IMCS 01: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Chemometrics, and Sensor Arrays

While chemometric analysis and data algorithm development have been important in chemical sensor system research and development for decades, the exponential increase in mobile computing capabilities and networking over the past years have made them even more critical. There is widespread assumption that heterogeneous arrays of sensors (i.e. machine olfaction) and distributed sensor networks convey significant benefits for chemical detection, but often these benefits are poorly understood or utilized without extensive and costly empirical evaluation. The intent of this special session is to highlight research describing how computational inference can not only be used to interpret sensor data more effectively, but also to inform design of sensor systems and materials as well as to provide an improved understanding of sensor capability.

Papers are solicited from the following fields of (a) Artificial neural networks and deep learning, (b) Bayesian inference, (c) analysis in low computing power conditions, (d) integration of sensor devices with machine learning hardware, (e) computational approaches to sensor array design and optimization.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to ECS headquarters, and questions and inquiries should be sent to the symposium organizers: Kevin Johnson, Naval Research Laboratory, email: kevin.johnson@nrl.; Lok-kun Tsui, University of New Mexico , email: LKTSUI@; Jian-hui Jiang, Hunan University, email: jianhuijiang@hnu.

IMCS 02: Chemical and Biosensors, Medical/ Health, and Wearables

Currently medical diagnostics is often based upon expensive lab-based large-scale analytical instruments. Sensors and lab-on-chip devices are under development for rapid, inexpensive and field-deployable detection and diagnosis. This symposium will focus on sensors for improving health and wellbeing of individuals. The scope includes, but not limited to: (i) sensors using antibodies nucleic acid and small molecules as molecular recognition probes, (ii) sensors using nanostructures to improve the performance, (iii) wearable devices, (iv) point-of-care detection tools, (v) lab-on-chips for healthcare, (vi) in-vitro and in-vivo imaging techniques, and (iv) materials, devices and fabrication techniques, which will have potential applications in food safety, biomedical and health applications.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to ECS headquarters, and questions and inquiries should be sent to the symposium organizers: Nianqiang (Nick) Wu, University of Massachusetts Amherst, email:; Raluca I. Van Staden, National Institute of Research for Electrochemistry, email:; David E. Cliffel, Vanderbilt University , email: d.cliffel@Vanderbilt. Edu; Larry A. Nagahara, Johns Hopkins University, email: larry.; Chenzhong Li, Florida International University, email:; Hong Susan Zhou, Worcester Polytechnic Insitute, email:; Leyla Soleymani, McMaster University, email:; Joseph Wang, UC San Diego, email:; Wei-Hua Huang, Wuhan University, email:; Sadagopan Krishnan, Oklahoma State University, email:; Ajit khosla, Yamagata University, email:

IMCS 03: Electrochemical and Metal Oxide Sensors

There has been a long history to the development of electrochemical (based on ionic conduction; potentiometric, amperometric and mixed potential) and metal oxide (based on electronic conduction; conductometric) gas sensors, and their optimization and miniaturization is a source of continued research. The major focus is to improve selectivity, stability and reproducibility of the sensor response in addition to novel methods for synthesis of metal oxide nano-hetero-structures with unique properties and novel sensing mechanisms, and the characterization of the arrays of metal oxide sensors. All relevant topics on gas sensors and biosensors based on electrochemical principles including amperometric, potentiometric, mixed potential and conductometric devices for both room temperature and high temperature gas sensing are welcome.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to ECS headquarters, and questions and inquiries should be sent to the symposium organizers: Sheikh Ali Akbar, Ohio State University , email:; Joseph Stetter, KWJ Engineering, email:; Nosang Vincent Myung, University of California Riverside, email: myung@; Lili Deligianni, , email:; Jong- Heun Lee, Korea University, email:; Geyu Lu, Jilin University, email:

IMCS 04: Sensors for Agricultural and Environmental Applications

Economic losses to agricultural industry due to pest and pathogen infections are estimated at $40 billion annually. Early detection of pest or pathogen infection in agricultural crops through reliable detection of disease symptoms could help to improve crop management practices such as selective and timely application of chemicals, thereby reducing the cost of spraying in the crop field which in turn leads to improved food quality and reduced environmental footprint of pesticides and fungicides. There is a pressing need to develop rapid, highly selective and sensitive detection technologies for early identification of plant pathogen infections. While a variety of molecular methods are currently being used for this purpose, an inexpensive, highly selective, rapid method for the detection of pathogens is highly desired. Electrochemistry biosensors combined with drone and microfluidic technologies offer unique advantages for this application. Electrochemical sensors have been widely explored for medical and environmental applications, but agricultural applications have been explored to a much less extent. A symposium focusing on the electrochemical sensors for agricultural, environmental and food applications would serve as a platform for electrochemists, crop scientists, food scientists and micro/molecular biologists to come together and address major challenges in these areas.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to ECS headquarters, and questions and inquiries should be sent to the symposium organizers: Ramaraja P Ramasamy, University of Georgia, email:; Bryan Chin, Auburn University, email:; Aicheng Chen, University of Guelph, email:; Xing-Jiu Huang, Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, email:; Pengyu Chen, Auburn University, email:; Wenzhuo Wu, Purdue University, email:

IMCS 05: Recent Advances and Future Directions in Chemical and Bio Sensor Technology and Networked Systems

Multi-day, multi-session conference on all aspects of recent advances in chemical sensors and biosensors. Topics on sensor development and fabrication include new developments in: sensor design, function, response mechanism, miniaturization, evaluation and characterization, and integration with computational and communication systems. Novel sensors and materials including, gas, acoustic, mechanical, magnetic, and bio-recognition are also included. Technology for manufacture of sensors at low cost, sensor supply chain development, and approaches to quality control for sensors and sensing materials is sought. Novel use of nanotechnology and nano-engineering materials, including modeling of the performance of chemical and biosensor selectivity and sensitivity. Microfluidics and sensors embedded within systems and devices, liquid sensors, miniature instruments, sensor networks, signal processing, data fusion, and efficient data transfer are included.

The capabilities of these sensor technologies are also rapidly being enhanced by integration into a sensor network. The availability of low cost, short-range radio technology, along with advances in wireless networking, enable wireless sensor networks to become commonly deployed. In these networks, each node may be equipped with a variety of sensors, such as biomedical and chemical sensors, with higher level of information inference associated with identification, embedded signal processing and networking of the data. Included are innovative developments in any aspect of the Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor networks.

Topics on the application of sensors, sensor systems, micro-instruments, and networks to medical, health, athletics, environmental, home, energy, safety, manufacturing, transportation, industrial, security, military, space, and defense applications are also encouraged. Novel techniques for combining sensory information, methods for data collection and data extraction, ultra-low power methods of energy management, and in-field calibration methods, and optimization of methods for combining/ evaluation of data from orthogonal sensing principles. Novel methods for combining sensors into arrays and integration of different sensing modalities into compact multi-dimensional systems, and methods for their data analysis, signal processing, and interpretation.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to ECS headquarters, and questions and inquiries should be sent to the symposium organizers: Gary W Hunter, NASA Glenn Research Center, email: gary.w.hunter@nasa. gov; Guobao Xu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, email: guobaoxu@; Joseph Stetter, SPEC Sensors, LLC, email: jrstetter@gmail. com; Wenzhuo Wu, Purdue University, email:; Jin- Woo Choi, Louisiana State University, email:; Praveen Kumar sekhar, Washington State University Vancouver, email: praveen.; Ajit Khosla, Yamagata University, email: khosla@; Yaw Obeng, National Institute of Standards and Technology, email:; Vimal Chaitanya, New Mexico State University, email:

IMCS 06: MEMS/NEMS, FET Sensors, and Resonators

Sensors based upon micro-electro-mechanical systems, field effect transistors (FETs) and nanomechanical devices for chemical and biosensing; these types of sensors use novel materials and methods of integration of nanomaterials with thin films with specific properties for chemical sensing. The manufacturing processes and development of methods for integration of novel materials with Integrated circuit fabrication processes to achieve high yield of active devices. FET chemically selective devices, nanowires, nanostrutures and nanoporous materials for chemical and biosensors including novel nanostructures and engineered artificial surfaces as well as methods for the manufacture of sensors, their miniaturization and methods for obtaining sufficient quality control and inspection, calibration of sensors, which are miniaturized, are topics of interest. Novel FET electronic interfaces for chemical and biosensors and surface acoustic wave sensors, microresonator for chemical detection and micro/nanocantilever based mass and surface stress based sensors that include a novel approach for chemical and bio-detection are also included.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to ECS headquarters, and questions and inquiries should be sent to the symposium organizers: Peter J. Hesketh, Georgia Institute of Technology, email: peter.hesketh@; Petr Vanysek, Brno Technical University, email:; Thomas G. Thundat, State University of New York at Buffalo, email:; Farrokh Ayazi, Georgia Institute of Technology, email:; Eric Vogel, Georgia Institute of Technology, email: eric.vogel@mse.gatech. edu; Ajit khosla, Yamagata University, email: khosla@yz.yamagata-u.

IMCS 07: Microfluidic Devices and Sensors

Innovative use of fluid manipulation and handling at the microscale to enable mutli-step chemical and biosensing. Including microfluidic mixing, enrichment, sorting, sample preparation and automation of flow injection analysis methods are included in this call. Pumping of fluids with electrophoretic, magnetic or biomimetic principles are also included in addition to modeling of fluid transport for sensors. Novel sensors for the detection and analysis of liquids and their component parts, including particle counting and dielectrophoretic manipulation of liquids.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to ECS headquarters, and questions and inquiries should be sent to the symposium organizers: Jessica Koehne, Ames Research Center, email: jessica.e.koehne@nasa. gov; Sushanta Mitra, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Waterloo, email:; Ingrid Fritsch, University of Arkansas, email:; Marc Madou, University of California Irvine, email:; Ajit khosla, Yamagata University, email:

IMCS 08: Optical Sensors, Plasmonics, Chemiluminescent, and Electrochemiluminescent Sensors

Optical sensors based upon adsorption, emission or interferometric principles and quantum dot based detection principles are being developed to enable sensitive and multiplexed detection of a range of analytes in gas phase and for biomedical assays. Plasmonic sensing devices provide significant enhancement in sensitivity and selective ligand binding for discrimination of target analytes. Chemiluminescence (CL) is light emitting phenomenon resulting from chemical reaction, and electrochemiluminescence (ECL) is CL resulting from electrochemical reaction. In contrast to fluorescence, both CL and ECL do not use external light sources. Moreover, the sensitivity of ECL method is not affected by non-faradaic currents. These enable highly sensitive CL and ECL detection (e.g. in vitro diagnosis (IVD), multiplex imaging analysis, drug screening, forensic testing) with cost-effective instruments with very broad applications. This session covers luminophors (e.g. nanocluster, quantum dot), coreactants, catalysts, chemically modified electrodes, quenchers, bipolar ECL, wireless ECL and their applications in high throughput analysis, imaging analysis using CCD or smart phone, and other sensor areas.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to ECS headquarters, and questions and inquiries should be sent to the symposium organizers: Guobao Xu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, email: guobaoxu@ciac.; Jing Zhao, University of Connecticut, email: jing.zhao@uconn. edu; Muthukumaran Packirisamy, Concordia University, email:; Uros Cvelbar, Jozef Stefan Institute, email:; Huan-Tsung Chang, National Taiwan University, email:; Ming Li, Central South University, email:; Zhifeng Ding, University of Western Ontario, email:; Giovanni Valenti, Universita di Bologna, email:

IMCS 09: Sensors for Breath Analysis, Biomimetic Taste, and Olfaction Sensing

Several research groups have begun to explore the use of chemical and biosensors for breath/skin analysis to aid in medical treatments or diagnostic. One of the key advantages of breath/skin analysis is that it is not invasive and provides minimal stress for the patient, while having the potential to provide a rapid diagnostic status of health for the individual. It has also been applied to animal veterinary health in farming. The sense of taste and olfaction has development in nature to provide some of the most sensitive and selective transduction mechanisms, yet chemical sensors and biosensors lack specificity and selectivity. This topic is to further explore the nature of chemical and biosensing and what approaches have been developed modelled on the biological transduction principles.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to ECS headquarters, and questions and inquiries should be sent to the symposium organizers: Peter Hesketh, Georgia Institute of Technology, email: peter.hesketh@; Dong-joo Kim, Auburn University, email: dkim@; Perena Gouma, Ohio State University , email: gouma.2@

IMCS 10: Chemical and Biosensing Materials and Sensing Interface Design

The fields of chemical sensors have grown tremendously from improvements made to the transducer and readout components as well as in sensing materials and interface design to meet the growing standards for accuracy, cost, portability, and accessibility. Improvements in the affinity, specificity, and stability of chemical and biosensing components, as well as reductions of the cost for their mass production, are often regarded as roadblocks to chemical and biosensor technology in both technical and commercial senses. While the transducer and readout components can often be interchangeable for a specific target analytes, the chemical and biosensing component must be specifically tailored to the interface for their uses for detections. This call for papers aims to highlight recent developments in sensing materials and sensing interface design for chemical and biosensors. The sensing materials include (1) inorganic materials such as graphene, metal nanoparticles, nanostructure-decorated semiconductor, (2) organic materials such as macrocyclic compounds, conducting polymers, molecular imprinted polymers, and cavitand molecules, (3) biological materials such as antibodies, recombinant antibodies and peptides, protein receptors, DNA, RNA, aptamers, carbohydrates. It will also highlight the associated sensing interface design using these materials that can lead to remarkable innovation in the design and construction of chemical and biosensors, significant improvements in sensor function and the emergence of new types of chemical and biosensor.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to ECS headquarters, and questions and inquiries should be sent to the symposium organizers: Xiangqun Zeng, Oakland University, email:; Xi Chen, Xiamen University, email:; Osamu Niwa, Saitama Institute of Technology, email:

No issue of ECS Transactions is planned for these symposium. All authors are encouraged to submit a full text preprint, slides, or other presentation-related materials to the new preprint server, ECSarXiv (