I&M around the World

Wendy Van Moer

Travelling around the world… it definitely opens up your eyes and broadens your mind! And that's why each April issue of our magazine is dedicated to a different region. This allows all regions to show to the rest of the world their work in the field of instrumentation and measurement. What kind of I&M research is going on in that particular region? What are the difficulties? Where do they put the focus?


In this April 2018 issue of our magazine we travel to… Africa!


This time we have two guest editors: Prof. Aime Lay-Ekuakille and Dr. Mohamed Khalil. They both have strong connections with the scientific community in Africa and are experts in the field. As such they are the perfect ones to show us what is going on in the field of instrumentation and measurement in Africa.


I would like to take the opportunity to thank them both for the valuable time they spent on this issue.


Let's start our journey to Africa!






Guest Editorial- I&M in Ultrasound Technology


Aimé Lay-Ekuakille


Two papers are considered important and included in the section. Ultrasound remains one of the most well-known radiations used for active and passive detection. It is often used for distance measurement and obstacle ranging. The aforementioned papers deal with acoustic sensing on a mobile robot and invasive grinding, respectively. Acoustic sensing is used in many automotive applications because of its simplicity. It is an asset for radar systems including ground penetrating radar. The paper aims at allowing the mobile robot to follow line in an autonomous way employing an array of sensors instructed by a fuzzy logic system. The second paper is related to the use of ultrasound as guide for minimally invasive grinding in order to clear blood clots. Blood clots can be processed by means of medicine but it takes a long time; especially for urgent and concerned cases, a grinding by means of ultrasound could be necessary. In this case ultrasound is used to guide surgeons during their intervention by trying to help in clear blood clots but also by detecting indirectly the type of physiological material.


We do hope the readers will enjoy both papers even with two different applications.



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