June 2015 edition – Vol.7 no.6

13th edition of the IEEE International NEWCAS conference
It is with great pride that several of our members participated to the organization of the 13th edition of the IEEE international NEWCAS conference, which was held from June 7 to 10 in Grenoble, at MINATEC. Launched in 2003 in Montreal, under the sponsorship of the IEEE Circuits and Systems society (CAS), it has progressively grown to become a major meeting event and is now a full-fledged IEEE conference. This world-class conference has been hosted for the fourth time across the Atlantic in France after Paris (2013), Bordeaux (2011) and Toulouse (2009). We have met with remarkable success with over 220 participants from over 45 countries. It is worth noting that the acceptance rate of 43.6% allowed the conference to achieve a remarkable level of quality. The broad spectrum of research topics covered this year attracted 321 submissions. These were sorted and evaluated by the members of the technical committee and external reviewers who conducted in-depth evaluation of each paper for a total of 1040 evaluations. The final selection resulted in the presentation of 95 articles in technical sessions and 39 in poster sessions. It was also a great honor to welcome world renowned speakers who shared their knowledge and their expertise with the attendees. These experts (3 keynotes) were: Joseph Sifakis (CRI Grenoble, France), Bram Nauta (Universiy of Twente, Netherlands) and Christophe Fourtet (SigFox, France). The awards for the three best students papers we presented to Ayssar Serhan, Estelle Lauga-Larroze and Jean-Michel Fournier (1st place); François Gaugaz, François Krummenacher and Maher Kayal (2nd place); Denis Sallin, Adil Koukab and Maher Kayal (3rd place). The ReSMiQ award was presented to Pere Llimós Muntal, Dennis Øland Larsen, Kjartan Færch, Ivan Harald Holger Jørgensen and Erik Bruun. We congratulate all the members of the organizing committee for this success and we also take this opportunity to thank the sponsors for their support. It is in this spirit that we look forward to seeing you next year in Vancouver, Canada, in June of 2016, for the 14th edition.

newcas2015From left to right: Peter Stokes, CMC Microsystems (Industry liaison); Raafat Lababidi, ENSTA; Frédéric Nabki, UQAM (Track Co-Chair); Mohamad Sawan, Polytechnique Montréal (General Co-Chair); Yvon Savaria, Polytechnique Montréal (Track Co-Chair); Dominique Morche, CEA-Leti (General Co-Chair); Sylvain Bourdel, Univ. Grenoble Alpes (TP Co-Chair); Mounir Boukadoum, UQAM; Yannis Leguennec, Univ. Grenoble Alpes (TP Co-Chair).


– Dr. Sawan from Polytechnique Montréal offered a tutorial at ISCAS2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. More details


– Dr. Boland of École de technologie supérieure is the head of the Department of Electrical Engineering since June 4th.

– Dr. Gosselin from Université Laval with two other researchers received a joint Collaborative Health Research Projects grant from NSERC and CIHR for the development of a novel wireless micro-optrode to improve the accuracy of brain research tools. More details

– Dr. Sawan from Polytechnique Montréal received an ENGAGE grant from NSERC with the company SIGNUM.

– Dr. G. Gagnon from École de technologie supérieure received an ENGAGE grant from NSERC with the company Convectair. More details



Scholarships for graduate students
ReSMiQ Scholarship and supplementary scholarship
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Scholarship for post-doctoral fellow
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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 contributions

XXXIII  Conference on design of circuits and integrated systems (DCIS),
from November 14 to 16, 2018, Lyon, France.
Submission deadline : May 1st, 2018.
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IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS2018),
from October 17 to 19, 2018, Cleveland, U.S.A.
Submission deadline : June 11, 2018.
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IEEE Life Science Conference (LSC2018),
from October 28 to 30, 2018, Montréal, Canada

Submission deadline : June 4, 2018.
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31st Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer engineering (CCECE),
from May 13 to 16, 2018, Québec, Canada.
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2018 International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS),
from May 27 to 30, 2018, Florence, Italy.

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16th IEEE International NEWCAS Conference (NEWCAS),
from June 24 to 27, 2018, Montréal, Canada.
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The 31st International Conference on Industrial, Engineering & Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems (IAE-AIE2018)
Du 25 au 28 juin 2018, Montréal, Canada.
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61st IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS),
from August 5 to 8, 2018, Windsor, ON, Canada.
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Prof. Yves-Alain Peter
Polytechnique Montréal
Member of ReSMiQ since 2006

Y.-A PeterProf. Yves-Alain received the M.Sc. degree in Physics and the Dr.Sc. degree in Sciences from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He held different research positions in various institutions such as the Department of Medical Radiobiology at the Paul Scherrer Institute, the Applied Optics Group at the Institute of Microtechnology, University of Neuchâtel, both in Switzerland, and the Microphotonics Group in the Stanford University. He was a Research and Development Engineer and a Project Leader with the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology. Dr. Peter is now Professor in the Engineering Physics Department and the Director of the Microphotonics Laboratory in Polytechnique Montreal. His current research interests include microphotonics and microoptoelectromechanical systems. He holds two patents and has published several journal and conference refereed papers. More information

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

F. Vanier, Y.-A. Peter, and M. Rochette, “Cascaded Raman Lasing in Packaged High Quality As₂S₃ Microspheres,” Optics Express, vol. 22, no. 23, pp. 428731-28739, 2014.

O. Solgaard, A. Godil, R. Howe, L. P. Lee, Y.-A. Peter, H. Zappe, “Optical MEMS: From micromirrors to complex systems,” J. Microelectromech. Syst., vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 517-538, 2014.

H. Chibli, H. Ghali, S. Park, Y.-A. Peter, and J. L. Nadeau, “Immobilized Phage Proteins for Specific Detection of Staphylococci,” Analyst, vol. 139, no. 1, pp. 179-186, 2014.

Poulin, R. St-Gelais, A. L. Eichenberger, L. Thévenaz, and Y.-A. Peter, “MEMS Tunable Asymmetric Fabry–Perot Cavity for High-Precision Weighing of Macro Samples,” J.Microelectromech. Syst., vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 884-891, 2013.

R. St-Gelais, T. Kerrien, H. Camirand, A. Poulin, and Y.-A. Peter, “Silicon-On-Insulator In-Plane Gires-Tournois Interferometers,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett., vol. 24, pp. 2272-2275, 2012.

K. Zandi, J.A. Bélanger, and Y.-A. Peter, “Design and Demonstration of an In-Plane Silicon-On-Insulator Optical MEMS Fabry Pérot-Based Accelerometer Integrated With Channel Waveguides,” J. Microelectromech. Syst., vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 1464-1470, 2012.

P. Pottier, L. Shi, and Y.-A. Peter, “Evolution of modes of Fabry-Pérot cavity based on photonic crystal guided-mode resonance mirrors,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B, vol. 29, pp. 2698-2703, 2012.



Optical MEMS: From micromirrors to complex systems

Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology, and surface micromachining in particular, have led to the development of miniaturized optical devices with a substantial impact on a large number of application areas. The reason is the unique MEMS characteristics that are advantageous for fabrication, systems integration, and operation of micro-optical systems. The precision mechanics of MEMS, microfabrication techniques, and optical functionality all make possible a wide variety of movable and tunable mirrors, lenses, filters, and other optical structures. In these systems, electrostatic, magnetic, thermal, and pneumatic actuators provide mechanical precision and control. The large number of electromagnetic modes that can be accommodated by beam-steering micromirrors and diffractive optical MEMS, combined with the precision of these types of elements, is utilized in fiber-optical switches and filters, including dispersion compensators. The potential to integrate optics with electronics and mechanics is a great advantage in biomedical instrumentation, where the integration of miniaturized optical detection systems with microfluidics enables smaller, faster, more-functional, and cheaper systems. The precise dimensions and alignment of MEMS devices, combined with the mechanical stability that comes with miniaturization, make optical MEMS sensors well suited to a variety of challenging measurements. Micro-optical systems also benefit from the addition of nanostructures to the MEMS toolbox. Photonic crystals and microcavities, which represent the ultimate in miniaturized optical components, enable further scaling of optical MEMS.

In Fig. 1 is shown a novel MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical System) refractometer for a high resolution optofluidic lab-on-a-chip sensor for flow cytometry. This MEMS allows high throughput achieved over a large population of particles in compatibility with conventional flow cytometry without the need of a fluorochrome. The SUT is placed in the reservoir and is hydrodynamically focused into the microchannel crossing the Fabry-Perot cavity formed by the two Bragg reflectors. Laser light is coupled to the Fabry-Perot cavity from an optical fiber placed in self alignment grooves. The transmitted light is collected by a second optical fiber, which is connected to the detector. A resolution of 1.7x10-5 RIU (refractive index unit) was achieved using an in-plane Fabry-Pérot cavity integrated with the microfluidic channel.

Vol-7-N6_1Fig. 1. (a) Scanning electron micrograph of Fabry-Pérot refractometer integrated with optical fiber alignment grooves, microfuidic channel, and reservoir. (b) Closeup view of the Fabry-Pérot refractometer made of two silicon/air Bragg reflectors separated by the microfluidic channel.