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Exploring the Importance of Sensors and Their Real-Life Applications in Life-Saving Wearable Devices

Sensors are becoming ubiquitous in things we do daily from turning on a light switch to driving a car to managing our health. The first in the IEEE SA Sensors Series, this webinar covers IEEE SA sensors initiatives and the critical role of standards and testing in finding a path to interoperability and security.  This webinar also tells the story of a remarkable, unexpected discovery and how it led to the development of a wearable medical device capable of collecting many channels of clinical-quality data and running machine learning to advance future health.  

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IEEE SA Sensors Initiatives and the Role of Standards and Testing

Presented by Adam Newman

IEEE has been in the forefront of developing standards for IoT and sensors for over two decades, providing valuable tools and interactive platforms to multiple industry sectors as they evolve their use of sensors. This presentation details ongoing initiatives at IEEE SA related to standards and conformity assessment including the recently launched IEEE Sensors Registry.

From Stress to Seizures and Personalized Health: The Story of a Wearable Sensor Designed to Save and Improve Lives

Presented by Dr. Rosalind Picard

While building wearables to measure emotional stress and support people on the autism spectrum, we learned, accidentally, that deep brain activation could show up as a change in signals measured electrically at the wrist. This unexpected finding led our team to develop a wristband, which today is commercialized and FDA-cleared to alert to seizures that might be potentially life-threatening.  This talk tells the story of overcoming several challenges to create a new design that is simple and attractive on the outside, while inside it is collecting many channels of clinical-quality data and running machine learning to advance future health.

Who Should Attend: 


Individuals or entities working in or engaged with the following:

  • Sensor Manufacturers
  • Systems Integrators
  • Product Manufacturers
  • Test Laboratories
  • Academic Community
  • End-user Community (Healthcare, Logistics, Consumer, Electronics, etc.)
  • Government Regulators 


Dr. Rosalind Picard, Sc.D.

FIEEE, Professor at MIT and co-founder of Empatica, Inc. and Affectiva, Inc.

Dr. Picard is a professor, inventor, engineer, and scientist. She wrote the book Affective Computing that outlines how to give machines skills of emotional intelligence, helping launch the growing field of Affective Computing. Picard is a top-cited author in digital health and in affective computing with over 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications. She co-founded two companies that commercialized inventions by her and her MIT team: Empatica, providing the first AI-smartwatch recognized by the FDA for monitoring seizures, and Affectiva, providing Emotion-AI software and services. At MIT, she is a full professor teaching and directing research at the Media Lab, and serves as founding faculty chair for MindHandHeart, MIT's campus-wide wellbeing initiative. Picard also serves as chief scientist and chairman of the board for Empatica, which recently received the European CE Mark for a new wearable and AI product "Aura" enabling early detection for respiratory infections even if the wearer is asymptomatic (with 94% sensitivity and 84% specificity when tested on Covid-19 and two varieties of influenza).

Adam Newman

Sr. Director of Innovation Development & Operations, IEEE SA and Chief Operating Officer, IEEE-ISTO

Mr. Newman has more than 30 years industry experience developing standards and managing business related to technology development.  He is currently responsible for developing and diversifying the business and products of the IEEE Standards Association and the operations of its Alliance Management, Open Source, Registry & Conformity Assessment businesses. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of the IEEE Industry Standards Technology Organization (ISTO) a corporation founded by the IEEE to foster industry standards technology development as a federation of independent alliances and consortia.  He is an in-demand speaker on technical standards and their usage and the evolution of standards delivery and implementation.  From his prior work, he is an expert in network interconnection, naming numbering and addressing as well as telephone number portability, and he holds a patent in that area.  He has also provided testimony at United States (US) Congressional Committee and Sub-Committee level and has been a frequent presenter at the US FCC. Adam studied mechanical engineering at Lehigh University, has a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree from Temple University as well as a Bell Communications Research/Stevens MBA certificate.

View Other Webinars in the IEEE SA Sensors Series

Path to Sensors Interoperability

On-Demand Webinar

Interoperability between a sensor, a gateway and an end-user’s application is the “Achilles’ heel” for today’s IoT sensor manufacturers and solution providers. Industry experts are looking for the right wireless protocol to provide the scalability, security and flexibility needed to overcome these interoperability challenges. This webinar focuses on the common interoperability challenges for IoT end-users, the certifications challenges and the importance of choosing the right wireless protocol between wireless gateways and sensors. This webinar also covers the IEEE plan and path to achieving interoperability for IoT enabled sensors.

Are Sensors the Weakest Link to Cyber Attacks?

On-Demand Webinar

As sensors are becoming an integral part of modern critical infrastructure, there is an increasing need to ensure that the many facilities we use regularly such as the power grid, smart cities and IoT enabled systems are secure. We often see news reports of cyber attacks that can disrupt the services we use daily. During this webinar, two esteemed industry experts present their views on the changing threat landscape, associated risks and mitigation strategies. 

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