School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering

Monday, 6 February 2017

The OFSIS2017 conference, hosted by UQ in January, welcomed experts in fibre-optic and photonics sensors from around the world.

The second International Conference for Fibre-optic and Photonic Sensors for Industrial and Safety Applications (OFSIS2017) was held on 8-10 January 2017 at the University of Queensland.

The conference chair Dr Saiied Aminossadati said the conference provided a unique interactive platform for the research and industrial communities to discuss the fibre-optic and photonic sensing technology, their laboratories and field trials, and new insights into their advanced manufacturing techniques and applications.

Areas discussed throughout the conference included:

  • Fibre-optic Sensing Technologies 
  • Distributed Sensing Systems 
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Safety in Industry:  Mining, Oil and Gas, Food, Defence, Nuclear Power 
  • Public Safety
  • Intelligent Safety Instruments 
  • Biomedical and Medicine

"The conference saw four plenary sessions, 25 keynote, 16 technical and over 30 poster presentations to more than 150 delegates from more than 10 countries across academia and industry. The conference was technically sponsored by IEEE Photonics Society" Dr Aminossadati said. 

The plenary session focused on advancement in fibre optic and photonic sensors and featured Professor Kenneth Grattan, George Daniels Professor of Scientific Instrumentation, City, University of London; Professor Benjamin Eggleton, Centre for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems, Australia; Professor Yun-Jiang Rao, Key Laboratory of Optical Fibre Sensing and Communications, China; and Professor Perry Ping Shum, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 

The conference also included an industry-research discussion panel session that focused on opportunities and challenges for the development and utilisation of fibre-optic and photonic sensors in various industrial applications. Leaders of various industries including mining and oil and gas (Rio Tinto, Anglo American, China National Petroleum Corporation, Emtek, Insulect Australia, METS Ignited) as well as original equipment manufacturers (Joy Global, Yokogawa, AP Sensing, Micron Optics), and world experts from fibre-optic and photonic sensing research centres participated in this session.

The papers selected to feature at the conference have been published by Measurement and IEEE Xplore after a peer-review process.

Dr Aminossadati and his team are currently conducting extensive fundamental and applied research on various fibre-optic based sensors. This includes the development of gas sensors for underground mining applications, distributed temperature and acoustic sensing systems for conveyor belt monitoring, robust monitoring systems for roof deformation in underground mining, slope stability in surface mining and shape sensing systems for mining equipment. These projects have received financial support from the mining industry and Australian Coal Association research program (ACARP).    


Poster presentations at OFSIS2017 conference

Dr Saiied Aminossadati and delegates at OFSIS2017 Conference

OFSIS2017 Conference overlooking the UQ Lakes from the Advanced Engineering Building