February 2016 edition – Vol.8 no.2


International event organization
Our priorities for this time of year are mainly dedicated to the organization of three upcoming international events. Firstly is the IEEE-ISCAS symposium to be held in Montreal from May 22nd to the 25th. We are adjusting the final details of a program that strives to be innovative and unique. The social program will include a welcome reception on Sunday 22 May, a banquet-gala and a farewell reception to which all participants are welcome. Also, we encourage all members of ReSMiQ to attend the many intensive courses scheduled on the first day of the conference. We invite you to regularly visit the website at iscas2016.org for details.
NEWCAS is the second event toward which our attention is directed. It will be back in Canada and for the first time outside the province of Québec. It will be held on Canada’s west coast in Vancouver from June 26th to 29th. The call for papers has been launched and the deadline for submitting articles which was February 28 has been prolonged by ten days, until March 7th. The executive committee of ReSMiQ encourages all members of the center to submit their recent work and to participate in great numbers. You will find more details on the conference web site.
Lastly, we are joining forces with colleagues from France and Japan and doing so giving our annual symposium international scope. We’ll have guest speakers who will talk about the impact of circuits and systems on human health and quality of life. A poster competition featuring projects by graduate will also be part of the program. as a matter of fact the call for communication will be broadcasted in a few days. The symposium will take place during the first day of the conference ISCAS 2016, Sunday, May 22nd, at the Sheraton Centre in Montreal. We invite you to regularly visit the ReSMiQ website at resmiq.org for details.

ReSMiQ intensive course
SalamaSemin_groupPr. Khaled N. Salama from the King Abdullah U. of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia presented the intensive course entitled “Integrated Sensors” at Polytechnique Montréal, organized as part of our continuing training program in collaboration with the IEEE Montréal’s chapters of the Solid State Circuit Society (SSCS) and the Circuits and Systems Society (CASS). See the abstract


– Dr. Roy from Université de Sherbrooke received the IEEE ICNC Silver Contribution Award for his numerous contributions to the ICNC conference.

– Dr. Gosselin, from Université Laval, received an ENGAGE grant from NSERC with the company Quanser. More details

– Dr. Roy and Dr. Fontaine from Université de Sherbrooke lead the Center of Excellence in Integrated Intelligent Systems (CESIIUS) comprising 10 researchers, including Dr. Pratte from Université de Sherbrooke.



ReSMiQ and the Chapter of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) in collaboration with the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) invite you to attend the following seminar to be held on March 18, 2016, at 2:00 pm at Polytechnique Montréal.

Speaker: Chan Carusone, Université de Toronto, Canada
Title: CMOS Transceiver Circuits for Short-Reach Optical Communication
Abstract and biography

Scholarships and financial support

Financial support for graduate students
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Financial support for invited researchers
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Financial support for collaborative research
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SIGNAL is the main monthly information medium of the Microsystems Strategic Alliance of Québec (ReSMiQ). This newsletter aims to be an active link between the members of ReSMiQ and all individuals who have an interest in research and innovation in microsystems. We commit ourselves to promote in it our members’ research and increase ReSMiQ’s visibility.

ReSMiQ is a group of researchers in an interuniversity research center that can count on the support of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) and ten (10) Quebec universities involved in microsystems research.

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Call for participation

32nd IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE),
from May 5 to 8, 2019, Edmonton, Canada.

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2019 International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS),
from May 26 to 29, 2019, Sapporo, Japan.

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17th IEEE International NEWCAS Conference (NEWCAS),
from June 23 to 26, 2019, Munich, Germany.
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The 32nd International Conference on Industrial, Engineering & Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems (IAE-AIE)
from July 9 to 11, 2019, Graz, Austria.

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62nd IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS),
from August 4 to 7, 2019, Dallas, United States.

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Call for contributions

XXXIV Conference on design of circuits and integrated systems (DCIS),
from November 20 to 22, 2019, Bilbao, Spain.

Submission deadline: April 30, 2019.
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The Conference on Design and Architectures for Signal and Image Processing (DASIP)
from October 16 to 18, 2019, Montréal, Canada.

Submission deadline: May 17, 2019.
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IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS2019),
from October 17 to 19, 2019, Nara, Japan.

Submission deadline: June 10, 2019.
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Prof. R. Izquierdo
Université du Québec à Montréal
Member of ReSMiQ since 2005

IzquierdoRicardo Izquierdo received his PhD degree in engineering Physics from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He is the director of the research center in Co-design and fabrication of microsystems (CoFaMic) at UQAM. He was Scientific Engineer and Director of R&D at Technologies Novimage and OLA Display Corporation. Dr. Izquierdo has a large experience in photonic/electronic applications of organic semiconductors, micro- and nano-fabrication, and micro-devices (OLED, OFET, MEMS, Lab-on-Chip, etc.). He has been a member of several grant evaluation committees and editor of scientific journals. He has three patents and has published several refereed papers in scientific journals and international conferences. More details

Below is a selection of publications in recent years followed by representative work.

1. Development of a lab-on-chip electrochemical biosensor for water quality analysis based on microalgal photosynthesis. Tsopela, A., Laborde, A., Salvagnac, L., Ventalon, V., Bedel-Pereira, E., Séguy, I., Temple-Boyer, P., Juneau, P., Izquierdo, R., Launay, J., Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2016.

2. Integration of fluorescence sensors using organic optoelectronic components for microfluidic platform. Lefèvre, F., Juneau, P., Izquierdo, R., Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, 2015.

3. Light emitting devices and integrated electrochemical sensors on lab-on-chip for toxicity bioassays based on algal physiology. Tsopela, A., Laborde, A., Salvagnac, L., Seguy, I., Izquierdo, R., Juneau, P., Temple-Boyer, P., Launay, J., 2015 Transducers - 2015 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, TRANSDUCERS 2015, 2015.

4. OLED hybrid integrated polymer microfluidic biosensing for point of care testing. Acharya, A., Packirisamy, M., Izquierdo, R., Micromachines, 2015.

5. Towards high efficiency air-processed near-infrared responsive photovoltaics: Bulk heterojunction solar cells based on PbS/CdS core-shell quantum dots and TiO2 nanorod arrays. Gonfa, B.A., Kim, M.R., Delegan, N., Tavares, A.C., Izquierdo, R., Wu, N., El Khakani, M.A., Ma, D., Nanoscale, 2015.

6. Integrated electrochemical biosensor based on algal metabolism for water toxicity analysis. Tsopela, A., Lale, A., Vanhove, E., Reynes, O., Séguy, I., Temple-Boyer, P., Juneau, P., Izquierdo, R., Launay, J., Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2014.

7. Air-processed depleted bulk heterojunction solar cells based on PbS/CdS core-shell quantum dots and TiO2 nanorod arrays. Atomsa Gonfa, B., Zhao, H., Li, J., Qiu, J., Saidani, M., Zhang, S., Izquierdo, R., Wu, N., El Khakani, M.A., Ma, D., Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 2014.


OLED Hybrid Integrated Polymer Microfluidic Biosensing
for Point of Care Testing

This paper reports a microfluidic platform (Fig. 1a) with external hybrid integration of an organic light emitting diode (OLED) (Fig. 1b) as an excitation source. This device can be used as a simple and cost effective biosensing element. The device is capable of rapid in-situ detection of biological elements such as sensing of interaction of antigen with fluorescent tagged antibody conjugates. These portable microfluidic systems have great potential for use an OLED in a single chip with very high accuracy and sensitivity for various point-of-care (POC) diagnosis and lab on a chip (LOC) applications, as the miniaturization of the biosensor is essential for handling smaller sample volumes in order to achieve high throughput. The biosensing element was successfully tested to detect anti-sheep IgG conjugates tagged to Alexafluor using a fluorescence based immunoassay method (Fig. 2).
Vol8-No2-Fig1a_1bFig. 1. a) Fabricated and packaged polymer based microfluidic chip. b) Design layout of organic light emitting diode (OLED) chip.
Vol8-No2-Fig3Fig. 2. Schematic representation of the bio-optical fluorescence detection setup using OLED source.