Future of Instrumentation International Workshop

Instruments, Sensors and Measurements for Energy Generation, Delivery and Consumption

October 8-9, 2012 — The Park Vista in Gatlinburg, Tennessee


The 2012 Future of Instrumentation International Workshop (FIIW) will focus its third annual program on the energy value chain.  We are inviting papers that bring a unique mix of perspectives on advanced instruments, sensors, and measurement science relevant to topics such as fossil and nuclear power generation, energy transmission and distribution, and end use energy in the industrial and commercial building sector.  By having both applications and a technology focus, the workshop will provide an interesting intersection of emerging developments as well as an opportunity to learn about advancements in differing fields of industry and science. The aim is to inspire cross pollination of new approaches to challenging measurement problems by engaging researchers, government and business leaders. Each year there are a variety of meetings and conferences that pertain to various aspects of sensors, automation, instrumentation and applications. In many of these meetings there tends to be a look over the horizon at new technology with the bulk of the conference describing past and current efforts. The third annual FIIW offers an opportunity to gain new knowledge and put it in to action by contributing to the FIIW Workshop roadmap. It is our goal that this roadmap will be referenced by investors and decision-makers to push the forefront of future instrumentation.

The Goal of this Workshop: The FIIW will focus on advanced instrumentation, measurement concepts and scientific underpinnings that enable new methods and applications of instrumentation. With instrumentation embedded into an expansive array of applications across virtually every aspect of the energy value chain, FIIW hopes to explore new developments relevant to small modular reactors, coal gasification plants, large and small transmission and distribution systems confronted with significant influx of renewable energy systems, and end use applications including demand responsive industrial processes and buildings.  The goal is to assemble a group of technologists, analysts and business leaders to investigate the impact of current trends in instrumentation technology across the full expanse of the energy value chain.

Why participate? This is your opportunity to intersect with leaders who are at the forefront of instrumentation for industry, government and academia. You will encounter technologies (and technologists) with whom you may wish to foster a collaborative relationship, learn about government and private sector funding opportunities, and broaden your horizon as to cross-cutting technologies that are developed in one instrumentation effort but have applicability in another. Such technologies include new sensing technologies and methods, instrumentation systems capable of surviving harsh industrial environments, advanced materials that enable new miniature low cost sensors, novel signal processing methods, and trustworthy wireless sensor networks.

Presentations: Please consider submitting a Review Manuscript to be presented orally or as a poster.

The Price is Right: The registration fee varies based on Registration Type (General, Student, Speaker, etc.) and date, but is no more than $395. The Registration fee includes continental breakfasts, lunches, refreshments during breaks and the Monday evening reception as well as printed workshop materials.


Advanced Manufacturing (sponsored by the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE))

  • Technology Deployment program
  • Research and Development

Buildings Technology (sponsored by the Building Technologies Program (BTP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE))

  • Emerging Sensors and Controls Technologies for Commercial Buildings

Cross-cut Technologies

Fossil Energy (sponsored by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in the Office of Fossil Energy)

  • Sensors and Controls Advanced Research

Nuclear Energy (sponsored by the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) Program in the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE))

Smart Grid (sponsored by the Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability (OE))

  • Clean Energy Transmission and Reliability
  • Smart Grid Research and Development
  • Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems