The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a global professional association of engineers. IEEE was formed in 1963 as the merger of the two American engineering associations American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) and Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE). The IEEE International Instrumentation & Measurement Technology Conference (I²MTC) tooks place from 20th May to 23th May at the Grand Millennium in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand, located on the North of the Island.
This conference is the flagship conference of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society. The main themes at the conference are sensors, measurement systems and measurement methodologies. The conference is separated in tutorials, presentations and poster sessions. On the last evening of the conference, there is always a social event, to get in better contact with the other participants of the conference.
On the first day, there were different tutorials divided into four groups: sensor calibration techniques, measurement basics, measurements for energy industry and signal acquisition, processing and quality. Rod White of the Measurement Standards Laboratory of New Zealand gave a presentation about measurement uncertainty and the application of the Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM) in the measurement basic session. In the same session, Dario Petri from the University of Trento spoke about measurements in general, e.g. what it is and what can be measured and about data driven decision making (D³M). He remarked that a solid metrological culture is vital to manage the risk of wrong decisions.
Presentation and poster sessions
On the other three days, there were several 20 minutes presentations, e.g. on data acquisition systems, measurement theory and metrology, industry 4.0, signal processing. Every evening, there was a poster session with about 40 posters per day. It was a presentation of research information in the form of a poster for the conference participants.
The social event was a Gala Dinner at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Its exhibit concentrates on the New Zealand history. The dinner was accompanied by a Māori (the indigenous people of New Zealand ) cultural performance.