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07-15-1995, 07:05 AM
Call for Papers and Announcement

Smart Sensors and Actuators for Neural Prosthesis Conferenc=

Abstract Due Date: 31
July 1995

Part of SPlE's 1996 Symposium on
Smart Structures and Materials

25-29 February 1996 =B7 Catamaran Resort Hotel =B7 San Diego, California USA

Conference Chair: Dejan B. Popovic, Univ. of Miami

Conference Co-chair: Andy Hoffer, Simon Fraser Univ. (Canada)

Program Committee: Howard J. Chizeck, Patrick E. Crago, Case Western
Reserve Univ.; William Heetderks, National Institutes of Health; lan W.
Hunter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Michael R. Neuman, Case
Western Reserve Univ.; Richard Norman, Univ. of Utah; Andrew Schwartz,
Neurosciences Institute; James Sweeney, Univ. of Arizona, Phoenix; Richard
B. Stein, Univ of Alberta, Canada.

Smart structures and materials research is a relatively new
interdisciplinary field that seeks to apply the optimized designs and
functionalities found in the biological world to non-biologically based
structures. To that end, the activities involved range from research on
enabling technologies such as materials, sensing, actuation, algorithms and
architectures to the development of fully integrated smart structures. A
smart structure/material is a non-biological physical structure having the
following attributes: a definite purpose through design; means and
imperative to achieve that purpose (the structure is active in some sense);
a biological pattern of functioning. The ultimate benefit from successful
research in smart structures/materials will be the creation of physical
structures that perform their functions better than their passive
counterparts while costing less.

This conference describes advances in and uses of sensors/actuators to
sense and respond to environmental stimuli in neural prosthesis. These
applications include motor, auditory, visual, and other prostheses aimed to
replace lost or diminished biological function.

It is not by chance that SPIE brings together researchers in the field of
neural prosthesis to this meeting. This meeting will run in parallel with
several other meetings bringing together experts in the field of smart
materials and structures developed for non-medical applications. This
meeting will provide an opportunity for interactions among two groups of
scientists, and eventually the beginning of faster integration of novel
techniques and technologies into the medical applications.

Specific attention will be paid to possible use of natural mechanisms still
preserved in humans after losing their normal functioning such as:
recording from peripheral nerves and central nervous system; electrically
evoking functions using functional nerve stimulation; using smart actuators
such as polymers and metal alloys for motor functions; integrating
implantable smart sensors for better control, etc.

Papers are solicited from all technical and neuroscience areas associated wi=
=B7 developments in smart sensors and actuators
=B7 intelligent and adaptive procesing of biological sensory information
=B7 active device technlogy
=B7 commercial applications of new technologies for neural prosthesis.

Abstract Due Date: 31 July 1995
Manuscript Due Date: 29 January 1996


Abstract Due Date: 31 July 1995 Manuscript Due Date: 29 January 1996

Your abstract must include all of the following information:

Submit each abstract to one conference only.

__________________________________________________ ___
(Conference Title) (Conference Chair)


3. AUTHOR LISTING (principal author first)
First (given) name Last (family) name, Affiliation mailing address,
telephone, fax, and email address.

Indicate your preference for "Oral Presentation" or "Poster
Presentation." Placement subject to chairs' discretion.

Approximately 250 words.

List a maximum of five key words.

Approximately 50 words.

Conditions for Acceptance

=85 Authors are expected to secure registration fees, travel, and
accommodation funding, independent of SPIE, through their sponsoring
organizations before submitting abstracts.

=85 Only original material should be submitted.

=85 Commercial papers, descriptions of papers, with no research/development
content, and papers where supporting data or a technical description cannot
be given for proprietary reasons will not be accepted for presentation in
this symposium.

=85 Abstracts should contain enough detail to clearly convey the approach an=
the results of the research.

=85 Government and company clearance to present and publish should be final
at the time of submittal.

=85 Applicants will be notified of acceptance by 4 December 1995.

To be considered for acceptance, please choose only one of the following
options and send by the due date:

=85 mail four copies of your abstract to:

Smart Structures and Materials '96
SPIE, P.O. Box 10, Bellingham, WA 98227-0010
Shipping address: 1000 20th St., Bellingham, WA 98225
Telephone 360/676-3290

=85 or send one copy of each abstract via e-mail in ASCII format to:
abstracts@spie.org (one abstract per email message).

=85 or fax one copy to SPIE at 360/647-1445 (send each abstract separately).

Paper Review

To assure a high quality conference, all abstracts and Proceedings papers
will be reviewed by the Conference Chairs for technical merit and content.

Proceedings of these meetings

The meetings will result in published Proceedings that can be ordered
through the Advance Program. Camera-ready manuscripts are required of all
accepted applicants and must be submitted in English by 29 january 1996.
Copyright to the manuscript is expected to be released for publication in
the conference Proceedings. Note: If an author does not attend the meeting
and make a presentation, the chair may opt not to publish the author's
manuscript in the conference proceedings. Proceedings papers are indexed in
leading scientific databases including INSPEC, Compendex Plus, Physics
Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts, International Aerospace Abstracts, and Index
to Scientific and Technical Proceedings.

Participant Registration Fee

Authors and Coauthors are accorded a reduced symposium registration fee.

Oral Presentation

Each author is generally allowed 15 minutes plus a five -minute discussion
period. SPIE will provide the following media equipment free of charge: 35
mm carousel slide projectors, overhead projectors, electric pointers, and
video equipment (please give at least two weeks advance notice).

Poster Presentation

All poster presenters are expected to attend and submit a camera-ready
manuscript. If accepted, your manuscript kit will contain specific
instructions on poster preparation.

Publishing Policy

Manuscript due dates must be strictly observed. Whether the Proceedings
volume will be published before or after the meeting, late manuscripts run
the risk of not being published. The objective of this policy is to better
serve the conference participants and the technical community at large.
Your cooperation in supporting this objective will be appreciated.

Questions on abstract preparation should be sent to: abstracts@spie.org.

Andy Hoffer

J.A. Hoffer, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, School of Kinesiology
Faculty of Applied Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia, V5A 1S6, CANADA

Tel: (604) 291 3141 FAX: (604) 291 3040 e-mail:hoffer@sfu.ca