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Sensors 2016

Wearable Smart Sensors and Technologies
Conference with Exhibition and Posters

Tuesday, 21st June 2016

at the Royal Society of Chemistry Lecture Theatre 
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA


This is the eighth annual AAMG Conference concerning monitoring and analysis using sensor technologies. The conference will examine the design and application of materials and development of wearable smart sensors and technologies for monitoring medical, biological and other related processes.  Sessions will feature presentations by invited speakers supplemented by presentations of a few selected from submission of abstracts, on a variety of topics in the following areas:

  • Key enabling technologies and monitoring systems for wearable sensors.
  • Electrochemical and optical (colour changing) sensors for smart dressings
  • Sensors and materials for medical and biochemical health monitoring.
  • Informatics in sensing applications – communication and data analysis.

Invited Lectures

A number of invited speakers will introduce the conference with presentations in the following areas:

  • Infection Reporting Wound Dressings and Urinary Catheter – Dr Toby Jenkins, Bath, UK
  • Photonic Textiles for Healthcare – Prof Stephen Morgan, Nottingham, UK
  • Carbon-based Electroanalytical Sensors for in-situ Wound Analysis – Dr Duncan Sharp, Leeds, UK
  • Wearable Smart Sensors for Management of Parkinson's Disease
    using Evolutionary Algorithms
    – Dr Stephen Smith, York, UK
  • Wearable Biomonitoring Systems – Prof Ahmad Al-Shamma'a, Liverpool, UK
  • Novel Wearable Sensor Technologies – An Overview – Dr Daniel Roggen, Sussex, UK
  • Smart Body Interface Sensor Systems for Prosthetics – Prof Liudi Jiang, Southampton, UK

The conference will be supplemented with poster presentations and exhibition.


Companies who wish to exhibit at this conference are requested to contact the conference secretary at for further details. There will be opportunity for exhibitors to deliver a short (5-10 mins) presentation at this conference.


Poster applications are being accepted until 6th June 2016. Please follow the abstract guidelines in the PDF below and submit your application by email to

Conference Information

All authors and presenters will be provided with details of administration arrangements and requirements for presentations. The principal authors of invited presentations and papers selected for oral presentations will have their registration fees waived

Registration fees for the one-day conference will be £95 for members of RSC and affiliated societies, £140 for non-members of RSC and affiliated societies and £60 for student researchers. Please complete the registration form and payment using the link below.

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Sensors 2016 Programme   PDF guide to formatting your abstract 












Monitoring Ambient Air 2015

Air Quality Monitoring 
Evolving Issues and New Technologies

Conference with Exhibition and Posters

held on 9th & 10th December 2015
at The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London


A Conference Report   by Alan Braithwaite

A two day conference organised by the AAMG (Automation and Analytical Management Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry)

Approximately 77 delegates attended the conference including 20 from Europe and 1 from the USA. Three exhibitors were also present with demonstrations of monitoring instruments and data collection and analysis software and live online sampling and data collection from a monitoring vehicle parked outside in the Burlington House parking area.

The conference included five sessions:

- Vehicle Emmisions in the Real World

- Vehicle and Shipping Emissions

- Urban Vegetation as a Means of Reducing Exposure

- Ultrafine Particles

- Monitoring Technologies – Recent Developments

The afternoon sessions ended about 4 pm for tea, 'networking' and visiting the exhibits. This proved most successful with delegates remaining until at least 5 pm.

The programme mainly featured issues relating to vehicle and marine emissions which as it happened was quite topical given the outline plan for the conference was developed six months previously.. The rising concerns of ultrafine particles was also discussed. This was supported with presentations on the composition of pollutants, their distribution in cities and the wider environment and the merits of various sampling and measurement techniques. Ecological aspects were also mentioned together with the potential value of vegetation and trees in reducing pollution levels. Recent developments in sampling procedures, monitoring technologies, recently developed techniques and measurement issues were addressed in the final session

The conference was held in conjunction with DEFRA’s Air Quality Expert Group.




Sensors 2015

Bioanalytical Sensing Technologies

Conference with Posters

held on Tuesday 16th June 2015
at The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

A Conference Report   by Ruchi Gupta

The theme of the meeting was Bioanalytical Sensing Technologies. There were presentations on different aspects of sensing technologies including recognition species (short peptides, proteins), transducers (electrical, electrochemical, optical, acoustics), data analysis and monitoring of environment in which they operate. In addition, there were presentations on analytical techniques and in particular, gas chromatography. The benefits and limitations of these sensing technologies and analytical techniques for measuring markers of diseases (diabetes, stroke, cancer and influenza) in a range of biological samples (blood, urine, sweat, breath and faeces) and security was also discussed.

A presentation by Prof. Mike Turner (University of Manchester) described the feasibility of using of short peptide sequences incorporated into organic semiconductor blends for sensing nitroaromatics using organic field effect transistors (OFETs). The Peptide sequences were derived from the odorant binding proteins of bumblebees. Similar to Prof. Turner, Prof. Krishna Persaud's (University of Manchester) work took inspiration from nature to develop a pool of proteins capable of recognising drugs of abuse. More specifically, a pool of proteins was developed by introducing mutations in the Odorant Binding Protein OBP1, which is present in vertebrates and insects. It was interesting to note that the tertiary structure of the protein OBP1 obtained from various organisms is different. A comparison of sensitivity, selectivity, robustness and temperature stability of short peptides and proteins will provide useful insights into their benefits and limitations, thereby assisting the sensors community to select a recognition species that is optimised for odour sensing.

Prof. Nick Goddard (University of Manchester) discussed the challenges of the application of label-free (optical) sensors for analysis of real samples in-field where ambient temperature is typically not well controlled. In order to address this issue Prof. Goddard and his team have developed an internally referenced leaky waveguide (LW) sensor; the basic operating principle of LW sensors is different to SPR sensors. The penetration depth of the evanescent field of LW sensors was extended to ~1 µm by an appropriate choice of the waveguide material, which was useful for detection of large analytes such as bacteria and viruses. Prof. Vincent Emery (University of Surrey) discussed the need for rapid and sensitive in-field sensors for detection of pandemic (H1N1) and other disease causing (influenza, HIV I) viruses. Prof Emery and colleagues have developed novel capture coatings which in combination with surface acoustic wave technology have been illustrated to be suitable for detection of some of these viruses with high sensitivity in clinical samples. This biosensor has been engineered to be plugged mobile phones to send alerts.

Professors Seamus Higson (University of Cranfield), Chris Probert (University of Liverpool) and Claire Turner (The Open University) presented examples from their work to highlight that choice of biomarkers for diagnosis of medical conditions is challenging. In addition, there has been an increasing trend towards analysis of an array of biomarkers to obtain clinically significant data. This in turn means that multivariate data is produced, which requires development of powerful multivariate classification algorithms to separate data into groups such as healthy versus diseased, and was the topic of discussion of Professor Conrad Bessant (Queen Mary University of London). Finally, Professor Jeremy G. Frey  (University of Southampton) discussed his work on developing ways of monitoring laboratory environment using a combination of sensor networks, automatically recording the information (metadata) obtained with experimental data and making it available for dissemination.

There were five posters, which were focused on optical (FRET, refractive index), quartz crystal microbalance, conductivity and electrochemical biosensors, and their applications in detection of explosives, anaerobic reactors and monitoring of public health.

In summary, the meeting was an excellent opportunity to become aware of exciting scientific developments in bioanalytical sensing technologies and identify challenging new areas, for example in disease diagnosis by odour and the detection of new viral strains, and also provided excellent opportunities for future research collaborations and exploitation of novel technologies.




Forthcoming AAMG Meetings

Sensors 2016

Wearable Smart Sensors & Technologies

21 June 2016
at the R S C, London

Details available

Monitoring Ambient Air 2016

12/13 Dec 2016
at the R S C, London

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Process Control (working title)

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