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Friday - 4 September

12h30 -13h15 Arrival

13h30 Welcome Note


14h00 Dr. Hannes Merbold  - ABB Technology

- Sensing in the industry: Technology and processes at ABB -

In this presentation, I would like to give an outlook onto sensing from an industrial point of view. The talk aims at providing background information for both, established researcher looking for potential industry partners as well as current PhD students curious about career options in the industry. I will give an introduction to ABB and our sensing activities and I will outline the technology and physical concepts we are dealing with as well as the methods and processes we employ to structure our work. The different topics to be addressed comprise sensing products and technology examples, the role of corporate research within ABB, our R&D project categories, university collaborations and other intersections to the academic world, as well as IP management and career perspectives.


15h30 Coffee Break

16h00 Dorothea Bergmann - Founders Office, Univ. Freiburg   & Dr. Jörn Rickert - CorTec GmbH

             - Commercialization -

Ms. Bergmann and Dr. Rickert will give an insight how result from research may be transfered into application. Ms. Bergmann, as manager of the Founders Office will give a talk on the general framework and issues a business start up will have to deal with. In the following Dr. Rickert as one of the founders and CEO of CorTec GmbH will offer a practical insight into the world of business development and technology transfer.


17h30 Get together

Weather permitting at the FRIAS patio.


Saturday - 5 September

8h30 Arrival & Coffee

9h00 Prof. Dr. Harry L. Tuller   – MIT

 - Harsh Environment Chemical Sensors -

Extensive emissions and fuel economy directives are stimulating the development of ever more sophisticated energy conversion systems, sensors and catalyst systems with improved performance and self-evaluation capabilities. Here we focus on the use of robust metal oxides as the functional element used to monitor and detect various chemical analytes under often harsh environmental conditions.  We begin by summarizing how exposure of metal oxides to varying chemical environments modifies their electronic, optical and gravimetric properties, taking into account the bulk and surface/interface defect properties of these materials.  We then describe means for enhancing sensitivity by nanostructuring these materials in the form of electrospun pseudo one-dimensional fibers, thin films and microsphere templated nanoparticles.  Finally we discuss means for integrating such active elements into microdevices (e.g MEMS, Thin Film Transistors (TFTs) and end by demonstrating their potential use in the in-situ monitoring of automotive catalysts and emission traps. 

10h30 Coffee break

10h45 Prof. Dr. Marc Madou  – Univ. of California

 - Your CD Player as a Medical Diagnostics Device -

Nucleic-acid (NA) based diagnostics hold much potential, especially for the more rapid and accurate diagnosis of infectious diseases. However, nucleic acid diagnostics are still impractical to implement in many settings, requiring, to name a few, large and expensive labs with sophisticated equipment, a well-trained staff, and many hours of labor. 

As a part of the shift towards de-centralized and low-cost healthcare, microfluidic platforms aim to move nucleic-acid based diagnostics out of the laboratory and to the point-of-care (POC). This talk focuses on the research, design, and development of centrifugal microfluidic platforms as tools for nucleic acid analysis and diagnostics. In particular, novel microfluidic systems are presented towards sample-to-answer in vitro diagnostic applications, to make nucleic acid diagnostics a reality by overcoming many of the current hurdles.

12h15 Lunch

13h15 Prof. Dr. Walter Lang  – Univ. of Bremen

 - Physical Sensors -

(more details to follow soon)

14h45 Coffee break

15h00 Richard Newell - Elsevier

Publishing and author lecture/workshop (more details to follow soon).

16h30 Coffee & Cake

17h00 Prof. Albert Romano-Rodriguez   Univ. of Barcelona

 - Sensor Integration -

Sensor and actuator systems play a key role in our life due to the continuously growing interest in monitoring our day-to-day activities with the final goal of increasing our wellbeing, security and safety. To achieve such systems, different types of physical, chemical and biological sensor devices have been developed, fabricated and demonstrated, typically in laboratory environment.

With the goal of developing sensor systems for the general public, the sensors require to be interfaced with cheap and reliable electronic boards that allows the control and readout of the sensing device. This sensor integration can be either hybrid, the sensor and the electronics fabricated separately, or homogeneous, where the everything is fabricated on the same substrate.

In this lecture we will discuss advantages and drawbacks of both approaches and show some examples of strategies for integrated fabrication of devices.

18h30 Lecture End


20h00  Workshop - Future of Sensor Research

Pursuant to our theme Revolutionary Sensors for the Sensor Revolution we want to work on and identify the determining factors and crucial development steps of future sensor research, demands & applications.


Sunday - 6 September

8h30 Arrival & Coffee

9h00 Prof. Elisabetta Comini  - Univ. of Brescia

 - Nanotechnology for Sensors -

Nanotechnology and the different methods for the preparation of nanostructures are in continuous evolution. Easy and cheap growth techniques for the production of nanostructures in a variety of morphologies are constantly proposed by the research community. Key features are the capability to control the composition, the particle shape and size distribution since in chemical sensing and many other applications these nanostructures exploit properties related to crystallographic features.

In 2002, the field of metal oxide nanowires underwent a significant expansion and became one of the most active research areas in nanoscience. Stimulating advances have been made at an extraordinarily fast rate in different laboratories all over the world, following curiosity, discovery or hypothesis driven research. Nowadays it is more than a decade from the first presentation of metal oxide nanowires as chemical sensors. Significant advances have been made both in terms of preparation procedures and their integration into functional sensing devices, while progress in fundamental understanding of their functional properties is slow-moving. In fact, the full integration still remains a challenge that has to be wisely approached. 

10h30 Coffee break

10h45 Prof. Leo Reindl  – Univ. of Freiburg

 - Enabling Portable wireless sensor or actuator systems -

Portable wireless sensor or actuator systems, like portable phones, remote control, or ID cards play an ever-growing role in our industrialized environment. Those systems and many more were enabled due to the steady decreasing power consumption of highly-integrated ICs. Most such systems are powered by batteries or inductive coupling. In this presentation, several concepts for an alternative power supply of wireless sensor or actuator systems are discussed in detail. Larger read out ranges become feasible by omitting the rectifier stage. In this case, we need either a passive frequency-modulating device to shift the read out signal to a side band, or a resonator with a high quality factor, like a SAW or BAW device, to store the energy until all environmental echoes are feed away. New concepts for lowering the power consumption of a wireless sensor or actuator system by keeping their features remain extremely important. Herby, a new wake up receiver is presented which operates on a current requirement as low as 3 µA.

12h15 Wrap Up Session


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