Speakers 2010


Dr. Sylvain Ballandras – FEMTO-ST, France

“Accurate wireless temperature measurements using passive SAW sensors and a frequency modulation interrogation approach”

Sylvain Ballandras joined the CNRS in 1991, after his PhD in Engineering Sciences from the Université de Franche-Comté. Until 1995, he has been working on SAW devices, but he was also involved in micro-technologies. He has initiated the development of a finite element analysis package devoted to acoustic transducers and also new researches on miniaturized transducers. During 1997, he achieved a one year industrial training project in SAW industry. In October 2003, he was promoted Research Director at the CNRS. In 2008, his group joined the Time-Frequency Department and moved to the national engineering school ENSMM. Its present scientific developments concern   fundamentals in acoustics and guided propagation as well as technologies dedicated to acousto-electronic devices and systems, focused on sources, filters and sensors. Sylvain Ballandras also benefits from the 25.2 agreement of the French research rules to join the head staff of SENSeOR since the end of 2008.

Prof. Omar Elmazria – LPMIA, France

“Langasite and AlN/Sapphire as substrates for Wireless SAW sensor operating in harsh environments”

Omar Elmazria received his M.S degree in Industrial computer science and and opto-electronic conjointly from Universities of Metz, Nancy I, and the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine, in 1993 and his Ph.D degree in Electronic in 1996 from Metz University, France. In 1997, he joined the University of Nancy I as Associate Professor of Electronic and communication systems and as Professor respectively in 1997 and 2003. He is actually the head of Micro and Nansystems group within the LPMIA laboratory. His current research include : thin films for MEMS applications ; SAW devices for sensing applications and high frequency filters resonators based on layered structures including diamond, AlN, ZnO ; microfluidic system; wireless sensor, etc.  He is the author and co-author of more than 80 papers in the refered international journal and more than 100 communications in international conferences.

Dr. René Fachberger – CTR, Austria

“Applications of wireless SAW sensing in the steel industry”

René Fachberger was born in Wels, Austria, in 1971. He received the Diploma degree and the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria, in 1998 and 2003, respectively. Working on his diploma thesis which was carried out in collaboration with the Christian Doppler Laboratory, he earned experience in the field of material science. During his Ph.D. funded by Siemens and Epcos AG in Munich, Germany, he was introduced to the field of SAW applications. Since 2003 he has been engaged in the development of SAW sensor systems at the CTR AG in Villach, Austria. He has authored or co-authored several patents and international publications.

Dr. Victor Kalinin – TRANSENSE, England

“Wireless Resonant SAW Sensors for Automotive Applications”

Victor Kalinin received the MSc and PhD degrees in radio physics and electronics from Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia, in 1978 and 1983. From 1978 to 1996 he worked at Moscow Power Engineering Institute first as a research assistant and then as an assistant and associate professor. From 1996 to 2002 he held a position of a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK, and in 2001 he was appointed a Chief Scientist at Transense Technologies plc., UK. He was also a visiting scientist at Oxford University (1986-87, 1996) and Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (1994-95). His research interests cover non-linear optical interactions in photorefractive materials, wave phenomena in metamaterials and semiconductor plasma, SAW devices for RF signal processing and wireless SAW sensors.

Dipl. – Ing.  Marc Loschonsky – SENSEOR, France

“Temperature and stress measurements on rotating machinery for industrial applications”

Prof. Victor Plessky – GVR Trade SA, Switzerland

“UWB SAW-tags?”

Victor Plessky was born in Gomel, (Belarus, 1952). He works for many years  in area of surface acoustic wave (SAW) physics and devices.  He predicted theoretically the Surface Transverse Waves (STW) – a new type of waves now widely used for design of high-Q resonators. His theory of the “leaky wave” propagation in periodic grating (so-called “Plessky equation”) is now used for design of low-loss filters. He published more than 200 papers and authored about 30 patents.  As a Visiting Professor he collaborated more than 12 years with HUT, Finland. He also was lecturing bin Freiburg Uni., in EPFL (Lausanne) and in Angstrom Lab, (Sweden). He was supervisor and consultant of 12 Ph.D. thesis’s. Dr. V. Plessky holds a title of “Full Professor” granted to him by Russian Government in  1995. He was a winner of a  Lenin Komsomol award  for young scientists in the USSR, 1978, and got “Outstanding paper award”  from IEEE in 2001. Currently he works as Consultant in micro/nano acoustics  physics and devices , www.gvrtrade.com, in Switzerland.

Welcome Speech

Dr. Roland Waldner - PHILIPS, Austria

“The long and winding road towards Innovation-Culture”

Roland Waldner was born in Klagenfurt, Austria in 1964. He received the Diploma degree in Plastic Engineering from the Montan-University in Leoben, Austria, in 1990. Untill 1993 he worked there as Assistant at the Institute of Designing of Plastics and Composites. Since 1994 he is employed at PHILIPS Consumer Lifestyle Klagenfurt, FUNction Development and from 2002 on he is responsible for the Innovation & Creativity Program within Philips Klagenfurt. In between he held the position of the group leader at the PHILIPS Consumer Lifestyle Klagenfurt / FUNction Development Group (Pre-Development of Personal Care and Domestic Appliances products) until December 2009. Furthermore he is associate lecturer at the Alpe-Adria University of Klagenfurt (Creativity Techniques and Innovation). In October 2008 he finished his Dissertation at Alpe-Adria University Klagenfurt in the area of Innovation Management. Since January of this year, he works for “Improvement Management” and operates as leader of the  “Competence Team FUNction Development” at Philips Consumer Lifestyle Klagenfurt. Besides that, he has authored several patents and publications.

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