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Dr. Peter Joller explains his ideas about sensors for a medical application. (Img: i-net)

Dr. Peter Joller explains his ideas about sensors for a medical application. (Img: i-net)


Sensors – Symposium in Basel and i-net Workshop highlight the growing interest in this topic

The 4th International Sensor Science Symposium just held in Basel, July 13th- 15th, 2015, attracted almost 200 participants from around the world to exchange their latest findings. As part of the symposium i-net offered an interactive Technology Workshop «Sensors – Trends, Exchanges and Collaborations» for regional people and participants of the symposium, a total of 40 participants joined.

i-net Workshop with 3 parts
The workshop consisted of three parts. First, Peter Seitz, chairman of the symposium, pointed out the economic importance of the sensor technology with annual growth rates of 8% and a European production of 29 billion Euros for photonic sensing and imaging systems only. But what makes sensors successful? The 4 important «S» for sensors are sensitivity, selectivity, speed and stability. In addition, highlights of the conference were presented e.g. the focal Molography of Christof Fattinger (Roche) with advantages over surface plasmon resonance (SPR).

Second, the participants identified their area of highest interest. The two major topics were health care related sensors including biosensors and sensors related to Internet-of-Things (IoT) with smart rooms and wearables as examples. This reflects the strength of the industry here.

Third, these topics were further discussed in small groups and specific ideas outlined. As one example of health care sensors, a health status watch was discussed and not only to measure the heartbeat, but also blood pressure or even a sweat analysis. Or can sensors identify the biological cleanliness of surfaces or sensors be integrated into socks to support the healing of children clubfoot by intelligent massaging?

Huge topic and future events
The IoT topic was also sparking imagination. Will a smart bed for disabled people come true, with sensors for oxygen control, pressure and displacement? Will biosensors be available to check the healing process of wounds or any tissue degeneration processes? The combination of sensing and acting was discussed under the topic of Breakthrough Sensors with the image of artificial super-organism to combat cancer only where it really is.

Clearly, the i-net Workshop about Sensor Technology showed the interest in collaboration and very interdisciplinary and engaged discussions.
i-net is committed to support this topic with future events.

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