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IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.7, July 2008

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2.   Smart Sensors Systems Design (SSSD' 2008) advanced engineering course

3.   Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs

4  New Sensors Market Study

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Research Articles


1. Self-Adaptive Smart Sensors and Sensor Systems
    Sergey Y. Yurish, pp.1-14

2. Information Extraction from Large-scale WSNs: Approaches and Research Issues:

    Part I: Overview and Agent Based Approaches
    Elena Gaura, Tessa Daniel, pp.15-33

3. Information Extraction from Large-scale WSNs: Approaches and Research Issues:
    Part II: Query-based and Macroprogramming Approaches
    Tessa Daniel, Elena Gaura, pp. 34-56

4. Information Extraction from Large-scale WSNs: Approaches and Research Issues:
    Part III: Towards a Hybrid Approach
    Tessa Daniel, Elena Gaura, pp. 57-82

5. Wireless Sensing Opportunities for Aerospace Applications
    William Wilson, Gary Atkinson, pp. 83-90

6. A Survey of Sensor Network Security
    A. Vaseashta and S. Vaseashta, pp. 91-102

7. Wearable Battery-free Wireless 2-Channel EEG Systems Powered by Energy Scavengers
Mieke Van Bavel, Vladimir Leonov, Refet Firat Yazicioglu, Tom Torfs, Chris Van Hoof,
    Niels E. Posthuma and Ruud J. M. Vullers, pp.103-115

8. C-PFM Multiplexed Interrogation Technique for FBG Sensors with Time-Windowing Reduced Crosstalk
    L. Rossi, G. Breglio, A. Cusano, A. Irace, V. Pascazio and A. Cutolo, pp.116-125

9. Multiple Traffic Control Using Wireless Sensor and Density Measuring Camera
    Amrita Rai and Govind Singh Patel, pp.126-132

10.Gas Detection Using Embedded Piezoresistive Microcantilever Sensors in a Wireless Network
    Timothy L. Porter, William Delinger and Rick Venedam, pp.133-138

11.Utilization of Novel Overlap Functions in Wireless Sensor Fusion
    G. Rama Murthy and Padmalaya Nayak, pp.139-149

12.Intelligent Sensing in Inverter-fed Induction Motors: Wavelet-based Symbolic Dynamic Analysis
    Rohan Samsi, Asok Ray, pp.150-160

13.New Solid State Sensor for Detection of Humidity, Based on Ni, Co, and Mn Oxide Nano Composite
     Doped with Lithium
     A. Kazemzadeh, F. A. Hessary and N. Jafari, pp.161-169

14.Repulsive-Magnets-Type Acceleration Limit Switch
     Kazuhiro Nishimura and Mitsuteru Inoue, pp.170-175

15.Multifield Analysis of a Piezoelectrically Actuated Valveless Micropump
     Asim Nisar, Nitin Afzulpurkar, Banchong Mahaisavariya, Adisorn Tuantranont, pp.176-195



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This course is suitable for engineers who design different digital and intelligent sensors, data acquisition, and measurement systems. It should be also useful for researchers, graduate and post graduate students.The prerequisite for the course is a basic knowledge of electrical circuits and systems. Course will be taught in English. Each attendee will receive a certificate of attendance at the course.



Course Description


An advanced engineering course describes modern developments and trends in the field of sensor systems and digital sensors design. Its background is based on programmable parameter-to-frequency (time) converters as a smart sensor core and structural-algorithmic methods for data extraction in order to move from a traditional analog signal domain to frequency-time signal domain (frequency, period, duty-cycle, pulse-modulated, time interval, phase-shift, etc.). Working in the frequency-time domain simplifies design, and obviates some technical and technological problems, due to the properties of frequency as informative parameter.


After a general overview of data acquisition methods, modern smart, digital and quasi-digital (with frequency, period, duty-cycle, pulse-width modulated (PWM), phase-shift, pulse number, etc., output) sensors, smart systems details are discussed including: sensors, ADC (frequency-to-digital conversion based on advanced methods for frequency-time domain parameters measurements with adaptive possibilities), communications buses, PC interfacing and software. A systematic approach towards the design of low-cost high-performance smart sensors systems with self-adaptation and self-identification possibilities is presented. The proposed design approach compatible with MEMS and system-on-chip implementation. It is based on the novel integrated circuits as the Universal Frequency-to-Digital Converter (UFDC-1, UFDC-2 and UFDC-1M-16), Universal Sensors and Transducers Interface (USTI and USTI-1M-20), and can overcoming current hurdles to truly widespread deployment of smart sensors and systems. Different examples of sensors systems will be given and discussed in details.


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US demand for sensor products (sensors, transducers and associated housings) is projected to increase 4.3 percent annually to $12.7 billion in 2012, supported by increasing output of major sensor-containing products such as motor vehicles. Demand for sensors based on emerging technologies, such as MEMS-based and imaging sensors, will see the fastest gains. Process variable sensors will continue to be the largest product type, although these sensors are expected to grow at below-average rates. While the biggest market will remain the automotive industry, growth will also be strong in military and aerospace applications. These and other trends are presented in Sensors, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.


Through 2012, imaging, proximity/positioning and chemical property sensors are expected to record the most rapid advances. Imaging sensors - including chargecoupled devices (CCD), complementary metal-oxide semiconductors (CMOS) and thermal (infrared) sensors - hold especially good prospects, rising 8.0 percent annually.

Thermal imaging sensors will receive a significant boost from rising military expenditures, as well as increased importance in new markets such as police departments, fire departments, structural testing companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and private consumers.


Proximity and positioning sensors will also record rapid advances, due to increases in motor vehicle production and continued expansion of the industrial sector, both of which are large consumers of these sensors. In particular, the rebound in vehicle production will support increases not only in newer sensor-using applications such as collision avoidance systems, but also in more mature motor vehicle products such as camshaft and crankshaft positioning sensors.


Overall, the automotive industry will be among the fastest growing sensor markets and will continue to represent the largest sector for sensors. Demand for sensors in automotive safety and security systems will post strong gains. In addition,further gains will come from automakersí desires to add value to their vehicles and differentiate themselves from competitors. While the industrial sensor market will post below-average growth due to the high degree of maturity and downward pricing pressure, increased aerospace equipment shipments and defense expenditures will continue to drive strong growth for sensors in the military/aerospace markets.



US Sensor Demand

(million dollars)

Item 2002 2007 2012 % Annual Growth



Sensor Demand



12740 2.8 4.3

     Process Variable   

2482 2730 3220 1.9 3.4

     Physical Property


2575 3020 1.8 3.2

     Proximity & Positioning   

1099 1770 1310 3.6 6.2

     Chemical Property    

977 1205 1600 4.3 5.8



610 895 8.1 8.0


1666 1870 2235 2.3 3.6



Sensors (published 07/2008, 328 pages) is available for $4,600 from The Freedonia Group, Inc., 767 Beta Drive, Cleveland, OH 44143-2326. For further details, please contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440.684.9600, fax 440.646.0484 or e-mail: pr@freedoniagroup.com. Information may also be obtained through www.freedoniagroup.com


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