MEMS & SENSORS EXECUTIVE CONGRESS
What comes next (and next) in the rapidly evolving wellness space? How will wearables and wellness devices expand from the present offerings, primarily personal aerobic activity and calorie tracking, into a full-blown personalized HealthKit, where data are shared between consumer and physician? How can MEMS and sensors drive early detection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, as well as the prevention and treatment of diseases which in turn should result in an ensuing reduction in hospitalization costs and improvement in patient outcomes? And in regions of the world where healthcare expenditures and health outcomes are already far below what is reasonable, MEMS and sensors enable disposable medical testing kits, for example, which might greatly improve health and vitality. The Health/Wellness session at MEMS & Sensors Executive Congress 2016 will feature speakers who are approaching medical and wellness issues by using MEMS and sensor technology in novel ways.
The MEMS and sensor community has already deployed technology to meet needs in agricultural and environmental monitoring, improve crop yields in large-scale commercial farming, and ensure food supply safety. But quality is inconsistent, environmental issues affect yields, and demand is often unmet in certain areas, while overabundance leading to waste is a problem in others. How do MEMS and sensors help to meet and manage demand more accurately, and how are they helping to ensure improved quality? The co-creation project involving MEMS, sensors, and tomatoes in the New England market is a great example of how corporations can work together to meet agricultural need. This session will feature speakers who will further explore the MEMS/sensors connection to agricultural and environmental monitoring and who can discuss the ways in which intelligent monitoring of resources can both deliver better results and protect and inform the public.
How will the billions (and ultimately, trillions) of nodes comprising the rapidly emerging Internet of Things (IoT) create value for suppliers and users alike? Development of end-to-end solutions that start with data generation at the sensor node and end with information derived from this data, which is then made available in the cloud, will create significant challenges in ensuring the quality, fidelity and security of data. Persistent security needs to begin at the sensor-node level. How can we ensure the security, flow and analysis of data? What are the considerations for mission-critical, time-critical, and personal confidential data such as healthcare applications? How can the MEMS and sensor supply chain enable and participate in the management and security of the data in order to capture more value from the IoT opportunity? Speakers in this session will outline the challenges and opportunities for data security for the IoT.
The autonomous vehicle is a reality. The recent investments by Uber, Lyft, and Google have emphasized the major role MEMS and sensors have played in making this possible. How are we using MEMS and sensors in current-generation automation? What are the future requirements for MEMS and sensors in the automobile itself, in highway infrastructure, and in areas such as traffic and flow control? What are the investments necessary to make the next generation possible in order to begin widespread deployment? How are manufacturers/integrators using MEMS/sensors in fully and partially automated driving? How will MEMS/sensors change the automotive industry in general in the next 10 years? This session will feature companies serving the automotive space who will provide their views on this growing area of MEMS and sensor applications.
The “dot com” bubble of the late 1990’s led to rapid funding and development in optical applications of MEMS and sensors, most notably MEMS micro-mirrors for telecom fiber switching. Then the bubble burst, and many optical MEMS start-ups went with it. But as wired telecom slowed, wireless (mobile) telecom accelerated, leading to a new wave of RF-MEMS and sensor companies focusing on applications in the mobile handset. What is the status of MEMS and sensors across the wired and wireless telecom ecosystem? Which optical functions survived the bubble and where will we see future development? How can MEMS and sensor suppliers in the mobile handset space provide increased value in the face of competition and commoditization of hardware? Will 4G, and the future 5G, wireless requirements finally enable the broad deployment of RF-MEMS switches, capacitors, and other devices for applications such as antenna tuning and tunable filtering? This session will include speakers who can look back, look around and look forward to discuss current and emerging opportunities for MEMS and sensors in telecom.
The vision of trillions of connected sensors enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting one — but it has the potential to create an overwhelming amount of data. Smart data analytics help us to make sense of all this data, allowing us to make intelligent, valuable (and sometimes life-saving) decisions. Speakers in this session will share their insights and case-study examples of how data analytics is critical to generating information and creating value within the IoT. They will discuss how MEMS and sensors companies need to provide fully integrated solutions with data analytics in order to maximize the value of the products, solutions and services that they provide.
Flexible and Printed Sensors
While not new, printed, flexible and organic electronics are growing exponentially across a diverse set of markets, including: consumer, wearables, retail, healthcare and more. Printed sensors are adding to that growth as the front-end interface to the ‘outside world’ and to the rest of the electronic system. Traditional fab-based MEMS and sensors are adapting already in size and thickness to flexible and stretchable systems, and this trend will most likely continue. Although the opportunities and future look bright, we must still overcome technology challenges to fully realize the potential of printed MEMS and sensors. Speakers at this session will delve into how we are addressing these challenges as they explain why now is the time for paying much closer attention to this exciting and dynamic approach to manufacturing MEMS and sensors.