FLEXJapan 2018 EN Program Agenda 

Program Agenda 

Thursday, April 19  13:00-19:00

Friday, April 20  9:30-17:15

FHE and Printed Electronics Session

Session Keynote

Flexible OLEDs for Display and Sensor Applications

Thursday, April 19

13:05 - 13:45

Jeremy Burroughes  CTO Cambridge Display Technology Ltd

Jeremy Burroughes, FRS, FREng, FIET, FInstP

Cambridge Display Technology Ltd

One of the challenges for efficient and low voltage OLEDs is the need to use a low work function cathode material which leads to increased encapsulation requirements.  For mainstream applications such as TVs and lighting, the additional cost is acceptable.

For more price sensitive applications, such as displays for white goods and smart cards or sensor applications a method is required to mitigate this issue.  This talk will explain how this can be achieved using an air-processable electron injection layer capped with just aluminium.  This OLED technology can then be used to make a lower cost OLED displays suitable for a variety of applications, which will be discussed in this presentation.  

The Future is Flexible: How NextFlex is Taking on the Challenge

Thursday, April 19

13:45 - 14:15

Wilfried Bair Senior Engineering Manager  | NextFlex

Wilfried Bair

Senior Engineering Manager
CTO Office

Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) technologies promise to enable wearable devices to be manufactured with high performance and in unobtrusive form factors for a wide variety of military and civilian applications. NextFlex, the Manufacturing USA institute focused on FHE, is an industry-led, collaboration-based public private partnership with the mission to facilitate technology innovation, accelerate commercialization and manufacturing workforce development, and ensure a sustainable manufacturing capability for emerging FHE-enabled products and technologies. This talk will describe the NextFlex community’s view of FHE opportunities, progress to date on FHE technology roadmaps, and capabilities now on line at the NextFlex Technology Hub. Successful widespread deployment of wearable technologies requires both software (algorithm, analytics, etc.) and hardware development (e.g. form factor, manufacturing). Specific examples of NextFlex projects and technologies for IOT applications in medical, industrial, and consumer electronics will be presented.

Flexible, Writeable Electrophoretic e-Paper

Thursday, April 19

14:15 - 14:45

McCreary Michael  CTO E Ink Corporation

Michael McCreary

E Ink Corporation

New generations of flexible monochrome and color electrophoretic displays (EPD) are already enabling a wide variety of applications from wearables to luggage tags to signage and shelf labels.  This presentation will describe how EPD technology is now also enabling the launch of new generations of large and smaller format writeable electrionic paper.

Flexible Roll-to-Roll Printed Hybrid Electronics Technology and Applications 

Thursday, April 19

14:45 - 15:15

Photo:Harri Kopola  VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Harri Kopola

Knowledge Intensive Products and Services
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Flexible printed hybrid electronics is an enabling technology and  is of high interest to industries asking for flex enabled, large area or wearable products and solutions.  Roll-to-roll  FHE technology status will be introduced covering  ‘flexible substrate’ processing technologies, pick and place processes to integrate/assemble  IC circuits, chips and other components on flexible substrate and further encapsulation processes to finish flexible or 3D-shaped encapsulation.   Also PrintoCent pilot lines and cluster activities for scaling-up FHE manufacturing and industrialisation will be introduced.   Finally the examples of FHE technology applications for IoT and industrial internet, digital health  and hyper-connected digital world solutions, systems and services will be described.

Low cost, conformable OLCDs on plastic – a simple, scalable manufacturing process for organic TFT-based flexible displays

Thursday, April 19

15:45 - 16:15

Simon Jones | FlexEnable Ltd Commercial Director

Simon Jones

Commercial Director
Business Development

FlexEnable Ltd

Organic LCDs (OLCDs) bring a unique set of attributes to flexible displays not possible with other flexible display technologies, including large area scalability, low cost, and high brightness with long lifetime. Such attributes are necessary to serve markets such as automotive, consumer electronics, home appliances, and digital signage. We report on the breakthrough performance of OTFT that allows OLCD to be industrialised and brought into products today.

Micro-device fab: Flexible hybrid electronics integration and standardisation for printed electronics and OLED

Thursday, April 19

16:15 - 16:45

Matthijs van Kooten | DoMicro BV

Matthijs van Kooten

Director of Technology
DoMicro BV

DoMicro BV presents a state-of-the-art Electronic Manufacturing Solution for R&D and industrialisation. The Micro Device FAB enables freely programmable process routing and sequencing. Processes can included wet chemistry, micro plasma, vacuum deposition, laser, pick & place, die bonding, multifunctional inkjet printing and (photonic) curing processes. The Micro Device FAB can also be configured as an automated LAB to perform process R&D. Pilot series and small production runs can be scheduled, achieving speed in development. Reproducibility and shortest time to market are key features bringing innovation in flexible hybrid electronics from idea to industrialization.

Smart Data Session

The Outlook of Digitalization and Servitization for Manufactures

Thursday, April 19

16:45 - 17:15

Toshitaka Kanaya Senir Consultant Esquire Co, Ltd,.

Toshitaka Kanaya
Senir Consultant
Esquire Co, Ltd,.

IoT and smart technologies has huge impact to all of the industries, encouraging business shift in many companies. Especially for manufacturing industry, not only process innovation but also service innovation can be seen such as Product as a Service. This session will provide suggestions on approaches how companies should take against digitization and servitization stream.

Software business models for FHE vendors

Thursday, April 19

17:15 - 17:45

Photo: Jam Khan

Jam Khan

Vice President of Marketing for Software Monetization
Gemalto N.V.

Flexible hybrid electronics are finding their way into a number of consumer and industrial products due to their usefulness in enabling new capabilities and features. As hardware continues to get commoditized, applying software-centric business models allow vendors to extract the highest amount of value from FHE enabled products. This session explores concepts around how to prevent commodotization and emphasizes the value in the software ecosystems around FHE.

Smart Textile Session

Session Keynote

Smart Textile Wearable Technology Developments in EU

Friday, April 20

 9:30 - 10:10

Henry Yi LI

Chair of Textile Science and Engineering
The University of Manchester

In this presentation, the development of smart textile wearable technologies in EU has been reviewed, together with introduction of relevant initiatives in the University of Manchester. The relevant research projects in the university and in collaboration with many EU partners are introduced.  The key challenges are identified and key initiatives in different regions are reviewed and discussed to reveal the potential opportunities and strategic developments of future textile wearables and standards.

Development and Standardization of Cloth Type Wearable Devices

Friday, April 20

10:10 - 10:40

Maeda Satoshi Senior Cordinator,Flexible Substrate Development Group TOYOBO CO., LTD

Satoshi Maeda

Senior Cordinator
Research Center, TOYOBO CO., LTD

The development process and application of cloth type wearable device integrated direct skin contact electrodes and electric wirings using stretchable conductor will be introduced. It was born from research to pursue the comfort of clothes by Toyobo.   The Collaboration between the electronics industry and the textile industry is essential for development of clothing type devices. However that road is long and winding, because these two industries have different histories, cultures and technologies. The standardization will be one of essential issue for two different industries to cooperate.

Development of Fiber/Textile-shaped photovoltaic cells and Fabric electrode

Friday, April 20

10:40 - 11:10

Kazuyoshi  Sugino    Development Dept. Technical Center SUMINOE TEXTILE CO., LTD

Kazuyoshi  Sugino

Development Dept. Technical Center

In recent years, interest in energy harvesting is increasing from the viewpoint of the problem of power supply and demand at the time of natural disasters such as earthquake disaster and the protection of the surrounding environment. We have developed a lightweight and flexible solar cell by fabricating an organic thin film solar cell on a fibrous base material. A fabric type solar cell having air permeability can be obtained by weaving this fibrous solar cell in a cloth. We are also developing cloth type electrodes that can be utilized in the field of wearable biometric information measurement by application of nanofiber technology.

How will next-generation smart apparels change the world?

Friday, April 20

11:10 - 11:40

Amimori Ichiro  Co-Founder & CEO XenomaTBD

Amimori Ichiro

Co-Founder & CEO

Sensors on textile are attracting attention, however, there is no killer application at this moment and the market prospects is divided into two. How will smart apparels change the world?

Exbitors Session

Friday, April 20

13:50 - 13:50

Kazuhiro Kubota

Global Technology Solution Department 
DISCO Corporation

Shunsuke Sasaki

Assistant Manager
Institute of Semiconductor and Electronics Technologies

Yuko Mine

R&D Engineering Gr.
Yuasa System Co.,Ltd

MEMS and Sensor Session

Session Keynote

iNEMI Technology Roadmap on MEMS/Sensors 

Friday, April 20

13:50 - 14:30

Haley Fu

Managing Director for Asia Pacific
International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative

The iNEMI MEMS/Sensors TWG (technology working group) was established in 2010 and published its first roadmap in 2011. This group primarily works with the MEMS and Sensors Industry Group’s (MSIG) member companies as well as other interested contributors (industrial as well as academic). The effort was motivated by a 2009 MSIG Workshop on Testing Needs for sensors manufacturers. We also work with standards organizations (IEEE, SEMI) and in the past with the ITRS. The challenge of roadmapping MEMS/Sensors compared to semiconductors is in its great diversity of devices, applications, and manufacturing methods. This presentation will introduce the MEMS/Sensors roadmap development, from earlier iterations focused on consumer portable device technologies to recent move to Automotives, Internet of Things (IoT) and Trillion Sensors (TSensors).  This talk will discuss the market trend, the technology needs on standards, testing and packaging, based on the 2017 edition of the iNEMI roadmap, and will overview Hybrid Flexible Electronics requirements which will be discussed in the 2019 roadmap edition.  

Integrated Tactile Sensor Array for Robots in the Age of AI

Friday, April 20

14:30 - 15:00

Shuji Tanaka  Professor Department of Robotics Tohoku University

Shuji Tanaka

Department of Robotics
Tohoku University

Tactile sensors covering robot bodies are useful for safe and gentle physical communication as well as skilled manipulation based on machine learning. A key issue of such applications in the age of AI is how to construct a large-scale network of the tactile sensors with the minimum amount of wiring. Our solution is to use a bus network and “sensor platform LSIs”. The tactile sensor is MEMS-based and integrated with the LSI, which offers analog frontend, signal processing, asynchronous bus communication, event-driven response and other smart functions. Some demontrations using the tactile sensors are also introduced in the lecture.

Business strategy and successful incubation projects from one of the leading company in brand development

Friday, April 20

15:30 - 16:00


Kosei Narita

Incubation Section
MTG Co., Ltd.

  • Introducing MTG Business Strategy with 4 pillars in Creation, Technology, Branding and Marketing
  • Introducing incubation use case from itegrations of in-house development, open and collaborative development projects with interdiciplinatory academias, research institutions and industries

Wearable Muscle Training and Monitoring Device

Friday, April 20

16:00 - 16:30

Yusuke Takei  Socially Implemented Sensor System Reearch Team, Research Center for Ubiquitous MEMS and Micro Engineering National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

Yusuke Takei

Research Scientist
Research Center for Ubiquitous MEMS and Micro Engineering (UMEMSME)
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

We introduce devices that can monitor muscle contraction when muscles are electrically stimulated. This device consists of a textile electrode printed on compression-wear for electrical muscle stimulation and a mechanomyogram sensor using ultrathin piezoresistive silicon for monitoring muscle contraction. Electromyogram, which is a typical evaluation method of muscle contraction, is five orders of magnitude smaller than the voltage of electrical muscle stimulation, so simultaneous measurement was difficult. In this presentation, we focus on mechanomyogram, the mechanical signal generated during muscle contraction, and introduce some experimental result about the evaluation of muscle contraction during the electrical muscle stimulation using our device.

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