The 5th International Conference on

Sensing Technology

Nov. 28th - Dec. 1st, 2011, Palmerston North, New Zealand


Special Sessions

ICST 2011 solicits special session proposals. The special sessions are intended to stimulate in-depth discussions in special areas relevant to the conference theme. The session organizers will coordinate the review process for their session papers. The conference proceedings will include all papers from the special sessions. Authors contributing to special sessions are required to register for the conference. Please contact the general chair if you would like to organize a special session.


This special session is devoted to environmental sensing and monitoring.
The main topics include, but are not restricted to:

  1. Smart sensing techniques and technologies;
  2. Self-testing and self-calibration techniques;
  3. Sensor fusion;
  4. Data forecasting and data classification;
  5. Distributed sensing networks;
  6. Virtual sensing networks;
  7. Fault: detection, diagnostic and recovery;
  8. Data acquisition and data processing techniques and their impact on power consumption budget;
  9. Environmental process simulation;
  10. Environmental dynamics.

Session organizer

Dr. Miguel Pereira


ESTSetúbal/IPS, Setúbal, PORTUGAL and Instituto de Telecomunicações
Email: dias.pereira@estsetubal.ips.pt

Short biography

J. M. Dias Pereira (M’00–SM’04) was born in Portugal in 1959. He received is degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) of the Technical University of Lisbon (UTL) in 1982. During almost eight years he worked for Portugal Telecom in digital switching and transmission systems. In 1992, he returned to teaching as Assistant Professor in ESTSetúbal/IPS, where he is, at present, a Coordinator Professor. In 1995 he received the MSc degree and in 1999 the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computers from IST/UTL. Its curricula include a wide number of publications in the Instrumentation and Measurements areas. He has been, during almost one year, Associated Editor-In-Chief of the IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine and now he is an Associated Editor of Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurements.

Special session on Autonomous Sensors and Sensor Systems

High-performance sensors and sensor systems in the future can only be realized in a concerted effort of improving individual sensor performance as well as their interaction as part of a system. Autonomous Sensor Systems are sensor systems in which distributed sensor nodes contain local signal and data pre-processing capabilities. Thus, self-testing, auto-calibration, filtering, data compression, etc., within sensor nodes without or with very limited external intervention, is crucial. In many applications, wiring is not possible, unreliable or undesirable, which makes the powering of sensors a major issue and calls for ultra-low-power electronics and smart design at all levels in the system. Limited power resources favor also power-efficient communications. Sensors can communicate only with neighboring nodes, creating a dynamic and complex network. Because of the limited communication capabilities of the sensor system, network management at a central level of organization is not possible, requiring self-organized and self-healing capabilities of the network itself. Yet, the collective behavior of the sensor system must provide a high-quality interaction with other services or systems in the machine or infrastructure they are part of.
The main topics will include, but will not be restricted to:

  1. Sensor functionality and performance to allow autonomous operation;
  2. Efficient communication between sensors;
  3. Autonomous energy-supply and energy-harvesting;
  4. Energy-efficient sensors, communication protocols and data management algorithms;
  5. Sensor self-healing capability - allowing autonomous adaptation in case of local malfunction;
  6. Remote sensor manipulation - allowing users to modify key sensor parameters remotely;
  7. New autonomous sensor technologies with increased performance based on low-power, reliable, effective electronics and wireless communication for operation in harsh and inaccessible environments;
  8. Development of new methodologies for autonomous sensor systems in complex machines and infrastructures.

Session organizer

Dr. Stoyan Nihtianov


Microelectronics Dept/EEMCS, Delft University of Technology
Email: S.Nihtianov@TUDelft.nl

Short biography

Stoyan Nihtianov received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electronics from the Technical University in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1980 and 1987, respectively. From 1987 until 1995 he was part of the Department of Electronics at the Technical University of Sofia, where he was an associate professor and was involved in research and teaching on analogue circuits and smart sensors. From 1995 until 2000 he was with the Laboratory of Electronics, at Delft University of Technology in Delft, The Netherlands, where he was a senior scientist and was engaged in the research and development of methods and electronic equipment for non-destructive testing.
Since 2000, he has been with the high-tech company ASML, The Netherlands, as a senior sensor specialist. Since 2003 he has also been a part-time associate professor in the Electronics Instrumentation Lab of Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
Stoyan Nihtianov is an author of numerous scientific papers in the field of analogue circuits and sensor interface electronics. He holds 16 patents and is a co-author of two books. He has been a senior member of IEEE since 1993.

Ubiquitous systems for HealthCare

The healthcare sector holds an important place in society and ubiquitous systems including sensing and computing technologies hold an immense potential for health status assessment, therapy and rehabilitation.

In this context the special session aims to promote the different research fields related to sensing and computing as so as the data analyzing. Suitable topics for this special session include but are not limited to:

  1. Unobtrusive long-term monitoring system;
  2. Ambient intelligence in healthcare context;
  3. Wearable sensors an sensor networks for vital sign assessment;
  4. Telehealth and mobile sensing and computing technology;
  5. Brain to computer interfaces;
  6. Intelligent algorithms for assessment of long-term physiological and behavioral data;
  7. Virtual Tele health and mobile technology;
  8. Interaction Designs and Applications for patient self-care;
  9. Virtual reality and systems for therapy and rehabilitation;
  10. Persuasive technologies and approaches for changing behaviors.

Session organizer

Dr. Octavian Postolache


Instituto de Telecomunicações
Email: opostolache@lx.it.pt

Short biography

Octavian A. Postolache received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, “Gh. Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Iasi, Romania, in 1999. In 1992, he joined the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electrical Measurements and Electrical Materials, Technical University of Iasi, where he worked for nine years as a Lecturer and an Assistant Professor. In 2000, he started working as a PhD Principal Researcher at the Instituto Superior Técnico and Instituto de Telecomunicações and he joined Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Setubal, Portugal where currently is Professor Adjunto. His main research interests concern smart sensors for biomedical and environmental, sensor and algorithms implementation for cardiorespiratory activity estimation and data mining, computational intelligence with application in in automated measurement systems.