CALL FOR PAPERS                                                     

Energy Harvesting & Management for Sensors & Sensor Networks

Symposium, Thursday December 13th 2017, RMIT University, Melbourne,  Room 12.10.34


Sensors and sensor networks have long been used for industrial and other purposes, and environmental monitoring,  and sensors are key elements of modern Intelligent Systems.  However for outdoor and mobile applications, providing a reliable and economical source of power for the sensor(s) can be a significant design issue. The problem is particularly acute in the case of remote area operations. Similar difficulties may arise with biomedical applications, particularly those involving implants or autonomous system operation. In all such situations, energy harvesting and scavenging from the immediate ‘environment’ may be used to power the sensor networks.  Power management and low-power transmission of data will also be significant design issues. These energy harvesting methods, sensor types, and system design aspects will be discussed in this symposium. We hope thereby to contribute to a better understanding of the practical problems (and possibilities) of design, manufacture and operation.

Topics of Interest

Energy harvesting techniques applicable to sensors, including wind, solar, bio-chemical, RF, heat, kinetic, and other sources.

New sensor types. New applications of sensors. Novel methods of sensing. Biomedical sensors..

Operating experience in biomedical, industrial, agricultural and environmental applications.

Sensor networks, including Wifi and Zigbee networks.

Remote area sensor applications, including livestock management, agriculture, mining, and resource railways.

Review or tutorial papers covering existing techniques and practice will also be welcome.

Important Dates.

Call for papers:  June 6  2017  Paper submission: September 5  Decision on paper: September 15  Final manuscript: September 25 2017 (plus full Registration, details TBA).  Symposium Presentation: December 13  2017. NB. One page submission, containing abstract, short method and conclusion. Seminar summaries welcome.

Energy Harvesting & Management for Sensors & Sensor Networks

Symposium  Details.    

Submissions or seminars are welcomed from the following  areas :  

  1. Energy harvesting methods  or energy scavenging  for supply of power to  sensor systems.
  2. New or novel sensors or novel applications of existing sensors.
  3. Sensor networking and communication system reviews or  new techniques.
  • Symposium seeks to obtain submissions on  methods of harvesting energy  or energy scavenging  for supply of power to  sensor systems used in a variety of applications from commercial, industrial, agriculture or defence.   These methods may include reviews of existing methods including solar or wind power and new or novel methods of energy extraction from the local surroundings.  Often sensors themselves may generate power for system operation from their own measurement systems, eg a wind speed sensor may generate power from its own turbine.
  • Secondly, it seeks to solicit submissions on new or novel sensors or novel applications of existing sensors.  These may be from any field as discussed above.
  • Finally,  sensor network  submissions are solicited showing reviews of existing networking methods or new  proposals on sensor communication.  Industrial sensor networks have many established protocols including fieldbus and multibus.   Sensor communication may be by various wireless network types particularly Wifi  or Bluetooth systems.   Review papers on these techniques are encouraged. 

Registration: Register using Eventbrite Link:      

Paper Submission:
Send  a maximum 200 word abstract to Dr Alan Harvey at Acupak Pty Ltd.
At email by  September 5. 
Paper decisions by September 25.

Symposium Committee :- 

General Chair Alan Harvey.  Treasurer Julia Gibney

Technical Chair Harvey Cohen

Publications Chair :  Eehui  Lim Advisor Tony Gascoigne.


For more information please download the conference flyer: EnergyHvest4SensorsConf2017