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IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.8, August 2006

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1.   IFSA sponsored sensor events: training courses and conference

2.   Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest), No.8, August 2006

3.   Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs

4.   New MEMS and Sensors Books published in July 2006

5.   Detailed Analysis of the Different Companies Involved in MEMS Business

6.   Subscriber services

7.   Additional Information, Comments, Suggestions


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Bullet  IFSA Sponsored Sensor Events


1) Sensor Fusion Training

    Examine the Common Framework, Processes and Applications of Sensor Fusion

    October 25-26, 2006, Washington, D.C.

    November 7-8, 2006, Colorado Spring, Colorado

    December 5-6, 2006, San Diego, California

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Franklin E. White Jr., Former Director of Program Development, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center San Diego US Navy, Former Chair of the JDL Data Fusion Group from 1984-2005, Independent Consultant


Training Course Focus:


Intelligent Data is not derived from new, better or faster equipment, but rather from the ability to work with the various types of data simultaneously, fuse the data and extract information not previously accessible. marcus evans defense Sensor Fusion training will introduce the topic of sensor, data and information fusion for military officers, operators and analysts. This comprehensive training will provide a framework for participants to understand from a descriptive perspective the nature and importance of a discipline and technology that has reached a high level of importance across the military and government domain. Sensor Fusion has been recognized as the major gap in the Department of Homeland Security's Maritime Domain Awareness program and a key initiative to achieve information superiority and ultimately successful military operations. This training will also develop an awareness of how to improve fusion processes and tools that can be suitably skeptical of simplistic or black box fusion systems and what they can do for or to you.


Key Topics to be addressed:

  • Understanding the Common Framework for Sensor, Data and Information Fusion

  • Learning the Role of Fusion in Estimation and Control Processes

  • Exploring Automation as Part of the Fusion Process

  • Investigating Modern Problems and Applications of Fusion

  • Future of Fusion Top Level Issues

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This course is designed primarily for Directors, Program Managers, Systems Developers, Scientists, Engineers, Computer Scientists, Operators and Analysts, who are fusion practitioners; not theoreticians. They will work across the US DoD and DHS in the following functional areas:

  • Management of programs which have fusion as a key element

  • System development - with responsibilities for systems, which involve fusion

  • Intelligence analysis, supervision and management

  • Operations/frontline execution, where fusion is critical

  • Training of personnel on systems and processes which involve fusion

  • Operations analysis of problem areas with fusion components

  • Scientific research in detection and exploitation of phenomena

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2) Asymmetric Warfare 2006, 17-18 October 2006, Westin Arlington Gateway, Arlington, VA, USA

    Enhancing Knowledge, Responsiveness, and Technology to Counter Asymmetric Threats


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IDGA's Asymmetric Warfare is a high-level, timely, technology-focused event that will be vital to finding the survival solutions that our warfighters need now. This conference will bring together government, military, academia, and industry to discuss information on existing capabilities, ongoing & future research & developments, requirements for explosives detection, avoidance and removal technologies. This year we bring you to Arlington, VA on Oct 13-15, 2006, to discuss new technologies and solutions with the leaders in this field on explosive detection, avoidance, and removal technologies in the land environment.

IDGA has assembled an elite panel of speakers including:

  • Dr. James A. Tegnelia, Director: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • Colonel John Jordan, USA Humanitarian Mine Action: Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Douglas W. Bryce, Deputy Director: Joint Program Executive Office, Chemical Biological Defense
  • Joseph B. Murgo Director: Counter IED Technologies, Marine Corps Systems Command
  • Phil Owen Lead, Shadow Payloads: UAVS Project Office

Learn About:

  • Protecting our Troops against Chem/Bio Asymmetric Threat
  • Fielding Systems to the US Marine Corps to Counter the IED Threat
  • Marine Corps IED Detector Dogs Initiative
  • Analyzing Urban Terrain to Prevent Asymmetric Threats
  • Countering IEDs through Off-the-Shelf Cellular Technology
  • Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Decision Support System
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Bullet Sensors & Transducers e-Digest (ISSN 1726-5479), Vol. 70, No. 8, August 2006


Research Articles


1) MEMS Capacitive Micro Thermometer Based on Tip Deflection of Bimetallic Cantilever Beam

   by Shahriar Kouravand, Ghader Rezazadeh, Mehdi Sabet, Ahmadali Tahmasebi, pp. 637-644


2) Estimation of Corrosion of Metals Using Fiber Optic Displacement Sensor System

    by A. Balaji Ganesh, T.K. Radhakrishnan, pp.645-654


3) A Novel Structure for MEMS Based Varactors

   by  Ebrahim Abbaspour-Sani, Naser Nasirzadeh, G.Dadashzadeh, pp.655-660


4) Preparation and Study of NH3 Gas Sensing Behavior of Fe2O3 Doped ZnO Thick Film  Resistors,

    by D. R. Patil, L. A. Patil, pp.661-670


5) Novel Non-Stoichiometric Manganese Cobalt Nickel Oxide Composite as Humidity Sensor Through Solid-State Electrical Conductivity Measurements, by R. Sundaram, K. Maniraj, pp.671-678


6) Some Aspects of Transformation of Measurement Transducer in Measuring Structure in Measuring Channel During Dynamic Measurement, by George A. Abramchuk, Kristina Abramchuk, pp. 679-685


Product News


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The deadline for articles, press releases and sponsored White Papers for the next  issue of S&T e-Digest No.9, Vol.71, September 2006 is 12 September 2006. You can submit your article or press release online. For more information and instructions of preparation click <here>.


Bullet Sensors Web Portal Up-Date Briefs




Bullet New Sensor Books


Sensors and Actuators in Mechatronics

by Andrzej M. Pawlak


Plunkett's Nanotechnology & Mems Industry Almanac 2006

by Jack W. Plunkett (Editor)


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Publisher: CRC

Hardcover: 408 pages

Pubdate: 28 July 2006

ISBN: 0849390133


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Publisher: Plunkett Research

Paperback: 400 pages

Pubdate: 5 June 2006

ISBN: 1593920415


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Bullet Detailed Analysis of the Different Companies Involved in MEMS Business


Research and Markets has announced the addition of MIS'06 - Status of the MEMS Industry to their offering. Available now is the 2006 up to date version of the report "Status of the MEMS industry" describing the evolution of the MEMS industry, the business models, its possible evolutions.


The latest forecasts were indicating that MEMS markets will grow from $5.1B to $9.7B, representing an annual growth rate close to 15%. Due to the strong growth of the consumer applications, especially in the mobile phone industry, the growth rate is lower than the previous years in term of revenue; the unit growth will be much higher, close to 20%.


Due to these changes from industrial to consumer applications, companies are changing their strategy. More and more semiconductor companies are involved in MEMS manufacturing (all the TOP 50 semiconductor companies are involved in MEMS manufacturing or development), new strategies are emerging with product introduction targeting module approach instead of sensor delivery in order to provide more added value and avoid price erosion.


For the first time, the author is analysing the 20 most innovative companies and start-up involved in MEMS design and manufacturing, providing trends for the future growth of MEMS markets and analysing business links.


Quartz oscillators could be replaced in a large part by MEMS based oscillator . Microphone business is completely reorganised by the introduction of Silicon Microphone. Inertial sensing is jumping in the consumer applications with strong impact on piezo-ceramic based devices. Camera modules will host MEMS based auto focus, micro zoom and image stabilization.



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