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Travel Information: Uruguay


TRANSPORTATION Travel from airport to hotel (only one taxi service)

WEATHER See the Montevideo, Uruguay forecast

ELECTRICAL INFORMATION Outlet and receptacle information for Uruguay

SHUTTLE INFORMATION Shuttles from CARRASCO Airport to I2MTC 2014 Hotel (Radisson Montevideo)


Social Functions


Tutorial Speaker Reception -
Monday, May 12, 5:30 - 6:30 PM

There will be a Tutorial Speaker Reception held directly after the conclusion of the Tutorial Sessions in the 4th Floor Foyer.  Cash bar and snacks will be offered.  Come and enjoy discussions with the Tutorial speakers!

Welcome Reception -
Tuesday, May 13, 7:30 - 9:30 PM

The Welcome Reception will be held at the Teatro Solis, just across the way from the Hotel.  We will have hors d'oeuvre and drinks provided by the Rara Avis.  Come and network with friends and colleagues from our I&M community!  Dress:  Business casual.  Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be standing and walking around the theater.

Awards Luncheon -
Wednesday, May 14, 12:45 - 2:30 PM

The Awards Luncheon will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel.  Come and honor the I&M Award winners, the Student Best Poster Award winners, and the Best Paper Award winners.  You will also be treated to a short presentation for the 2015 edition of I2MTC, location: Pisa, Italy!  Dress:  Business casual.

Conference Gala Dinner -
Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

The Conference Gala Dinner will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the hotel.  There will be a welcome drink at 7:00 pm, and will sit for dinner at 7:30 pm.  Come for a wonderful evening filled with food, drink, and entertainment!  Dress:  Business casual, but this is a little more dressy.  Gentlemen:  jacket and tie, if desired; and Ladies, a dress, if desired.

Final Program


The prelimary version of the program is now available.

Please note that the program is subject to change. 

Download the PDF version

View the program in EDAS

The I2MTC 2014 Mobile App is now ready for download! The Conference4me smartphone app provides you with the most comfortable tool for planning your participation in I2MTC 2014. Browse the complete program directly from your phone or tablet and create your very own agenda on the fly. The app is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices. To download the mobile app, please visit http://conference4me.eu/download or type 'conference4me' in Google Play, iTunes App Store or Windows Phone Store.

Poster Preparation Instructions


There will be a number of posters presented during the conference, exhibited at each poster session. In order to make these sessions run smoothly, some cooperation from you, as a poster exhibitor, is necessary. Please make sure your poster is put up before the start of the session and removed after it has ended. 

The placement of your poster will be marked on the panel, where it will be presented with the number of your poster contribution:  PS1A, PS1B, etc.
Look for your number in the conference program.

The recommended format is A0 portrait: 84.1 cm x 118.9 cm  (33.1 inch x 46.8 inch).  

Please include a 5 cm x 5 cm photo of the presenter in the upper right hand corner of the poster, and underline the name of the presenter in the author listing.

Your posters will be attached to the panel with push pins, which will already be available on the panel. (Double sided tape will also be available.)  If you need more pins, please contact the poster area proctor. After you have removed your poster, please leave pins on the board.



Tutorials at the I2MTC 2014 conference will be held on Monday, May 12.  The Tutorial Program is part of the conference.  No extra fees will be collected.  If you only want a day pass for Tutorials, that is available for $100.

Registration will open at 7:30 am.

Session 1 - 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Measurement Basics

Alessandro Ferrero
Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

"How to Model Measurement Activity and Define Uncertainty"

Alessandro Ferrero PhotoAlessandro Ferrero (M’88–SM’96–F’99) was born in Milan, Italy, in 1954. He received his degree in electrical engineering from the Politecnico di Milano in 1978. He is Full Professor of electrical and electronic measurements at Politecnico di Milano.

His current research interests include the application of digital methods to electrical measurements, measurements on electric power systems under nonsinusoidal conditions, and metrology.

Prof. Ferrero has been the President of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurements Society for the 2008 – 2009 term. He is the recipient of the 2006 Joseph F. Keithley IEEE Field Award for Instrumentation and Measurement. He is Foreign Member of the Class of Technical Sciences of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement.

Noise & Signal Processing

Alfredo Arnaud
Electrical Engineering Department at Universidad Catolica del Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay

"Biomedical Instrumentation Amplifiers"

Octavia Dobre Photo

Alfredo Arnaud received his PhD, and MSc in microelectronics from Universidad de la República, Montevideo – Uruguay, in 2000 and 2004 respectively. Since 2004 he joined Electrical Engineering Department at Universidad Católica del Uruguay, where he started uDIE research group (http://die.ucu.edu.uy/microdie). 

Dr. Arnaud, has participated since 1997 in several research and development projects in the field of medical devices & instrumentation, microelectronics, low power electronics, for the industry and in the University. His area of expertise is analog and mixed-mode circuit design, instrumentation, for implantable medical and portable devices among others. 

Dr.Arnaud holds two patents and as an academic he published more than 50 papers in international journals and scientific meetings. He is the co-founder of two active technology companies: Alassio SA in 2004 (http://www.bqn.com.uy) dedicated to portable devices, and Chipmate in 2009 (http://www.chipmateic.com) a spin-off of the uDIE aimed at the design of application specific integrated circuits for medical devices. For the industry, Dr. Arnaud participated in the development of commercial ASICs for companies in Uruguay, Brazil, Canada, and India and also participated in the development of embedded electronics like portable POS equipment, a USB dynamic scale for medical applications, and a portable RFID reader according to ISO11784/11785 standard.

Sensors and Instrumentation

Subhas Mukhopadhyay
Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

"Advanced Sensors and Instrumentation: A Project Based Paper"

Subhas Mukhopadhyay PhotoDr. Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay (M’97, SM’02, F’11) graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India with a Gold medal and received the Master of Electrical Engineering degree from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He has PhD (Eng.) degree from Jadavpur University, India and Doctor of Engineering degree from Kanazawa University, Japan.

Currently he is working as a Professor of Sensing Technology with the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. He has over 24 years of teaching and research experiences.

His fields of interest include Sensors and Sensing Technology, Instrumentation, Wireless sensor networks, Electromagnetics, control, electrical machines and numerical field calculation etc. 

He has authored/co-authored two books  and over 300 papers in different international journals, conferences and book chapter. He has edited ten conference proceedings. He has also edited ten special issues of international journals as lead guest editor and seventeen books out of which fifteen are with Springer-Verlag. He has delivered over 200 seminars as keynote, invited, tutorial and special lectures in 24 countries.

He was awarded numerous awards throughout his career and attracted over NZ $3.6 M on different research projects.

He is a Fellow of IEEE (USA), a Fellow of IET (UK). He is a Topical Editor of IEEE Sensors journal, an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurements and a Technical Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics. He is the co-Editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems (www.s2is.org). He was the Technical Programme Chair of ICARA 2004, ICARA 2006 and ICARA 2009. He was the General chair/co-chair of ICST 2005, ICST 2007, IEEE ROSE 2007, IEEE EPSA 2008, ICST 2008, IEEE Sensors 2008, ICST 2010, IEEE Sensors 2010, ICST 2011 and ICST 2012. He has organized the IEEE Sensors conference 2009 at Christchurch, New Zealand during October 25 to 28, 2009 as General Chair. He is currently organizing the Seventh ICST in Wellington during December 3 to 5, 2013.

He is the Founding and Ex-Chair of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society New Zealand Chapter. He chairs the IEEE IMS Technical Committee 18 on Environmental Measurements.

Session 2 - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Measurement Basics

Daniel Watzenig
Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria

"Measurement Uncertainty Quantification"

Daniel Watzenig Photo

Daniel Watzenig was born in Klagenfurt, Austria. He received his Master degree in electrical engineering and the doctoral degree in technical science from Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. In 2009, he received the “venia docendi” (associate professorship, habilitation) on electrical measurement and signal processing. He is currently divisional director and scientific head of the automotive electronics and embedded software department of the Virtual Vehicle Research Center (K2 Mobility SVT Competence Center of Excellent Technologies) in Graz. Since 2009 he is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria. He is author or co-author of over 110 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, patents, and articles. His research interests focus on noninvasive measurement techniques, automotive control systems, sensor signal processing, uncertainty estimation, robust optimization methods, and probabilistic design. In 2005 he was a visiting researcher at the Department of Mathematics at University of Auckland, New Zealand, working on multi-sensor arrays and statistical signal processing for condition monitoring systems. In 2011 he was visiting researcher and guest lecturer at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In 2007 he received the renowned AHMT award (Arbeitskreis der Hochschullehrer für Messtechnik) for his doctoral thesis. He is VDI Member, Associate Editor of the OVE E&I Section Automation and Control, and IEEE Senior Member of the IEEE Control Systems, Signal Processing and Instrumentation & Measurement Societies.

In 2012 he was the Technical Program Chair of the IEEE I2MTC’12 held in Graz, Austria. He is member of Technical Program Committee of the I2MTC.

Noise & Signal Processing

Fabien Pascal
Institut d'Electronique du Sud (IES laboratory), Montpellier, France

"Noise Measurements in Electronic Devices"

Fabien Pascal PhotoFabien Pascal received the M.S and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Montpellier, France, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. His doctoral research focused on the elaboration by MOCVD and characterization of photodiodes based on antimonide compounds.

From 1990 to 2004 he has been with the Center d’Electronique de Montpellier as an Associate Professor, he was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2004. He is involved in a research team working in electronic devices (MOS, MODFET, MESFET, Si-Ge HBTs, III-V HBTs) by means of their proper background IV/CV characteristics and noise spectral analysis.  

He is the group leader “Noise in bipolar transistors” at the Institut d’Electronique du Sud (IES laboratory), Montpellier, France. Since 20 years this group has been working on DC and noise characterization of III-V HBTs, polysilicon transistors, and related materials. He is currently working on Low Frequency Noise Measurement and Modeling in advanced SiGe:C heterojunction bipolar transistors. He is also working on the technological qualification of contacts, semiconductor materials and carbon nanotubes based devices by the use of noise spectroscopy.

He is author and co-author of more than 100  peer-review publications in international journals and conferences. In 2013 he was co-chairman of the 22nd edition of the International Conference on Noise and Fluctuations (ICNF2012) and co-editor of the proceeding.

Measurement Topics

Erna Frins
Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de la República

"New Developments on the Field of Atmospheric Monitoring"

Erna Frins Photo

Erna Frins was born in Paysandú, Uruguay. She received her Diplom-Physikerin degree from the Technishe Universität Berlin on the properties of Alexandrite laser. In 1998 she obtained the Doctor in Sciences degree (Dr.phil.nat.) from the Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt/Main. Her Thesis was devoted to the study of the topological optical phases and their applications on telecommunications.

Her research interests include polarization, interferometry, spectroscopy and optical sensors. At present her main interest is the development of new optical methods to study the atmosphere.

She has several international patents registered by and assigned to the Telekom AG. In 2012 she receives the L’Oreal-UNESCO National Award for Women in Sciences.

Sensors and Instrumentation

Anton Fuchs
Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria

"Reliable Flow Measurement"

Anton Fuchs PhotoAnton Fuchs was born in Graz, Austria, in 1977. He received the Dipl.Eng. degree in telematics from Graz University of Technology in 2001 and joint the Institute of Electrical Measurement and Measurement Signal Processing, Graz University of Technology in 2002. He worked as a researcher, project manager, and lecturer and received the Doctoral degree in technical science in 2006 from Graz University of Technology.

In 2009 he received the venia docendi for "Process Instrumentation and Sensor Technology" from Graz University of Technology and became Associate Professor.

Anton Fuchs is now with the Virtual Vehicle Competence Center in Graz, Austria. He is Associate Professor and Distinguished Lecturer at Graz University of Technology. His main research interests include automotive sensing technologies, capacitive sensors and the measurement of transported material. Anton Fuchs is author and co-author of more than 100 scientific papers and patents.

Session 3 - 14:00 pm - 15:30 pm

Measurement Basics

Dario Petri
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, Italy

"Methodology of Measurement"

Dario Petri PhotoDario Petri received the M.Sc. degree (summa cum laude) and the Ph.D. degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1986 and 1990, respectively. He is currently a full professor of Measurement and Electronic Instrumentation at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Trento, Italy.

Dario Petri has been chairing the IEEE Italy Section and the Italian Electrical and Electronic Measurement Association (GMEE). Dario Petri is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, the VP for Finances of the IEEE  Instrumentation and Measurement Society and a Fellow member of the IEEE. 

Dr. Petri is an author of over 250 papers published in international journals or in proceedings of peer reviewed international conferences. Research activities of Dario Petri are focused on fundamentals of measurement theory, uncertainty evaluation methods, statistical inference methods, application of digital signal processing to measurement problems.

Noise & Signal Processing

Fábio da Silva
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO, USA

"Noise in Classical and Quantum Measurements"

Fabio da Silva PhotoFábio da Silva received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics from the Federal University of Pernambuco in 1992 and 1995 respectively, and a Ph.D. in Physics from the State University of Campinas in 2000. Since then, he has been a research associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder Colorado. During his career, he has studied some aspects of magnetism including nonlinearities and chaos in ferrites, the role of magnetic nanostructure in soft ferromagnetic alloys, and magnetic recording, sensing and imaging. More recently, he engaged in the field of quantum information and superconducting qubits, where he has contributions on materials, fabrication, and measurement. Dr. da Silva has co-authored 35 publications and 1 patent. He was the treasurer of the IEEE Rocky Mountain Magnetics Society from 2005 to 2008 and has received excellence awards from NIST and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Measurement Topics

Kristen M. Donnell
Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO, USA

"Advances in Microwave Materials Characterization for NDT of Complex Structures: Theory, Methods, and Applications"

Kristen Donnell PhotoKristen M. Donnell received her B.S.E.E. degree in 2001 from Colorado State University, her M.S.E.E degree in 2003 from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in 2010. Her Ph.D. research was conducted at the Applied Microwave Nondestructive Testing Laboratory (amntl). She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri S&T, and a member of the research team at the amntl. Her current research interests include materials characterization, modulated antennas/scatterers, embedding sensing, and frequency selective surfaces. Dr. Donnell is a Senior Member of IEEE and is currently serving her first term as an at-large AdCom member. She served as the Chapter Chair Liaison from 2010-2012, and currently holds positions of Vice President of the Membership Development Committee and Distinguished Lecturer Program Chair. She was also employed by Raytheon Company from 2003-2005, where she worked in both Systems and Electrical Engineering.

Sensors and Instrumentation

Conrado Rossi
Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay

"Temperature Sensors: From Sense of Touch Towards Smart Dust"

Conrado Rossi PhotoConrado Rossi (M'88) was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and received the Engineer in Electronics degree from Universidad de la República, Uruguay and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the same university with a thesis on techniques for ultra low power integrated temperature sensors. He is currently Associate Professor at Universidad de la República with over 25 years of teaching experience, mainly related to Electronics and IC Design.

In 1991, Prof. Rossi cofounded the Microelectronics Group at Universidad de la República which has extensive research and design expertise, being focused on ultra low power analog and mixed signal IC design. He took part in many research projects and co-led the design of an IC for cardiac pacemakers which has been implanted in several thousand patients.

In 2007, Prof. Rossi also cofounded NanoWattICs, a university spin-off devoted to IC design services in the aforementioned area of expertise.

Session 4 - 16:00 pm - 17:30 pm

Noise & Signal Processing

Octavia A. Dobre
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

"Blind Signal Identification for Emerging Intelligent Radio Systems"

Octavia Dobre PhotoOctavia A. Dobre is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University, Canada. In 2000 and 2001 she was the recipient of the Royal Society and Fulbright fellowships, respectively. Her current research interests include cognitive radio systems, blind signal recognition and parameter estimation techniques, transceiver optimization algorithms, network coding and resource allocation. She published over 100 refereed journal and conference papers in these areas.

Dr. Dobre is a Senior Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters, as well as an Editor for the IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials and ELSEVIER PHYCOM. She served as an Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters, Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics on Signal Processing, and Lead Guest Editor of the ELSEVIER PHYCOM "Cognitive Radio: The Road for its Second Decade" special issue. She also served as the Co-Chair for the IEEE ICC 2013 and IEEE GLOBECOM 2013 (Signal Processing for Communications Symposium) and IEEE VTC Spring 2013 (Multiple Antenna Systems and Services Track). 

Measurement Topics

Horacio Failache
Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ingeniería, UdelaR

"Alkali Atoms at the Heart of Photonic Devices"

Horacio Failache Photo




Horacio Failache received a degree on Electrical Engineer from the Universidad de la República of Uruguay in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from the Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers at Univesité Paris 13 in 1999. Since 2001, he has been at the Laser Spectroscopy group at the Physics Institute, Engineering Faculty, Universidad de la República at Montevideo, Uruguay.


Sensors and Instrumentation

Diego Barretino
University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Manno, Switzerland

"CMOS-Based Microsystems for Biomedical Applications"

Diego Barrettino PhotoDiego Barrettino (S’93–M’98–SM’06) received the Diploma degree in electronic engineering from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland, in 2004.

He worked at Allegro MicroSystems Inc., from 1997 to 2000, where he was an Analog IC Designer of Hall-effect magnetic sensors. From 2000 to 2004, he was a Doctoral student and Research Assistant at ETHZ, where he designed chemical and mechanical sensors. In 2004, he moved to the USA where he designed biomedical sensors first as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the University of Washington, Seattle, and then as an Assistant Professor in the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. In 2006, he returned to Europe where he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, as a Senior Research Scientist for the design and development of mechatronic microsystems tailored to cancer research. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Lecturer in the University of Glasgow, U.K., and in the University College Cork, Republic of Ireland, where he designed biomedical and inertial sensors. In 2009, he joined the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Manno, Switzerland, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His research interests are in the fields of physical, chemical, and biomedical microsensors; analog and mixed-signal IC design; MEMS; avionics; and embedded systems.


Special Issue of TIM



The I²MTC 2014 Special Issue of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, intended to promote best results presented at I²MTC 2014, will be published in May 2015. 

The I²MTC 2014 Special Issue will contain about 40-60 papers selected on the basis of the results of regular peer review of the manuscripts submitted for consideration by the participants of I²MTC 2014. Each manuscript shall be within the SCOPE of the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement (click to see Scope of Transactions) and based on a paper published in the I²MTC 2014 Proceedings and presented at I²MTC 2014. Moreover, the manuscript MUST be significantly extended beyond the scope of the proceedings paper (in terms of the overall TECHNICAL content and research results). 

Special issue manuscript may ONLY be uploaded in the period of June 2 to June 20, 2014. Please DO NOT try to submit your papers earlier, since the I²MTC Special Issue folder in Allentrack will not be available. NO LATE MANUSCRIPTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


The manuscript, together with the accompanying documents “viz. the manuscript submission cover letter, the IEEE copyright transfer form, and the overlength page charge form” must be submitted electronically using the web-based submission system. Prior to submission of the manuscript, its author, especially if he/she has not yet used that system, should register and obtain a password that will enable him/her to enter the system and read Authors Instructions and Manuscript Upload Instructions. Both instructions contain information of vital importance for the problem-free submission. In particular, Authors Instructions provide the guidelines for the preparation of the manuscript. The following additional requirements must also be satisfied when submitting the manuscript:

1.    The manuscript must be TECHNICALLY extended beyond the scope of the proceedings paper, as mentioned above.
2.    At the time of submission, the authors must provide a separate file with detailed information regarding how the manuscript is a technically-extended version of the proceedings paper, as per the instructions below. 
3.    The proceedings paper MUST be clearly referred to in the text and listed as one of the references in the special-issue manuscript. 
4.    A PDF copy of the proceedings paper must also be submitted, as per the instructions below.

When uploading your manuscript click on “Special Issue Manuscript” in the “Manuscript Upload Instructions” page of the Allentrack System. Then, in page #1 of “Submit Manuscript” you must choose the proper Special Issue (i.e., I²MTC 2014 Special Issue). Subsequently, in the same page and in the “Files to Upload” section you MUST upload two additional files; one with containing a detailed explanation of how the paper is TECHNICALLY extended beyond the scope of the proceedings paper and another which is a PDF copy of the I²MTC 2014 Proceedings paper. To this end, you must put the number “2” in the small box in front of “Extension Beyond Proceedings & Copy of Proceedings (if any was published)” so that the system allows you to upload these two files. Consequently, these two files will be available to the reviewers. Please, do not include the explanation of how the paper is technically extended beyond the scope of the proceedings paper in the cover letter, because this letter is not visible to the reviewers.

Failure to correctly submit a detailed explanation of the TECHNICAL extension and a PDF copy of the I²MTC Proceedings paper will result in the immediate return of the manuscript to the author(s) as an unacceptable submission.

Notice: The I²MTC 2014 paper identifier should be put in the upper right-hand corner of every document to be submitted.

Further information and help: 

Mrs. Cam Ingelin
Editorial Assistant
E-mail: c.ingelin@ieee.org

Special Sessions


Special Session #1: "Nanotechnology applications in Measurement and Instrumentation"

Session Synopsis:  Nanotechnology is one of the fields in which technological improvements are quickly carried out thanks to the contribution of diverse areas as Engineering of materials, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematical modelling, Electronics. Instrumentation and Measurement are necessary for helping scientists and researchers working in Nanotechnology for characterization issues as well as for designing experimental architectures thanks to new features in instrumentation.  Papers related (but not limited) to the following subtopics are welcome: sensors, transducers, other devices, biochips, nanostructures and coatings, sol-gel processes, nanoimaging, nano contrast agents, low level detection, nanophotonics,   atomic force microscopy, characterization of new materials, drug delivery, theranostics (therapy and diagnostics), metrology, uncertainty, signal processing, nanorods, nanowires, etc... Practical and experimental applications in diverse fields are also wished as biomedical, environmental, industrial ones.

Organizer:  Aimé Lay-Ekuakille, University of Salento, Dept of Innovation Engineering, Lecce, Italy 

Invited Speaker:  Dr. Sergio Casciaro, Director of Nanoimaging Lab, Institute of Clinical Physiology, National Council of Research - CNR, Lecce, Italy

Title: Automatic Image Detection of Halloysite Clay Nanotubes as a Future Ultrasound Theranostic Agent for Tumoral Cell Targeting and Treatment

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When submitting your extended abstract for this special session, please identify that it is being submitted for “Special Session #1”.  For more information about this special session please contact Aimé Lay-Ekuakille.

Special Session #2: "Impedance Spectroscopy for Measurement and Sensor Solutions"

Session Synopsis:  Impedance Spectroscopy is an interesting measurement method in many fields of science and technology including medicine, chemistry and material science. The possibility to use information from complex impedance over a wide frequency range leads to interesting opportunities for separating effects, accurate measurements and measurements of non-accessible quantities. Especially in the field of sensors a multifunctional measurement can be realized. But for this measurement method, several aspects should be specifically addressed such as, impedance measurement procedures, investigations of physical and chemical phenomena taking place, development of suitable impedance models and extraction of target information by optimization techniques. In some applications the low cost realization in embedded systems leads to highly interesting scientific challenges.

This special session invites articles that deal with innovative solutions of Impedance Spectroscopy investigations and/or implementations to: 

Characterization of Energy Storage units, Batteries and Fuel Cells

Biomedical and Biological Applications

Material Testing, Corrosion and Coatings 

Inductive, Capacitive and Resistive Sensors 

Measurements of Dielectric Materials and Solid State Systems 

Local Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

Signal Processing and Modelling 

Instrumentation & Data Acquisition

Organizer:  Prof. Olfa Kanoun, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany

Invited Speaker:  Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Massey University, New Zealand

Title:  Impedance Spectroscopy for MEMS based Sensors

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When submitting your extended abstract for this special session, please identify that it is being submitted for “Special Session #2”.  For more information about this special session please contact Olfa Kanoun.

Special Session #3: "Emerging methods for measuring, modelling and instrumentation in medical applications"

Session Synopsis:  Improving the measurement quality of physiological parameters is increasing in popularity. Various examples of such complex measurements are widely available: blood pressure meters, glucose sensing, vital signs of fetus, heart rate monitoring,… On top of that medical imaging like PET, MRI and EEG-scans requires measuring physiological processes (e.g. blood-hemodynamic) for simulation and prediction purposes.

To improve the quality of medical applications, innovative modifications are needed on different levels: instrumentation, measurement techniques, signal processing and modeling.

This special session invites articles that deal with innovative solutions to:

• measurement and modeling of physiological parameters and processes

• medical imaging

• uncertianty and tracebility of medical measurements

• medical instrumentation and calibration techniques

• personal healthcare

• healthcare management

Organizers:  Lieve Lauwers, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Wendy Van Moer, University of Gavle - Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Invited Speaker:  Pedro Arzuaga, CCC Medical Devices, Montivideo, Uruguay

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When submitting your extended abstract for this special session, please identify that it is being submitted for “Special Session #3”.  For more information about this special session please contact Wendy Van Moer.

Special Session #4: "Sensors and Instrumentation for the Environment and Climate change Monitoring"

Session Synopsis:  The proposed special session seeks submission of technical research articles addressing topical issues, underpinning better sensors and instrumentation for monitoring environment and climate change. The need for monitoring parameters of climate change has never been greater - driving research in accurate, robust and reliable sensors and associated instrumentation to achieve reliable measurement of these parameters.  Key examples include temperature (e.g. water, atmospheric), gas concentration (CO2, NO2, NO SO2, etc) and water quality (e.g. poisoning by algal blooms). Sensors and instrumentation is core to today's Engineering curricula, being strongly cross-disciplinary and an ideal subject for today's environmentally-aware research community.

Organizer:  IEEE IMS Technical Committee 18 on Environmental Measurements (contact:  Prof. Subhas Mukhopadhyay)

When submitting your extended abstract for this special session, please identify that it is being submitted for “Special Session #4”. For more information about this special session please contact Subhas Mukhopadhyay.

Special Session #5: "Smart Transducers and Sensors"

Session Synopsis:  Nowadays transducers and sensors, as defined by IEEE 1451 standards, are widely employed in various application fields: industrial, biomedical, environmental, energy, transportation… Smart sensor is a current term used to single out a device capable of acquiring and processing data, as well as performing autolearning. It is the basis for homecare or telemedicine applications, process automation, intelligent transportation systems and environmental monitoring.

The ISO/IEC/IEEE 21451-x is a growing family of standards responsible for the development of Smart Sensors. It involves developing technology for a seamless connection between smart sensors and networks.

The scope of this Special Session is to give a wide overview of the present state-of-the-art with reference to smart transducers, sensors and sensor networks. This Special Session intends to promote and to collect original papers (original research contributions, tutorials, and review papers) that will give significant contribution in the field of modelling and design techniques, new technologies, testing and embedded algorithms mainly dedicated to smart transducers, sensors and sensor networks.

Organizer:  Rosario Morello, University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy

Invited Speaker: Dr. Kang Lee
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, USA)

Title: The current state of the art of the Standards for Smart Transducers and Sensors

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When submitting your extended abstract for this special session, please identify that it is being submitted for “Special Session #5”.  For more information about this special session please contact Rosario Morello.

Special Session #7: "Energy Harvesting for Autonomous Measurement Systems: methodologies and devices"

Session Synopsis:  Autonomous measurement systems represent today one of the hottest topic in the community. Strategies and devices for collecting energy from the environment and for transducing this energy into electrical energy such to provide an useful source for measurement and sensing systems, have been investigated in these latter years.

This Special Session aims to provide an exchange forum for experiences, methodologies and devices in this field. We invite therefore original research papers on this subject that is of primary relevance in the measurement and sensing arena.

Submission are welcomed on:

• Overview of state of the art on "Energy harvesting methodologies and devices "

• Energy transduction methodologies and strategies

• Technologies and devices for vibration energy harvesting

• Application to autonomous sensors networks

Organizers:  Bruno Andò and Salvatore Baglio, DIEEI, University of Catania, Italy

When submitting your extended abstract for this special session, please identify that it is being submitted for “Special Session #7”.  For more information about this special session please contact Salvatore Baglio.

Things To Do On Your Own


Montevideo offers a large variety of things to do and places to see. The following guides outline some of these activities so you are able to explore and experience all Montevideo has to offer.

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