Keynote Speakers


Marcel Bouvet

Electrochemistry, Molecular Materials and Devices
Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de l’Université de Bourgogne (ICMUB), UMR CNRS 6302, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 9 avenue Alain Savary, 21078 Dijon cedex, France


,,Molecular Material - Based Heterojunctions as Gas Sensors.''

Susana Cardoso de Freitas

INESC-MN and Instituto Superior Técnico / Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal


,,Magnetoresistive sensors as a precision tool in biomedical instrumentation''

Marco Carvalho

Dean, College of Engineering and Science, Executive Director, Harris Institute for Assured Information, Harris Chair for Assured Information, Florida Institute of Technology, USA


,,Towards secure and resilient sensor orchestration for the Internet of Things''



Dr. Marco M. Carvalho is a Professor at the Florida Institute of Technology, in Melbourne, FL/USA. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University Brasilia (UnB Brazil), where he also completed his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in dynamic systems. Dr. Carvalho also holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of West Florida and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tulane University, with specialization in Machine Learning and Data Mining. At Florida Tech, Dr. Carvalho is the Dean of the College of Engineering and Science, and the Executive Director of the Harris Institute for Assured Information. Dr. Carvalho is also the Principal Investigator of several research projects in the areas of cybersecurity, distributed systems, and human-systems teamwork for cyber operations and defense. Dr. Carvalho can be contacted at

Elisabetta Comini

SENSOR Laboratory, Department of Information Engineering (DII), University of  BresciaVia
Valotti 7, 25123 Brescia, Italy 

Eduard Llobet

 MINOS-EMaS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain


Lars Österlund

Div. Solid State Physics, Dept. Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden


,,Hybrid Solid State Chemoresistive and Fluctuation-Enhanced Gas Sensors by Advanced Gas Deposition Methods: Exhaled Breath and Indoor Air Analysis"



Lars Österlund is Professor and co-chair of the Division of Solid State Physics at The Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University. He is board member of the Uppsala Center for Photon Sciences, vice-chairman of the International Science Program, and board member of the international TCMnet. He is the co-founder of the Swedish Society of Vibrational Spectroscopy and was its president from 2010-2017. He is currently also CEO of a spin-off company developing micro-structured diamond waveguide sensors.

Prof. Österlund has a PhD from 1997 from Chalmers, were his thesis work involved fundamental surface science studies of photo-induced surface reactions on single crystal surfaces employing a broad range of surface spectroscopic methods and reaction kinetic modelling. His postdoc research involved fundamental studies of surface reactions on single crystal surfaces employing scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), Monte-Carlo simulations of surface kinetics, and development of a high-pressure STM with atom-resolved imaging capabilities up to 1 bar and atomistic proof that was used to bridge the so called pressure gap in catalysis. A general theme of his current research is development of catalytic materials, including solar light responsive materials, such as photocatalytic materials, self-cleaning surface coatings, solid state gas-sensors and smart windows and façades within the general theme of technologies for improved indoor climate. His group studies fundamental and applied aspects of surface reactions on solid surfaces and photo-induced reactions on semiconducting materials with applications in indoor air cleaning, self-cleaning, and water cleaning. Recent internationally recognized results from his research include the invention of a simple method to modify acid-base properties of oxide surfaces based on photo-fixation of electrophilic or nucleophilic molecules from gas-phase (Handelsbanken Innovation Prize 2009; subject of commercialization), which also has been extended to a new low-temperature photocatalyst with superior sustained activity. His group has recently developed a new photocatalytic multilayer material for sustained indoor air-cleaning films for smart windows. Employing advanced gas deposition methods his group has developed methods to fabricate heterojunction and noble metal nanoparticle – organic ligand assemblies for electronic sensors, which have been implemented in electronic nose arrays for exhaled breath analysis. In a collaborative effort such sensors have shown 100 % accuracy for detection of tropical diseases. Other recent activities include developed a new PVD methodology to prepare (001) facet-controlled anatase TiO2 nanoparticle films for photocatalysis applications; discovery of a general structure-reactivity relationship of photocatalytic anatase and rutile titania nanoparticles (patented); development of colloidal lithography for fabrication of ordered nano-patterned multi-layered photonic bandgap materials for photocatalysis applications, invention of microfabricated diamond IR waveguide methods for biomolecular imaging and integration with affinity layer technology (patented); and development of Raman imaging methods in nanomedical applications. Prof. Österlund has published 152 peer-reviewed scientific articles and holds 6 international patents.

Bilge Saruhan-Brings

Senior Scientist, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und   Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR) Institute of  Materials Research Linder Hoehe, Cologne 


,,Use of Semiconducting Ti-based Oxides for Gas Sensing Applications"

Rupert Schreiner

Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg, Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences and Cultural Studies


,,Miniaturized sensor and actuator elements based on the heat transport in gases or the ionization of gas particles''




Prof. Dr. Rupert Schreiner was born in Grafenau, Germany in 1971. He studied physics in Munich (Germany), Dublin (Ireland), Regensburg (Germany), and Stuttgart (Germany). He received the M.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany, in 1997 and the Ph.D. degree from Stuttgart University, Stuttgart, Germany, in 2002. At the Microstructure Laboratory, Stuttgart University, he started research on InGaAs(P)/InP semiconductor lasers. In 2001 he joined Infineon Technologies, Munich, Germany, to work on optoelectronic microsystems. Between 2004 and 2005 he was appointed as CTO of Parolink Technologies in Hsinchu Science Park (Taiwan). 2005 and 2006 he was project manager in the Technology Transfer of Infineon from Villach (Austria) to Kulim (Malaysia). Since 2006 he is Professor of Applied Physics at the Faculty of Microsystems Technology at the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule (OTH) in Regensburg, Germany. His major research interests are microsystems, microsensors and optoelectronics. The intensive cooperation with the industry within the scope of his research activities is reflected by a multitude of industry-funded projects. In 2017, these achievements were honoured with the OTH award for special achievements in the cooperation between industry and science. Dr. Schreiner is a member of the German Physical Society.​​​​​

Avi Schroeder

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000, Israel


,,Next Generation Precision Cancer Medicine Technologies"




Avi Schroeder is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology where he heads the Laboratory for Targeted Drug Delivery and Personalized Medicine Technologies ( ). 

Dr. Schroeder conducted his Postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his PhD jointly at the Hebrew and Ben Gurion Universities.     

Avi is the recipient of more than 30 national and international awards, including named a KAVLI Fellow, the Intel Nanotechnology-, TEVA Pharmaceuticals-, and the Wolf Foundation Krill Awards. Avi is the author of more than 50 research papers inventor of 19 patents and co-founder of several startup companies based on these discoveries.

Schroeder is a member of Israel Young National Academy of Sciences, and the President of the Israel Institute of Chemical Engineers.


Robert Bogdan Staszewski

School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Room 338D, UCD Engineering & Materials Science Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland


,,Quantum Computing and Sensing on a CMOS Chip"




R. Bogdan Staszewski received B.S. (summa cum laude), M.S. and PhD from University of Texas at Dallas, USA, in 1991, 1992 and 2002, respectively.  From 1991 to 1995 he was with Alcatel in Richardson, Texas. He joined Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas in 1995. In 1999 he co-started a Digital RF Processor (DRP) group in TI with a mission to invent new digitally intensive approaches to traditional RF functions. Dr. Staszewski served as a CTO of the DRP group between 2007 and 2009. In July 2009 he joined Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands where he is currently a part-time Full Professor. Since Sept. 2014 he is a Full Professor at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland. He has co-authored five books, seven book chapters, 290 journal and conference publications, and holds 180 issued US patents. His research interests include nanoscale CMOS architectures and circuits for frequency synthesizers, transmitters and receivers, as well as quantum computers. He is a co-founder of a startup company Equal1 Labs aiming at building the first practical CMOS quantum computer.

He is an IEEE Fellow and a recipient of IEEE Circuits and Systems Industrial Pioneer Award ( He was a TPC Chair of IEEE European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC) in Sept. 2019 in Krakow, Poland.


Udo Weimar

Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany


,,Role of surface p-n heterojunctions in the gas sensing with SMOX based devices - the example