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NSTI Nanotech Homeland Security 2006 Symposium To Assess How Nanotechnology Can Help Protect the Public From National Security Threats

Lawrence Livermore National Labs Brings Together Worldwide Experts in Landmark Meeting to Boston in May.
The NSTI Nanotech Micro/Nano-Technology for National Security Applications 2006 program will bring together for the first time the world’s leading nanotechnology experts in biology, chemicals and sensors to explore how nanotechnology discoveries could help create the next-generation of devices to protect the public from a variety of threats. The program will be held over three days (May 8-10) in Boston, Massachusetts at the Hynes Convention Center in conjunction with NSTI Nanotech 2006, the world’s largest multi-disciplinary nanotechnology conference.

The Homeland Security Symposium was organized by U.S. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and will examine nanotechnology’s role in a variety of high-risk public safety applications – such as viral outbreaks (such as Bird Flu); hazardous accidents; natural disasters; and even attempted terrorist attacks. “At this symposium, we’re interested in learning how national security problems might be better addressed through the use of integrated systems that may rely on nanotechnology components,” said Dr. Anantha Krishnan, Director of Lawrence Livermore’s R&D for Micro- and Nano-Technology unit, and one of the main drivers of the Homeland Security Symposium.

Symposium speakers will focus on several topics related to homeland security and defense:

  • Improve ease-of-use of nano-sensors -- so that even lay people could use them in case of an emergency
  • Design smaller, smarter and more integrated – to improve efficiency and meet the public’s expectation of non-invasive techniques.
  • Increase “smart identification” capabilities of chemical/biological agents – for quicker and easily updateable screening and data analysis.
  • Speed results – to support near real-time results (under 30 seconds)
  • Super-sensitive sensors – to work with micro-samples
  • Extend mobility – to extend suitable locations via extended battery life and filters.

Among the organizations scheduled to deliver talks include: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National University of Singapore, U.S. Department of the Navy Naval Research Lab, and the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. To learn more about the NSTI Nanotech 2006 Conference and the Homeland Security Symposium, please visit www.nsti.org/Nanotech2006/symposia/Homeland_Security.html RSS feed of Nano World News

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