2007 | San Diego, California

SAS 2006
February 7-9, 2006 | Houston, Texas



SAS 2011 will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk at Paseo del Alamo.

It is the only San Antonio Riverwalk hotel directly overlooking the historic Alamo and on the Riverwalk, connecting two of San Antonio's top destinations through the 16 story atrium lobby.

Hotel Information:

Hyatt Regency San Antonio
On the Riverwalk at Paseo del Alamo
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, TX  78205 USA

Telephone: 210.222.1234
Fax: 210.227.4928

To make a reservation, please visit the hotel's reservation page.


Single: $169.00
Double: $169.00 
Triple: $194.00
Quad: $219.00

All room rates are subject to state, local and any occupancy taxes in effect at the time of the meeting.  Presently such taxes total 16.75% per room, per night.

Reservations must be received by January 31, 2011.  Thereafter, reservations will be taken on a space and rate availability basis.  Check-in prior to Hotel's check-in time of 3:00 p.m. is subject to availability.  Where any reservations are not received prior to the cutoff date indicated, remaining blocks will be automatically released and subsequent reservations taken on a "group space" and "group rate" availability basis.  These special room rates are valid 2 days prior and 2 days after the meeting, based on Hotel availability.

For more information, please visit http://sanantonioregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/



Conference Chair:
Deniz Gurkan, University of Houston, USA
Shreekanth Mandayam, Rowan University, USA

SAS Steering Committee:
Hal Goldberg, Tufts University, USA
John Schmalzel, Rowan University, USA
Kang Lee, NIST, USA
Halit Eren, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Deniz Gurkan, University of Houston, USA
Shreekanth Mandayam, Rowan University, USA

Technical Program Chair:
Steven Griffin, University of Memphis, USA

Associate Technical Program Chairs:
Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Massey University, New Zealand
Alessandra Flammini, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
Marco Mugnaini, University of Siena, Italy
Halit Eren, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Conference Management:
Chris Dyer, Conference Catalysts, LLC