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Presentations will focus on system level solutions incorporating MEMS and/or sensor device, unique applications and innovative technological or market solutions. Integration challenges and system level architecture decisions are driven by the particular use-case. Each application has its own unique requirements which may include power efficiency, computational capability, wireless interconnectivity, and data collection, interpretation, and encryption. Speakers will elucidate these challenges and how to manage and overcome them successfully.




Conference Registration
Welcome Reception


7:30–8:30am Conference Registration and Continental Breakfast

Welcome Remarks: David Anderson, President
SEMI Americas


8:40–9:00amOpening Remarks:  David Kirsch, Vice President and General Manager, EV Group
Chairman, MSIG Governing Council

Keynote: Context is Everything
Lama Nachman, Fellow, Director of Anticipatory Computing Lab




Session 1: MEMS & Sensors: What the Future Holds 

Session Chair: Frank Shemansky, Ph.D. Chief Technology Officer, MEMS and Sensors, SEMI

9:45–10:15am Emerging MEMS & Sensor Technologies to Watch
Alissa Fitzgerald Ph.D., Founder & Managing Member 
A.M. Fitzgerald & Associates, LLC
10:15–10:45am Break

MEMS & Sensors: Outtakes of 2017 and Outlook for 2018
Jérémie Bouchaud, Director and Senior Principal Analyst, MEMS & Sensors
IHS Markit


TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: The Future is Now!   

Sponsored by:  
11:15–11:25amOverview: Technology Showcase
Frank Shemansky, CTO, MEMS and Sensors
11:25–11:35amSensortizing Transportation & Manufacturing 4.0
Avishai Geller, Founder and CEO 
Maven Machines 

From Milliwatts to Kilowatts: How Menlo Micro applies advanced material science to create high-temperature, high-power micro-mechanical switches
Chris Giovanniello, Senior Vice President, Products
Menlo Micro

11:45–11:55amSnowboard Everywhere
Aaron Aders, Founder and CEO
LEIF Technologies 
11:55–12:05pmCoupled Time Domain Simulation for MEMS Sensors and System Integration
Gerald Harvey, VP of Engineering
12:05–12:15pmGas Sensing
Bob Whyte, Technologist
12:15–2:00pm Lunch and DEMO for Technology Showcase

Session 2: MEMS & Sensors for Health, Medical, and Bio Applications 

Session Chair: Michelle Bourke, Strategic & Technical Marketing Director, Lam Research


BioMEMS: The Next Big Thing for MEMS Players?
Sébastien Clerc, Market and Technology Analyst 
Yole Développement


Design Considerations for Biomedical Applications Using Thin-Film Tactile Force Sensors
Camilo Aladro, Product Manager for the Pressure Mapping Division 


Custom IC Design Supports Ingestible Sensors
Andrew Kelly, IC/Systems Architect
Cactus Semiconductor

       Jonathan Withrington, IC Design Manager
  Proteus Digital Health
3:30–4:00pmTale from the Trenches: Manufacturing NEMS-based Biosensors through a MEMS Foundry
Mitchell Lerner, PhD, VP of Production
Nanomedical Diagnostics
4:00–4:30pm BreakSponsored by: 



4:30–5:15pmFIRESIDE CHAT 

From the beginning, entering the MEMS market has been a difficult proposition for new companies and for those already established, reaching a stage of profitability is even more challenging.  Low success rates, increasing margin pressure, complex sub-systems, high capital requirements, and long development cycles have exacerbated the problem of funding MEMS start-ups.  In addition, many MEMS companies are hardware centric and VC investment has shifted away from hardware.  Recent investment focus has been on health tech, financial tech, AI, and IoT and software investment in these areas continues to grow with software overall accounting for nearly 50% of the total VC dollars invested in 2016.

Although MEMS and sensor devices are a driver for many of the market verticals of interest to investors, emergence of new pervasive sensor and actuator technology to foster has been scarce.  The business and technological implications and reasons for this dearth in opportunities will be addressed. 

  • Greg Mischou, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Woodside Capital Partners


5:15–5:30pm Closing Remarks: Frank Shemansky, Chief Technology Officer, MEMS and Sensors 
6:00–8:00pm Dinner
8:00–9:30pm Post Dinner Cocktail reception -- Sponsored by:   


7:30–8:30am Continental Breakfast
8:30–8:45amDay 2 Kick-off: Frank Shemansky, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, MEMS and Sensors

Keynote: Sensors, Cars and the Road Ahead
Lars Reger
Automotive Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Business Unit Automotive

Session 3: MEMS & Sensors: Enabling New Applications

Session Chair: Nicole Kerness, Ph.D., VP Sensor Design and Innovation, Kionix


Bringing MEMS NIR Technology into the Hands of Farmers Worldwide
Henri Hekman, CEO & President
SoilCares BV

10:00–10:30am Break
10:30–11:00amDramatic Power Savings through Integration in Voice-Interface Devices
Matt Crowley, CEO

PiezoMEMS at VTT: R&D and Manufacturing Services
James Dekker, Ph.D., Senior Scientist
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland



SEMI 2.0: Supporting MEMS & Sensors Industry Growth and Talent​
Ajit Manocha, President and CEO, SEMI
Jonathan Davis, Global Vice President, Industry Advocacy, SEMI

12:00-1:30pm Lunch

Ambient Sensing – Use Cases Challenges with Improved Sensors
Roland Helm, Ph.D., Head of Segment Sensors
Infineon Technologies 



 TECHTalk Creating Sixth Senses


Closing Remarks, Presentation of Hall of Fame, Announcement of MEMS & Sensors Technology Showcase Winners 
Frank Shemansky, Chief Technology Officer, MEMS and Sensors 

  Agenda as of 8/1/17.  Subject to Change