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The World Health Organization reports that “the combined effects of ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution cause an estimated seven million premature deaths every year, largely as a result of increased mortality from stroke, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections.” The primary sources of air pollution are dominated by anthropogenic actions including road emissions, industrial emissions, home heating, and construction sources. 

Further, the National Institute of Health estimates that airborne pathogens, (such as fungi, viruses, and bacteria) carried in bioaerosols, are estimated to be responsible for approximately 5 to 34% of indoor particulate matter air pollution. These bioaerosols can be associated with certain human diseases, such as pneumonia, influenza, measles, asthma, allergies, gastrointestinal illness, and SARS Covid-19.

The workshop will examine how new sensors, software, and practice can better address many of these global air pollution problems. For example, new, low-cost sensor networks can provide previously unfeasible real-time monitoring of toxic sites, and new mathematical models calculate inferred downstream values from upstream measurements. In addition, new biosensors, specifically designed to monitor SARS Covid-19 signatures, and others designed to measure airborne pathogen toxicity will be discussed.

The event is being organized by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the University of Cambridge in the UK. It will be an update to the first event held in 2019 and will again include academic researchers, plus state and regional regulators, and executives and scientists from industry. A panel discussion will follow the formal presentations. Initial speakers and topics are as listed.


The workshop will be held virtually, via Zoom, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT, July 28-29, 2021.



  Agenda    Presentations

  "Carbon Nanotube Active Filters for Viral Aerosol Disruption"
Adam Boies
Reader, Energy Group
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge 

"From Air Quality Sensors to Data Analysis: Joining Up our Air Quality Community"
John Saffell
Technical Director
Alphasense Ltd 
  "Development and Deployment of an Online Instrument to Quantify Aerosol Toxicity"
Markus Kalberer
University of Basel 

"Personalised Assessment of Respiratory Health Impacts of Exposure to Air Pollution"
D K Arvind
University of Edinburgh

"Inverse Modeling Methods for Interpreting Real Time Ambient Air Measurements: An Update"
Jay Olaguer
Assistant Division Director
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)

"Air Quality Sensors Applied: From Predicting Wildfires to Improving Public Health"
Joseph R. Stetter
President, Chief Technology Officer,
Chairman of the Board
KWJ Engineering, Inc.
President and Managing Partner – Spec Sensors, LLC

"Applying Emerging Sensor Technology: An Update"
Marta A. Fuoco
Physical Scientist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Region 5, Air & Radiation Division
  "Environmental Bio-sensing Approaches in the DARPA SIGMA+ and SenSARS Programs"
Mark Wrobel
Program Manager
Defense Sciences Office (DSO)

Tammy Thompson

"Identifying Source of Air Pollution at Fine Spatial Scales"
Tammy Thompson
Senior Air Quality Specialist
Environmental Defense Fund

Mario Ramos 
"Sorex Sensors: Advances in FBAR-based Gas Sensors for IAQ Monitoring Applications"
Mario de Miguel Ramos
CEO, Cofounder and Director
Sorex Sensors, Ltd. 
Robert Dick 2  "Vision-Based Air Pollution Measurement"
Robert Dick
Associate Professor
EECS Department
University of Michigan

Yutao Qin 
"Progressive Cellular Architecture in Microscale Gas Chromatography for Broad Chemical Analyses" 
Yutao Qin
Assistant Research Scientist
EECS Department
University of Michigan

Speaker Technical Prep Sessions

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