2015 Organizing Committee



Sightseeing Opportunities

Student Award



Invited & Keynote Speakers


Submit your Paper

Letter of Invitation


Instructions for Authors

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The 5th International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering

SMN 2015 in conjunction with Cansmart 2015

The International Conference on Smart Materials and Structures
15-17 July, 2015 - Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Conference will be preceded by the NATO lecture series on Structural Health Monitoring to be held on Monday & Tuesday 13-14 July, 2015.

Aerial View of Vancouver

The objective of the present meeting is to bring together the best research and applications on smart materials, structures, and nanotechnology for different engineering applications ranging from nano to large scale systems including SHM & NDT.

Organizing Committee
Prof Afzal Suleman, University of Victoria, Canada
Prof. Christian Boller, University of Saarland, Germany
Prof. Spilios Fassois, University of Patras, Greece
Prof. Claus-Peter Fritzen, University of Siegen, Germany
Prof. Alfredo Güemes, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Dr. Malcolm McGugan, RISOE National Laboratory, Denmark
Dr. Liming W. Salvino, Associate Director, Office of Naval Research Global, Singapore
Prof. Wieslaw Ostachowicz, Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery, Poland
Prof. Tinh Q. Bui, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Ayech Benjeddou, Supmeca, France
Prof. Vijay K. Varadan, Pen State Univ., PE, USA
Prof. Debes Bhattacharyya, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Prof. Alison Flatau, University of Maryland, USA
Dr. Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Jet Propulsion Lab, CA, USA
Vincent le Cam, IFSTTAR, France
Prof. Hiroshi Asanuma, Chiba University, Japan
Prof. Li Cheng, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Prof. Jae-Hung Han, KAIST, Daejeon, Korea
Dr. Haitao Huang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Prof. Guozheng Kang from Southwest Jiaotong University, China
Jorge Orellana, Royal Military College, Kingston, Canada
Kirsten Avarmaa, Royal Military College, Kingston, Canada
Laura Locklin, Royal Military College, Kingston, Canada
Dr. David Zimcik, IAR, NRC, Ottawa, Canada
Prof. Emeritus Binu Mukherjee, RMC, Kingston, Canada
Dr. Leon Cheng, DRDC, DND, Halifax, Canada
Prof. Patrice Masson, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Prof. Xiaoyi Bao, University of Ottawa, Canada
Dr. Eswar Prasad, SensorTech Ltd, Collingwood, Canada
Dr. Afshin Sadri, HATCH, Toronto, Canada
Dr. Sumitra Rajagopalan, Bioastra Technologies Inc, Montreal, Canada
Prof. Jinsong Leng, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Prof. George Akhras, Royal Military College, Kingston, Canada

The conference will take place at:

University of British Columbia
Henry Angus Building,
2053 Main Mall V6T 1Z2

Second floor
Room 234 & 254


UBC Campus Accommodations - Parking - Rates - Make a Reservation
In-Town Accommodations - Pinnacle Hotel - Holiday Inn Vancouver

UBC Campus Accommodations

The Marine Drive Residence has a variety of room types available to the delegates of Cansmart/SMN 2015.

Marine Drive Single
Private bedroom with single bed, VoIP telephone and clock radio, in a four-bedroom shared apartment. Guests share two washrooms, lounge area and kitchen (not equipped with dishes, cooking utensils, etc.).

Marine Drive Studio Suite
Suite with double bed, private washroom, sitting area with desk, VoIP telephone and TV, fully-equipped kitchen and complimentary coffee service. Maximum 2 guests per suite.

Marine Drive Two Bedroom Suite
Two bedroom suite with single bed and clock radio in each room, one VoIP telephone in the first bedroom, private washroom, lounge area with TV, fully-equipped kitchen and complimentary coffee service. Maximum 2 guests per suite.

Complimentary high-speed internet access via Ethernet port is available. WiFi is available on campus and in the lobby of Marine Drive Residence (no WiFi in the room). Ethernet cable are not provided but can be purchased from the front desk for $10 each. The "ubcvisitor" wireless network is also available, free of charge, for all visitors on the UBC campus.

UBC Accommodations Parking

For those who are staying at Marine Drive, they can buy the parking passes direct from the front desk at the residence special rate of $9 plus taxes per vehicle per day. They will be given a puck to give them access to the West Parkade. They MUST return the puck back to the front desk or they will be charged for it.

Visitors can park in the West Parkade, which is located on Lower Mall, across from Marine Drive Residence. Monday to Friday, parkade rates are $1.75/30 mins with a $14/day max. More parking information can be found here: https://parking.ubc.ca/parkades.

UBC Accommodations Rates

The rates listed in the table are:
  1. The net rate, non-commissionable, subject to additional 5% goods and Services Tax (GST) and 8% Provincial sales tax (PST).
  2. The rate with all the taxes
Rate net With all taxes (13%)
Single $ 53 $ 59.89
Studio $ 119 $ 134.47
Two Bedroom $ 139 $ 157.07

These prices are valid from July 10 to July 20, 2015.

To take advantage of these rates, you have to book before June 12, 2015. After June 12, room rates cannot be guaranteed. When you book, you have to mention the Cansmart Group.

UBC Reservation Procedure

Reservations can be made:

Accommodations In Town

There is no shortage of accommodations in Vancouver. The following map provides a list of many hotels with different rates.

Downtown and Metro Map

However, the Organising Committee have also selected a few hotels for your convenience:

Pinnacle Hotel
Vancouver Harbourfront (Number # 58; C5 on the map)
pinnaclehotels.ca The discounted rate is $279 without taxes.

Holiday Inn Vancouver - Centre
(Number # 29; H5 on the map)
Holiday Inn Vancouver - Centre Booking Link

The Holiday Inn is conveniently located on the Broadway Corridor, only 2 blocks from the Canada Line Sky Train Station, making travel to and from Vancouver International Airport and Downtown Vancouver very easy. It is are also one of the closest hotels to the University of British Columbia campus and has direct bus access via the 99 B-Line.

Deluxe Guest Room $ 189.00 single/double occupancy
$ 15.00 each additional person
Superior Guest Room $ 219.00 single/double occupancy
$ 15.00 each additional person

Sightseeing in Vancouver

Show Your Badge program:

Tourism Vancouver is pleased to offer to all conference delegates a special value-add/discount program which provides a wide variety of exclusive offers from the participating Tourism Vancouver member businesses.

Enjoy the special benefits from attractions/galleries, sightseeing and walking tours, restaurants, retail shops, activities and more.

These offers can be redeemed by simply showing your Vancouver conference registration name badge that is issued by your conference organizers and referencing the Show Your Badge program offer. If need be, we will provide your spouse or family member with a badge.

* Please note that some of the offers in the program are only available when booked in person at Tourism Vancouver's Visitor Centre.

IOP Best Student Paper Award Criteria

The Best Student Paper Award, sponsored by the IOP Journal of Smart Materials and Structures, consist of a Certificate and $250 dollars. A Committee of three members will review the submissions based on the following criteria:

  1. The first author of the paper should be a student.
  2. Since the Cansmart Workshop has a special format of presentations: oral or poster, either format of presentation will be considered for the Award.
    (The oral presentation consists of a 20 minute presentation; while the poster presentation consists of 5 minutes of oral presentation and a displayed poster during the 2 days of the meeting. All the papers (oral and poster) have the same length and format and are included in the same fashion in the Proceedings).
  3. The Committee will evaluate the general quality of the paper including a clear and concise description of the work, the clarity of the language, the organisation and completeness of the paper.

The awards will be judged by three members of the Organising Committee, who will review papers which are eligible and registered for the competition. The winners will be announced during the workshop.

We ask the supervisor(s) of authors who wish to have their eligible contributions considered to respond by e-mail. Please cut and paste the following confirmation text into your e-mail and send it to me at akhras@rmc.ca.

The primary author on our Cansmart/SMN 2015 contribution, entitled ______________ (insert title here), is ___________________ (insert full name here as it should appear on the certificate). I confirm that this author was a student at the time the work was carried out. The work will be presented at the workshop by one of the authors, and we would like to have this contribution considered for the Best Student Paper awards.


The Organizing Committee and the Cansmart Group are pleased to present: the Official Program of the Conference.

Sponsors are also sought for various social and technical aspects such as an welcome reception, Keynote lecture(s), attendee tote bags, daily refreshment and lunch breaks, the conference banquet and Grand Prize give-away. The number of Sponsorships is limited. Sponsors can contact Dr. Akhras at akhras@rmc.ca

Invited & Keynote Speakers
The Organizing Committee of Cansmart/SMN 2015 and the Cansmart Group are very pleased to announce that they are bringing together leading experts to present their views and visions on the evolution and future challenges of Smart Materials, Smart Structures, Structural Health Monitoring, Nanotechnology and all related topics and applications in these fields.

We are delighted that the following experts have agreed to be keynote speakers:

The Organizing Committee could not be more proud to offer our attendees the opportunity to engage with these leaders in research and innovation, in Vancouver, this July!

Registration Fees

Registration Fees
Including all taxes
Early Fees
If paid on/before
April 30, 2015
Late Fees
If paid after
April 30, 2015
Full Delegate Registration
(Conference Banquet included)
$650 CAD $750 CAD
Student Registration
(Conference Banquet not included)
$550 CAD $650 CAD
One-Day Registration
(Conference Banquet not included)
$300 CAD $350 CAD
Extra Ticket for the Banquet $100 CAD $100 CAD

The registration Fees are in CANADIAN Dollars and include all the taxes.

Full Registration Fees include: Conference proceedings, attendance to all scientific sessions, coffee breaks, welcome reception and banquet.

Terms & Conditions

Final acceptance is contingent upon payment of the registration fee by the presenting author during the advance period.

Payment Confirmation Notifications will be sent to your email address, once your payment is processed successfully. For on-line payment, please print the confirmation from your bank. No other confirmation will be sent.

Refund Policy: Non-author registrants who cannot attend, and do not send a substitute, will receive a refund on their registration fee with a cancellation fee of 150 Dollars if the refund request is received in writing by May 15, 2015.

Submit Your Paper Letter of Invitation

If you require a letter of invitation, please fill in the following form and send it to Laura.Locklin@rmc.ca

Abstract 7 April 2015
Notification of acceptance 15 April 2015
Full paper 30 April 2015
Notification of acceptance 15 May 2015

We are looking forward to seeing you in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.

Need more Information?
Please do not hesitate to contact Prof. George Akhras, Royal Military College of Canada akhras@rmc.ca

Prof. Jinsong Leng, Harbin Institute of Technology, China lengjinsong@yahoo.com
Prof. George Akhras, Royal Military College of Canada akhras@rmc.ca