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MEMS in Consumer Electronics and Mobile Communications pdf
Becky Oh, President/CEO, PNI Sensor Corporation
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

The introduction of the iPhone 3GS four years ago proved to be the decisive inflection point for the worldwide explosion of MEMS sensors in consumer electronics that is still continuing to unfold and astound. The decision to include a simple electronic compass in the third generation iPhone was an unprecedented acknowledgment that measuring the environment at the user’s level was just as important to mobility as were the features of GPS, voice, messaging, data and Internet browsing. This smartphone’s success quickly opened the floodgates for the entire MEMS sensor industry as the rest of the smartphone makers quickly followed suit. That, in turn, created a market that single-handedly drove cost, performance, power consumption and form factor in ways that innumerable other consumer electronics products have benefited from and will be able to benefit from for years to come.

With the advent of a low-cost pervasive RF-data infrastructure and cloud services, the “Internet of Things” is literally around the corner. Could the mundane door hinge become the next big consumer-electronics product hit? Why not? Everything is in place for such brand new categories to emerge with far-reaching consequences in terms of the applications that the next generation of consumers will not want to live without.

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Workshop: The Future of Wireless Health and MEMS-Based Biosensors pdf
Enrique Saldivar, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Wireless Health Program, Case School of Engineering San Diego Programs, Case Western Reserve University
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM


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Data Fusion - The Cornerstone of MEMS applications pdf
Tim Kelliher, Customer Solutions Architect, Movea Inc.
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Imagine a world where your phone has really become your personal assistant, able to detect your needs and anticipate your next move: provide you with the fastest itinerary to your appointment, turn off the ringtone as you get into the movie theater, analyze your lifestyle and provide intelligent services based on your activity, schedule, and surroundings—before you even realize you want something.

This scenario requires your phone to have access to a lot of different information and types of data. This growing demand for applications that understand context drives the need to analyze a wider variety of data sources. This, in turn, requires a shift from platforms that offer “sensor fusion” to those that feature “data fusion.” In this session, attendees will explore the breadth of smart applications enabled with MEMS and sensors, understand the motivation behind the move from sensor fusion to data fusion, and learn about MEMS implementation on mobile platform to enable the intelligent devices of tomorrow.

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Workshop: Human Performance Applications for MEMS and Sensors pdf
Matthew Apanius, Director, Desich SMART Center
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

The massive adoption of MEMS motion sensors has led to the emergence of applications for measuring various aspects of physical activities related to athletics and physical fitness. Improvements in cost, infrastructure, and data processing have enabled the development of compact, comprehensive sensor-based products. However, these systems do not address methodologies that measure sustainment at the limits of human performance and are not useful for predicting and influencing behavioral responses to physical or environmental stress. The human body is a dynamic system where common practices only capture a fraction of the data that exists. Real-time measurements of physiological phenomena combined with physical motion can be captured in a laboratory setting. As this is also somewhat limiting, MEMS-based sensor solutions have the potential to enable numerous applications where both physiological and physical data are needed such as athletics, personal fitness, wellness, clinical care, and diagnostics.

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Workshop: Wireless Sensor Networks for Activity, Wellness and More pdf
Kevin Shaw, Ph.D., CTO, Sensor Platforms, Inc.
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Small sensors are already pervasive in our lives. We carry them in our shoes, on our wrist, in our pocket, on our ear and even on our face. There was even a time when we thought it was cool just have sensors on a phone in our hand. Where once there was one, now there are many. So far they are working independently, but we are already seeing efforts to make them work together. Distributed sensors can track traffic conditions on your commute, capture motion for special effects in games, track pollution, trace propagation of influenza, measure equipment in a factory, and give insights into community health in ways never before possible. New devices are making it easy build and test these networks. We will talk about current devices and use-cases and look forward to new applications just over the horizon.

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Workshop: Optical Sensing from 1D to 3D using Time of Flight pdf
Marc Drader, Imaging Systems & Technology, STMicroelectronics
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

This workshop will present an overview of photonic time-of-flight (ToF) technology, and will describe the challenges (and benefits) of these systems. We will specifically look at ranging (1D) sensors: key performance indicators, integration details, and system-level constraints. From this, we will move on to true “3D” ToF sensors and using depth to build more complex systems for gesture detection and interaction.  We will specifically address the following topics: opto/mechanical constraints, immunity to ambient light, optical crosstalk, power consumption, speed & accuracy.

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Integration of Multiple Sensors in Wireless Embedded Systems pdf
Arsham Hatambeiki, Executive Director of Applied Innovations, Universal Electronics, Inc.
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

The proliferation of powerful, yet commercially feasible embedded systems, combined with the success of low-power wireless standards, has provided a foundation for momentous innovation with immense possibilities. We now have multiple ecosystems forming around set-top boxes, Smart TVs, Game Consoles, Smartphones, Tablets, and even intelligent thermostats – and all of these are based on different wireless standards competing for market dominance and imposing requirements and limitations on the systems they work with.

Properly adding sensors to a connected node within an ecosystem, in fact, installs “sense” into the overall ecosystem, going beyond the node itself. In this way, an ecosystem may benefit from the sense of touch, motion, hearing, or sight. In fact, sensing may or may not be done where data is processed and as in human behavior, used as a trigger for action. A well-behaved ecosystem can dynamically prioritize senses, transferring and processing information as necessary, without shutting down other senses; the sensing equivalent to Quality of Service.

These decisions are not unique to distributed systems, and are also necessary in self-contained implementations with multiple sensory inputs. The optimal placement of sensing interfaces allows system designers to capture, prioritize, process, and deduce state, all while carefully managing power consumption– the most valuable asset.

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MEMS and Sensors, a Journey to Mainstream pdf
Dr. Janusz Bryzek, Vice President Development, MEMS and Sensors Solutions, Fairchild Semiconductor
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

The discovery of the piezo-resistive effect in Silicon and Germanium at Bell Labs in early 1950s triggered the development of the first silicon micro-machined devices, strain gages. The launch of Sputnik in 1957 drove the commercialization of pressure sensors for defense applications. With time the technology moved to process control, automotive and medical markets. Soon enough, inkjet printers, DLP projection and then smart phones propelled sales of MEMS microphones, acceleration sensors, gyroscopes, magnetic sensors and RF filters into the billions.

Smart systems, fusing computing, communication and sensing, are driving MEMS into the mobile market, wearables, the Internet of Things, Context Computing, and Digital Health, and sensor volumes are set to soar into the  trillion range within the next decade.

Now, the massive adoption of sensors in mobile devices has created the global tide of sensor fusion, which simultaneously lowers cost and increases performance by compensating aspects of one sensor with others. 

New applications are expected to drive sensor growth to trillions, but equally challenging will be the massive real-time sensor-data traffic from trillions of connected devices, producing brontobytes of data (1027 bytes) that will improve decision-making only after it is processed, stored, analyzed and visualized.

These tides could create the biggest bull market in history and better, eliminate global hunger, energy and water shortages, and lack of medical care. For the trillion-sensor market, the MEMS global revenues could exceed $300B within a decade.

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HULA - Hybrid Universal Location Application using MEMS Sensors pdf
Steve Malkos, Senior Program Manager, Broadcom
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

GPS (Global Positioning System), by virtue of its ability to precisely identify location, has created an extraordinary demand in the market. With the standardization of GPS in smartphones, tablets and other devices, satellite-based navigation has become an indispensable tool for many users. With location, users expect the highest level of accuracy. Satellite navigation is continuing to advance, and MEM sensors have added a new dimension when used with GPS to improve positional accuracy. As MEM sensors have become a standard in smartphones and tablets, greater integration will lead to even more accurate positioning solutions.  This presentation will discuss techniques utilizing multiple MEM sensors in conjunction with GPS in order to enhance user experiences.

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Future of MEMS in Consumer Electronics - Thinking Outside the Box
Moderator: Stephan (Steve) Ohr, Research Director for Analog ICs, Sensors and Power Management Devices, Gartner, Inc.
Eli Savransky, Principal Architect, NVIDIA
Hamid Abdollahi, Founder and CTO, Recon Instruments
Becky Oh, President and CEO, PNI Corp
Mike Perkins, VP of Engineering, Neato
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

There is no doubt that smartphones kicked off a small revolution by incorporating MEMS sensor devices. The result has been an increase in demand for MEMS, and software developers have been scrambling to define the best ways to interpret the new deluge of data. Many of the new apps support “location-based services:” Your smartphone now knows where you are, and can tell you where to find the nearest Starbucks — even drawing a map on your screen.

This can’t be where MEMS application development ends. How much accuracy, dynamic range and sensitivity can we anticipate in future sensor products? How much intelligence will MEMS products contain and how do we tap into it? Beyond location-based services: How much will your mobile device know about you — where you live, who you know, how you walk or drive, what you eat — the environment in which conduct your life? And how will context-aware computing support your work, your health, and recreation?

This panel of experts will approach these issues from a variety of perspectives: From sensor accuracy and intelligence to the requirements for semiconductor integration (different for handsets and tablets), to the issue of plain ‘ole consumer “sex appeal.” Please join us for a lively discussion on the consumer impact of sensor technology.

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Keynote: Ubiquitous MEMS and Sensors in Wearables and Everything We Use in a Safer, Easier and More Efficient New World pdf
Benedetto Vigna, Executive VP, General Manager Analog, MEMS and Sensors, STMicroelectronics
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

In the past few years, Human Interface Technology developments have really picked up speed. It seemed like we communicated with our computers and appliances by typing for as far back as any of us can remember – until the introduction of the computer mouse in the 1980s. Then for several more decades, typing and the mouse were pretty much or only options, until Nintendo launched the Wii in 2006 and movement became a wonderful new way to talk to our electronic machines.

Enabled by cost-effective sensors, the Wii started two revolutions: first by showing people how useful and valuable sensors could be as a means of interacting with machines, but also by unleashing the creative talents of sensor designers everywhere. They soon enabled touch, gesture, speech and image recognition as useful, practical and efficient human-interface technologies. It won’t be long before our computers, wearables and appliances can help us save money by coordinating their operation to avoid all operating at the same time; operate heating and lighting based on ambient conditions and occupancy; guide us to our destination based on real-time traffic and road-condition assessments; contribute to our overall wellness and safety; and perform other activities to make our lives safer, easier and more efficient.

As the Executive Vice President of Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group for STMicroelectronics, Benedetto Vigna is driving many of these changes. MEMS and sensors are enabling a radical change in the man-to-machine interface and on the horizon are immersive technologies that surround us and help us live, work and play in complete alignment with our environment.

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MEMS and Sensors and Telehealth pdf
Steven DeMello, Co-Director Healthcare CTRUS, University of California, Berkeley
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Sensing plays an essential role in telehealth. As services expand from institutions to home and community, the range, scope and complexity of sensing requirements is rapidly expanding. The future of telehealth will depend on the development and integration of sensors that measure biometrics, type and level of activity, geographic location, and the environment; integrate data from these and other disparate sources; analyze that data to produce sound advice for clinicians, and increasingly, patients and families; and deliver that advice in a clear and engaging way.

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), a University of California Institute for Science and Innovation, has been a center for MEMS and sensor development and application to pressing social issues like the delivery of health care. Steven DeMello will discuss the present CITRIS research portfolio, and suggest future directions for research and development at the intersection of MEMS, sensors and telehealth.

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MEMS Applications from Biosensors to Lab-on-a-Chip pdf
Susan Tousi, Vice President, Illumina
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

MEMS technologies play an important role in the commercial success of Illumina and other biotech companies. Biosensors leverage MEMS basic processes for genotyping and gene expression and the high scalability of MEMS’ semiconductor technology continues to increase the density of useful elements and components per chip from thousands to millions with low deveslopment cost.  The process can potentially also be applied to improve cluster density of biosensors for sequencing: Higher cluster density increases output per unit area while reducing consumable cost.

MEMS devices and technologies are also broadly used in the miniaturization of bio-instruments. For example, in fluorescence detection-based DNA sequencing it is possible to reduce the size of an instrument from a microscopy architecture with bulk optics to a smart on-chip detection device with MEMS in both academic and industrial applications. The presentation will explore the technical challenges of implementation highlighting examples of commercial products that are able to mitigate some of the key risks.

Bringing microfluidics and on-chip detection together to build a lab-on-a-chip device will also be shown, together with the “ideal” integrated work flow of such a device and the vision of how to apply MEMS to enable some “virtual” products.

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Challenges of MEMS Integration into Medical Solutions pdf
Dr. Alissa M. Fitzgerald, Founder and Managing Member, Alissa M Fitzgerald & Associates LLC
3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

MEMS components pack a lot of sophisticated capabilities into a small form factor that make them ideal for medical applications.  Indeed, MEMS have been used in implantable, invasive and external medical devices for over a decade. The most common MEMS packaging and integration techniques used today, however, are derived from chip packaging techniques originally developed for printed circuit board integration. The main challenge to integrating MEMS devices into medical products (particularly invasive or implantable) is the proverbial “fitting a square peg into a round hole” problem: putting a rigid rectangular chip into a round, flexible package that must also resist the wet, corrosive environment of the human body and the hazards of sterilization.

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Workshop: MEMS and Sensors in Hearing Aids pdf
Jon Kindred, Senior Director of Signals and Systems, Starkey Hearing Technologies
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

While the goals of small and low power are fairly common in a variety of industries, they are critical needs in the world of hearing aids. This presentation will review how MEMS and other small, low power sensors are improving functional performance in current products, have other offerings that are soon to be integrated, and show promise of a myriad of possibilities in the future. Sensor integration challenges and needs will also be covered, with a goal to spur some discussion on sensor communication protocols and expectations of processing done at the sensor itself.

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Workshop: Environmental Sensors – The Next Wave in the Socialization of SensorsBeyond pdf
Hugh Smiddy, Business Development Manager, Environmental Sensors, STMicroelectronics
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Technological advancements in MEMS fabrication and advanced IC packaging has inspired a revolutionary new approach to Environmental sensors and expanded the applications in which they can be used.  In this track we will discuss the exploding market for environmental sensors, what has ignited the new interest and the technologies behind the growth.  We will also demonstrate several ST reference boards and commercial products with ST environmental sensors.

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Less is More: Using Magnetometers in Consumer Electronics pdf
Stephen Scheirey. VP Software Development, Hillcrest
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

The benefits of magnetometers are well known – low power, fast ‘start up’ and absolute reference points to name a few. However, so are the limitations, including sensitivity to interference and the need for calibration. Using real-world examples, this presentation will look at how magnetometers are used in consumer electronics (CE) today, and show how sensor fusion can maximize the benefits of magnetometers while minimizing the limitations. In addition, we’ll examine how magnetometers interact with accelerometers and gyroscopes, and evaluate whether ‘less is more’ for a number of fast-growing MEMS-enabled CE products.

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MEMS in Diagnostics and Therapeutics pdf
Michael Emerson, Senior VP, Marketing, Preventice
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM

With the emergence of remote patient monitoring, MEMS and sensors are a critical component in the monitoring and care of patients.  Understanding the unique characteristics of the remote patient monitoring marketplace was key to successfully developing Preventice’s BodyGuardianTM Remote Monitoring System and that effort required a strong partnership among manufacturers and the medical community at the Mayo Clinic. Emerson will also highlight the importance of understanding product usage by critical constituencies in the development and ongoing improvement and functionality enhancements of MEMS and sensors.s

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MEMS and Sensors in Athletic Applications pdf
Dr. Adam Bartsch, Director, Head, Neck & Spine Research Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

With 53 million young athletes participating in contact sports, and between 173,000 to 3.8 million concussions endured by young athletes yearly in the US, subjective concussion identification increases risk of death, time lost from school, cognitive decline, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), depression, suicide, dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases.  However, frontline caregivers lack an objective way to identify potentially concussed young athletes, instead relying on subjective identification or self-reported symptoms. Because of this significant clinical gap, young athletes evade evaluation to play when injured, dying after sustaining undiagnosed concussions and possibly damaging their long-term brain health due to cumulative head impacts. The goal of this project is to reduce the incidence and consequences of sport-related concussion and sub-concussive impacts in young athletes via commercialization of a low-cost wireless “Intelligent Mouthguard” head impact dosimeter equipped with MEMS sensors. Domestic markets account for gross sales of approximately $27 million for the Intelligent Mouthguard within 3 years post-commercialization. International markets will potentially increase sales. This innovation will finally provide frontline caregivers with a low-cost, accurate tool to identify all at-risk athletes in real-time in helmeted and non-helmeted sports so they may be removed from play for further assessment.  On a longer term the goal is to define the relationship between cumulative sub-concussive head impacts and risks of decline in brain health.

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Future of MEMS and Sensors in Healthcare and Wellness
Moderator: R. Colin Johnson, EE Times

Blake Axelrod, MEMS Engineer, Replenish, Inc.
Steven DeMello, Co-Director Healthcare, CITRIS, University of California
Alissa Fitzgerald, Founder and CEO, AM Fitzgerald & Associates, LLC
Michael Emerson, Sr. VP Marketing, Preventice
5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

Healthcare and wellness applications have taken MEMS medical sensors mainstream. The FDA, for instance, has begun approving wearable wireless sensors that assist the elderly to safely age-in-place in their homes. Home health monitoring is also helping to alleviate overcrowding in hospitals by safely sending patients home early, knowing that their vital signs are not just being logged, but being intelligently evaluated in realtime by smart cloud computers.

MEMS sensors are also monitoring the home environment and whether seniors are taking their medications and exercising daily, improving patient engagement while simultaneously lowering costs.

Even farm animals are being outfitted with MEMS monitoring devices that alert farmers when an animal has a health or wellness issue.

MEMS sensors are enabling not just health monitoring, but also new health care delivery options--from the remote diagnosis of disease, to robotic surgeons operating in outback tents.

Wellness applications are also tapping MEMS sensors to track your activity patterns, calorie consumption and a whole spectrum parameters designed for everything from helping athletes to train for sports, to helping the average person lose weight.

This panel of experts will predict the future of MEMS and sensors in both healthcare and wellness applications, from the integration of medical monitors within the ubiquitous wireless sensor networks of the future, to the revolution in new medical sensor types, such as implantable insulin pumps and ingestible microscopes in a pill.

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