The 5th International Conference on

Sensing Technology

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


Tutorial Speakers

Tutorial will be on November 28th, 2011

For Tutorial session separate registration is required.
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Basics of Terahertz Technology

Tutorial Speaker: Dr. Goutam Chattopadhyay
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109, USA.

Development of sensors, sources, and systems at terahertz frequencies has become one of the most fascinating areas of research over the last couple of years. Traditionally, astrophysics instrumentation pushed the technology development in this area. However, in recent years the emerging areas such as radar for stand-off threat detection, wireless power transfer for hard to reach areas during a disaster, micro-fluidic extraction of biomarkers on planetary surfaces, and others have been at the forefront of research in this part of the frequency band.

In this tutorial, an overview of the state of the terahertz technology will be presented. Basics of terahertz technology with some details of applications will be discussed. The challenges in developing terahertz instrumentation will be presented.

The research described herein was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA, under contract with National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Goutam Chattopadhyay is a Senior Member of the Engineering Staff at the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and a Visiting Professor at the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA. He received the B.E. degree in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the Bengal Engineering College, Calcutta University, Calcutta, India, in 1987, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, in 1999. From 1987 until 1992, he was a Design Engineer with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Pune, India.

His research interests include microwave, millimeter-, and submillimeter- wave heterodyne and direct detector receivers, frequency sources and mixers in the terahertz region, antennas, SIS mixer technology, direct detector bolometer instruments, and high frequency radars. He has more than 150 publications in international journals and conferences and holds several patents. Among various awards and honors, he was the recipient of the Best Undergraduate Gold Medal from the University of Calcutta in 1987, the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship Award from the Government of India in 1992, and the IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award in 1997. He also received more than 25 NASA technical achievement and new technology invention awards. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Fundamentals of Wireless Sensors Network with Practical Demonstration

Tutorial Speaker: Dr. Subhas Mukhopadhyay, FIEEE and Mr. Nagender Suryadevara, Massey University, New Zealand

In recent time wireless sensors and sensors network have been widely used in many applications such as monitoring environmental parameters, monitoring and control of industrial situations, structural health monitoring and so on. The advancement of electronics, embedded controller, smart wireless sensors, networking and communication have made the possible of the development of low cost, low power smart wireless sensors nodes. The sensors data exchange, sharing and interoperability are the major challenges using wireless sensors network for the condition monitoring. This tutorial will address the fundamental principle of designing and development of the wireless sensors network including the architecture, network interfaces, wireless transducer physical interfaces. There will be some practical demonstration of the WSN in the projects of Home Monitoring, Weather stations, Physiological parameters monitoring, solar panels monitoring etc.


Dr. Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay is working with the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. He has over 21 years of teaching and research experiences.

His fields of interest include Sensors and Sensing Technology, WSN, Electromagnetics, control, electrical machines and numerical field calculation etc.

He has authored/co-authored over 240 papers in different international journals, conferences and book chapter. He has edited nine conference proceedings. He has also edited eight special issues of international journals as lead guest editor and ten books out of which eight are with Springer-Verlag.

He was awarded numerous awards throughout his career and attracted over NZ $3.5 M on different research projects.

He is a Fellow of IEEE (USA), a Fellow of IET (UK), an associate editor of IEEE Sensors journal and IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurements.

He has organized many international conference, the most notable one is the IEEE Sensors conference 2009 at Christchurch, New Zealand during October 25 to 28, 2009 as General Chair.

He is the Chair of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society New Zealand Chapter.

He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Sensors Council.

Basics of optical fibre sensors and their applications

Tutorial Speaker: Prof. Tong Sun
City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

The tutorial covers a wide range of sensing mechanisms based on optical fibres, which include point, quasi-distributed and fully-distributed sensors to address various types of measurement needs. In particular the research activities in the Research Centre of Sensors and Instrumentation at City University London will be reviewed, highlighting the potential industrial applications of these novel optical fibre sensors developed.


Tong Sun was awarded the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering and Doctor of Engineering from the Department of Precision Instrumentation of Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China in 1990, 1993 and 1998 respectively. She was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at City University London in applied physics in 1999 and was an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore from year 2000 to 2001 before she re-joined City University in 2001 as a Lecturer. Subsequently she was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 2003, a Reader in 2006 and a Professor in 2008 at City University, London. She is the Director of Instrumentation and Sensors Research Centre and Programme Director of Telecommunications.

Prof Sun has been leading a research team focused on developing a range of optical fibre sensors for a variety of industrial applications, including structural health monitoring, early fire detection, homeland security, process monitoring, food quality, nuclear waste monitoring and automotive emission monitoring, funded by EPSRC, TSB, EC, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society etc. She has been working closely with partners across disciplines from academia and industry, both in the UK and overseas.

Prof Sun is a Member of the Institute of Physics and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Physicist and a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom. She has authored or co-authored some 180 scientific and technical papers and an inventor of 7 patent applications.