May 4-6, 2015

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Conference Center, Arlington, VA

Instrumentation, Sensors, Secure Communications, and Technology for IoT: Impacting the Urban Environment Through the Grid, Buildings, and Industry

In the two years since the last Future of Instrumentation Workshop (FIIW) was held in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, numerous technologies, applications, and innovations have shriveled, blossomed, even exploded onto the scene, making the Internet of Things (IoT) a household word. FIIW 2015 will highlight the technological changes that matter most to instrumentation and measurement and controls applications. FIIW is not simply a sensors conference. It goes beyond the consumer IoT technology market, to consider the very important evolution and application of sensors, communications, embedded computing, and cloud computing to the control and transaction of energy, the monitoring and diagnostics of equipment, the delivery of services, and the protection of critical infrastructure and people in the modern urban environment.

FIIW will provide a forum for research scientists, engineers, and practitioners to present their latest research findings, ideas, and applications in areas of advanced instrumentation and associated technology. FIIW draws on the convergent technology areas of advancing instrumentation, passive wireless sensors, and spectrum sharing for wireless sensors and integrated systems and with a focus on IoT applications for the electric grid, buildings, smart cities, and industrial settings. The workshop will include keynote addresses and invited presentations by eminent scientists and engineers.

Past FIIW’s have focused on trends associated with communications, circuit intricacies, and applications of advanced instrumentation. Tracking both the roadmaps of instrumentation development and the analyses of the instrumentation market(s) generated during past workshops has shown a highly accurate prediction of where “future instruments” are heading — both as R&D efforts and commercialization of advanced technologies. FIIW will continue to investigate the trend analysis of future instrumentation in terms of both technology and market, and will focus on:

  • The role of intrinsically safe, very inexpensive instrumentation
  • Passive Wireless Sensor Technologies and Applications
  • Spectrum Sharing for Instrumentation, Telecommunications, and the IoT
  • Crowd sourcing and social network processing of ubiquitous sensors
  • The multitude of issues associated with hyper-dense deployments of wireless instrumentation
  • Power — or the lack thereof — for advanced instrumentation, and
  • Cyber-Physical System Security — it’s not just an “IT issue”

Guest Speakers

Conference Goals

Sensors are becoming (even more) ubiquitous from the multitude of measurement capabilities present in a modern smartphone to the IoT arena. Applications extend in seemingly all directions - but problems lurk, such as the communication channel congestion caused by billions of wireless sensors all struggling to be "heard."

FIIW will provide a forum for technologists and interested parties to present and discuss the Spectrum Sharing activities that are underway (for it isn't just a licensed or unlicensed band world anymore).

While most of the world seems to be concentrating on battery powered (with a smattering of energy harvesting techniques coming closer to commercialization), FIIW devotes an entire technical track to Passive Wireless Sensor Technologies to reveal the current and visible-future.

With sensors and instrumentation embedded into an expansive array of applications across virtually every aspect of the energy value chain, FIIW will 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 building and grid integration.

Why Participate?

This is your opportunity to intersect with leaders who are at the international forefront of instrumentation for industry, government, and academia.

FIIW 2015 is not simply groupings of presentations. FIIW is a "workshop" consisting of plenary sessions, technical presentations, interactive panel discussions, and breakout sessions, in an attempt to determine assessments and goals of application areas of various technologies to examine the logical synergies between the technical tracks. FIIW 2015 is structured to allow you to establish collaborations with scientists and technologists in important areas of energy-related instrument research and learn about government and private-sector funding opportunities. FIIW will provide you with opportunities to broaden your horizon in relation to cross-cutting technologies that are developed in one field while providing applicability to others. 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, trustworthy wireless sensor networks, and cyber physical security as it relates to instrumentation and controls systems.

We have all been to many conferences where presentations are delivered and minimal follow-up occurs. FIIW is specifically organized not to be like that, but rather as a gathering of individuals who may have broadly different technical backgrounds who understand that today's applications are multifaceted and require multidisciplinary ideas and solutions. From advanced nuclear instrumentation to cognitive radios and software-defined networks to all aspects of cybersecurity to spectrum allocation and inherently intrinsically safe passive sensor technologies, FIIW is focused on highlighting the convergence of technologies to address modern needs.

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Science Oak Ridge National Laboratory National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) ISA Coimmunications Division