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Photonics advances for smartphones, infrastructure testing, aerospace, and more on the program at SPIE Smart Structures/NDE

08 March 2012

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- The latest research in smart sensors, civil infrastructure, nondestructive evaluation (NDE), aerospace systems, energy harvesting, and electro-active polymers (EAP) will be featured at SPIE Smart Structures/NDE conference at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, California, 11-15 March.

"Complementary techniques and application of smart structures and materials have been discussed in the joint symposium with NDE and health monitoring for the past four years," said symposium chair Norbert Meyendorf (Fraunhofer-Institut für Zerstörungsfreie Prüfverfahren and University of Dayton). "This event has developed into one of the world's most important events discussing the monitoring of structural integrity and adaptive/intelligent structures."

The event will feature more than 850 presentations in 10 technical conferences, with plenary talks by five leading experts in smart structures:

  • "Thermo-acoustic-piezoelectric energy harvesters," Amr Baz (University of Maryland, College Park)
  • "Biomimicry, bioinspiration, and the San Diego Zoo: the zoo as a living library and resource for innovation," James Danoff-Burg (San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research)
  • "Adaptive structural systems with multi-field tailoring," Kon-Well Wang (University of Michigan)
  • "Opportunities and challenges for electromagnetic materials and structural health monitoring," Peter Nagy (University of Cincinnati)
  • "Shape memory polymer-based smart composites: the future's materials for shape changing," Jinsong Leng (Harbin Institute of Technology.

Conference topics include:

  • Bioinspiration, Biomimetics and Bioreplication
  • Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices
  • Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
  • Behavior Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites
  • Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
  • Nano-, Bio-, Info-Tech Sensors and Systems
  • Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems
  • Smart Sensor Phenomena, Technology, Networks, and Systems Integration
  • Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security
  • Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems.

An EAP-in-Action session will feature several demonstrations of new products such as haptic interfaces for smartphones and games, energy harvesting systems for batteries, and other advances.

The event will include interactive poster sessions where poster authors will be present to answer questions and in-depth discussion concerning the presented research.

Winners of several awards will be named, including:

  • SPIE Smart Structures/NDE Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • ASME Best Paper Awards
  • SPIE/ASME Best Student Paper Contest
  • Smart Structures Product Implementation Award
  • ASME Gary Anderson Early Achievement Award.

Norman Wereley (University of Maryland, College Park) serves as symposium chair along with Meyendorf. Symposium co-chairs are Victor Giurgiuitiu (University of South Carolina) and Christopher Lynch (University of California, Los Angeles).

The event is cosponsored by the ASME, with Intelligent Materials Forum, Jet Propulsion Lab, and the National Science Foundation as Cooperating Organizations.

Conference proceedings papers will be published individually in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved after the meeting, and also in collected print and digital volumes on CD ROM.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 225,600 constituents from approximately 150 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions, and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. SPIE provided over $2.5 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.


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