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Shervin Shirmohammadi

Instrumentation and Measurement in Canada, Part A

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t is with pleasure that I present to you the Special Issue on
Instrumentation and Measurement in Canada as a double issue.
When the Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine (IMM)
Editor-in-Chief Prof. Bruno Andò asked me to be the Guest Editor for this Special Issue (SI), I knew immediately that I will
have no shortage of submissions whatsoever, a fact that can
also be seen by the number of accepted articles pushing the SI
to a double issue. You see, Canada and in particular its capital
city Ottawa have a very old history with I&M in general and
with the IEEE I&M Society (IMS) in particular.
Some in our I&M community know of EEMTIC: Electrical and Electronic Measurement and Test Instrument Conference,
which was the predecessor of IMS's current flagship conference IEEE I2MTC. What might surprise you is that EEMTIC
was always held in Ottawa from 1966 to 1981. I2MTC itself has
been hosted in Canada three times, twice in Ottawa and once
in Victoria, BC, and will be hosted again in Ottawa in 2022. So
it's no wonder that Canada's National Capital Region is considered the country's I&M hub, because of the said history and
hosting the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada's National Research
Council (NRC) which comprises the country's various metrology, standards, and calibration laboratories, centers, and
services, plus a huge high-tech industry with presence from
major I&M companies such as National Instruments, Keysight
Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, Tektronix, Guildline Instruments, and Measurements International, the latter two being
Canadian companies. But, as we will see from the articles below, great I&M research work is done not just in Ottawa, but
all over Canada.
For this SI, I invited three sets of potential Canadian authors: (1) authors who had published a noticeable number of
articles in the past few years in IEEE TIM and IEEE IMM; (2)
authors with noticeable I&M aspects in their research and affiliated with Canada's top-12 research Universities (https://
researchinfosource.com/top-50-research-universities/2019/
list); and (3) authors reached through a general Call for Papers distributed to all IMS chapters in Canada and posted on
the IMM's website. All submissions were reviewed according to IMM's standard review process under the supervision
of the EiC and without my involvement. The final result is a
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rich SI with a wide representation of authors from across Canada from Carleton University, Concordia University, Lakehead
University, McMaster University, NRC, Simon Fraser University,
University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University
of Manitoba, University of Ottawa, Université du Québec en Outaouais, University of Waterloo, University of Windsor, and Western
University, and in the diverse topics of Medical Measurements,
Noise Measurements, Machine Learning and Automaton, Measurement Fundamentals, and Sensing and Monitoring. In this Part A,
we present the former three topics, as described next.
We start with Medical Measurements and, unsurprisingly, we open with the most important topic of the year 2020:
COVID-19. In " Health Monitoring Systems for Elderly During COVID-19 Pandemic: Measurement Requirements and
Challenges, " Yassine from Lakehead University covers the
measurement requirements of intelligent health monitoring
systems, their strength, weaknesses, and open challenges specifically for the elderly in long-term senior care homes who
unfortunately account for 50% of the total COVID-19 fatalities in Canada.
Continuing with the elderly, in " Bed-Based Health Monitoring using Pressure Sensitive Technology: A Review, "
Cohen-McFarlane et al. from Carleton University focus on an
important topic not just for Canada, where the population of
adults 65 years and older will grow from 6.4 million in 2018
to 16.1 million by 2068, but also for most developed countries
which face a very similar situation. To reduce the expected
strain on the healthcare system, researchers have focused on
remote health monitoring, and this article specifically reviews
pressure sensors in that domain to monitor older adults at
home.
The next article " Biomedical Diagnosis of Infant Cry Signal Based on Analysis of Cepstrum by Deep Feedforward
Artificial Neural Networks " by Lahmiri et al. from Concordia University switches the theme from the elderly to infants
and proposes an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based computeraided diagnosis system to distinguish between healthy and
unhealthy infant cry signals, a capability that is becoming appealing for medical diagnosis in clinical milieu.
In " Internet of Things for Sleep Monitoring, " Jaworski et
al. from Simon Fraser University present an overview of both
wearable and non-wearable IoT technologies with a prototype

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