Blockchaining the sensors – Special Session I

Rapidly emerging blockchain technologies intrinsically provide high level of trust, data security, anonymity and incentivisation schemes that already have a major footprint in the virtual world, in particular in financial services. This session would motivate several opportunities for sensor research and its applications in the context of blockchain: on the one hand, next-generation sensor concepts can establish the still widely missing interface of blockchain to the real (physical) world, e.g. in the immediate context of internet of things, big data and artificial intelligence, thus fueling the next digital “Web3” revolution; on the other hand, sensor development, intellectual property management and publishing could be disruptively improved through novel blockchain-enabled concepts, e.g. in domains like funding, validation, publishing, knowledge management and social networking for scientists as well as through global crowdsourcing of high-calibre professional expertise, skills and facilities.

Soft Flexible and Stretchable Sensor Technology – Special Session II

This Special Section is addressing soft flexible and stretchable sensor technology in, but not limited to, such hybrid and monolithic sensor systems, the unique capabilities and challenges of soft flexible and stretchable sensor technology, and their technology breakthroughs and innovations in: – Soft flexible and stretchable sensor components – mechanical, electrophysiological, chemical, optical sensors and their applications. – Soft flexible and stretchable sensor systems – design, sensor integration, applications, system components, sensor systems and their applications. – Soft flexible and stretchable sensor technology – advanced ultraflexible, elastomer, and soft and stretchable e-textile, materials; their manufacturing, integration, printing and packaging, etc. In the recent decade, a rapid development in materials and process technologies have opened up for the use of soft flexible and stretchable sensor systems, where sensor components are embedded or attached to soft and conformable carriers. The sensors may be miniaturized components of normal flexible and rigid technology but small enough to be unobtrusive. When being larger, to remain unobtrusive they need to be made by functional liquids, soft elastomeric polymers, gels and fabrics, or being thin enough to be ultraflexible. Soft flexible and stretchable sensors and sensor systems provide novel applications in body worn applications, where lightweight, soft, conformal and comfortable devices often are sought for ΜΆ much like why contact lenses are popular alternatives to eyeglasses. Application areas include but are not limited to consumer electronics (entertainment, gaming, sports, soft robotics, wellness and fitness trackers), connectivity (mobile IoT and man-machine communication; including components for intra body, local area, and mobile communication), and medical (healthcare, rehabilitation, clinical and nomadic monitoring).

Electronic Interfaces and Systems For Sensors – Special Session III

Nowadays smart sensors, which use both electronic systems and solid-state sensors to increase their performances, are deeply employed in numerous applications: life and health quality increase for living beings, ambient, agriculture, industrial process control, transportation, etc. In this scenario, the electronic circuitry still remain a very important challenge when designing a smart sensor with competitive performance, especially at integrated circuit level being the electronic interface particularly important in both sensor and sensor systems. The Special Session is aimed to focus on innovation aspects of the electronic interfaces as well as new ideas, both at theoretical level and experimental level, of detection-interface paradigms and circuits related to the ELECTRONICS FOR SENSORS and INTERFACES.

Sustainable Sensors – Special Session IV

The session pivots on the term sustainable that can broadly target quite diverse yet important and timely aspects in sensors, including energy harvesting for self sufficiency, ultra-low power consumption electronic techniques and systems, disposable/minimal-impact devices based on paper, fabrics or biodegradable materials, sensors that enable advanced functionalities to provide environmental monitoring/protection/preservation or energy/resource savings in industry, agriculture, domotics and smart city scenarios, and more. Sensors will be increasingly demanded to be sustainable themselves, and to improve sustainability in systems and applications through their operation.