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Appendix 11.4.1

Report to NPSS AdCom on the IEEE Special Interest Group (SIG) on Bio and Health Sciences


November, 3, 2007




The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) has proposed the creation of the

IEEE
Special Interest Group (
SIG
)

o
n Bio and
Health

Sciences
. The inaugural meeting

was held on 22 August 2007
in Lyon, France in conjunction with the IEEE Engineering in
Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC).

I
believe that initially it is was a

response
to a proposal to create an IEEE Bi
ometrics Council.
An overall goal of
the SI
G appears to be

to increase the recognition of IEEE as a major
player in

the field of Bio and Health
Sciences.


In an e
-
mail message to Jane Lear, Donna Hudson, EMBS President, suggested that this SIG would,
for
example, be involved with the following activities:


1.
Coordinate and communicate bio activities across IEEE Societies
.

2.
Promote IEEE and its Societies as viable
stakeholders in this
important technical area
.

3.
Create new areas of collaboration (inside
/outside IEEE
e.g. HIMSS) and products (worksho
ps, conferences,
publications).


NPSS was invited to become a member of this SIG. I was asked, and agreed to represent NPSS at the SIG
meeting.
It was my impression at this first meeting tha
t the SIG originato
rs were

searching for the true mission
of the SIG.
The SIG is sort of an experiment in progress and is defining itself as the experiment proceeds.
It
was not completely clear how the various SIG members would contribute to the goals of the SIG and how
thes
e members would benefit from the activities of the SIG.
One approach
that was discussed
would be to
provide SIG members with information and assistance to help promote the medical significan
c
e of their
medically related publications and activities.
At the
meeting, other specific

SIG activities were described by
Laura Wolf (EMBS)
.
These are briefly described in the attached Minutes for this first SIG meeting




The following is an incomplete glossary of a few a
cr
onyms and
mnemonic
s

that appear in the SIG Mi
nutes
:

1.

BEL: IEEE Biomedical Engineering Library (Full text
access

to 40,000 bioengineering related
documents, "expertly" selected form relevant IEEE journals, Conferences and Standards)

2.

IPEL: IEEE Power and Energy Library (
IPEL interface, customized for th
e power and energy industry,
allows users to focus a search or browse on power and energy titles on
ly for more efficient research.
Robust search tools powered by the intuitive IEEE Xplore interface
.)


3.

NLM:
United States National Library of Medicine
.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the
campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world
's largest
medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research
services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

4.

MEDLINE:
Compiled by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and published on the Web by
Community o
f Science, MEDLINE
®

is the world's most comprehensive source of life sciences and
biomedical bibliographic information. It contains nearly eleven million records from over 7,300 different
pu
blications

from 1965
.

5.

PubMed:
PubMed is a service of the
U.S. National Library of Medicine

that includes over 17 million
citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 19
50s.
PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

6.

MeSH: Medical Subject Headings

(MeSH
is a huge
controlled vocabulary

(or
metadata

system) for the
purpose of
indexing

journal articles and books in the
life sciences. Created and updated by the
United
States National Library of Medicine

(NLM), it is used by the
MEDLINE
/
PubMed

article database and by
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NLM's catalog of book holdings. MeSH can be browsed and downloaded free of charge on the Internet
.

See:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_Subject_Headings

)

7.

Index Medicus
:
A comprehensive index of medical journal articles, published between 1879 and 2004.
From 1960, it was publi
shed by the National Library of Medicine under the name
Index
Medicus®/Cumulated Index Medicus

(IM/CIM). The last issue of Index Medicus was published in
December 2004 (Volume 45). Its place has been taken by the
Medical Subject Headings

(MeSH)



Meeting Minutes

IEEE Special Interest Group on Bio & Health Sciences

22 August 2007

Lyon, France


Attendance:



EMBS



Donna Hudson



NPSS



Ron Jaszczak



SMC
S



Pierre

Borne



SPS



Jose Principe



RAS



Paolo Dario



CIS



Litsa Micheli
-
Tzanakou



LEOS

Il
ko Ilev



CAS



Fei Zhang



Sensors
/UFFC


Bill Hunt


Regrets



EDS



Rashid Bashir



CS



Sethuraman Panchanathan



NTC



Carmelina Ruggiero



SSCS



Bob Puers


G
uests



TAB



Peter Staecker



IEEE EP


Barbara Lange



EMBS Standards

Elliot Sloane, Carole Carey



EMBC’08


Paolo Vicini, Program Co
-
Chair


i.

Introduction & Brief Overview of Society Bio Activities

ii.

Publications

a.

Presentation by B. Lange for updated Bio & Health Ele
ctronic Resource

i.

Differentiation from BEL

ii.

Improvements: Content creation (similar to IPEL), use of MESH keywords, pricing

http://www.ieee.org/web
/publications/subscriptions/prod/ipel_overview.html?WT.mc_id=hph_lmpel


http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/filelist.html


b.

Medline and PubMed Logos

i.

Indexing Opportunities, e.g. Index Medicus (last publish
ed 12/2004 now replaced by
MESH)

ii.

Currently over 42 titles of IEEE indexed in Medline/Pub
M
ed

iii.

EMBS promotes Medline/PubM
ed logos on its Journal pages in Xplore and on front
covers of its printed Publications



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Action Item: B. Lange to investigate incorporati
on of MESH terms in Xplore and researching other indexes that
would be of value

Action Item: B. Lange to coor
dinate placement of Medline/PubM
ed logos (similar to EMB Journals) on IEEE
Journal pages in Xplore
that are indexed in Medline/PubM
ed

Action Item:

B. Lange to investigate
use of IEEE logo on Medline/PubM
ed that links abstract in
Medline/PubMed back to Xplore

Action Item: L. Wolf to discuss with IEEE Publications Production insertion on front covers the
Medline/PubMed Logos for all IEEE Print Public
ations indexed in Medline/PubMed (see attached listing of
Journals)


c.

Multimedia

i.

Now available on Xplore

Action Item: L. Wolf to distribute to SIG members guidelines and requirements for use of multimedia on Xplore
for either Publication or Conference use


d.

New Products

i.

Virtual Journal

1.

Best of IEEE Bio related articles from SIG members (similar to Journal of
Biological Physics Research)

a.

Where to host

b.

How to Implement (EiC?)

http://www.vjbio.org/bio/

http://www.aps.org/


ii.

Collaborations

1.

New Journal co
-
sponsored with another Life Science type Society/Assn e.g.
AMA/IEEE Journal on Medical Engineering

2.

Special Issues with other Journals, e.g. JAMA, Nature Biotechnology, etc

http://jama.ama
-
assn.org/



http://www.nature.com/nbt/index.html


e.

Citation listings: using citation life vs impact factor


iii.

Conferences

a.

Medline/PubM
ed


NLM now accepting
relevant conferences for indexing

b.

Sponsorship of Special Sessions/Mini
-
symposia/Tutorials/Workshops: cross
-
pollination of SIG
Societies at other conferences e.g. LEOS sponsoring session at EMBC’08. Opportunity to co
-
partner with another Society that has
a strength e.g. NPSS tutorials at EMBC, etc

c.

New Products


Conferences on Emerging Technologies that can be co
-
sponsored such as Bio
-
Nanotechnology (currently no conference of that subject in TAG)

Action Item: L. Wolf to coordinate interested SIG Societies

for participation of an IEEE Conference on Bio
-
Nanotechnology


http://spie.org/


iv.

Technical Activities

a.

Standards 11073 / Standards Coordinating Committees


Brief overview of the Standards
process. The IEEE Standards Ass
n is in need of a strong organization/mechanism that will
coordinate bio activities for standards across the many different Societies. Opportunity for
members of the SIG to work with Standards to create a Standards Coordinating Committee that
can manage
all the different activities of standards from health informatics to medical devices
and diagnostic equipment. The Standards process is industry oriented, so SIG members will
need to identify strong industry reps to participate.

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Action Item: L. Wolf to det
ermine interest SIG member Society Presidents to create a Standards Coordinating
Committee


b.

Technical Committees

Action Item: Society Reps to provide list of individual Society Technical Committees that are Bio in nature to
Laura Wolf for compilation and
review at next meeting to organize potential joint activities or cross
-
representation between SIG Societies.


v.

Publicity & Promotion

a.

Cross Advertising

Action Item: EMBS EO will create and coordinate a repository of Conference Call for Papers and Journal
Sp
ecial Issue Calls for participating SIG Societies to use as fillers for Journals and Magazines


b.

Web Visibility

Action Item: L. Wolf to contact IEEE about availability of space to promote IEEE Bio activities and potential
cost (web master, where to get cont
ent, etc)


c.

Press Releases


how better to distribute information about IEEE Bio activities to the public?

Action Item: L. Wolf to contact IEEE Corporate Communications regarding possible support in this area for the
SIG Members












IEEE Transactio
ns & Journals Currently Indexed in Medline/PubMed


Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

IEEE/ACM Transaction on Computational Biology and BioInformatics

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
: A Joint Publ
ication of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
and ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division

IEEE computer Graphics and Applications

IEEE Control Systems Magazine

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine

IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Maga
zine

IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics

IEEE MTT
-
S International Microwave Symposium Digest

IEEE Network

IEEE Pervasive Computing

IEEE Sensors Journal

IEEE Transactions on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing

IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electron
ic Systems

IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering

IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems

IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I Regular Papers

IEEE Transactions on Computers

IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing

IEEE Transactions
on Image Processing

IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine

IEEE Transactions on Magnetics

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IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging

IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques

IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience

IEEE Transactions on

Neural Networks

IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering

IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science

IEEE Transaction on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence

IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science

IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation E
ngineering

IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation

IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics

IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part A: Systems and Humans

IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics Part B: Cybernetics

IEE
E Transactions on Systms, Man and cybernetics Part C: Applications & Reviews

IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control

IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics

IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical System
s

IEEE Computational Systems Bioinformatics Conference

IEEE Computer Society Bioinformatics Conference

Proceedings of the IEEE