Invited Speakers

Transduction in semiconducting metal oxide based gas sensors; implications of the conduction mechanism
Nicolae Barsan
Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Tüebingen, Germany

Nicolae Barsan received in 1982 his diploma in Physics from the Faculty of Physics of the Bucharest University and in 1993 his PhD in Solid State Physics from the Institute of Atomic Physics, Bucharest, Romania. Between 1984 and 1995 he was a researcher at the National Institute of Materials Physics, Bucharest. In 2005 he was granted the Research Professor title by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research. Since 1995 he is a senior researcher at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the University of Tübingen where, currently, is leading together with Udo Weimar the Gas Sensor research group. He presented 18 invited lectures at international conferences and published more than 200 papers and contributions to international conferences as well as 4 book chapters and 7 patents. In 2001 he co-founded Advanced Sensing Devices (ASD) with the intention to bring his innovative combination of thick sensing films and micromachined hotplates metal oxide gas sensors to the market. ASD merged with Applied Sensors in 2003 and established itself as a leading European company in the field of gas sensor technology and application developments. During his involvement with ASD and Applied Sensors, from May 2001 to December 2006, he was involved in the development and industrialization of micro gas sensors and in their application in the automotive field.


Cantilever-like sensors for use in molecular recognition and particle detection
Anja Boisen
Department of Micro and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Anja Boisen is professor and head of the Nano Systems Engineering section at department of Micro and Nanotechnology at the Technical University of Denmark. She is head of the Nanoprobes research group, which focuses on the development and application of micro and nano mechanical sensors for use in diagnostics, drug delivery, food monitoring and explosives detection. In January 2008 she was awarded the largest research prize in Denmark, the so-called Villum Kann Rasmussen award, for her pioneering research in nanomechanical sensors.


Energy autonomy in practical sensor networks: The MEMSENSE project approach
Gregory Doumenis
President & CTO, Global Digital Technologies SA, Greece

Dr. Gregory Doumenis received his Diploma in EE (1990) and his PhD in Broadband communication systems (1994) from NTUA, Greece. He participated as researcher and project manager in several EU funded R&D projects in the area of telecom networks and advanced embedded systems development. Since 1999 he served as CTO and currently Chairman of GDT, leading the company in the development of state-of-the-art systems, including silicon H.264 video codecs, integrated access ICs, high bandwidth satellite routers and sophisticated industrial controllers. He was elected vice-chairman of the Hellenic Semiconductors Industry Association (HSIA) for the period 2007-2009. Dr. Doumenis holds more that 30 publications and has applied for two patents. Currently he leads MEMSENSE's project research work in the area of sensor network energy autarky. His research interests include: sensors and sensor networks, multimedia systems and applications, video processing, coding and transmission, performance analysis of embedded systems, digital systems architectures. Dr. Doumenis is a member of the HSIA and the Technical Chamber of Greece.


Sensors and Energy Harvesters based on Piezoelectric Thick Films
Vittorio Ferrari
Dept. of Information Engineering (DII), University of Brescia, Italy

Vittorio Ferrari received the Laurea degree cum laude in Physics in 1988 at the University of Milan, and the PhD degree in Electronic Instrumentation in 1993 at the University of Brescia. In 1994 he was visiting HP Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA, USA, working on what lately became the IEEE 1451 standard. He was an assistant professor and an associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Brescia, where, since 2006, he has been a full professor of Electronics.
He and his group are active in research projects, with both academic and industrial participation, on piezoelectric transducers and resonant microsensors, energy harvesting for autonomous sensors, MEMS sensors with contactless interrogation, electronic interfaces for sensor signals, electrical characterization of advanced materials, sensing systems for fluidics and microfluidics. He has authored and co-authored more than 150 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, invited presentations, book chapters, and 4 patents. He serves in international panels, conference committees and boards in the field of sensors and electronic instrumentation.


Reliability Aspects of Capacitive MEMS devices
Wim de Groot
MEMS Research and Innovation Center, Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, USA

Dr. Wim de Groot received his Ir. Degree from Delft University of Technology and a PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology, both in Aerospace Engineering. Dr. de Groot worked for 10 years at NASA on space propulsion and power issues, with a focus on microsystems applications. The last 12 years, Dr. de Groot has worked on MEMS optical light modulators, first with Silicon Light Machines and currently with Qualcomm MEMS Technologies where he is Sr. Staff Engineer/Manager of the Device and Reliability Physics Team. His interest is Device and Reliability Physics of MEMS devices. Dr. de Groot has over 50 refereed and conference papers and holds 5 patents.


Advanced photonic biosensors for point-of-care diagnostics
Laura Lechuga
Research Center on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CIN2)CSIC and CIBER-BBN, Spain

Laura M. Lechuga is Full Professor of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). She is the Head of the Nanobiosensors and Bioanalytical Applications Group in the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CIN2, CSIC) in Barcelona (Spain). The principal focus of her research programme is the technological development of photonic (plasmonic and silicon-based) and nanomechanical biosensors and their integration in portable lab-on-a-chip platforms. She has published over 130 articles, book chapters and conference proceedings, has 7 patents and has presents over 85 invited talks at international level. She has been a co-founder of two spin-off companies. More information in:


Monolithic Silicon Optocouplers for Bio-Chemical Sensing
Kostantinos Misiakos
Institute of Microelectronics, National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Greece

Konstantinos Misiakos, received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and the M.Sc. from Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA. He obtained his Ph.D. in semiconductor device physics from the University. of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA. Since 1989 he is with the Institute of Microelectronics, NCSR "Demokritos", where he now holds the position of Director of Research. His research interests include optical biosensors, monolithic silicon optocouplers for biosensing, and radiation detectors. Dr. Misiakos is the author or co-author of 80 publications in refereed international journals, of 42 communications in international conferences and holds three international patents on biosensors. He served as the coordinator of three European projects : EU-BRITE III Project "BOEMIS" (1997-2000), EU-IST Project "BIOMIC" (2001-2004) and the EU-IST project "NEMOSLAB" (2006-2009), all in biosensors


Wireless Sensors Network Based Safe Home to Care Elderly People
Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhya
School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, New Zealand

Dr. Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay works as an Associate professor with the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. His fields of interest include Sensors and Sensing Technology, 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 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 is the Chair of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society New Zealand Chapter. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Sensors Council.


Chemical sensor applications in commercial aircraft
Gerhard Müller
EADS Innovation Works, Germany

Gerhard Müller graduated in physics from the University of Heidelberg with a PhD degree in 1976. Subsequent post-doctoral employments were with Max-Planck-Society and with the University of Dundee, UK. Since 1981 he has been working for a number of industrial employers. His current employment is with EADS Innovation Works in Munich, where he is Senior Expert in the field of biological and chemical sensors. He is author and co-author of about 250 papers and 50 patents. Since 2000 he is a lecturer in the Munich University of Applied Sciences.


Microfluidics-Based Biosensor Alternatives for Bioanalytical and Diagnostic Applications
Sabeth Verpoorte
Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Sabeth Verpoorte has been head of the Pharmaceutical Analysis Group, Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy, University of Groningen, since 2003. Her present research has taken on a strong cell biological / pharmacological focus, and includes innovative joint projects with colleagues in pharmacokinetics and medical biology on integrated cell and tissue culture and analysis. Efforts have also focused on new particle separation strategies exploiting a unique recirculating flow pattern accessible only at the micrometer scale, as well as new approaches for two-phase flow control and continuous glucose monitoring. She has published over 70 papers, and is involved in several international conference organizations and journal editorial boards.


One- and Two- Dimensional Nanostructures for Chemical- and Bio-Sensing
Magnus Willander
Linköping University, Sweden

Magnus Willander was professor in Gothenburg University, Sweden from 1995 to 2006 in Physics, particularly in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Since 2006 he is professor in Linköping University, Sweden, where he has continued his research on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in the area of fundamental and applied research of solid and soft materials and devices. He has been the coordinator of three EU programs, and was/is a partner in many other EU programs. He is the author and co-author of more than 800 refereed papers in highly reputed journals, has more than 50 plenary and invited talks and is the author of nine books.

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