Monthly Archives: February 2011

Join BSAC for a Miniconference on Extreme MicroEnergy Harvesting and Storage

Contributed by John Huggins, Executive Director, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, UC Berkeley

As the more accessible methods for micro energy (microwatt-hour to watt-hour) harvesting and storage become commercialized, the research community will focus on extremes in efficiency and cost breakthroughs and exploration of entirely new methods and applications. Make no mistake; there is plenty of exciting new ground to be covered! We will in this session profile the space of current and anticipated micro energy harvesting needs and approaches suitable for sensing, computing, and communications.

The Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center will conduct this afternoon- through- evening conference and reception at the Leeds Certified Green David Brower Center on the edge of the beautiful UC Berkeley campus on Wednesday March 9th.

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MEMS News Updates

MIG Welcomes New Members, HP & Xsens

MEMS Industry Group is pleased to welcome our newest members:

Hewlett-Packard (HP) and

Xsens

More information on MEMS Industry Group and our members can be found at www.memsindustrygroup.org

Workshop on Intelligent Sensor Hub Call for Papers

Originally posted on Freescale’s Smart Mobile Devices Embedded Beat Blog

Contributed by Mike Stanley

Last summer, Freescale broke ground with the announcement of its MMA9550L Xtrinsic Motion Sensing Platform (see Evolving Intelligence with Sensors). This chip represents a new class of device which is sometimes referred to as an intelligent sensor hub. Collectively, the industry has just scratched the surface of the things to be accomplished with these devices. There’s a lot of opportunity to contribute from product, application and architectural perspectives. To help accelerate that trend, Freescale is one of the sponsors for the First International Workshop on Intelligent Sensor Hub (WISH 2011) to be held August 21-27, 2011 in Nice/Saint Laurent du Var, on the French Riviera.  Held under the auspices of IARIA and hosted by SENSORDEVICES 2011, WISH 2011 is soliciting papers and tutorials from academia and industry on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Sensor data fusion
  • Distributed sensor data processing
  • Controllers and wireless sensor networks
  • Motion sensing platforms
  • Micro-Kalman filters
  • Inertial Navigation
  • Improved user interface
  • Process control
  • Robotics & Automation
  • Remote monitoring/pointing devices
  • Mobile and portable devices (phones, tablets..)
  • Medical applications
  • Industrial applications

I should mention that I’m a member of the Technical Program Committee for WISH 2011, and plan to contribute one (or more papers) to the workshop.  I hope you do too.  Submissions need to be in by March 23, 2011, so please don’t wait.  Submit your entry for WISH 2011 now at the IARIA paper submission website.

Reporting from Photonics West 2011

Contributed by Paul Werbaneth, Vice President – Marketing and Applications, Tegal Corporation

Tough choice, or an easy one?

Photonics West 2011, or IEEE MEMS 2011?

Whether you decided by coin flip, oracle bones, reading the Tarot, comparing available beach activities and food and beverage options, or by preparing a rigorous cost-benefit analysis (sure you did), if you are at all into MEMS conferences then you had to decide about participating in either IEEE MEMS 2011, Cancun, Mexico, or SPIE Photonics West 2011, San Francisco, CA, as both conferences were scheduled to run the same 24 January 2011 week.

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