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IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.12, December 2011

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1.   Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest) and journal, Vol.135, Issue 12, December 2011

2.   Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs

3.   Sensors Related Published Books

4.   Digital & Intelligent Sensors and Sensor Systems Design Advanced Engineering Course

5.   2nd International Workshop on Collaborative Mobile Systems and Sensors Networks (CMSSN' 2012)

6.   Photonic Sensor Market (2011-2016): Global Forecast

7.   Magnetic Sensors in Automotive Motors to Enjoy Brisk Growth

8.   Subscription

9.   Additional Information, Comments, Suggestions


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Bullet Sensors & Transducers Journal and Magazine (e-Digest),
Vol. 135, No. 12, December 201


Research Articles


1) Review of Tomographic Imaging using Finite Element Method,

    by Mohd Fua’ad Rahmat and Iliya Tizhe Thuku, pp.1-19

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


2) An Overview: Effectiveness of Different Arrangement for Electrode Guard in Electrical Capacitance Tomography,

    by Mohd Fadzli B Abd Shaib, Elmy Johana Mohamad, Ruzairi Abdul Rahim, Mahadi B Abd Jamil, Leow Pei Ling, pp.20-26

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


3) A High-Precision RF Time-of-Flight Measurement Method based on Vernier Effect for Localization of Wireless Sensor Networks,

    by Sang-il Ko, Go Aikawa, Jun-ya Takayama, Shinji Ohyama, pp.27-41

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


4) A Communication Reliability Enhancement Framework for Wireless Sensor Network Using the ZigBee Protocol,

    by Jingcheng ZHANG, Allan HYUNH, Qinzhong YE, Shaofang GONG, pp.42-56

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


5) Proposal for a Mini Wireless Force Platform for Human Gait Analysis,

    by Giovani PIFFER and Alexandre BALBINOT, pp.57-69

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


6) Design and Implementation of Ethernet Based Embedded System for the Measurement of Dielectric Constant in Solids,

    by Manikumar C., Nagabhushan Raju K., Ramana C. H., Nagamani G., Chandra Sekhar T. and Ebraheem M., pp.70-79

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


7) Modeling of Spring Constant and Pull-in Voltage of T-Shaped Radio Frequency Microelectromechanical (RF-MEMS) Cantilever Switch,

    by Shakti P Tripathy and Navneet Gupta, pp.80-89

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


8) Optimization Design Method for the CMOS-type Capacitive Micro-Machined Ultrasonic Transducer,

    by D. Y. Chiou, S. B. Luo, and H. H. Chen, pp.90-97

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


9) Morphological, Humidity and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Sensing Investigations on Tantalum Oxide,

    by Ritesh Kumar, B. C. Yadav, Tripti Shukla, Rajeev Singh and Shyam Singh, pp.98-109

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


10)Chemically Synthesized Sn Doped Polyaniline Hydrochloride for Carbon Dioxide Gas Sensing,

    by K. R. Nemade, pp.110-117

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


11)Low Cost Frequency Independent Induction Sensor for Low Concentration (ppm) D(+)-Glucose Monohydrate Detection,

    by Yew Fong Hor, Hio Giap Ooi, Hee C. Lim, pp.118-125

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


12)Design and Development of a Relative Humidity and Room Temperature Measurement System with On Line Data Logging Feature
    for Monitoring the Fermentation Room of Tea Factory,
by Utpal Sarma, P. K. Boruah, pp.126-133

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


13)A Novel Bio-Chemical Sensor Based on the Microsphere Raman Laser in the Presence of an External Non metallic Mirror,

    by Alireza Bahrampour and Azam Gholampour Azhir, pp.134-145

    [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]


14)Simulation and Optimization of Diffuser/Nozzle Micropump,

     by Chandika S. and Asokan R., pp. 146-154

     [Abstract and Full Page Article Download]



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Bullet Sensors Related Published Books



Digital Sensors and Sensor Systems: Practical Design

by Sergey Y. Yurish


Nano Optoelectronic Sensors and Devices: Nanophotonics from Design to Manufacturing

by Ning Xi, King Lai

 Digital Sensors and Sensor Systems: Practical Design

Publisher: IFSA Publishing

Format: printable pdf, 420 pages

Pubdate: 11 November 2011

BN: 20111111-XX


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Publisher: William Andrew

Hardcover: 224 pages

Pubdate: 13 December 2011

ISBN: 1437734715


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Bullet Digital & Intelligent Sensors and Sensor Systems Design

     (2-day advanced engineering course, 17-18 May 2012, Barcelona, Spain)



General Information About the Course


This course is suitable for engineers who design various physical or chemical digital, smart 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 an IFSA certificate of attendance at the course.



Course Description


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


After a general overview of modern quasi-digital (with frequency, period, duty-cycle, pulse-width modulated (PWM), phase-shift, pulse number, etc., output) sensors and transducers, systems details are discussed including: sensors, FDC (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 practical 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, system-on-chip (SoC) and system-in-package (SiP) implementation. It is based on the novel integrated circuits such as the Universal Frequency-to-Digital Converter (UFDC-1, UFDC-1M-16) and Universal Sensors and Transducers Interface (USTI) and can overcoming current hurdles to truly widespread deployment of digital, intelligent and smart sensors and sensor systems. Different examples of physical and chemical digital sensors and sensor systems will be given and discussed in details.



Objectives of the Course

  • To give practical knowledge in digital, intelligent, smart sensors and sensor systems design and interfacing circuits

  • To help in evaluating and application of novel frequency-to-digital converters in digital, intelligent, smart sensors and data acquisition systems

  • To show how to apply the Smart Transducer Interface standard IEEE 1451 to quasi-digital sensors

  • To give 'hints' of sensors and sensor systems design for various physical and chemical, electrical and non-electrical quantities


Contents of the Course

  • Introduction and motivation

  • Quasi-digital sensors sate-of-the-art: accelerometers, inclinometers and gyroscopes, load cells, temperature, pressure, humidity, optical, rotational speed, magnetic, flow, level, proximity, position, torque, chemical sensors and biosensors

  • Sensor interface chips, sensor signal conditioners and frequency-to-digital conversion ICs

  • Smart and digital sensors and sensor systems design for various physical and chemical, electrical and non electrical quantities

  • Direct interfacing for resistive, capacitance and resistive bridge sensing elements

  • Intelligent sensor systems design

  • Wireless sensor networks and sensor nodes

  • Advanced analog-to-digital conversion using voltage-to-frequency converters

  • IEEE 1451 standards family and frequency output sensors

  • Sensor system’s error estimation: engineering technique and practical approach




The course will be held in the Baix Llobregat Campus of Technical University of Catalonia (UPC Barcelona),

Parc UPC-PMT, Edificio RDIT-K2M, C/Esteve Terradas, 1, 08860 Castelldefels, Spain



Course Organization


Course Instructor


Prof. Sergey Y. Yurish,

IFSA President, TAB R&D Director and co-founder

Tel.: + 34 93 401 74 37

E-mail: syurish@sensorsportal.com



Prof. Sergey Yurish has received his PhD degree in 1997 from National University Lviv Polytechnic, UA. He has published more than 160 scientific and technical peer-review papers and articles, five books (including “Data Acquisition and Signal Processing for Smart Sensors”; “Smart Sensors and MEMS”; and “Digital Sensors and Sensor Systems: Practical Design”), and holds 9 patents. Prof. Yurish is the IFSA President and Editor-in-Chief of Sensors & Transducers journal. He regularly serves on committees for conferences and other journals. Prof. Yurish has contributed to numerous advanced engineering courses in Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands. In 2003 he was a co-director of NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) on Smart Sensors and MEMS in Portugal. In 2010 Prof. Sergey Y. Yurish has got a prestigious IARIA Fellow Award for continuous leadership roles and outstanding scientific research results.



Contact Persons:


Mr. Javier Cañete

Tel.: +34 93 680 282 682

E-mail: info@techassist2010.com



Registration fee: EUR 485.00

Coffee breaks and lecture notes (printed and electronic versions) are included in the fee.


Deadline for Payment: 30 April 2012


For more details please visit a <course> web page at:


Download a Course Brochure:

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CENICS' 2012



Bullet 2nd International Workshop on Collaborative Mobile Systems and Sensors Networks (CMSSN' 2012)


     The Westin Westminster Hotel Denver, Colorado, USA,  May 21-25, 2012


Topic of Interest:

  • Mobile and Sensor Networks Architectures

  • Data and Resource Sharing in Mobile Systems and Sensors Networks

  • Protocols for Efficient Coupling of Mobile Systems and Sensor Networks

  • Interfacing between WSN and Mobile Systems

  • Routing and Data Transport in Wireless Sensor Networks

  • Clustering in CMMSN

  • Visualization Techniques for CMSSN

  • Methods for Ad Hoc Deployment of Static Nodes and Collaborative Guidance of Mobile Nodes

  • Performance Metrics and Evaluation in CMSSN

  • Trust, Security and Privacy Issues in Distributed CMSSN

  • Wearable/Body Sensor Networks and Mobility

  • CMSSN for Groups and Organizations Work

  • Intelligent Sensor Technologies and Applications

  • Experiences with Mobile Applications, Networks and Systems

  • Innovative Mobile and Mobile Sensing Applications

  • Mobile Devices for Collaborative Activities

  • Support for Mobile Social Networking and Mobile Web

  • Systems for Location, Context Sensing and Awareness

  • Usability for Mobile and Sensing Applications and Systems

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2012


Please download the Call for Papers and Participation



Bullet Photonic Sensor Market (2011-2016): Global Forecast


The APAC region is expected to generate $2.61 billion with a CAGR of 21.31 %; followed by Europe, North America, and ROW at a CAGR of 14.56 %, 13.56 %, and 12.94 % respectively from 2011 to 2016. Among the APAC countries, China is expected to be the biggest emerging market for photonic sensors. The total photonic sensors market is expected to reach $8.17 billion by 2016 at a CAGR of 16 % from 2011 to 2016.


Photonic sensing technology incorporates emission of light, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components, instruments, lasers, other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, and sophisticated nanophotonic systems. It provides smaller, cheaper, lighter and faster components and products, with greater functionality while using less energy.


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Bullet Magnetic Sensors in Automotive Motors to Enjoy Brisk Growth


Given their capability to improve car safety, convenience and fuel efficiency, semiconductor magnetic sensors used in automotive motors will enjoy fast market growth with revenue expanding by nearly 40 percent in 2012, according to an IHS iSuppli MEMS & Sensors special report on magnetic sensors from information and analysis provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).


Revenue derived from the use of magnetic sensors in automotive motors will reach $160.3 million in 2012, up a solid 38.2 percent from $116.0 million this year, extending the steady rise of the market over the last three years. And although revenue growth after 2012 will moderate to the single digits, the five-year compound annual growth rate from 2010 to 2015 still will equate to a robust 16 percent. By 2015, magnetic sensor revenue in automotive motors will amount to $193.6 million.


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