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SPIE Smart Structures/NDE Researchers Look to Nature for InspirationInternational Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)5, Bellingham, WA, USA
Bellingham, Washington, and San Diego, California April 25, 2013 - - From monitoring bridge corrosion using ultrasonic waves to sensing temperature based on the functioning of a snake’s nervous system, smart structures and nondestructive assessment technologies continue to provide new solutions to a broad variety of challenges. SPIE Smart Structures/NDE ― a 20-year-old event pairing the engineering fields of smart structures and materials with those of nondestructive evaluation and health monitoring ― again this year provided a forum for reports on new research. Dates were 10-14 March.
Held in San Diego, the annual event also provides a valuable opportunity for animal residents of the San Diego Zoo to help demonstrate how principles of biomimicry and bioinspiration are applied in developing engineering solutions.
This year’s “animal ambassador,” a 35-year-old python named Monty, helped staff from the Zoo’s Centre for Bioinspiration demonstrate a source of inspiration for thermal sensors and mechanical propulsion systems.
Larry Stambaugh, director of the Centre for Bioinspiration, gave one of five plenary talks. Others included:
Applications including carbon nanotubes in artificial muscles, refreshable Braille displays for cellphones and tablets, and multi-degree-of-freedom sensors for robots highlighted this year’s popular annual EAP (electro-active-polymers)-in-Action demonstration session.
Among awards presented, EAP Chair Yoseph Bar-Cohen (Jet Propulsion Lab) recognized three new SPIE Fellows:
Roger Ohayan (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers) and Norman Wereley (University of Maryland, College Park) were dual recipients of the Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award.
Wereley also accepted the Smart Structures Product Implementation Award on behalf of a collaboration between Techno-Sciences, Inc., and the University of Maryland.
SPIE/ASME Best Student Paper awards were presented to:
The symposium included 10 parallel conferences on emerging technologies and advanced research with commercial, medical, aerospace, military, healthcare, and other applications. Technical sessions were complemented by a two-day exhibition featuring vendors of sensor systems, testing and monitoring equipment, and components.
Among research presentation highlights:
Both papers are accessible via open access in the SPIE Digital Library through 31 July; see: "Fabrication and testing of artificial emerald ash borer visual decoys" (PDF 92.5 kB) or "Modeling and control of a jellyfish-inspired AUV" (PDF 912 kB)
Wereley and Norbert Meyendorf (Fraunhofer Institute for Nondestructive Testing IZFP and University of Dayton) were Symposium Chairs. The event is cosponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Accepted papers are being published in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved and in print volumes and digital collections. Multimedia from four of the plenary talks is viewable from the SPIE Newsroom.
The call for papers for SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2014 will open in May.
SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2012.