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NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI)

Povoa De Varzim, Novotel Vermar, Portugal, 8 - 19 September 2003





The NATO ASI 'Smart Sensors and MEMS' is 11 working days summer school for scientists and researchers working in the field of MEMS, smart sensors and transducers that will take place in Portugal. 60-75 participants will be accepted. The lectures will be given in English by the leading experts from world wide in this field.





The main objective of this ASI is to disseminate novel knowledge in-depth concerning the new and emerging applications of modern smart sensors (including it usage in defense against terrorism) and stimulate active international cooperation  in the area of new physical and (bio) chemical sensing principles, modern microsystem technologies and novel methods of signal processing and conversion and create collaborative technology partnerships and identifying potential funding sources to promote technology transfer. 



Short Description

Smart sensors are of great interest in many fields of industry, control systems, biomedical applications, etc.
Rapid advances in IC technologies has brought new challenges in the physical design of integrated sensors and Micro-Electrical-Mechanical Systems (MEMS). Microsystem technology offers new way of combining sensing, signal processing and actuation on a microscopic scale and allows both traditional and new sensors to be realized for a wide range of applications and operational environments.


The main task of measuring instruments, sensors and transducers designing has been always to reach high metrology performances. At different stages of measurement technology development, this task was solved in different ways. They were technological methods, consisting in technology perfection, as well as structural and structural-algorithmic methods. Historically, technological methods have received prevalence in the USA, Japan and Western Europe. The structural and structural-algorithmic methods have received a broad development in the former USSR and continue developing in NIS countries. The improvement of metrology performances and extension of functional capabilities are being achieved through  the implementation of particular structures designed in most cases in heuristic way using advanced calculations, algorithms and signal processing. Digital and quasi-digital smart sensors and transducers are not the exception.


Today's crisis in area of high technologies has evidently shown, that it is not enough to use only the technological methods. It is also true in conditions of exacerbated defense against terrorism. Despite of crisis, we need smart sensors now with increased accuracy, reliability and speed. Today  intellectual sensors are extremely necessary for such applications, as electronic noses, smart vision systems, personnel (human body) detection, authentification systems, building monitoring system, etc. Most effectively for achievement of this purpose is a combination of technological methods and structural-algorithmic methods. It allows to achieve the same performances (or even better), but is significant smaller money and human expenses and much faster. Consequently, to bring together experts from the various interdisciplinary and highly diverse areas of this broad field along with researchers who utilize concepts of diffusion in their work in field of smart sensors and MEMS during the planned NATO ASI is very important and timely for the future developments in this emerging scientific area.


Timing of the proposed meeting is extremely appropriate as its subject reflects the growing importance of smart sensors and MEMS as a key tool for further development of different systems. Rapid progress in the field of microsystem technologies and  smart materials demands energetic efforts to contribute to the scientific education of a new generation of engineers and scientists with new expertise and deeper understanding of smart sensors. By bringing together leading researchers from the sensors science and MEMS communities, relevant information and experience will be conveyed that will allow scientists to learn more about the actual developments and future trends of each field. It is expected to foster contacts among the scientists and in this way to contribute to the development of this new and technological important field of science.


The NATO ASI will present the state of the art and will give an excellent opportunity to provide a systematic, in-depth, treatment of the new and rapidly developing field of smart sensors and MEMS by distinguished lecturers and promotion of international contacts among scientists. The ultimate goal of the NATO ASI is to encourage the participants from many countries to work together on different smart sensors related projects in the future.



Scientific Programme


Please click <here> to download the NATO ASI scientific programme in MS Word format.




A 4-star hotel Novotel Vermar in Povoa De Varzim.On the Costa Verde, by the Atlantic Ocean, Novotel Vermar ia an ideal resort for holidays, discovery of historical wealth in North Portugal and for congress and seminar events. Rooms with wonderful view overlooking Atlantic Ocean or Sao Felix mountain.  The city of Póvoa De Varzim is situated 28 Km from the second Portuguese main city, Porto, and 18 Km from the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro. Buses run frequently between the airport and Póvoa ( click here to see photo and location map.



Benefits to Participants


Participants will have the opportunity to:

Expected short-term and long-term benefits of the ASI for NATO Partner countries:

Expected short-term and long-term benefits of the ASI for NATO countries:




There is not a registration fee. All applicants who is admitted to attend the NATO ASI has to pay Euro  1110, - for living expenses (covering accommodation, breakfasts, dinners, coffee-breaks, welcome party, gala dinner, course materials (to be distributed upon arrival), a copy of the final proceedings (NATO Science Series book) and a certificate. An invoice to respective amount will be sent to all participants together with a letter of acceptance. Payment of the invoice is due in advance and must be remitted to our bank account IBAN: PT50 0033 0000 45241761174 05, SWIFT: BCOMPTPL 





A limited number of grants will be possible for participants from NIS countries on the first order registration basis. The NATO grant covers traveling and accommodation in a double room with full board. There are also some National Science Foundation travel grants for students from the USA. Please contact with NATO ASI Co-directors.



Call for Posters


The participants are invited to submit a one page abstract using the following format: Page format: A4 with 2.5 cm margins (Top, bottom, left, right)

Font: Times New Roman, size 12 pt Paragraphs: 1.5 line space with additional 6 pt spacing after each paragraph. Deadline: 15 July 2003.





Prof., Dr., Maria Teresa S. R. Gomes,

Department of Chemistry,

University of Aveiro, 3810-193 AVEIRO, Portugal

Tel: +351 234 370722

Fax: +351 234 370084




University of Aveiro 


University of Aveiro
Transparant Transparant

Prof., Dr., Sergey Y. Yurish,

International Frequency Sensor Association (IFSA)

Bandera str.,12

79013, Lviv, UA

Cell phone: +49 170 8856257




Novotel Vermar


Novotel Vermar





As the number of participants is limited, please send your Registration as soon as possible.



Application Form


Please click <here> to fill-out the on-line application form. Alternatively you are able to download the registration form in MS Word and PDF format, fill-out it and send to NATO ASI Co-Director by e-mail: or by fax: +351 234 370084.



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