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Special Session 1 & 2

Magnetic sensors and applications 1 & 2

Magnetic sensors constitute a significant portion of many sensing applications in the automotive, industrial and medical world. The wide variety of systems in which magnetic sensors take part, creates a complicated set of requirements for the sensors size, resolution, power consumption, etc. Those requirements acts as a catalyst for multidisciplinary research relating to all aspects of the sensing systems including the development of advanced magnetic materials, integration of the sensing elements with miniature and ultra-low power electronic circuits, and novel algorithms which exploit the unique features of magnetic signals.
This special session will address several aspects related to the field of magnetic sensors and sensing technologies including:

  • Magnetic materials for magnetic sensors.
  • Ultra-miniature magnetometers (including MEMS and NEMS).
  • Atomics magnetometers.
  • Magneto-resistive magnetometers.
  • Fluxgate, search coil and magnetoelectric magnetometers.
  • Conditioning circuits for magnetic sensors.
  • Magnetic sensors and measurements in biomedical, industrial and space applications.
  • Calibration techniques.

We invite scientists, researchers and engineers to present new results related to those subjects.

Asaf Grosz, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Candid Reig, University of Valencia, Spain

Email Contact: asaf.grosz@gmail.com

Special Session 3

Sensors and sensing system for Assistive Technology

Assisted Living is a hot area having an everyday increasing strategic relevance given its impact on the economy and on the society. In this sector, sensors and sensing systems assume a role of primary importance. There is, in fact, an extremely vivid interest on this subject both in the scientific and in the industrial community. In spite of the numerous results available, there is still a large need for further research efforts and for novel solutions.

In particular multi-sensor platform and Wireless Sensors Networks hold the promise of being able to bring innovative contribution to this area being able to collect and transfer large sets of measurement data from several points thus realizing distributed and flexible measurement systems. We invite therefore original research papers on this subject with the goal to contribute to this area through a vibrant arena where novel ideas on converging subjects for the general topic of “Sensors and sensing system for Assistive Technology” will be confronted and exchanged between prominent actors in this field.

Submission are welcomed on (but are not limited to):
• Overview of state of the art on "Sensors and sensing systems for Assistive Technology"
• Measurement methodologies and algorithms for Assistive Technologies, with particular regards to the well being and the active ageing
• Smart (wireless) multi-sensor systems for Ambient Assisted Living and Activity of Daily Living monitoring
• Smart textile solutions for Body Sensor Networks
• Wireless Body Sensor Networks
Prof. Ricardo Jardim-Gonçalves – Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon, UNINOVA, Portugal
Prof. Vincenzo Marletta – DIEEI, University of Catania, Italy 

Special Session 4

Ultra Low power sensing for Internet of Things

Sensing is the key to the IoT paradigm: from raw sensor data from the physical world to in-situ sensor data processing on IoT device. Applications ranging from environmental monitoring, security management, medical applications, smart homes, agricultural and smart cities, are increasingly using IoT sensors. However, ensuring long term operation is still one of the most important challenge of such technology.

This session emphasizes the challenges, issues, and opportunities in the research, design and engineering of low power sensing, focusing in techniques, strategies and algorithms applied to real example of IoT applications.  It welcomes contribution in deployments and in-field tests and measurement of low power devices as well as original and not previously published submissions.

We are looking for contributions which are capable to show remarkable reduction of the overall power consumption and to extended the lifetime of the IoT sensors as well as in applications which exploit energy-aware or low power algorithms. The aim of this session is to attract researchers and practitioners from academia and industry in order to provide a discussion environment for sharing their experiences of using advanced power management techniques, low power design and energy-efficient algorithms on real IoT and sensors applications.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Experiences from real-world low-power IoT applications and deployments;
  • Power management algorithms for energy harvesting sensing systems;
  • Architectures for energy-neutral sensing systems;
  • Resilient energy-neutral sensors;
  • IoT—Internet of (battery-less) things;
  • Applications of low power Internet of sensors (IoS);
  • Energy harvesting and energy aware design;
  • Low power design of the sensors node;
  • Energy-efficient algorithms for applications and networks;
  • Ultra low power communications;
Davide Brunelli, University of Trento
Michele Magno, ETH Zurich

Special Session 5
Wireless sensor networks for distributed measurement applications 
In the recent past, improvements in technology have led to the availability of devices for wireless networking with a high level of miniaturization and with an affordable cost. However, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution, and the choice of a WSN architecture must be tailored on the application scenario. Despite the well-known advantages as reduced installation costs and system scalability, limitations on power and memory/computational resources must be taken into account.
In particular, WSNs have reached a wide consensus is the area of distributed measurements. Exploiting collaboration among nodes, WSNs can improve processes efficiency, prolong system lifetime, handle dynamics, detect and correct errors, eventually increasing the reliability of the user application. Recently, WSNs have been suggested as the basic building block of collaborative Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. New challenges related to the robustness of data link, data security and integrity, node power supply arise and different approaches have been proposed.
The aim of this session is to bring together academic and industry professional, gathering original research works and experiences on WSNs for distributed measurements, facing the challenges of the peculiar application context.
Suitable topics for this special session include, but are not limited to:
- New technologies and architectures
- Networking strategies, protocols and algorithms
- Wireless sensor networks performance, simulation, RF measurements, modeling and case studies
- Self-powered, autonomous measurement nodes
- Indoor and outdoor localization in WSN

Alessandro Depari, Dept. of Information Engineering, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
Email: alessandro.depari@unibs.it 
Skype: alessandro.depari