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Excavators " by Moghaddam et al. from University of Manitoba, we learn about autonomous earth-moving machines
which are more efficient than the conventional ones and capable of operating with minimal supervision. Authors then
present the development of a controller for this new class of
modernized excavators by applying a fractional-order proportional-integral-derivative (FOPID) control to a newly
designed electro-hydrostatic actuator circuit for these machines. Experimental results indicate that the proposed
controller is capable of controlling the speed of the link with
negligible error.
Last but not least, Abouheaf et al. from University of Ottawa
present " Responding to Illegal Activities along the Canadian
Coastlines Using Reinforcement Learning, " which elaborates
on how ML can be leveraged to develop a solution for the
contemporary problem of maintaining security of maritime
domains in Canada. ML is particularly well-suited for such a

problem because of the complexity and ill-conditioned nature
of the system when inserted as a middle layer to interface with
low-level hardware such as sensors and actuators, and highlevel decision-making kernels, providing robustness in the
face of various types of uncertainties and disturbances.
I would like to thank all of the submitting authors and reviewers, as well as IMM's Prof. Bruno Andò and Ms. Kristy
Virostek for their help and support. I hope you enjoy this Part
A, and please don't forget to check out Part B as well, which
will cover the remaining topics of Measurement Fundamentals, and Sensing and Monitoring in the May 2021 Issue.
Shervin Shirmohammadi, IEEE Fellow, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Trans. on Instrumentation and Measurement
Officer and Member, IMS AdCom
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
University of Ottawa, Canada

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I2MTC 2021/May 17-20, 2021 (virtual event)
IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement
Technology Conference
Glasgow, Scotland
https://i2mtc2021.ieee-ims.org/

IST 2021/August 24-26, 2021 (virtual event)
IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and
Techniques
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
https://ist2020.ieee-ims.org/

SGSMA 2021/May 25-27, 2021 (virtual event)
IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Synchronized Measurements and Analytics
Split, Croatia
http://www.sgsma2021.org/

AUTOTESTCON 2021/August 30-September 2, 2021
AUTOTESTCON
Oxon Hill (National Harbor), MD
https://autotestcon.com/

MeMeA 2021/June 23-25, 2021 (virtual event)
IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements
and Applications
Neuchâtel, Switzerland
https://memea2021.ieee-ims.org/
SAS 2021/August 2-4, 2021 (virtual event)
IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium
Sundsvall, Sweden
https://2021.sensorapps.org/

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AMPS 2021/September 29-October 1, 2021 (virtual event)
IEEE International Workshop on Applied Measurements
for Power Systems
Cagliari, Italy
https://amps2021.ieee-ims.org
ROSE 2021/October 28-29, 2021 (virtual event)
IEEE International Symposium on RObotic and Sensors
Environments
New York, NY, USA
https://rose2021.ieee-ims.org

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