Welcome to NMC/2017

A Kavli Futures Symposium

The Fourteenth International Workshop on Nanomechanical Sensors will be held at Kailua-Kona on the big island of Hawaii from 4-7 April 2017.

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Overview: International Workshops on Nanomechanical Sensing

The International Workshop on Nanomechanical Sensing is a forum for interdisciplinary research on sensors based on micro and nanomechanical systems (MEMS & NEMS). Since its start in 2004, NMC has served the research community as an important “working” meeting – one that promotes cross-pollination of ideas from all corners of the globe. The workshop’s scope spans all modalities of micro and nanomechanical sensing – including applications in chemical and biological sensing, instrumentation for probing the nanoscale, optomechanics, nanomechanics, resonant sensing and novel sensing platforms, as well as theory, numerical modeling, and experimental methods that underpin this field. Previous workshops have very effectively achieved a convergence of researchers from academia and industry, engendering lively exchanges on the potential, challenges, and recent advances in micro and nanoscale mechanical sensors. At NMC/2017 networking and discourse will again be achieved through both oral presentations (keynote, invited, and juried-from submitted abstracts), poster sessions, and social activities to facilitate informal networking and discussion.

The two special foci for NMC/2017 are sensing at the quantum limit, and presentations featuring the work of emerging researchers. The workshop will be comprised of single-session technical programs over two and one-half days.

The first gathering, originally called the "Nano Mechanical Cantilever Workshop", was held in Madrid in 2004. The subsequent year the workshop was held in the US, to foster transcontinental collaborations (ASME Nanomechanics Conference, Knoxville, 2005). Since these earliest meetings, subsequent workshops have been held alternately on different continents:

  • Madrid (2004)
  • Knoxville (2005)
  • Copenhagen (2006)
  • Montréal (2007)
  • Mainz (2008)
  • Jeju Island (2009)
  • Banff (2010)
  • Dublin (2011)
  • Mumbai (2012)
  • Stanford (2013)
  • Madrid (2014)
  • Auckland (2015)
  • Delft (2016)

Students will be active participants in this conference, attending sessions, presenting contributed talks and posters, and discussing the latest advances in nanoscience with an international cohort of researchers in this field.

Event Details:

The Fourteenth International Workshop on Nanomechanical Sensors (NMC/2017) will be held from Tuesday, April 4 to Friday, April 7, 2016 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on the big island of Hawai’i. The talks will take place in a classroom setting; participation will be limited to approximately 100 attendees to keep the event highly interactive.

Agenda Overview:

The program of NMC/2017 will comprise two and one-half days of talks. Two sessions will be held in the mornings, separated by an extended coffee break. Lunches, except on the final (half) day will be “on your own” and followed by free afternoons. The workshop will resume in the early evening with a buffet dinner in a working-session context. The program will include ~30 speakers including: a keynote lecture (60m), invited tutorial lectures (60m each), invited lectures (30m each), and contributed lectures (20m each). Each session will include ample time for free discussion – the talk times listed each include 5-10m of discussion Moderators/provocateurs will be engaged for each session, to facilitate free-flowing and continuous dialog between speakers and workshop participants throughout. The provocateurs will anchor discussions, prevent uninterrupted monologues by speakers, and be ready to pepper their sessions with preconceived “blue-sky” questions, as appropriate. The technical level of the symposium will be high, but fully accessible to those familiar with the field of nanoscience. The one-hour invited tutorial lectures will serve to start each session of the workshop. At NMC/2017, the work of younger researchers at critical, emergent phases of their careers will be featured in the invited and contributed oral presentations. The target audience of approximately 100 will comprise undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, academic faculty, corporate scientists and engineers, industry leaders, government policy makers, and members of the press.

More detailed information can be found on the PROGRAM page

Conference Organizers:

  • Michael Roukes, Robert M. Abbey Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, & Bioengineering (Chair)
  • Mary Sikora, Associate Director, Kavli Nanoscience Institute
  • California Institute of Technology