[robotics-worldwide] Announcement WorkShop: Signals measurement and, estimation techniques issues in the micro/nano-world

Micky Rakotondrabe mrakoton at femto-st.fr
Mon Feb 22 07:30:04 PST 2010

Dear colleagues,

We would like to inform you that a workshop on "Signals measurement and
estimation techniques issues in the micro/nano-world" will be held at
IEEE-ICRA Anchorage Alaska, in May 2010. More details can be seen at: 
http://www.femto-st.fr/WS-icra10/ .

We apologize if you receive multiple copies of this announcement.

The organizers:
Cédric Clévy,
Micky Rakotondrabe,
Nicolas Chaillet.

The main objectives of this workshop is to provide an overview of the recent measurement systems
and signal estimation techniques performed for robots dedicated to act in the micro/nano
world. The information concerned in this workshop is mainly force and position.
At these scales, force and position signal are commonly of very small amplitude
and exhibit a small signal/noise ratio. Nevertheless, the integration of sensors with 
suitable performances (high bandwidth, very high accuracy and convenient size, integration ability) 
remains highly challenging. In fact, it appears that the lack of such sensors is the main limitation to
successfully perform the control of robots in the micro/nano world and to push back the
limits of automation, as for example required in rapid and precise microassembly.
These last years, the technological obstacles have led researchers to the design of a
new generation of integrated sensors (Silicon/PZT, etc.), self-sensing methods in
active materials and advanced signal estimation coming from control theory.

In this workshop, the participants will present recent research results on the innovative
measurement methods and estimation techniques for position/force signals in
micro/nano applications. The aim is to exchange experience and know-how concerning
microsensors design, development and integration, self-sensing and estimation methods
and results and to initiate collaborations. The workshop is a full day workshop.

*List of topics*
sensors, force
and position measurement methods and systems at the micro-nano scale,
and estimation techniques for MEMS and microrobots, self-sensing.

Associate Professor - Université de Franche-Comté
AS2M department (Automatic Control and Micro-Mechatronic Systems)
FEMTO-ST Institute, UMR CNRS 6174 - UFC / ENSMM / UTBM
24, rue Alain Savary
25000 Besançon

Phone: +33 3 81 40 28 03
Fax: +33 3 81 40 28 09

E-mail: mrakoton at femto-st.fr

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