Special Allocation for Membership Development in 2007
There is little doubt that membership is one of our most important assets as an IEEE Society. Committed members and chapter chairs make the difference year after year, giving a distinguished visibility to CASS along the different regions through the organization of talks, seminars, workshops, competitions, and mentoring, to mention some. Despite this, CASS membership declined in 2006 at a rate of 3.6%; following the trend of IEEE society membership, which ended 2006 down by 2.5%. Reversing this trend is not a trivial task. Concerned about this issue, the Executive Committee (ExCom) decided to allocate an extra budget of $100K USD for year 2007, dedicated to membership development activities. This will increase the allocation of $12K that every Regional Vice President had during 2007.
These funds will be destined to three different initiatives.
The first initiative of $35K will provide fiscal support to be spent by each Regional VP to lead by stimulating, energizing, suggesting and helping their Chapter Chairs manage a significant yearly increase in activities and in our membership base, especially focused on young members. This might include: hiring an experienced part-time assistant to interact with chapter chairs, monitor activities, formulate programs, and help chapter chairs in every possible way; organizing and running teleconferences among the chapter chairs; holding quarterly surveys of Chapter Chairs; update the various kits in use by the chapters.
The second initiative of $30K will be for Workshop support. An Emerging Technologies Workshop will be supported through VP Conferences, and $25K will be destined to organize at least one workshop per Chapter per year along the different regions.  
The third initiative will dedicate $35K to support student and Young members, in order to attend CASS supported conferences, symposia, design competitions, workshops, etc. An amount of $20K will be dedicated to support students and young members to non-ISCAS events, and $15K   will be dedicated to student papers awards (with $10K for an ISCAS award).
These grant requests and grants will be administered through the Administrative Assistants of each Regional VP. The course of these initiatives will be closely followed by the ExCom, and if the results are satisfactory, it is the intention of the ExCom to make these funds line items of the annual budget.
Pedro Julián, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina, and Graham Hellestrand, EST Embedded Systems Technology (Email:
Launching a New IEEE Transactions
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new IEEE journal entitled IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (TBCAS). This journal is a joint effort of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. It is also technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.
The start-up phase is very important, so we are asking all of you to please encourage potential authors to submit papers at:
Thank you and best regards,
Tor Sverre Lande, Editor-in-Chief, and Robert Butera, Deputy Editor-in-Chief
The Shikoku CAS Chapter: A Small but Energetic CAS Chapter in Japan
In Japan, there are four CAS Chapters: Japan Chapter, Fukuoka Chapter, Kansai Chapter, and Shikoku Chapter. The Shikoku Chapter is the newest (established in July 2006) and the smallest (29 members) chapter among them. "Shikoku Chapter is very small now, but I believe that this chapter has a potential to be one of the most active CAS chapters," the chapter chair Akio Ushida said. "Because we have many passionate young researchers in this area." Shikoku Chapter is organizing its first big event NDES'07 in July 2007. NDES'07 is the 15th in a series of international workshops on nonlinear dynamics of electronic systems held in Europe. "It is an honor for us to have NDES in Shikoku, the first opportunity to organize NDES far away from Europe," NDES'07 General Chair Yoshifumi Nishio said. "We hope that many CAS members visit Shikoku in this occasion and enjoy local culture and famous seafood." NDES'07 Information is available on its website:
Yoshifumi Nishio, Tokushima University, Japan (Email:
BioCAS Conference Program Highlights
The BioCAS (Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference) in London was hosted by the Institute of Biomedical Engineering of Imperial College and held within the Conference Centre of the British Library. The conference itself was timed to coincide with the opening of the new Institute of Biomedical Engineering and consisted of three days (29 November to 1 December) of “Insight Tutorials” and technical reports. The material presented at the conference covered a wide range of topics in the broad area of Biomedical Circuits and Systems gathered together under the banner “Using technology to meet the challenges of healthcare”.
The conference venue was excellent, and allowed for an awe inspiring cocktail reception in the shadow of the King’s Library collection. December in London, of course, was cold and blustery. The only other glitch in an otherwise smooth conference program was a fire alarm in the British Library which resulted in half a day’s program being abandoned and subsequently reorganized.
A large number of tutorial sessions as well as a wide range of speakers from both academia and industry made this meeting particularly attractive. Several of the speakers, especially for tutorial and plenary sessions were senior representative of major information technology and healthcare companies. In addition several industrial representatives participated as observers. Tutorial session covered a range of topics under the broad headings of Body Sensor Networks; Bionics and Bio-inspiration; and Biomaterials and Devices. Technical sessions presented new work in the areas of (among other things): Biosensors; Biosignal Processing; Bioinformatics; Instrumentation; Low Power Circuits; Image Processing; Radio Technology and Implantable Monitoring.
A common thread through many of the tutorials (and also some of the technical presentations) was the “disruptive” nature of emergent healthcare technologies. That is, these technologies will or are restructuring various industries, and in some cases giving rise to entirely new industries. Charles Scatchard (Vice President, Oracle Europe) and Leonard Fass (GE Healthcare UK) gave several  examples of such technologies. Applications could include, for example, the development of sensors and IT technology focussed on enforcing (or rather “encouraging”) better patient compliance, in terms of patients actually taking prescribed drugs when prescribed. Here, as elsewhere, the financial significance of the healthcare sector, the impending aging global population, and the rise in (for example) obesity related illness were emphasized.
Other important areas for both research and development were raised by Rahul Sarpeshkar (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Tamás Roska (Hungarian Academy of Sciences). Prof. Sarpeshkar spoke on the obvious importance of ultra-low powered computing for biomedical systems, and in particular body sensor networks. The area of body sensor networks was also the focus of a review by Ben Lo (Imperial College) and Yuan-Ting Zhang (Chinese University of Hong Kong) described various possible implementations of such systems. Prof. Roska’s talk, described the extension of cellular neural networks to cellular wave computing, and the physical realization of such nano-scale devices. He described how each node in the network can, in effect, be made to act as an independent Turing machine (i.e. as well as impulse response, the individual cells are also capable of logic and have a stored memory).
Of greatest interest to me personally were the tutorial sessions on Bio-inspiration and Body Sensor networks. I also found that the technical sessions on Biosignal processing and Biosignal classification included several interesting papers. Finally, I found the timing and location of the conferences to be excellent. Moreover, the provision by the organizers, of a three-day London transport travel pass provided opportunity to complete ample Christmas shopping.
Michael Small, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (Email:
CAS Distinguished Lecturers 2007
The CAS Society has named the following members as IEEE Distinguished Lecturers for 2007-2008. The topics of their lectures are listed below. For details of the Distinguished Lecturer Program, see
Zhiping Lin
Lecture 1: State space realization of a 3D image set with application to noise reduction of fluorescent images
Andreas G. Andreou
Lecture 1: Microsystems Engineering From Nano to Micro and Macro
Lecture 2: Life Sciences Imaging Microsystems: New directions, opportunities and challenges
Tobi Delbruck
Lecture 1: Building high performance neuromorphic and bioinspired electronic systems
Nam Ling
Lecture 1: Simplified Fast Motion Estimation (SFME) with Context Adaptive Lagrange Multiplier (CALM)
Wallace Tang
Lecture 1: Identification and monitoring of complex networks based on synchronization
Dinesh K. Bhatia
Lecture 1: System Level Design of Low Power Wireless Sensor Networks for Biomedical Applications
Lecture 2: No Batteries Required - Energy Scavenging, Storage, and Management Schemes for Powering Wireless Transceivers
Lecture 3: Architecture and CAD for ultra low power mobile FPGAs (mobiFPGA)
Naveen K. Yanduru
Lecture 1: WCDMA receiver design: System Budgeting, Circuit Architecture and Circuit Design
Lecture 2: Achieving highly integrated, re-configurable RF Front Ends in deep sub-micron CMOS with an example of A WCDMA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE Receiver Front End without Inter-stage SAW Filter in 90nm CMOS
Lecture 3: Circuit and System Implementation of a Wireless Implantable Biomedical SOC for Micro-stimulation and neural Sensing
Bert Shi
Lecture 1: Bioinspired CNN visual systems
Hubert Harrer
Lecture 1: Multichip module packaging and its impact on architecture and operating systems
Christian Schlegel
Lecture 1: Iterative demodulation and decoding: a new paradigm
Lecture 2: Design of ultra low power error control decoders: Mathematics meets physics