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The Fifth International Conference on Quantum,
Nano and Micro Technologies

ICQNM 2011

August 21-27, 2011 - French Riviera,
Nice/Saint Laurent du Var, France

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Quantum technologies and nano technologies have a great potential to transform communications telecommunications infrastructure and communication protocols, and computers and networking devices. Nanotechnologies and micro-technologies already made their mark on smart materials, nano-medicine, nano-devices, molecular manufacturing, biotechnology, metrology, airspace.

The advancements in material science and computer science have allowed the building, launching and deploying of space exploration systems that continually do more and more as they become smaller and lighter. As an example, carbon nano-tubes have been created that are 250 times stronger than steel, 10 times lighter, and transparent. Similar advances are occurring in glass, plastics and concrete. Spacecraft are being launched, with hulls that are composed of carbon fibers, a light weight high strength material.

Swarms is another concept of nano-robotics; swarms act in unison like bees. They theoretically will act as a flexible cloth like material, as strong as diamond. Interplanetary exploration can be foreseen as being carried on by nano-robots as well.

Electronic devices, medicine, environment, metrology, aerospace programs, clothes and materials, telecommunications, cryptography, semiconductors, manufacturing, and other domains are impacted by the progress on the areas mentioned above. Particularly, micro imaging, nano-medicine: (drug delivery; nano-particles i.e. viruses; proteins.), bio-nanostructures: (nano-tubes, nano-particles), microsystems, micro fluidics: (including nano-fluidics, modeling; fabrication and application), micro instrumentation / implantable microdevices (miniaturized bio-electronic systems etc.) and micro sensors benefits from the progress on quantum, nano and micro technologies.

The International Conference on Quantum-, Nano- and Micro-technologies (ICQNM 2011) continues a series of events covering particularly promising theories and technologies. The conference covers fundamentals on designing, implementing, testing, validating and maintaining various kinds of materials, systems, techniques and mechanisms related to quantum-, nano- and micro-technologies.

Developing nanoscale-manufactured robots presents fabrication and control challenges. The evolution of mechatronics system and robotic system requires advanced functions for control. Special methods and technologies have been developed to design, analyze, build, controls, and apply micro/nano-robotic systems for biotechnology, medical, information technology, materials, etc. A particular application of nano-robots would be in carrying out projects in hostile environments, utilizing local materials and local energy. Ultra-miniature robotic systems and nano-mechanical devices will be the biomolecular electro-mechanical hardware of future manufacturing and biomedical industry.

Nowadays, there are tremendous attempts to develop new bio-molecular machines, components that can be assembled in nano-devices. Bio-robotics entities are able to manipulate the nano-world components, convey information from the nano/nano to the nano/macro world and navigate at the nano-environment level. Additionally, they are able to self replicate, leading to the bio-robot factory. Protein-based nano-motors and nano-robots, as well as biomolecular components interfaces.

Quantum cryptography uses the uncertainty principle of quantum physics to provide a safe but public means for transmitting vital, secret information. A quantum public key distribution system depends on the uncertainty principle to ensure secrecy. Special protocols correlations and composability algorithms ensure similar functionality as in non-quantum systems. The security related tracks cover a series of events focusing on quantum security aspects. On the quantum protocol side, automated proofs of security and probabilistic model-checking methods have been suggested. Research teams focus on quantum key distribution and aspects related to key composability and correlations. Limitations are mainly related to physical devices and polarization control.

Classical methods for reasoning on security, discovering security vulnerabilities and building secure quantum cryptographic systems must be revisited.

ICQNM 2011 has the following tracks:

QTECH: Quantum technologies
QSEC: Quantum security
NTECH: Nano technologies
MTECH: Micro technologies
APPDOM: Application nano/micro domains
MATERIALS: Nano and micro materials and properties
FLUIDICS: Microfluidics and nanofluidics
SUPER: Superconductivity, materials and applications

NBR: Nano and bio robotics

We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All tracks are open to both research and industry contributions.

QTECH: Quantum technologies

Quantum information
Quantum communication
Quantum computation
Quantum teleportation
Quantum cryptography
Quantum key distribution
Quantum communication infrastructure
Quantum entanglement
Quantum simulation tools

QSEC: Quantum security

Quantum cryptographic systems
Quantum key distribution primitives
Security of QKD protocols
Privacy and authentication in QKD based networks
Quantum Cryptographic error-correcting codes
Quantum cheating
Attacking QKD devices
Quantum correlations
Current limitations of QKD based communication
Reasoning about QKD security
Security frameworks for QKD environments
QKD based networks security vulnerabilities
Applications of QKD systems

NTECH: Nano technologies

Nano materials and nanostructures
Nano devices and electronics
Nano lithography and manufacturing
Nano fluidics and robotics
Nano architectures and computation models
Reliability of nano devices, circuits and systems
Modeling and simulation of nano devices
Design methodologies and tools for nano circuits and systems
Nano tribometry
Testing of nano circuits and systems
Nano tools
Integrated nano systems

MTECH: Micro technologies

Micro modeling and design
Micro fabricated sensors
Micro/Nano fluidic devices
Biomolecular machines
Micro propulsion systems
Fuel cells and energy storage devices
Fluidic and optical structures
Micro materials and micro systems
System integration - macro/micro/nano systems
Micro factory and micro assembly
Microscale control and micro manipulation
Reliability of micro devices, circuits and systems (microreliability, microsafety)
Near-field microscopy
Instrumentation micro systems (actuators, transducers, etc.)
Non-destructive evaluation (acoustic, thermal, etc.)
Scanning probe microscopy

APPDOM: Application nano/micro domains

Nano/micro materials (materials, 3-D microstructuring, nano/micro scale thermal radiation)
Nano medicine (drug delivery; Nano particles i.e., viruses; proteins)
Bio-nanostructures (nano-tubes, nano-particles)
Microsystems, micro fluidics (including nano-fluidics, modeling; fabrication and application)
Micro instrumentation / implantable micro-devices (miniaturized bio-electronic systems etc.)
Micro imaging
Nano measurements (optical interference)
Nano biotechnology
Aerospace and automotive
Molecular manufacturing
Nanotech networking event
Quantum Nano metrology
Defense and homeland security
Energy saving and optimal consumption
Aerospace applications
Data-storage techniques
Self-healing materials
Defense applications
Education & training

MATERIALS: Nano and micro materials and properties

Interconnect materials, technologies, and applications
Materials and technologies for package-level thermal management
Nano films
Porous and pin-fin surfaces
Electrospun polymer fibers
Polymer/Clay nano composites
Silicon nanowires
Wide band-gap dielectrics
Mechanical and thermal properties
Specifics on evaporation and condensation
Elasticity and performance
Adhesion measurements

FLUIDICS: Microfluidics and nanofluidics

Micro thermal technologies
Separation technologies
Detection technologies (optical and electro chemical)
Fluid mechanics and modeling
Microfluidics (DNA, lab-on-a-chip, lithography, etc.)
Fluidics design and assembly
Hybrid devices, microfluidic packaging
Digital microfluidics
Capillary electrophoresis
Microfluidic fuel cells
Cell soring and handling
Single cell analysis
Polymeric composites
Molecular dynamics
Multi-phase nanofluidics
Nano-properties and magnetic fields
Magnetic nanofluids
Transport in nanofluids

SUPER: Superconductivity, materials and applications

Types of superconductivity
Superconductor classification
Supercurrents and superconductors
d-wave superconductors
Superconductor-ferromagnet bilayer structures
Spin screening effect in superconductors
Antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations
Spin relaxation
Thermal expansion
Doping and temperature dependence
Interlayer spacing
Two-dimensional superfluid density
Band renormalization
Fermi surface reconstruction
Specific heat oscillations
Superconducting quantum interference
n-dimensional nanoscale patterns
Ferromagnet thin film heterostructures
Superfluid film
Superfluid stiffness
Iron-based superconductors
Anisotropic pressure derivatives

NBR: Nano and bio robotics

Autonomous and teleoperated nano-manufacturing systems
Microscope nano-probes, optical tweezers, and dielectrophoresis
Carbon nano-tubes and biological objects (DNA, RNA, cell, tissue, etc.)
Biologically inspired miniature space robots and micro-/nano-systems
Nano-particles and nano-wires
Micro-/nano-electromechanical systems
Performance models of nano- and bio-robots
Dynamics and kinematics of bio-nano robots
Molecular kinematics
Limitations of nano-robot colonies
Nano-robots and nano-assembly
Nano-robots control design
Computational nano-robotics
Nano-robotics simulation
Nano-robotics communications techniques
Evolutionary nano-robots
Cellular robotics and micro/nano robotics systems
Viral proteins motors
Protein-based nano-motors and nano-robots
Biomolecular components interfaces (DNA joints and carbon-nanotube rigid links)
Nano-robots in nano-medicine
Surgical micro-robots inside the human body
Nano-robotics and biomedical applications
Medical nano-robots feasibility


Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

Important deadlines:

Submission (full paper) March 23, 2011 April 13, 2011
Notification May 15, 2011
Registration May 30, 2011
Camera ready May 30, 2011

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received papers will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.


Posters are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as poster.  Submissions are expected to be 6-8 slide deck. Posters will not be published in the Proceedings. One poster with all the slides together should be used for discussions. Presenters will be allocated a space where they can display the slides and discuss in an informal manner. The poster slide decks will be posted on the IARIA site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Work in Progress

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress.  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals:

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

For more information,

Workshop proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to


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