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Special Session at IEEE Sensors Conference 2014: Electronic noses and tongues: applications in the food and health fields

Prof. Carmen Horrillo (CSIC) and Dr. Santiago Marco (IBEC) have organized a special sesion at IEEE Sensors Conference 2014 to be held in Valencia 3-5  November this year.

http://ieee-sensors2014.org/

Thank you for joining ISOEN2013

The 15th ISOEN(International Symposium on Olfaction & Electronic Nose) was held July 2-5 2013 in EXCO(Daegu Exhibition & Convention Center), Daegu, South Korea.

On behalf of the local organizing team, we would like to thank you for joining ISOEN2013 in Daegu, South Korea and for the many positive comments as a feedback.

In the conference, 200 participants were attended and 150 high-quality contributions were presented from 25 countries from all over the world.

We appreciate your active participation for ISOEN2013. 

Jeung-Soo Huh

Chair of ISOEN2013, Professor of Kyungpook National University, Korea

Jeong-Ok Lim

Chair of Local Organizing Committee, Professor of Kyungpook National University, Korea

Hyung-Gi Byun

Chair of Local Organizing Committee, Professor of Kangwon National University, Korea

 

Nominees for the Board of DIrectors

Nominee for ISOCS President:

Prof. Dr. Giorgio Sberveglieri, Current ISOCS Vice-president

Department of Information Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy.

Smelling by Ion Mobility minispectrometer provides fast determination of wine origin

Wine fraud is a growing problem, with experts estimating that up to 10% of the wines offered to consumers in some European countries are of a lesser quality than the label claims. It’s an issue that affects everyone from expert collectors to average consumers, and is such a concern in some countries that drastic measures have been taken: the Italian Carabinieri Corps, for instance, has educated 25 of their officers as sommeliers. 

This only addresses part of the problem, though. Wine fraud is difficult to detect because of a variety of considerations: the sheer time it takes to train a wine ‘nose’, for example, coupled with the challenge of ensuring these ‘noses’ are in the right place at the right time – not to mention the fact that even top sommeliers aren’t foolproof when it comes to detailed identification. Now though, in collaboration with the University of Córdoba, IBEC researchers have made steps towards combating the problem with their development of a reliable, cheap and quick detector to classify white wines according to their Certified Brands of Origin that could be used in variety of environments.   

Recent PhD thesis

  1. Davide Polese, "BIoinspired signal processing for chemical sensor array", PhD programme in Sensorial and Learning Systems Engineering, Supervisor. Dr. Eugenio Martinelli,  Faculty of Engineering, University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
  2. Rosamaria Capuano, "Respiratory pathologies analyzed through volatile compounds by both gas chromatographic techniques and olfactive images",PhD programmed in Sensorial and Learning Systems Engineering, Supervisor: Prof.

Quality Coding by Neural Populations in the Early Olfactory Pathway: Analysis using Information Theory and lessons for Artificial Olfactory Systems

The mammalian sense of smell is an excellent chemical sensing system that far outshines any man-made reproduction, so researchers have long been trying to analyze and recreate the animal olfactory system to develop artificial ‘noses’. Now researchers at IBEC have shed new light on this highly efficient system that could allow better chemical sensing systems with important applications in such critical areas as health, security or the food industry.

Server relocation!

We will are relocating this server to a different place on 4th June!

The relocation will take place between 4th June 22:30 (PM) and approximately 5th June 10:00 AM Central European Time (UTC + 1).

In preparation for this relocation we may take down the server for short periods of time.

 

Robotics master program at Örebro University

International Master's in Robotics and Intelligent Systems

120 ECTS points, 2 years, Örebro University, AASS Research Center, SWEDEN

Örebro University offers an exciting two-year Master’s program for students seeking to gain high-profile competence in Robotics and Intelligent Systems. The program provides solid practical and theoretical knowledge in intelligent systems with a particular emphasis on robotic systems. Its vision is to create a new generation of highly competitive research leaders, ready to engage in successful careers in modernized industry, service organizations or academia.

Applications open for Fall semester 2012

Non-Swedish applicants must apply at www.universityadmissions.se
deadline: Jan 16th, 2012

Swedish applicants must apply at www.studera.nu
deadline: April 15th, 2012

Obituary for Rebecca Simpson

Rebecca was an excellent manager in the field of R&D, who was able to adapt, seamlessly, to new areas. She came to us from Optics and in a few months managed to get familiar with Artificial Olfaction. She has done it by focusing her bright mind on the new subject, distilling the essentials and making sure that she will keep them in mind no matter how disturbing and confusing the information we throw at her was. She could bring order and discipline even to eclectic gatherings of scientists. She knew how to listen to you and was then able to, concisely and precisely, tell you what you meant. She could keep her coolness in very stressing situations, being able to fine tune a project application until the last minutes before the deadline. Rebecca was also a very successful manager helping us to win a string of high profile projects; for the last one - in again a new field, Oxide Electronics - she practically worked until the very end.

We are sure that Rebecca enjoyed her work otherwise she would not have been able to put so much passion. We will miss her, personally and professionally, very badly.

Udo Weimar

 

"All the members of ISOCS are much indebted to Rebecca because she helped define it as a legal entity and thus its very creation. She was one of the founding directors of ISOCS and was its first treasurer. Through her efforts ISOCS was formed and its financial management systems put in place. So it is a sad loss to both ISOCS and the artifical olfaction community that she is no longer with us."

Julian Gardner, President of ISOCS