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The Second International Conference on Quantum, Nano, and Micro Technologies

ICQNM 2008

February 10-15, 2008 - Sainte Luce, Martinique

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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, nanomedicine: (drug delivery; nanoparticles ie viruses; proteins.), bio-nanostructures: (nano-tubes, nano-particles),  microsystems, micro fluidics: (including nano-fludics, modeling; fabrication and application),  micro instrumentation / implantable microdevices (miniaturized bio-electronic systems etc.) and micro sensors benefits from the progress on quatum, nano and micro technologies.

The International Conference on Quantum-, Nano- and Micro-technologies (ICQNM 2008) 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.

The conference has the following tracks:

QTECH: Quantum technologies
NTECH: Nano technologies
MTECH: Micro technologies
APPDOM: Application domains
NBR: Nano and bio robotics
QSEC: Quantum security

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.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, standards, implementations, running experiments and applications. 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 topic areas. Industrial presentations are not subject to these constraints. Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged. 

The following track topics are expected to be covered:

QTECH: Quantum technologies

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

NTECH: Nano technologies
Nano electronics
Nano materials
Nano devices
Nano tools
Nano manufacturing
Integrated nano systems
Testing nano systems
Entanglement and coherence in nano electronics

MTECH: Micro technologies
Micro design
Micro devices
Integration of micro systems
Micro-nano-electronics and control systems
MEMS/NEMS based micro-instruments
Fuel Cells and Energy Storage Devices
Micro/Nano fluidic devices
Biomolecular machines
Micro propulsion systems

APPDOM: Application domains
Nanomedicine: (drug delivery; nanoparticles ie viruses; proteins.)
Bio-nanostructures: (nano-tubes, nano-particles)
Microsystems, micro fluidics: (including nano-fludics, 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
Aerospace applications
Self-healing materials
Defense applications
Education & training

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

QSEC: Quantum security
Quantum cryptographic systems
Quantum key distribution primitives
Security of QKD protocols
Privacy and authentication in QKD based networks
Quantum Cryptograhpic 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


The ICQNM 2008 Proceedings will be published by IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services and on-line via IEEE XPlore Digital Library. IEEE will index the papers with major indexes.

Important deadlines:

Full paper submission September 14, 2007 September 19, 2007
Authors notification October 15, 2007 October 18, 2007
Registration and camera ready November 5, 2007 November 8, 2007

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

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11" (two columns IEEE format), 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.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the IEEE CS Press 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.

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 be published in the conference’s CD collection, together with the regular papers. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals can be for half or full day tutorials. 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.

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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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