Archive: 2009 Environmental Sensors Workshop

September 24th, 10am-4:30pm
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Quissett Campus
Clark Building, Room 507
Woods Hole, MA

Conference Description

A workshop for researchers and company executives in Massachusetts who are developing and deploying new technologies to monitor the environment.

Monitoring the environment utilizes a large variety of new research techniques and technologies.  The combination of new sensors, robotics, communication systems and massive information processing is enabling a new generation of research that can sense and monitor different environments and analyze change.

Massachusetts research institutions have been successful in securing major grant funding to develop and build such systems - on land, in the atmosphere, and in the oceans.  Two major projects in this field are the Ocean Sensing project at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Coastal and Global Ocean Observatories and UMass Amherst ‘s Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA).  MIT, Northeastern, Boston University, UMass Boston and UMass Dartmouth also have significant research programs in this area.

The new devices and data sets that result from these research projects also have applications in the commercial world - from homeland security, to placing new clean energy generation plants, and to developing early warning systems for major weather events.

The program will include presentations on new technologies and data analysis tools that are being developed in the Commonwealth, as well as discussions on their applications to the commercial sector and the product needs of both corporate and government users.


10:00 AM
Welcome and Program Overview
Introduction and overview of two major environmental research projects

10:30 AM
Technology Briefing 1:  New Sensor Technologies
Speakers from academia and industry who are developing new sensor technologies to measure temperature, pollutants, water and air quality etc.

11:45 PM
Lunch and Keynote Speaker
David Cash, Assistant Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

1:15 PM
Technology Briefing 2: Sensor Networks, Communications and Data Management
Speakers from academia and industry who are developing sensor network technologies, communications technologies for the sensors to talk to each other and to home base, and software to manage and analyze all the data that is collected.

2:30 PM Break

2:50 PM
Technology Briefing 3: Sensor Deployment
Speakers from academia and industry who are developing novel ways of deploying the sensors and sensor networks and of moving sensors from place to place.

4:00 PM Closing

Presented by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, WHOI, and Mass Tech Leadership Councill in collaboration with MOTN


  • $100  for members of MATTO, WHOI, ATMC, Mass Tech Leadership Council, and MOTN
  • $170 for non-members

Sponsorship Information

$3,000 Sponsorships Available

Sponsorship benefits:

  • Three complementary conference registrations
  • Recognition in pre-event advertising
  • Designation as sponsor in event signage
  • Opportunity to display sponsor literature on literature table
  • Name and/or logo on printed conference materials and Flync site
  • One-page service description and contact information in conference handouts
  • Acknowledgment and thanks at beginning of meeting
  • Early notification of sponsorship opportunities for future events