Are you interested in organizing a special session? Please, contact the technical program chairs or the Conference Coordinator Mr. Robert Myers ( email@example.com ).
Special Sessions are being developed by designated chairs. If an author has a paper that could be included in one of these sessions, he/she may submit an abstract and note it is a "candidate for Special Session on". If the abstract
is not selected for the session, it may be included in another part of the technical rogram. To submit abstracts or draft papers to the special session, please follow the submission instructions for regular sessions but remind to specify the special session to which the paper is directed.
Special sessions at IMTC/06 will be organized on these subjects:
Special Session “FERRARI”
- Test and Measurement of an ergonomic, user friendly and innovative HMI (The criteria of simplicity and components reduction has to be followed);
- High performance sensors for driving aid (e.g. Night Vision based on infra red cameras, Line Keeping based on image processing, defogging sensors,…);
- Test and development regarding distance, angle and position and wellness sensors which positively affect the driving comfort and the sense of well being in the interior;
- Head Up Vision optical devices.
- SPECIAL SESSION "WIRELESS DATA ACQUISITION TECHNOLOGIES"
Organizer: Mr. Jason Mulliner, National Instruments
Wireless technology is all around us and has become an integral
part of a connected world. With so many different types of wireless
standards covering a broad spectrum range available, software-based
measurement and instrumentation tools are ideal for adapting to these
evolving standards. In this session, learn about the more prominent wireless standards as well as their use for expanding the functionality of
data acquisition systems for use in remote monitoring applications where
accessibility or mobility inhibits fixed-line communication. In addition, this session will cover the advances made in software-based tools to more
easily use these wireless standards to create fully-functional
- SPECIAL SESSION FOR DOCTORAL STUDENTS - "GIORGIO SAVASTANO" AWARD
Organizer: P.Daponte, University of Sannio (Italy) - M.Savastano, CNR Naples (Italy)
A Special Session will be organized for doctoral students to present the results of their current research activities in the fields covered by the conference topics. Papers submitted for this session must be authored only by PhD students. The best paper presented in this session will receive an award. The Award is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Giorgio Savastano and it is offered by a group of his old students.
- AUTONOMOUS SENSORS
Organizer: Ramon Pallàs-Areny, UPC Castelldefels (Barcelona)
Andrea Taroni, Università di Brescia
Autonomous sensors work without any physical connection with the system
they belong to. Static autonomous sensors constitute the nodes of
distributed data acquisition systems and wireless sensor networks.
Mobile autonomous sensors are embedded in robots or in living being.
Autonomous sensors can be supplied by harvesting waste energy and need extremely-low-power techniques for sensing, processing and communicating through tiny computing devices and routing information according to available local power. This Special Session aims to gather scientists and engineers involved in solving the multiple challenges that autonomous sensors pose from the point of view of measurement system
design, such as: energy-efficient power harvesting and management,
energy-efficient sensing and analog signal processing, and SNR/energy
- IMAGING SYSTEMS AND TECHNIQUES
Organizer: Dr. George C. Giakos, University of Akron, USA
This session deals with the engineering and physical principles, design,
development, testing and evaluation of imaging technologies, systems, and
subsystems, advanced metrology and measuring techniques, image analysis and processing, aimed to enhance the detection process and image quality Applications for aerospace, medicine and biology, metrology, radar, defence, national security, and industrial imaging, will be investigated. Imaging modalities from the areas of optical imaging, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Digital Radiography, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), positron emission tomography (PET), Ultrasound, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and NSOM spectroscopy will be considered. Novel imaging principles, paradigms and concepts leading to the development of high resolution-high specificity imaging technological paradigms on areas such as nano-imaging, quantum dots imaging, imaging for the exploration of Space, mine detection, biometric imaging, security imaging, target detection, recognition and identification, and surveillance, defects and
surface anomalies, multi-fusion/multi-modality imaging, physiological
imaging, guided biopsy imaging, biomedical optics and cancer detection,
optical polarimetric imaging, and advanced electromagnetic imaging
techniques are strongly encouraged.
- HIGH PERFORMANCE SENSORS FOR FOOD INSPECTION
Organizer: Dr. Subhas Mukhopadhyay, Massey University, New Zealand
The IMTC 2006 special session on High Performance Sensors for Food
Inspection is intended to bring together leading researchers working
in the field of sensor systems for food inspection to present and
discuss relevant issues. This special session aims at covering issues
regarding measurements and monitoring in any kind of inspection of
food product. Though destructive testing will be considered but the
importance will be given for the non-destructive and non-invasive
testing and inspection. These include:
- New sensors development for food inspection
- Quality and control of food production
- On-line measurement of food composition and quality
- Sensors for taste, color, odor, and feel in foodstuffs
- On-line monitoring
- Other related topics
- OPTICAL I&M TECHNOLOGY FOR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS Organizer: Prof. Luigi Rovati, University of Modena and Reggio
The Special Session will be mainly oriented to study all the aspects of
optical instrumentation, measurement and control technologies - theory,
research and development and applications in biomedical applications. Technological advances in optoelectronics techniques and devices have had
large impact on the fields of medical and biomedical research and
diagnosis. This special section is devoted to medical and biomedical
optical sensors and instrumentation, data evaluation methods and
applications. Topics include also precision navigation and tracking
techniques, which are critical to position medical instruments precisely
within the 3D surgical space. The section will provide an
interdisciplinary forum for engineers, scientists, clinical researchers and
industrial partners whose goal is to provide innovative measurement systems
for medical and biomedical applications.
Contributed papers are solicited concerning, but not limited to, the
* optical instrumentation design and development
* smart optical sensor
* clinical applications of optical instrumentation
* optical tracking techniques in medical applications
* minimally invasive diagnostics systems: fluorescence, Raman ,
scattering, diffuse reflection
* clinical monitoring of early disease states or physiological
* photon migration
* NIR/IR sensing and imaging
* smart optical catheters
* non-invasive imaging
* Image Processing
- MULTIMEDIA TOOLS FOR EDUCATION IN INSTRUMENTATION
Organizer: Prof. Domenico Grimaldi, Università della Calabria, Italy.
The wide spread of multimedia-based educational facilities may offer
interesting prospective in the development of electronic measurement
educational tools. Several solutions based on internet and/or Digital
Video Transmission as communication channels and mobile computing
enable the realisation of flexible customized solutions for specific
measurementeducational tools on demand. Moreover, these innovative
solutions enable to realize remote and distributed measurement systems
and data worldwide by requiring a minimum connection cost. Also from
the educational point of view, much work and experience have been done.
The capabilities of remote teaching and the use of multimedia
communication tools as a channel to reach the students or workers to
their homes have been recognized.
The aim is to provide a forum where persons and labs actively involved
in the development and/or use of multimedia facilities may present
their achievements and may share their educational experience.
The session is open to all approaches that try to explore new directions
of multimedia-based education and training in the area of measurement
and instrumentation. Reports of successful practices in the field
are certainly welcome. Topics may include any issue related to
multimedia-based educational facilities, laboratories, and especially:
Studies on the content of a modern multimedia-based I&M course;
Non-traditional teaching approaches using multimedia technology;
Innovations related to the laboratory practice (educational tools,
equipment, and content) due to multimedia-based approaches;
Multimedia-based continuing education and training related to I&M.
"DIDAGROUP, Italian company working in the field of the innovative software for e-learning, is the sponsor of the award for the best paper presented and discussed at the Special Session “Multimedia tools for education in instrumentation and measurement”.
The paper will be assigned on the basis of the votes of all the participants, Authors and peoples, attending to the Special Session."
- MEDICAL MEASUREMENTS AND INSTRUMENTATION
Organizers: Marco Parvis, Politecnico di Torino, Italy Sergio Rapuano, Universita' del Sannio, Italy
Measurement problems in medical applications are continuously increasing
and several examples exist that process measurement data from several
instruments in order to derive specific knowledge about the patient status
from the vital parameters. This special session will focus on all the
aspects related to sensors and measurements in the medical field.
Main session topics, but not limited to, include: Sensors for medical
systems and medical specific instrumentation; Embedded systems and signal
processing; Sensor fusion and calibration; Standards and medical
applications; Digital imaging and communication in medicine (DICOM) issues.
- SOFTWARE METRICS
Gerardo Canfora, RCOST - Research Centre on Software Technology, University
Mario Piattini, Alarcos Research Group, University of Castilla-La-Mancha
Software measurement is a key practice of modern software engineering.
The magnitude of costs involved in software development and maintenance
highlights the need for a scientific foundation to support development
methods and management decisions by measurement. Software measurement
of both processes and products has proven central to prediction (e.g.
predicting the error-proneness of a system using software measures from
its design phase, or the effort to testing a module from quantifiable
features of code) and assessment (e.g. to evaluate the quality of a
design, or the usability of a product). In short: software measures
help software developers and project managers to make better decisions.
The IMTC2006 Special Session on Software Metrics will provide a truly
interdisciplinary forum for exploring the use of measurement to understand,
evaluate, and model software engineering phenomena. We invite submission
of technical papers and industrial experience reports from both the
measurement and software engineering perspectives. Examples of questions
that this special section will address include, but are not restricted to:
- How can the results of software measurement (products and processes) be interpreted?
- Is it possible to extract quantitative features from the representation
of a software design to enable the prediction of the degree of
maintainability of a software system?
- What software measures are required in order to determine the quality of a design?
- Are there quantitative features in order to predict the size of a project
from the specification phase?
- What are the methods to aggregate individual measures into synthetic
- How can software measurement (products and processes) assist process
- What are the criteria for the internal and external validation of software
- What are the specific characteristics of object-oriented software
The Special Session format will aim at maximizing the exchange of
and research results and ideas, with short and focused presentations and a
significant amount of time for discussion. The aim is to identify the
directions suitable for cooperation between software engineering and
measurement researchers and practitioners. The results of the session will
be recorded in a publicly available white paper.
- ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY MEASUREMENTS IN THE
INDUSTRIAL AND TELECOMMUNICATION WORLD
Carmine Landi, Second University of Naples
Nicola Pasquino, University of Naples Federico II
Electromagnetic compatibility issues are paramount to
all fields of scientific and technological world for
the relevant impact on electrical and electronic
devices' performance. Therefore, measurements of both
emitted and onducted disturbances play a crucial role
in assessing compliance to international standards.
The special session focuses on all aspects of
electromagnetic compatibility measurements, including but
not limited to:
1) environments for EMC testing
2) calibration of testing devices
3) methods for EMC testing
4) Uncertainty in EMC measurements
5) Inter-laboratory testing
6) EMC properties of traction systems
7) EMC properties of telecommunication systems
The session also deals with exposure to
environmental electromagnetic fields, reduction
of uncertainty and calibration of EMF probes.
- INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT METHODS FOR
AVAILABILITY ANALYSIS OF COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS
Gaetano Iuculano, Marcantonio Catelani, University of Firenze
Loredana Cristaldi, Politecnico of Milano
Lorenzo Peretto, Paola Rinaldi, University of Bologna
The Special Session will allow engineers and researchers, involved
in measurements methodologies, to meet and discuss about live issues.
Nowadays availability represents one of the most important requirements
for modern components and complex systems. It plays a key rule in:
- life-cycle costs
- risk management
- logistic support
- mission capability
- design review
- reliability prediction
Availability is mainly related to the reliability, diagnostic, mantenability
and safety. Hence, grouping all the interested researchers who usually work
in the field of the instrumentation and of the measurement methodologies for
the availability analysis of complex systems and promoting useful and
beneficial discussions would certainly provide an increasing of knowledge
and an easier diffusion of the most recent findings and proposals in this
field. Perspective authors must provide original contributions in this
which can cover the following aspects:
- Built-in Test Equipment (BITE)
- Automatic Test Equipment (ATE)
- Instrumentation and measurement methodologies for diagnostics
- Design and implementation of reliability tests
- Analytical models and algorithms for predictive reliability and
- Effects of measurement uncertainty on the estimation of the availability
paramenters (i.e.MTBF, MTTR)
- MAGNETIC MEASUREMENTS
Louis Walckiers, Luca Bottura
Magnet Test & Measurement Group, Accelerators Technology Dept, CERN,
Pasquale Arpaia, Department of Engineering, University of Sannio, Italy.
The Special Session on Magnetic Measurements will provide a forum of
review and discussion of Magnetic Measurement Technologies as they are
principally, but not exclusively, to accelerator magnets.
The Session is aimed at physicists and engineers who wish to present and
discuss the latest developments and ideas in all areas related to the measurement
magnetic quantities. Novel measurement principles as well as new
of known measurement techniques are especially welcome.
The following topics will be addressed, but not exclusively:
. Field measurement techniques (overview and principles);
. Measuring devices (probes and sensorics);
. Acquisition equipment (electronics);
. Software and platform for magnetic measurements (control, acquisition,
. Applications of magnetic measurement techniques;
. Industrial developments and latest commercial products.
- RF AND MICROWAVE MOISTURE AND QUALITY SENSING APPLICATIONS
Organizers: Dr. Samir Trabelsi, Quality Assessment Research Unit ARS-USDA, Russell Research Center, Athens, GA
Dr. Stuart Nelson
In many industries, RF and microwave sensors offer an advantageous alternative
to classical reference methods for determining moisture content and other quality factors of materials. RF and microwave sensors have the advantage of being
nondestructive and provide the desired information in real-time, which make them
suitable for on-line monitoring and control in many industries. The advent of
reduce-size and inexpensive RF and microwave components provides opportunities
for the development of competitive RF and Microwave sensors for moisture and
Contributions are expected in all aspects relative to the development of such
sensors, including measurement concept, design, calibration and testing, and implementation in industrial environments.
- INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
Prof. Gabriele D'Antona, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Continuous scientific and industrial developments in the field of sensors and
communication technology keep offering new means for endeavoring environmental
measurements. At the same time they put forward new methodological problems,
often characterized by strong interdisciplinary contents and complexity.
This special session is organized to allow researchers operating in the field
of environmental monitoring to meet and discuss, starting from a common
terminological and scientific background in instrumentation and measurements,
not only at the single monitoring chain component level, but also at system
level of the whole environmental monitoring process.
Main session topics, but not limited to, include:
- Sensors for environmental monitoring
- Dedicated instrumentation
- Sensor networking and communication
- Signal processing
- Sensors fusion
- Sensor/model data assimilation for monitoring and forecasting
- Calibration and traceability
- Methods for identifying and managing data/models uncertainty
- ADC FORUM
The Technical committee TC-10 Waveform Generation, Measurement and Analysis Committee of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society is promoting a Special Track ADC Forum as part of IMtc/06. Since ADC and DAC technology is the THE BOTTLENECKS in all electronic and communications systems the support of the world known producers of these systems is anticipated. TC-10 will present an award (plaque) for the best paper presented in the ADC Forum. TC-10 has been developing IEEE standards for ADCs and related technology for several years. Common terminology and test methods are critical to the meaningful comparison of ADCs and DACs as well as to measuring progress. The result is three standards to date: a.. "IEEE Standard for Digitizing Waveform Recorders" (IEEE Std 1057-1994); b.. "IEEE Standard for Terminology and Test Methods for Analog-to-Digital Converters" (IEEE Std 1241-2000); and, the soon-to-be-released c.. "IEEE Standard for Transitions, Pulses, and Related Waveforms" (IEEE Std 181). A new one - Standard for Terminology and Test Methods for Digital-to-Analog Converters - is prepared now. All the papers concerning ADC and DAC will be collected in the ADC Forum.