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Tuesday, June 26 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Pre-Conference Symposium 4: Commercialization Opportunities for Printed, Flexible, Stretchable, and Functional Fabric Sensors and Sensor-Based Systems for IoT and Wearables

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This symposium is unique in that it specifically addresses the topic of sensors and sensor-based systems enabled from these platforms. The extensive list of speakers, who represent the international “who’s who” in this topical area, will present several of the more interesting printed/flexible/stretchable and functional fabric sensor technologies and their applications currently under development and in production in the commercial sector as well those under development in the leading research universities and research labs around the world. In addition to these sensors, this symposium will address several other electronic functionalities e.g. batteries, memory/logic and the challenges of their packaging and integration with other functional element of basic Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable applications. It will also address various manufacturing issues, including reliability, to create these heterogeneous and hybrid solutions from both a batch mode and continuous process. Finally, barriers to the successful commercialization of these sensors and recommended strategies for market success will be presented.

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9:00am-9:25am | Welcome & Introduction - Roger Grace, President, Roger Grace Associates 

9:25am-9:55am | Keynote - AFFOA: Addressing Commercialization Challenges of Functional Fabrics, Electronics - Eric Spackey, CEO, Bluewater Defense, Inc. 

9:55am-10:20am | Design Considerations and Manufacturing Process Tradeoffs for the Creation of Printed Sensors and Sensor-Based Systems - Jaye Tyler, President & CEO, Si-Cal

10:20am-10:30am | Break

10:30am-10:55am | Non-Enzymatic Electrochemical Sensors Based on Wearable Carbon Textile - Siyi Cheng, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)

10:55am-11:20am | Polymer Thick Film (PTF) Circuitry and Sensors - Len Allison, Business Manager – Printed Electronics, Engineered Materials Systems

11:20am-11:45am | The Role of Reliability in Functional Fabric Sensors for High Volume Applications - Allyson Hartzell, Managing Engineer, Veryst Engineering

11:45am-12:10pm | Design and Manufacturing Challenges for Flexible, Hybrid, Printed Systems Incorporating MEMS Sensors - Mary Ann Maher, Founder & CEO, SoftMEMS

12:10pm-12:55pm | Lunch

12:55pm-1:00pm | Introduction to the Afternoon Session - Roger Grace, President, Roger Grace Associates

1:00pm-1:30pm | Keynote - Recent Advances in Wearable Biomonitoring Devices - Dr. Gregory Auner, Professor, Department of Surgery & Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University School of Medicine

1:30pm-1:55pm | Packaging and Assembly Challenges for Sensor-Based Systems Using Flexible, Hybrid Printed Materials - Leland Spangler, President & Owner, Aspen Microsystems

1:55pm-2:20pm | Wearable Sensors for Healthcare: From the Skin to Below the Skin – Sheng Xu, Assistant Professor, Department of NanoEngineering, University of California San Diego

2:20pm-2:45pm | Bringing Flexible Sensors for Medical Wearables to Market: A Case Study - Shawn Reese, Co-Founder & CEO, Bend Labs, and Daniel Marriott, President, Spectra Symbol

2:45pm-2:55pm | Break

2:55pm-3:20pm | Head-to-Toe Applications of Printed Tactile Sensors - Rob Podoloff, CTO, Tekscan

3:20pm-3:45pm | Ubiquitous Wearable and Disposable Chemical and Biological Sensors: Market Demands and innovative Technology Solutions - Radislav Potyrailo, Principal Scientist, GE Global Research

3:45pm-4:15pm | Flexible Sensors and Energy Harvesters - Dr. Junwen Zhong, Research Specialist, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)

4:15pm-4:40pm | Spray Pattern Sensing: The Advantages, Challenges, and Methodologies of Spray Pattern and Distribution Sensing - Dr. Charles McLeod, UK Sales & Business Development, Pressure Profile Systems

4:40pm-4:45pm | Closing Remarks - Roger Grace, President, Roger Grace Associates

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Dr. Gregory Auner

Professor, Wayne State University
Dr. Gregory W. Auner is a Paul Strauss Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at Wayne State University (WSU) School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. He is also the Director of Research for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. He is the founder... Read More →
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Siyi Cheng

Research Specialist, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)
Siyi Cheng joined the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) and Prof. Roya Maboudian research lab as a research specialist in 2017. He received his M.S. from Control Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 2014.
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Roger Grace

President, Roger Grace Associates
Roger H. Grace is president of Roger Grace Associates (RGA), a marketing consulting firm specializing in high technology, which he founded in 1982 in San Francisco, California. His background includes over 40 years in analog circuit design engineering, manufacturing engineering, application... Read More →
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Allyson Hartzell

Managing Consultant, Veryst Engineering
Ms. Allyson Hartzell has 36 years of professional experience in emerging technologies. Allyson is an expert in MEMS reliability, manufacturing, yield, surface chemistry and analytical techniques for failure analysis. Ms. Hartzell was Director of Engineering for Reliability, Failure... Read More →
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Dr. Charles MacLeod

UK Sales & Business Development, Pressure Profile Systems
Dr. Charles MacLeod, has an MEng and PhD from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. His expertise in sensing, robotics and electronics has seen him work on a number of challenging and unique industrially focused projects. Charles has worked alongside colleagues to launch several... Read More →
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Mary Ann Maher

Founder & CEO, SoftMEMS
Dr. Mary Ann Maher received her PhD from Caltech in 1989 in the area of semiconductor device modeling developing a new charge-based transistor model. At Caltech, she conducted research in the area of neuromorphic systems, analog circuits and transistor modeling. She pursued post doctoral... Read More →
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Daniel Marriott

President, Spectra Symbol
Daniel Marriott is President of Spectra Symbol Corp. His new product development focus is in the commercialization of nanotube and nanoparticulate printing. Today, many emerging nanoparticulate prototypes are being made, but organizations often struggle to make the leap from lab-bench... Read More →
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Leland "Chip" Spangler, Ph.D.

President, Aspen Microsystems LLC
Dr. Spangler is the President of Aspen Microsystems, LLC, a product design, development and consulting company that provides engineering services for advanced MEMS and microelectronic devices, with specialties in semiconductor packaging and assembly technologies. Aspen Microsystems... Read More →
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Robert Podoloff

CTO, Tekscan Inc.
Rob Podoloff has spent the last 30 years developing new products and technologies in areas ranging from healthcare to interactive gaming to consumer electronics. Rob is a listed inventor on over 20 US Patents and is currently the CTO of Tekscan, Inc., the tactile sensor company he... Read More →
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Radislav Potyrailo

Principal Scientist, GE Global Research
In more than 15 years at GE Global Research, Radislav has designed sensors for environmental applications, built microanalytical instrumentation infrastructure for the high-throughput characterization of combinatorially-discovered materials and developed different types of sensors... Read More →
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Shawn Reese

CEO, Bend Labs
Shawn is the CEO of Bend Labs, a soft sensor platform company. Bend's platform includes soft bending sensors for measuring joint articulations and angles, signal conditioning electronics, embedded machine learning for translating motion data and software API's for easy integration... Read More →
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Eric Spackey

CEO, Bluewater Defense, Inc.
Mr. Spackey is Chief Marketing Officer of MIT’s AFFOA Institute. At AFFOA, he has been instrumental in securing 114+ companies and academic institutions across the nation to become members of the Institute. These organizations are part of AFFOA’s ecosystem that is working to enable... Read More →
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Jaye Tyler

President & CEO, Si-Cal Technologies, Inc.
Jaye Tyler is President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Si-Cal Technologies, Inc., which is A Nissha Company. In 2003, Mr. Tyler bought the company (Then known as Si-Cal) from the founders family and one outside stockholder as it was preparing to enter bankruptcy. After... Read More →
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Sheng Xu

Assistant Professor, Department of NanoEngineering, University of California San Diego
Sheng Xu is an assistant professor in the Department of NanoEngineering at UC San Diego. He has degrees in materials science and chemistry. He was trained as a postdoctoral research associate in Prof. John Rogers’ group from 2011 to 2015 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign... Read More →
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Dr. Junwen Zhong

Research Specialist, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)
Dr. Junwen Zhong is a research specialist in Prof. Liwei Lin Lab at the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC), and a lecturer at UC Berkeley. His research interests are flexible generators, self-powered systems, active sensors, and mechanical actuators. He has published 7 patents... Read More →

Tuesday June 26, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Executive Ballroom F

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