AMA Innovation Award 2015: Six Teams Nominated

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Special Award Goes to a “Young Enterprise” from Austria


The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement has nominated six submissions for the AMA Innovation Award 2015. A “Young Enterprise” from Austria has won the Special Award.

Berlin, 26 February 2015—For the past 15 years, the AMA Innovation Award has been considered as one of the most coveted prizes in sensor and measuring technology. This year, 50 research and developer teams from Germany and abroad entered the contest for the 10,000-euro award. Admitted to the special “Young Enterprise Award” contest were start-ups, with no more than five years in business, fewer than 50 employees, and an annual turnover of less than 10 million euros. The winning team gets the opportunity to exhibit their products free of charge at the SENSOR+TEST in Nuremberg.

The special award goes to Dr. Christian Pawlu’s team from Vienna (Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH, Vienna) for the development of an “Ultraprecise Frequency Measurement with Crystalline Semiconductor Mirrors.”

“This year, the quality of the outstanding submissions was particularly high, so we nominated six of them. Each of these developments again proves just how essential sensor and measuring technologies are for the advancement of the most diverse areas,” says jury chair Prof. Dr. Andreas Schütze from the Saarland University. “Among the six nominations we already have a winner: Dr. Christian Pawlu and his team are to be commended as a ‘Young Enterprise.’ They have been invited to present their developments at no charge at the SENSOR+TEST 2015 in Nuremberg. Moreover, the submitted project is still a promising candidate for the AMA Innovation Award 2015.”

The nominees for the AMA Innovation Award 2015 (in alphabetical order):

Ultraprecise Frequency Measurement with Crystalline Semiconductor Mirrors
Prof. Dr. Markus Aspelmeyer, Dr. Garrett Cole, Dr. Christian Pawlu
(Crystalline Mirror Solutions GmbH, Vienna) / brochure p. 6

Large-Scale Nanotopography Measurement of Reflective Surfaces
Alexander Tobisch, Dr. Martin Schellenberger, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lothar Pfitzner
(Fraunhofer IISB, Erlangen) and Daniel Raseghi, Meinrad Spitz (E+H Metrology GmbH) / brochure p. 6

Ge-on-Si Photodiode with Black-Silicon Light Traps
Martin Steglich, Dr. Ernst-Bernhard Kley (Fr.-Schiller University Jena) and Dr. Michael Oehme, Prof. Jörg Schulze (Stuttgart University) / brochure S. 7

Wideband Low-Power FMCW Radar Level Measurement Device
Dr. Christoph Schmits, Dr. Michael Vogt (KROHNE Innovation GmbH, Duisburg) and Prof. Dr. Nils Pohl, Timo Jaeschke, Christian Schulz (Ruhr University Bochum) / brochure S. 7

Tachyon1024 Microcore SWaP-C, 1-kHz Uncooled MWIR Imaging FPA for Industrial Applications
Dr. Germán Vergara, Rodrigo Linares, Raul Gutierrez, Arturo Baldasano (New Infrared Technologies S.L., Boadilla del Monte) / brochure p. 8

lumiMEMS: Basic Technology for Readout of Chemical Sensors Based on Microcantilevers
Dr. Gino Putrino, Prof. Adrian Keating, Prof. Mariusz Martyniuk, Prof. Lorenzo Faraone, Prof. John Dell, (University of Western Australia) /, brochure p. 8

The winner or winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2015 will be made known on 19 May 2015 during the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST 2015 trade fair in Nuremberg.

Overview of all submitted projects for the AMA Innovation Award 2015 

AMA Innovation Award 2015: Submit Now

AMA Association looking for Innovations in Sensors and Measurement

 

AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) is calling on innovators in sensor and measuring technology to compete for the AMA Innovation Award 2015. Submissions should be innovative and market-relevant research and development projects.

 

Individuals and developer can enter novel research and development projects with apparent market relevance to compete for the 10,000-euro AMA Innovation Award. Startup enterprises, no older than five years, can also compete for the special Young Enterprise award. The AMA will sponsor the winners of this category with a free trade-fair stand at the SENSOR+TEST 2015. The deadline for all submissions is 19 January 2015.

The AMA Innovation Award is among the most renowned prizes in sensor and measuring technology. It has been presented for fifteen years now for outstanding research and development achievements. The award goes to the developers and developer-teams themselves, not to the entities behind them. All the submitted projects are published on the AMA website as a brochure.

The jury comprises experts in sensor and measuring technology from universities, institutes, and enterprises. The jurors judge the submissions in regard to their scientific achievement and assess their probable marketability. “Every year, we get innovative submissions from all over the world,” says jury chair Professor Andreas Schütze from Saarland University. “Many of these are future-oriented projects from renowned enterprises and institutes, but from startups as well. To promote these young companies and to give them a good start on the market, we’ve created the Young Enterprises award category. The winner in this category gets a trade-fair stand at the SENSOR+TEST 2015 in Nuremberg free of charge. Nevertheless, these submissions still take part in the main contest for the AMA Innovation Award 2015.”

The terms and conditions as well as application forms for participation in the AMA Innovation Award 2015 contest and the special Young Enterprise category are available free of charge.

The final submission date is 19 January 2015. The nominees are to be announced at the Annual AMA Press Conference in February of 2015. The AMA Innovation Award will be presented at the opening ceremony of the SENSOR+TEST on 19 May 2015 in Nuremberg.

Double Winner Crystalline Semiconductors

AMA Innovation Award 2015 - The winner

AMA Innovation Award 2015 and Special Award for Developer Team from Vienna

 

Nuremberg/Berlin, 26 May 2015 - The AMA Association for Sensors and Measurement (AMA) will present the winners of the AMA Innovation Award 2015 at the SENSOR+TEST trade fair in Nuremberg on the 19th of May. This year, an Austrian development team convinced the jury twofold.

 

The “Ultraprecise Frequency Measurement with Crystalline Semiconductor Mirrors” project won the AMA Innovation Award 2015 after having already won the Young Enterprises Special Award. The Crystalline Mirror Solutions’ developer team, Christian Pawlu, Professor Markus Aspelmeyer, and Garrett Cole, thus received the 10,000-euro AMA Innovation Award as well as a free trade-fair stand at the SENSOR+TEST.

A new approach to the precise measurement of time and space by the use of crystalline mirrors reducing thermal noise by a factor of ten swayed the jury in both competing categories. “This year, 50 teams contended with first-rate development projects for the AMA Innovation Award. A compelling solution for the entire field of measuring technology and the demonstrated market relevance of the crystalline semiconductor mirrors clearly stood out among all the excellent projects,” said jury chair Professor Andreas Schütze from the Saarland University, explaining the verdict.

A laser beam is bounced back and forth between highly reflecting mirrors to obtain a precise measurement of time and space. However, the exactitude of the method is limited by thermal noise. A radically new approach by the developer team using crystalline semiconductor mirrors was able to significantly minimize this thermal noise. The Crystalline Mirror Solutions company from Vienna recognized areas of application in communications and measuring technologies as well as in aerospace. The team showed its twofold winning project at the SENSOR+TEST 2015.

 

The AMA Association has been presenting its Innovation Award for 15 years and is publishing “AMA Innovation Award 2015 – the Contenders,” a brochure providing an overview of all submissions. Out of 50 submitted projects this year, five others were also nominated as outstanding:

Large-Scale Nanotopography Measurement of Reflective Surfaces

Alexander Tobisch, Dr. Martin Schellenberger, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lothar Pfitzner

(Fraunhofer IISB, Erlangen) and Daniel Raseghi, Meinrad Spitz (E+H Metrology GmbH)

Ge-on-Si Photodiode with Black-Silicon Light Traps

Martin Steglich, Dr. Ernst-Bernhard Kley (Fr.-Schiller University Jena) and Dr. Michael Oehme, Prof. Jörg Schulze (Stuttgart University)

 

Wideband Low-Power FMCW Radar Level Measurement Device

Dr. Christoph Schmits, Dr. Michael Vogt (KROHNE Innovation GmbH, Duisburg) and Prof. Dr. Nils Pohl, Timo Jaeschke, Christian Schulz (Ruhr University Bochum)

 

Tachyon1024 Microcore SWaP-C, 1-kHz Uncooled MWIR Imaging FPA for Industrial Applications

Dr. Germán Vergara, Rodrigo Linares, Raul Gutierrez, Arturo Baldasano (New Infrared Technologies S.L., Boadilla del Monte)

 

lumiMEMS: Basic Technology for Readout of Chemical Sensors Based on Microcantilevers

Dr. Gino Putrino, Prof. Adrian Keating, Prof. Mariusz Martyniuk, Prof. Lorenzo Faraone, Prof. John Dell, (University of Western Australia)

 

Submissions for the AMA Innovation Award 2016 will be invited as of October 2015. Individuals as well as developer teams from enterprises or institutes from all over the world may then submit their projects. Brochure with the submissions for 2015.