ECI Lecture: Internet-Scale Chemical Sensing of our Environment - Reality, Challenges, Opportunities"

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Location: 283 Galvin Life Sciences (Auditorium)

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The Environmental Change Initative will be hosting Professor Dermot Diamond, Director of the Irish National Centre for Sensor Research (NDSR; http://www.ncsr.ie) based at Dublin City University (DCU), for a seminar on Monday, May 20th, at 11:00 AM in the Galvin Auditorium (283)

In addition to being the director of NDSR, Dr. Diamond is a PI with the Adaptive Information Cluster (AIC), a major research initiative in the area of wireless sensor networks founded by Science Foundation Ireland. He is also a faculty participant in the Notre Dame Naughton Fellowship Program, which provides opportunities for ND students and students from universities in Ireland to experience international education in  the STEM disciplines.  In 2002, Dr. Diamond was awarded the inaugural silver medal for Sensor Research by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, and in 2008 he received the DCU President's Research award.

Professor Diamond will be giving the following talk: 

Internet-Scale Chemical Sensing of our Environment - Reality, Challenges, Opportunities

Despite decades of intensive research, and investment of tremendous resources, providing low-cost, reliable chemical sensing devices that can function autonomously for long periods of time (months, years) still remains beyond our capabilities, even for very simple chemical targets.  In this lecture, I will review the current status of distributed chemical sensing, particularly with respect to scaled deployments in the environment, and identify key issues that have inhibited progress.  I will also suggest  research strategies based on a combination of creative systems integration and fundamental materials chemistry that could provide dramatic improvements in the price-performance index for autonomous chemical sensing platforms.