Internet of Things: Opportunities and Challenges for Next-Generation Sensor Technology 





Assoc. Prof. Dr Asrulnizam Abd Manaf



ABSTRACT: The trend of Internet of Things (IOT) refers to the phenomenon in which not only computers, but all sorts of devices with embedded computing capacity are interconnected. Sensing, processing and connectivity are 3 key points to realize IOT in practical application. Based on report by Yole development at MEMS Engineer Conference 2015 at Tokyo, 4 main sensors will be main contributor for IOT. There are inertial sensor (accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer), environmental sensor (pressure, gas, humidity), optical sensor (CMOS,IR)  and microphone. However, current sensing technology will have limitation in no standardize for all sensor parameters, power consumption, sensitivity, response time, flexibility, reliability and life span. Thus, need a brilliant innovation in MEMS sensor to support the demand in IOT application especially in issue flexibility and power consumption.  In this talk will focus in current development of pressure sensor, flow sensor and incline sensor towards to flexibility of substrate, conductor material and robustness. As pressure sensor application is toward to subtle-pressure regime (1 Pa to 1 kPa) is defined as pressure created by weak interactions of small objects. A sensitive response to such subtle-pressures is necessary for the construction of ultra-sensitive skin-inspired electronic devices that mimic the properties of human skin for potential applications in advanced robotics, prosthetics, and health monitoring. Then, a novel flow sensor and incline sensor sensing technique by implementing of novel fluidic technology with Polymer fabrication technique in realize high robustness of sensor will be introduced. Then, by having a simple structure, high robustness and sensitivity, it can be compatible to integrate with a readout circuitry in realize a next generation sensor for IOT application.

BIOGRAPHY: Associate Professor Dr. Asrulnizam bin Abd Manaf received the Bachelor Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan in 2001. Then, he worked as Electrical Engineer at Toyo-Memory Technology Sdn. Bhd at Kulim High Tech Park, MALAYSIA before he further his master degree at Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan. He received Master Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2005. He pursued his Ph.D study in Keio University, Japan in 2006. He received Ph.D in Engineering from Department of Applied Physic and Physico Informatics, School of Fundamental Science and Technology, Keio University Japan in 2009. Since 2009, he joined the school of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia as a senior lecturer. Then, promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. He has graduated 5 Ph.D students and 7 MSc students. Currently, 4 Ph.D students and 4 MSc under supervision. He has authored and co-authored 60 international technical journal or conference papers. He won several innovation award at national and International Invention competition. Currently he has 1 patent filing for DNA sensor. His current research interest includes development of microfluidic-based DNA sensor integrated with CMOS circuitry, miniaturized of fluidic-based inclination sensor, bio inspired based microfluidic acoustic, pressure and flow sensor for underwater system, micro fluidic based memristor, micro fluidic based tuneable inductor, fluidic micro Thermoelectric Generator (mTEG)-based energy harvesting, Graphene-based transistor and micro 3-dimension fabrication technique by using grayscale Technology.

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