U.Michelucci and F.Venturini: Neural Networks in Optical Sensors - a revolution in how sensors are built and used
14 November 2019
Manno, Galleria 1, 2nd floor, room G1-201 @12:00
In this talk, we will discuss two different types of optical sensors based on luminescence: one is used for oxygen sensing type sensors, and the other is an «optical nose» for fingerprinting of substances.
The problem of these types of sensors is that the measured signal is influenced by many components (like mirrors, lasers, electronics). Unfortunately these dependencies cannot be modeled mathematically in a simple way. So typically, complicated and empirical mathematical models are used, which are then fine tuned for each sensor in what is called calibration. But do we need to model those effects? Or there is another way?
We will describe how the use neural networks can dramatically change how to build and use these sensors, without the need for any complicated mathematical model. Introducing neural networks in optical sensors typically does not require deep networks. However, there are several aspects that are very different from classical neural networks models which will be discussed here: one example overall is overfitting, that in this case requires completely different approaches to be dealt with.
We will bring at the talk a prototype of a portable, low-cost sensor that we are currently developing at TOELT to demonstrate how a low-cost sensor can be built and used.

The speakers

- Umberto Michelucci studied physics and mathematics and received its master from the University of Florence (Italy). He gained research experience at the George Washington University (USA) and the University of Augsburg (DE). He is an expert in numerical simulation, statistics, data science and machine learning. His is author of the books “Applied Deep Learning – A Case-Based Approach to Understanding Deep Neural Networks” and “Advanced Applied Deep Learning - Convolutional Neural Networks and Object Detection”. He is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland) on Deep Learning and Neural Networks Theory and Applications. He is a co-founder of TOELT LLC, a company aiming to promote research and education in AI and is a “Google Developer Expert” in Machine Learning. He is also a Google Developer Expert and gives lectures and training internationally together with Google on Machine Learning.

- Francesca Venturini received her Ph.D. in physics from the Technical University of Munich (Germany) in 2003. From 2003 to 2013 she gained practical experience in industrial research and development. In 2013 she joined the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Physics of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland), where she is a full professor of applied optics. Additional to teaching, she works in applied research in close contact with industrial partners. Her research interests are the field of optical sensing, with focus on luminescence spectroscopy and tunable-diode laser absorption spectroscopy. She is a co-founder of TOELT LLC, a company aiming to promote research and education in AI.


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