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Special Issue, October 2007, pp. I

 

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Foreword

Elena GAURA, James P. Brusey

Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Coventry University, UK

E-mail: e.gaura@coventry.ac.uk  and j.brusey@coventry.ac.uk

 

 

The 10th Annual NSTI Nanotech Conference and Trade Show was held this year during 20-24 May at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The conference has grown this year to host 3000 attendees and 250 exhibitors, while the resulting proceedings boasts over 3000 pages of peer-reviewed micro and nanotechnology research.

 

A number of authors publishing in the Joint Electronics and Microsystems Symposia track were invited to submit a revised version of their papers to this special issue. Papers were selected from a number of symposia within the track, including: MEMS & NEMS, Sensors & Systems, Micro & Nano Fluidics, and MSM Modeling Microsystems. These symposia brought together researchers from a number of disciplines to discuss topics ranging from theoretical developments, to design and fabrication, through to industrial applications of MEMS and NEMS sensors, devices and systems.

 

The joint symposia are motivated by the dream of smarter, smaller, and more complex systems that integrate micro and nano system technologies with intelligence, power and communication ability at the same micro or nano scale. The resulting increase in complexity poses an enormous challenge to engineers when designing, modeling, and fabricating such integrated micro and nano systems. The joint symposia aimed at bringing together researchers from different disciplines to exchange ideas about how to best develop such systems.

 

As with the joint symposia, this special issue includes papers ranging from those with a higher level focus to those covering low-level physical aspects of MEMS and NEMS devices and their modeling and fabrication. Four of the papers presented in this special issue correspond to invited talks: Sanna et al., examine miniaturization trends in preventative medicine and include some results from the EU project ANGEL; Adams et al., describe the results of the NASA funded GEMSTONE project, which involved creating and field-testing a small system of atmospheric probes; French and Yang explore the opportunities and pitfalls of scaling, whilst Nieva presents a number of new trends for using MEMS sensors in harsh environments.

 

We are very thankful both to the NSTI directors and Nanotech chairs (Dr. Matthew Laudon and Dr. Bart Romanovicz) and to the Sensors & Transducers Journal for offering the opportunity to publish this special issue.

 

 

Guest Editors:

 

Dr. Elena Gaura

 

Reader in Pervasive Computing

Director of Cogent Computing Applied Research Centre

Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Coventry University, UK

E-mail: e.gaura@coventry.ac.uk

http://www.cogentcomputing.org

Dr. James P. Brusey

 

Senior Lecturer in Systems Engineering

Senior Research Fellow of Cogent Computing Applied Research Centre

Faculty of Engineering and Computing

Coventry University, UK

E-mail: j.brusey@coventry.ac.uk

http://www.cogentcomputing.org

 

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