Sensors Applications Symposium 2006

7-9 February, 2006

Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria, Houston, Texas

Our hearts go out to the people and the city of New Orleans and the entire Gulf coast area affected by the tragedies of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. As New Orleans recovers and rebuilds from this disaster, the conference organizers have decided to move the conference to Houston, Texas. We are confident you will enjoy the Galleria district of Houston as the new venue for SAS 2006.

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Houston Marriott GalleriaThe new IEEE Sensors and Applications Symposium 2006 brings together the sensor user and developer community to address novel and emergent applications in biology, homeland security, system health management and related areas. The symposium offers a variety of formats designed to maximize the exchange of information and provide opportunities for visioning. Topic areas include –


  • Biosensors
  • Nanosensors
  • Wireless and Networked Sensors
  • Smart Sensors and Standards (IEEE 1451.--)
  • Virtual Sensors

Sensor Applications

  • Homeland security
  • Integrated System Health Management
  • Multisensor Data Fusion
  • Nondestructive Evaluation and Remote Sensing
  • Commercial Development

Plenary Address: Tuesday, February 7, 8:45 AM

Ubiquitous Sensing:  Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives
David L. Hall, PhD
Associate Dean for Research
College of Information Sciences and Technology
The Pennsylvania State University
Abstract - Three major trends will provide enabling technology for global ubiquitous sensing including:  (1) the rapid evolution of nano-scale and micro-scale sensors, (2) wide-band wireless communications, and (3) high-speed micro-scale “invisible” computers with near unlimited storage capabilities.   These trends provide the opportunity to enable enormous collection and dissemination of data for a wide variety of applications such as smart buildings, condition-based maintenance of machinery, environmental monitoring, medical health monitoring, supply chain management, and many other areas.   Low-cost, ubiquitous sensing, unlimited processing and ultra-wideband communications would appear to provide significant opportunities for changing nearly every aspect of our everyday lives.    However, these technological enablers may also lead to significant challenges and potential problems such as the inability to ingest, process and understand data (overwhelming human analysts inducing cogminutia fragmentosa (McNeese et al)),  an inability to effectively utilize distributed information sources, and finally, induced poor decision-making and lack of collaboration.   These technology advances are leading to a situation in which human decision-makers are drowning in a sea of data, but thirsting for knowledge.   This presentation describes an approach to transform the data-driven, sensor-centric approach into a human-centric, knowledge-focused approach.   Our goal is to integrate data driven and inference (hypothesis) driven reasoning to achieve the best of both worlds of data collection and human reasoning.   This presentation will discuss the key technology trends, challenges and potential solutions.    Research in advanced, 3-D full immersion visualization, use of team-based intelligent agents, and multi-sensor data fusion are presented, along with perspectives on how to achieve integrated data collection, human reasoning systems.    

Biographical Sketch - Dr. Hall is the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University.   He has more than 25 years of experience in research, research management, and systems development in both industrial and academic environments. Dr. Hall has performed research in a wide variety of areas including celestial mechanics, digital signal processing, software engineering, automated reasoning, and multisensor data fusion. During the past 15 years, his research has focused on multisensor data fusion.   He is the author of over 175 technical papers, reports, book chapters, and books. Dr. Hall is a member of the Joint Directors of Laboratories (JDL) Data Fusion Working Group. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Data Fusion Center based at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  In addition, he serves on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aeronautics and Space Transportation Technology Advisory Committee.  In 2001, Dr. Hall was awarded the Joe Mignona award to honor his contributions as a national leader in the Data Fusion Community.  The Data Fusion Group instituted the award in 1994 to honor the memory of Joseph Mignona.  Dr. Hall was named as an IEEE Fellow in 2003 for his research in data fusion.  Dr. Hall is author of the text, Mathematical Techniques in Multisensor Data Fusion, Artech House, Inc, 1992, and co-editor (with J. Llinas) of the Handbook for Multisensor Data Fusion, CRC Press, 2001.

Important Dates

  • 01 November 2005 15 November 2005 (extended) Abstract and Abstract Submission Form Deadline
  • 19 December 2005 Author notification of acceptance
  • 16 January 2006 Cut-off of special conference rate for hotel
  • 23 January 2006 Submission of final manuscript for publication

Additional Information

For additional information, contact:

John Schmalzel, General Chair

Shreekanth Mandayam, Technical Program Chair

Robert Myers
phone +(310) 446-8280

Lee Myers
fax +(310) 446-8390