National Conference on Sensors & Actuators(NCSA - 11)
CGCRI organised a two day National Conference on Sensors & Actuators: Science to Technology (NCSA-11) in collaboration with Sensor Hub during March 11-12, 2011 as a part of the Institute’s year long Diamond Jubilee Celebration. Sensor Hub, Kolkata is a multi-institutional activity involving Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU), Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI), Calcutta University (CU) and Jadavpur University (JU). The Hub has been set-up at CGCRI and funded by Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).
Indeed, Sensors have always been an integral part of human life and they span aerospace, defence, automobiles, agriculture, food and healthcare, environmental and industrial products and recently to robotics and mechatronics. CSIR-CGCRI has made significant contributions in science and technology of sensors and actuators by developing ceramic based semiconductor sensors for identification of toxic and flammable gases, PZT based wafers for non-destructive evaluation of thin wall structures and ceramic based humidity sensors for leakage detection in nuclear plants. The Institute, in collaboration with Sensor Hub, is poised to develop commercially viable sensors including electronic nose, smart materials and systems and MEMS.
The objective of the conference was to focus the R&D activities in sensor & actuator related topics in the form of oral and poster presentation from eminent groups across the country. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Krishan Lal, President, INSA who delivered a lecture on ‘Advances in Materials Characterization by High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction and Reflection’.
About 125 delegates from different academic organizations attended the conference and delivered lectures on MEMS actuators, electronic tongue, magnetic sensing device for structural health monitoring, piezo based smart materials, biosensors for detection of food toxins, smart materials and actuators in automotive industry, gas sensor to detect toxic gases, alcohol blended in gasoline using capacitive type sensor, humidity sensors etc. Prizes were given away to the authors of four posters for their significant work.