FHE & Sensors in the Automotive Industry & Related Transportation Markets

Summary | Fees |Agenda | Exhibition | Tour  | Networking Dinner
September 12 - 14, 2017

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
Downtown Detroit - Fort Shelby 
525 West Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Flexible Hybrid Electronics and Sensors in the Automotive Industry

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Nascent Flexible Hybrid Electronics-based products (FHE) offer important potential to supplement advancements in this market and also to provide technological solutions for new use-cases to enhance safety, capability, and user-experience across the commercial automobile and military ground vehicles. Flexible, conformable electronic systems that merge high performance with the efficiency of printed electronics offer breakthrough capabilities in controls, lighting, sensors, displays, wiring, structural components, and logic beyond today’s state-of-the-art electronic components. Also, the continued proliferation of sensors in automotive technology is enabling new applications that will transform the world’s transportation capabilities.  

Join FlexTech and our partners as we explore future electronics challenges in automotive technology and present revolutionary solutions enabled by FHE and sensors.

Who Should Attend

Design, R&D, OEMs and Tier suppliers from across the automotive industry and flexible electronics industry.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (OPTIONAL - Separate Fee)


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tour # 1
Ford Rouge Factory Tour


5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Networking Dinner 
500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM


7:45 AM - 8:30 AM 

BREAKFAST (Tabletop Exhibits Open)




8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Melissa Grupen-Shemansky
SEMI I FlexTech


Welcome & Opening Remarks


8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

Jeffrey Hannah
Director, North America
SBD Automotive


Golden Rules for Advanced Driving HMI and Implications for Display Technologies


9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Hossein Dadkhah
Manager, Electrified Powertrain, Electric Motors & Drive Units
Fiat-Chrysler Group LLC


Evolution of Traction Motors and Electrification


9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

BREAK (Tabletop Exhibits Open)



10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Scott Miller
Director of Strategic Programs


Flexible Hybrid Electronics: Driving Automotive Innovation Roadmaps

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Mark Litecky
VP, Sales & Marketing
Interlink Electronics


Current and Future Flexible Hybrid Electronics Solutions for the Automotive Industry

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Pradeep Lall, Ph.D., M.B.A., ASME Fellow, IEEE Fellow
Director of the NSF-Center for Advanced Vehicle Electronics
Auburn University


Automotive Electronics in Extreme Environments

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Frank Bertini
UAV and Robotics Business Manager
Velodyne LiDAR


The State of Solid-State 3D LiDAR


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

LUNCH (Tabletop Exhibits Open)



1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Koen Gieskes
Universal Instruments


Automotive FHE Assembly Challenges and Solutions: Pathways to Maximize ROI


2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

John Crumpton
Technical Specialist
DuPont Photovoltaics & Advanced Materials


In-Mold Electronic Technology


2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Alan Greszler


Printed Lighting Applications for the Automotive Industry


3:00 PM - 3:30 PM 

BREAK (Tabletop Exhibits Open)



3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Bahman Taheri
Alpha Micron


Next Generation of Electronic Tint-on-Demand for Automotive Glazing Applications


4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Manos M. Tentzeris
Professor, Ken Byers Professor in Flexible Electronics
Georgia Institute of Technology


3D-/4D-/Inkjet-Printed Flexible RF Sensors and Modules for Smart Automotive Applications


4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Melissa Grupen-Shemansky
SEMI I FlexTech


Closing Remarks

Thursday, September 14, 2017 (OPTIONAL)


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Automotive Customer/Supplier Requirements for FHE
After a day of presentations geared to stimulate discussion about developing FHE solutions for the automotive market, NextFlex will facilitate a dialogue with all interested participants about next steps for developing working groups around technology gaps identified during the workshop. Please RSVP with Diana Ngo


Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo & Conference
Novi, Michigan
Free-To-Attend Exhibition



Registration Now OPEN!

Members (SEMI, FlexTech, NextFlex and/or OE-A)


Military & Government 




Networking Dinner 


Tour #1: Ford Rouge Factory Tour


Table Top Exhibitor

$250 + Workshop Fee



Founded in 1983 and based in Silicon Valley, Velodyne LiDAR, Inc. is a technology company known worldwide for its real-time LiDAR sensors. The company evolved after founder/inventor David Hall developed the HDL-64 Solid-State Hybrid LiDAR sensor in 2005. Since then, Velodyne LiDAR has emerged as the leading developer, manufacturer, and supplier of 3D real-time perception systems used in a variety of commercial applications including autonomous vehicles, vehicle safety systems, 3D mobile mapping, 3D aerial mapping, and security.

NovaCentrix offers industry leading photonic curing tools, conductive inks, and expertise enabling production of next generation printed electronic devices – some already on the market. PulseForge® tools utilize photonic curing, a technology that dries, sinters, and anneals functional inks in milliseconds on low-temperature, flexible substrates. PulseForge tools can save time and money, and enable new types of products in automotive applications.

NovaCentrix partners with you to take ideas from inception to full production. Our PulseForge tools continue to revolutionize the printed electronics industry through photonic curing, enabling product innovators and manufacturers the option of flexible, low cost substrates and functionality.

WMU Offers Decades of Experience in Printed Electronics

Western Michigan University is a national leader in Printed Electronics (PE) through many decades of cumulative, cross-functional experience in printing, materials, and electronics. WMU’s expertise arises from its long heritage in paper technology and digital printing which in turn produced high value expertise in PE. 

WMU shares its expertise in PE/Flexible Electronics through educational and training opportunities for educators and industry partners.  WMU further supports industry innovation by helping them integrate PE devices into their products to increase customer value, with WMU developing and manufacturing prototype/pilot scale volumes of PE devices for new designs and concepts.


DoubleTree - Downtown Detroit - Fort Shelby
Crystal Ballroom

525 West Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, Michigan 48226


Reserve your room before August 22nd to receive the rate of $169/night.

DoubleTree - Downtown Detroit - Fort Shelby
525 West Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Tel: +1-313-963-5600

This historic DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Detroit Downtown - Fort Shelby offers modern all-suite accommodations in the heart of the city. Having recently undergone major refurbishment, our large suites average over 650 sq. ft. and offer more space than many other hotels in Detroit. With complimentary internet access and complimentary shuttle, DoubleTree will keep you connected online and around town.

Our Detroit hotel's accommodations offer more space for rest, work and play. Enjoy comfortable amenities and modern technology. Each suite has complimentary internet access, allowing you to stay connected during your stay. Host a diverse range of events for up to 300 guests in our extensive and versatile meeting space. This hotel is the only IACC-certified conference center in the city.

Experience local favorites in an upscale atmosphere at Motor City Kitchen or join us in the Motor City Kitchen RoundBar. Located on the street corner, the RoundBar is an energetic, downtown bar offering a variety of menu items, drink specials and entertainment. The RoundBar is a great place to meet before the game or show. Sip an aromatic cup of coffee at the Motor City Market while taking advantage of the complimentary WiFi. We also offer a fully equipped fitness center featuring the latest in cardio and strength equipment.

Mention "SEMI Meeting" if you're booking on the phone to get the special rate. 



Ford Rouge Factory Tour
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124

Guided tour includes a real-life truck plant to viewing the “Living Roof," and two theater experiences, you'll enjoy some eye-opening encounters with technology of today while learning about the world-changing past. (Tours begin with a 15-minute bus ride from The Henry Ford to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour Visitor Center. Buses depart from the circle drive in front of Henry Ford Museum and leave regularly throughout the day.  Attendees will meet at 1:00 PM.)

Networking Dinner

500 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226


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