2016 Archived Content

EmergingBiological & Chemical Sensors for Emerging Applications
December 6-7, 2016

Emerging applications for sensors in environmental, defense, energy and food safety applications have experienced enormous market growth over the last 10 years. This conference track will examine these emerging sensor markets and will showcase the latest technological advancements in materials, design, modeling and engineering.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

1:15 pm Conference Registration

1:55 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Ahmed Busnaina, Ph.D., Director, National Science Foundation Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, Northeastern University


2:00 Biological & Chemical Sensors for Emerging Applications

Peter EmanuelPeter Emanuel, Ph.D., BioScience Division Chief, Research & Technology, US Army ECBC

We will be presenting development work from a collaborative team that is exploring the use of colorimetric sensor arrays composed of up to 100 reactive dyes. The dyes respond individually to volatile organic compounds (VOCS) that evolve from chemical agents (such as sarin or VX) or from growing bacteria (such as anthrax). Devices that read and compare the collective dye responses and compare against agent libraries allow for small devices that identify liquids and vapors and communicate with Smartphones to create a family of homeland defense tools.

Emerging Market Overview

2:30 The Nanosensors Signature Initiative: A Coordinated Federal Effort to Amplify the Development and Commercialization of Nanosensors

Dorothy Farrell, Ph.D, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, National Nanotechnology Initiative; Project Manager, Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer, National Cancer Institute

Federal agencies participating in the Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (the Sensors NSI) address both the opportunity of using nanotechnology to advance sensor development and the challenges of developing sensors to keep pace with the increasingly widespread use of engineered nanomaterials. Recent efforts by the Sensors NSI aimed at promoting the successful development and commercialization of nanosensors will be discussed.

Advanced Materials, Design & Modeling for Emerging Applications

3:00 Nuclease-Activated Probes for Rapid, Target-Specific Detection of Bacterial Pathogens

James McNamara, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa

Diagnosis of many bacterial infections currently relies on time-consuming culture-based assays. With quenched fluorescent oligonucleotide probes that are selectively activated by nucleases of target bacterial pathogens, we have developed rapid assays for the detection of various high-impact bacterial pathogens. Applications include noninvasive optical imaging of S. aureus infections, and in vitro detection of S. aureus bacteremia and E. coli urinary tract infections. Considering the ubiquitous and diverse nature of nucleases, this approach has potential as a platform technology for bacterial infectious diseases.

3:30 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

3:45 Refreshment Break with Exhibit & Poster Viewing

4:15 Ultra-Low Power MEMS Gas Sensors and Efficient Pre-Concentration Using Microfluidic Devices for Salmonella

Peter Hesketh, Ph.D., Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

A MEMS based thermal conductivity detector has been developed for ultra-low power gas sensing. Combined with a MEMS-GC, it provides a portable method for detection of VOCs. Magnetic bead and magnetically actuated cilia offer a novel approach to sample pre-concentration when detection of low concentration of Salmonella is required for food safety applications.

4:45 Printable/Flexible/Stretchable Sensors: Technologies and Applications for Emerging Applications

Roger Grace, President, Roger Grace Associates

To be presented will be a brief inventory of several interesting printed, flexible and stretchable (P/F/S) sensor technologies currently under development or in production worldwide by commercial organizations that specifically address biomedical bedside as well as portable/wearable applications. Also to be addressed will be flexible circuit platforms and their associated interconnectivity issues as part of this smart sensor-based system integration approach.

5:15 End of Day

5:30 Tutorial Registration

6:00-8:00 Tutorial: Sensor Market Overview*

*Separate registration required.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

8:30 am Morning Coffee

8:55 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Roger Grace, President, Roger Grace Associates


9:00 Micro and Nanoscale Printing of Sensor Platforms for Pathogen Detection and Physiological Monitoring

Ahmed BusnainaAhmed Busnaina, Ph.D., Director, National Science Foundation Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, Northeastern University

Invention at the nanoscale promises to revolutionize novel biosensors for pathogen detection and monitoring of a large number of biomarkers. Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nano Manufacturing (CHN) has developed an entirely new nanoscale printing technology that created a novel biosensor platform for real-time pathogen monitoring and for wearable sensors to monitor physiologic state. For example, the CHN is developing applications for wearable sensors that could be used as an electronic skin or for physiological monitoring as well as environmental monitoring.

Applications and Market

9:30 Wearable Textile Electronics for Medical Sensing and RF Communications

John Volakis, Ph.D., Professor, Chope Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department and Director, Electroscience Lab, Ohio State University*

This presentation will cover a new class of textile-based electronics whose RF resolution and accuracy will provide companies a viable alternative to standard printed circuit boards. Applications to sensor connectivity and body area networks will be discussed as well. *In collaboration with Asimina Kiourti.

10:00 Reduced Compound Consummation with a Microscale Calorimeter Based on Nanohole Array Sensors

Gregory Kowalski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University

10:30 Coffee Break with Exhibit & Poster Viewing

11:00 Highly Efficient Sensor Data Processing in Deeply Embedded Systems

Mark Buccini, Director, Business Unit Strategy, Texas Instruments

This presentation describes novel techniques useful in reducing sensor data processing power consumption in deeply embedded systems across a range of portable health care, wearable and connected IoT battery-powered applications. The presentation builds through a series of examples, a complete deeply embedded sensor processing system including the power source, sensor, data converter, MCU and user interface. Using the techniques discussed, a working ultra-low power deeply embedded sensor sampling system utilizing off-the-shelf components will be demonstrated live as part of this interactive paper presentation.

11:30 All Printed Stretchable Self-Repaired Wearable Electrochemical Sensors

Joseph Wang, Ph.D., SAIC Endowed Chair, Distinguished Professor, Chair of Nanoengineering, University of California San Diego

This talk will discuss novel ink materials that impart high stretchability and self-healing onto skin-worn electrochemical sensors. The resulting sensors can withstand remarkable mechanical strains without compromising their sensing performance.

12:00 pm Wearable Electronics: Mapping RFID Technology to Opportunities

Edwin Kan, Ph.D., Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University

Embedded electronics on a garment can bring forth ambient intelligence and personalized comfort that could not be achieved before. First, we will introduce the design of garment cooling and heating to achieve personal thermal comfort. An active thermoelectric unit on a belt will pair with passive temperature sensing to control the next-to-skin temperature. Second, we will use garment tags to monitor the indoor occupants in an obscure manner, including 3D gesture interface and sleep monitoring. Through these two full examples, we can also better understand the technical requirements, operational constraints and cost structure in many other promising applications in wearable electronics.

12:30 Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Enjoy Lunch on Your Own

Applications and Market (Cont.)

1:55 Chairperson’s Remarks

Mark Buccini, Director, Business Unit Strategy, Texas Instruments

2:00 Sensor Data Reliability and Management

Ray Huang, Principal Engineer, Exponent

Self-generated data that originates from wearable or mobile devices potentially enables predictive and prescriptive, customized treatment of individuals. The reliability of this data will largely impact the ability to accurately predict and forecast a medical condition. In this talk, we will address sources of data variation, drift, corruption, loss, and discuss various aspects of hardware testing strategies and algorithm implementations at the design and prototyping state to alleviate some of these issues.

2:30 Lensfree On-Chip Biomedical Imaging Using Cost-Effective Image Sensors

Yibo Zhang, Department of Electrical Engineering, UCLA

Rapid increase in mega pixel counts and the reducing costs of optoelectronic image sensors as well as the exponential improvements in computation capabilities of consumer electronic devices have enabled high-throughput biomedical imaging without lenses – lens-free microscopy. This emerging technology is useful for point-of-care diagnostics, digital pathology, disease monitoring and healthcare in resource-limited settings.

3:00 Refreshment Break with Exhibit & Poster Viewing

3:30 Emerging Applications in Wearables for Real-Time Biosurveillance

David L. Hirschberg, Ph.D., Lecturer and Scientist, Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Global Engagement, University of Washington, Tacoma

4:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Sensor Commercialization - Challenges and Opportunities


Dorothy Farrell, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, National Nanotechnology Initiative; Project Manager, Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer, National Cancer Institute


Ray Huang, Principal Engineer, Exponent

David L. Hirschberg, Ph.D., Lecturer and Scientist, Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and the Institute of Global Engagement, University of Washington, Tacoma

Mark Buccini, Director, Business Unit Strategy, Texas Instruments

This panel will focus on the identification and discussion of challenges that are faced by the sensor development community during the fabrication, integration, and commercialization of sensors. The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) provides technical and administrative support to the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee, serves as a central point of contact for Federal nanotechnology R&D activities, and provides public outreach on behalf of the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

5:00 Close of Conference

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For more details on the meeting, please contact the conference organizing committee:
Craig Wohlers
Executive Director, Conferences
Knowledge Foundation, a division of Cambridge Innovation Institute
Phone: (+1) 781-972-6260
Email: cwohlers@knowledgefoundation.com

For partnering and sponsorship information, please contact:
Sherry Johnson
Business Development Manager
Knowledge Foundation
Phone: (+1) 781-972-1359
Email: sjohnson@healthtech.com