Sensors: Buildings, Battlefields, and Beyond

Thursday, September 30, 2004, 12:00 –1:30 PM
2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Summary

From tiny robo-spies designed to prowl unseen through hostile territory to wireless networks of chemical sniffers that can monitor pollution in the wilderness, a new wave of ultra-high-tech sensors has begun to link the cyber-world of bits and bytes with the analog world we actually live in – and in the process, transform the way we understand and manage our world.

To realize the potential of sensor technology, significant scientific and technical challenges must be overcome before accurate, real-time, and affordable sensor devices can be developed and deployed. This briefing examined current, cutting-edge sensor technologies and how university, government and military scientists are working to create even more effective sensors to address the needs of our nation. Our panel explored technology's next revolution.

Sponsors

Science & the Congress Project in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, ASM International, the National Academies

Featured Speakers

Curt Suplee, moderating
Director
National Science Foundation Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
Dr. Amy Duwel
Group Leader and Principal Member of the Technical Staff
Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
Dr. Nate Lewis
George L. Argyros Professor and Professor of Chemistry
California Institute of Technology
Dr. Kathleen Hickman
Scientific Advisor, Advanced Systems & Concepts Office
Defense Threat Reduction Agency