Department seminar 04/10 12-1pm: Nano-photonic Sensors and Multi-spectral Imagers

Professor Jayshri Sabarinathan

Western University

Nano-photonic Sensors and Multi-spectral Imagers for EnvironmentalApplications

Date: Wednesday April 10th 12-1pm

Location: LAS 3033

Lunch will be provided.


There is increasing demand for real-time accurate sensor data for robust prediction in several applications ranging from environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, mining, hazardous environments, space mission instrumentation and biomedical diagnosis.  There are several challenging requirements for these applications including:  portability, small form factor, low power, fusion of several sensors, spectral and imaging data, rapid customization, and accuracy. Micro-and nano-photonic sensors particularly have an advantage in specific environments where electrical sensors can cause interference and where high sensitivity is required. There is also need for hybrid functionality. I will talk about the current and ongoing research in my group in building different hybrid optical sensors for contact sensing applications.  In the area of long range remote sensing, we are also currently developing customized multi-spectral cameras for a precision agriculture application which will be integrated on UAV’s for outdoor fields and autonomous robots for greenhouse applications. We are also participating in the Canadian CubeSat Project in which we are developing CubeSat to house VR camera payload. I will elaborate on the work our group is doing on these relatively new projects as well.


Dr. Jayshri Sabarinathan is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Graduate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western University. She is also the acting associate director, engineering of the Western Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX). She obtained her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her primary expertise is in novel nano-photonic sensors and instrumentation miniaturization. She has expertise and leads projects in hybrid micro-sensor design and miniature remote sensing instrumentation. Her research work has also led to a US patent for novel micro-pressure sensor with patents on novel multi-spectral camera components in progress. She currently holds collaborative team grants for building sensors for UAV and mobile robot based remote sensing and is involved in multiple Canadian Space Agency funded projects related to remote instrumentation development.