IEEE 7th World Forum on Internet of Things
20-24 June 2021 // New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

TOP6: Sensors and Sensor Systems

Date: Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Time: 8:30am-6:30pm
Room: Newberry Room

Description

Sensor and sensor systems are an essential and often critical part of IoT solutions and
applications. If one views IoT as the enabling technology and infrastructure for operating end-
end platforms that take advantage of the Internet’s global reach – then sensors are the
essential source of data and information that drives the value chain and ultimate utility of
solutions and applications. The aspects of what the Track will cover include:

  • The underlying technology and principles of novel (analog and digital) physical and
    virtual sensors. This includes sensors that may measure simple physical quantities
    (pressure, temperature, moisture, chemical composition, etc), complex sensors such as
    LIDARs, radars, imagers exploiting different portions of the electro-magnetic and sound
    spectrum (including vibrometry), as well as hyperspectral, multi-modal and information
    sensors (extracting information from data in digital form), and lastly sensors that can be
    used to deduce or identify a specific condition or specific information (such as a failure
    mode of a piece of equipment, the presence of an object or feature, or an identity)
  • How the sensors or sensor systems may be used in an operational setting addressing
    system level issues and tradeoffs. This includes the choice of overall architecture, the
    role of accompanying technologies as well as capital and operating expenses acceptable
    for effective solutions and applications. As important is the ability to meet both
    functional and intrinsic requirements and successful economic and business models for
    deployment. Other issues addressed in the track involve standardization, policy and
    regulations, security and privacy, the ethical uses of sensor technologies, and the
    societal consequences of widescale use. With large investments in industrial IoT,
    connected health, autonomous cars, retailing, and consumer services comes the need to
    deal with the fundamental complexity and distributed nature of IoT applications – and
    the understanding of what is technologically mature and market ready and what is still
    in the offing.
  • Applications of sensors and sensor systems to specific functions in various verticals and
    markets stressing experiences from trials and demonstrations. For WFIoT2020 we put a
    premium on sensors for the market/vertical segments that are a part of the conference
    such as: Agriculture, Energy and Power, Environment and Ecology, Healthcare, Industry
    and Manufacturing, Smart Cities and Smart Buildings. This also includes horizontal
    services and infrastructure such as options for connectivity (fixed, wireless, space based,
    and terrestrial mobile), access to computing and storage (embedded, local, edge, fog
    and cloud), as well as platforms and frameworks for exploiting other important
    technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Virtual and
    Augmented Reality, Data aggregation and curation, support for industrial automation
    and for autonomous platforms.

Track Chair

Hari Chauhan Analog Devices Inc., Boston, MA USA

Hari Chauhan received a M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 2011 and 2016, respectively. He has over 7 years of experience in designing RF/Analog and digital circuits and systems for communication and IoT application spaces. He has considerable experience in Signal Processing and Machine Learning. His primary focus is on development of low-cost sensors technologies in healthcare and biomedical domain. Currently working in the Emerging Business group at Analog Devices’ Analog Garage division in Boston, MA developing new chemical/bio sensing technologies in the consumer and industrial IoT space. As a part of emerging business team, he leads several projects in collaboration with startups to advance the product development for quick time to market.

 

Speakers

Ilse Bohé, Belgium

Ilse is a Ph.D. student at the research group imec-DistriNet of the Department of Computer Science at the KU Leuven, Belgium. She graduated with a Master in Electronics and ICT Engineering Technology at KU Leuven Technology Campus Ghent. Currently, she is working under the supervision of Vincent Naessens. Her work focusses on the application-centric development of IoT ecosystems. Taking into account reusability, reconfigurability, maintainability, and cost-efficiency she researches the design and development of intuitive architectural support for building sustainable IoT applications. Her research is validated in various domains ranging from care environments to logistics.

 

Talk Title: A Crowdsensing Solution for Tracking Bicycle Path Conditions

 

Padullaparthi Babu Dayal, Photonic Components DFM Ltd, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Dr. Babu founded Photonic Components DFM Ltd. (PCDL) in January 2017 in Hong Kong and serves as its VP & CTO.  Prior to PCDL, he held senior executive roles at high-volume VCSEL manufacturing companies in Hong Kong and their fabs based in Mainland China. He was instrumental in the development and commercialization of high-speed datacom and high-power sensing NIR VCSELs with his previous employers SAE Magnetics, a TDK company in Hong Kong and Sanan Optoelectronics Ltd in Hong Kong/Xiamen between 2012-19.  Dr. Babu has over 20 years of experience in compound semiconductors including 15 years in optoelectronics/photonic devices, both in academia (R&D) & industry (optical components).  He holds a Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Technology at Delhi (2004) in Nanostructured Materials and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan working on VCSELs (2005-09).  Dr. Babu is a recipient of Outstanding Poster Award from Materials Research Society (MRS) in Fall 2004, Japanese Government Post-Doctoral Fellowship from JSPS in 2005, and IEEE LEOS i-NOW / Japan Chapter Young Scientist Award in 2008.  He has-authored and co-authored 40+ peer-reviewed technical papers and is a co-inventor of 12+ patents, a member of IEEE (Photonics and Communications Societies), OSA & SPIE.

Talk Title: VCSEL based Optical Sensors for IoT

Abstract: In recent years, Vertical-Cavity Surface-emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology is proliferating for high-volume applications and put into commercial use in various industries such as smart sensors in Building Automation, Consumer Electronics, Manufacturing, Automotive and Transportation, Healthcare & Medical, Retailing & Logistics, Security & Surveillance, Agriculture, Aerospace & Defense, Oil and Gas etc.  The increasing adoption of automation across the above industries is driving the growth of global technology intensive optical sensor market to ~ USD$36B by 2026.  These built-in smart optical sensors with their inherent advantagess of flexibility, compactness, light weight and high performance in adverse environments, together with connectivity to high-speed Internet to perform seamless operation of various pre-programmed functions, are strongly influencing the landscape of Internet of Things (IoT).  As industry 4.0 begins attaining importance and the data collected from these smart optical sensors will be processed and used for specific applications through IoT cloud platform, the relevance of intrinsic and extrinsic optical sensors is increasingly important in manufacturing applications across industries.

IoT systems use various Optical Sensors viz., Photon Emitters (LED, laser diodes [VCSEL, FP, DFB]) and Photon Detectors (PD, APD, SPAD, SiPMT) as high-speed, low-cost and reliable wireless communication components with the necessary electronic driver circuits for accurate sensing applications such as touch, gesture, depth etc.  Nowadays, 1D sand 2D VCSEL arrays between UV-NIR/IR wavelengths as intrinsic optical sensors are finding high value commercial opportunities in Smart Consumer Electronics applications (mobile, watch, tablet, voice-assisted devices), Biological feature identification (security and tracking), Healthcare (pulse oximeter, OCT), Automotive (imaging in autonomous cars), Transportation/Traffic management (in anti-collision avoidance, speed and position measurement), to Environment (green building automation), Defense (security & surveillance), Logistics/Shipping (containers, seals, inspection of object movement), Home Automation (3D image tracking, detection of objects nearby), wireless (navigation, illumination, GPS positioning), Entertainment (gaming, gesture control, remote control, eyewear through AR), Food/Chemical Inspection etc.  In IoT, as the future electronic components operate numerous systems with intelligence without human intervention, market players extend the capabilities of intrinsic optical sensors and their improved performance to measure extrinsic optical sensor functions such as temperature, flow, liquid level, pressure etc. for effective transmission of data to designated modules.  In this talk, the speakers will present the current state of NIR VCSELs for Consumer Electronics (mobile sensing) & Automotive Industries (LiDAR) for 3D object detection and imaging up to 200 m.  They will discuss the accomplishments so far and future challenges ahead in this field.  Examples will also be shown on the control of a wide range of Field of View (FOV)  for Advanced Driver-assistance Systems (ADAS) and green building automation.

 

Nim Kwan Cheung, AIphotonics Limited, Hong Kong Science Park, NT, Hong Kong

Dr. Nim Kwan Cheung is Chairman of AIphotonics Limited, an innovative start-up company in Hong Kong Science Park specialized in 3D photography, LIDAR, and artificial intelligence.  He is also director of several listed and start-up companies in Hong Kong.  Dr. Cheung was Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), a 600-member R&D organization in the information and communications area established by the Hong Kong SAR Government. Prior to joining ASTRI, Dr. Cheung has held different research and senior management positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore, and Telcordia Technologies.  He is a Telcordia Fellow and a Fellow of IEEE.  Dr. Cheung served as the 18th President of the IEEE Communications Society, a global professional organization with 45,000 members in 180 chapters around the world.  He was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Communications Magazine, and was appointed Chairman of the IEEE Fellow Committee in 2012-13, where he presided over the selection of all new IEEE Fellows worldwide. Dr. Cheung is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and was a Consulting Professor at Stanford University from 2004 to 2009.  He was a Council Member of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council from 2009 to 2015, and received the University of Hong Kong Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.  Dr. Cheung obtained his B.Sc. degree from the University of Hong Kong, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the California Institute of Technology.

Contact Information: nimcheung@aiphotonics.ai  n.cheung@ieee.org  Phone: +852 9160 9383

Talk Title: VCSEL based Optical Sensors for IoT

Abstract: In recent years, Vertical-Cavity Surface-emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology is proliferating for high-volume applications and put into commercial use in various industries such as smart sensors in Building Automation, Consumer Electronics, Manufacturing, Automotive and Transportation, Healthcare & Medical, Retailing & Logistics, Security & Surveillance, Agriculture, Aerospace & Defense, Oil and Gas etc.  The increasing adoption of automation across the above industries is driving the growth of global technology intensive optical sensor market to ~ USD$36B by 2026.  These built-in smart optical sensors with their inherent advantagess of flexibility, compactness, light weight and high performance in adverse environments, together with connectivity to high-speed Internet to perform seamless operation of various pre-programmed functions, are strongly influencing the landscape of Internet of Things (IoT).  As industry 4.0 begins attaining importance and the data collected from these smart optical sensors will be processed and used for specific applications through IoT cloud platform, the relevance of intrinsic and extrinsic optical sensors is increasingly important in manufacturing applications across industries.

IoT systems use various Optical Sensors viz., Photon Emitters (LED, laser diodes [VCSEL, FP, DFB]) and Photon Detectors (PD, APD, SPAD, SiPMT) as high-speed, low-cost and reliable wireless communication components with the necessary electronic driver circuits for accurate sensing applications such as touch, gesture, depth etc.  Nowadays, 1D sand 2D VCSEL arrays between UV-NIR/IR wavelengths as intrinsic optical sensors are finding high value commercial opportunities in Smart Consumer Electronics applications (mobile, watch, tablet, voice-assisted devices), Biological feature identification (security and tracking), Healthcare (pulse oximeter, OCT), Automotive (imaging in autonomous cars), Transportation/Traffic management (in anti-collision avoidance, speed and position measurement), to Environment (green building automation), Defense (security & surveillance), Logistics/Shipping (containers, seals, inspection of object movement), Home Automation (3D image tracking, detection of objects nearby), wireless (navigation, illumination, GPS positioning), Entertainment (gaming, gesture control, remote control, eyewear through AR), Food/Chemical Inspection etc.  In IoT, as the future electronic components operate numerous systems with intelligence without human intervention, market players extend the capabilities of intrinsic optical sensors and their improved performance to measure extrinsic optical sensor functions such as temperature, flow, liquid level, pressure etc. for effective transmission of data to designated modules.  In this talk, the speakers will present the current state of NIR VCSELs for Consumer Electronics (mobile sensing) & Automotive Industries (LiDAR) for 3D object detection and imaging up to 200 m.  They will discuss the accomplishments so far and future challenges ahead in this field.  Examples will also be shown on the control of a wide range of Field of View (FOV)  for Advanced Driver-assistance Systems (ADAS) and green building automation.