EIGHTH NATIONAL SEMINAR ON PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY OF SENSORS (NSPTS-8) February 27-March 1, 2001
Start Date: 2/27/2001
End Date: 3/1/2001
INDIRA GANDHI CENTRE FOR ATOMIC RESEARCH
KALPAKKAM


Organised by
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research



participating societies :
Indian Institute of Metals, Kalpakkam
Institution of Engineers, Kalpakkam
Indian Physics Association, Kalpakkam


GENERAL INFORMATION

Sensors find extensive applications in Process Control, Environmental
monitoring and Medical diagnostics. This has been identified as a strategic
growth area at the national level. Many Universities, national research
institutes, defence and space laboratories and industries are engaged in
sensor research and development. The National Seminar on Physics and
Technology of Sensors (NSPTS) series is being organised every year to bring
together researchers from various laboratories and provide a forum for their
interaction. Originally organised by the Dept. of Electronic-Science of
University of Pune, this seminar series is held every year at various
locations. The 8th NSPTS is proposed to be organised at Indira Gandhi Centre
for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam during 27th February to 1st March 2001.

SCOPE OF THE SEMINAR

The seminar will cover all aspects of Physics, Chemistry and Engineering of
Physical, Chemical and Biosensors. They include sensor design, materials,
electronics and applications.

The physical sensors include mechanical (e.g. stress, strain, displacement,
flow), thermal, magnetic, and optical sensors.

The chemical sensors cover, SAW sensors, galvanic cell based sensors,
semiconductor sensors, FET sensors, pellistor, opto-chemical and mass
sensitive type sensors.

The biosensors include enzyme sensors, ion sensitive FETS, amperometric
sensors and optical biosensors.

New technologies relevant to sensors such as MEMs, micro-fabrication,
microelectronics, crystal growth, thick/thin films will also be covered in
the seminar.

Invited talks by persons of eminence in the field and presentation of
contributory papers from scientists across the country form the main
programme of the seminar.

Various prizes instituted by RCMF of University of Pune and by Prof. N.G.
Patel of SP University will be distributed during the seminar.

The seminar also aims to promote interaction between research & industry and
industry & industry. A special session will be devoted to this aspect.

It is also proposed to organise a CLINIC where practical problems posed by
participating industries / scientists are addressed to by a panel of
experts.

In addition, exhibits of prototypes developed by researchers and new
products from industry also will be on display during the seminar.

INVITATION

Contributions are invited from scientists and engineers engaged in R&D in
all the areas mentioned above and all other areas related to sensor and
sensor instrumentation for presentation in the seminar.

ABOUT IGCAR

INDIRA GANDHI CENTRE FOR ATOMIC RESEARCH, Kalpakkam is one of the major R&D
Centres of the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, set up with
the specific aim of developing fast reactor technology. It has various
laboratories both in engineering and science branches engaged in the design
and construction of fast reactors, development of sodium technology,
development of materials and processes for fast reactors, research in
physics and chemistry and studies on safety relevant to fast reactor
technology. Many of these laboratories have a significant component of
sensor research. The major research facility situated at Kalpakkam is the
Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR). This reactor uses some of the sensors
developed at IGCAR.
ABOUT KALPAKKAM

Kalpakkam is located in the coromandel coast, about 60 km. south of Chennai
(formerly Madras). The Research Centre and the residential township are
laced on one side with sandy beaches and blue waters. Situated on the
northern side, adjoining the Centre, is Mahabalipuram, famous for its
Pallava dynasty rock temples belonging to 8th century AD. Full of
exquisitely carved sculptures, this tourist town boasts of the world's
largest monolithic relief depicting Bhagiratha's penance. The temple town of
Kancheepuram, also famous for its silk sarees, is located about 60 km. West
of Kalpakkam. Kalpakkam and Chennai city are separated by 1 hrs of drive
along recently built East Coast Road. February at Kalpakkam will be cool
(28/22oC) sunny and pleasant.

DEADLINES
Abstracts 31 Dec. 2000
Full manuscript 31 Jan. 2001
Request for Accommodation 31 Jan. 2001

REGISTRATION FEE
Scientists (R&D Centres & Univ.) Rs. 800/-
Students Rs. 400/-
Members from Industry Rs. 1,500/-
Product exhibition by Industry ( table space ) Rs. 12,000/-

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation in DAE guesthouse is limited and will be available only for
invitees. Limited number of rooms are available at hostels for students and
research scholars. For other participants accommodation will be arranged at
hotels at Mahabalipuram on payment of one day's tariff as advance.

For further details look into website
www.igcar.ernet.in


The tariff rates are :
1. double room A/C Rs. 1000, 700, 550
2. double room Rs. 750,500,400,300
3. single room A/C Rs. 1000
4. single room Rs. 250

CONTACT
The intimation of participation and request for accommodation may be sent to
:

Dr.P. R. Vasudeva Rao
Chairman, Local Organising Committee, NSPTS-8
Associate Director, Chemical Group
IGCAR, Kalpakkam 603 102
Fax : + 91 44 40365 Phone : + 91 44 40229