Agenda set for P/F/S and FF sensors symposium at Sensors Expo

Naples, FL. Roger Grace, president of Roger Grace Associates, the marketing consultancy specializing in sensors and MEMS, has organized and will chair a full-day technical symposium on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at the 33rd Annual Sensors Expo & Conference in San Jose. The workshop will address printed, flexible, stretchable (P/F/S), and functional-fabric (FF) sensors from an IoT and wearable applications perspective. Grace will be joined by 14 other leaders in the P/F/S and FF sensors and electronics area who will present information on topics including currently available sensor products, current research and development activities, application opportunities, and barriers to the commercialization of P/F/S and FF sensors and sensor-based systems.

Grace will also make a presentation entitled “Commercialization Opportunities for Printed/Flexible/Stretchable and Functional Fabric Sensors and Sensor-Based Systems for IoT (Internet of Things) and Wearables,” which will address commercialization and monetization issues.

Grace stated, “This all-day symposium continues to be a key and integral part of my ‘evangelization’ of printed, flexible, and stretchable and most recently functional fabric sensors and sensor-based systems. It was developed to help inform and educate the technical, technical management, and business community of the major significance of these technologies and their enabled far-reaching opportunities in IoT and wearable applications from both a current and future perspective. Attendees will be provided with presentations from representatives of leading organizations representing the entire ecosystem of P/F/S and FF sensors, from research and development to manufacturing, who are in the forefront of bringing new and unique P/F/S and FF technologies to the market. Several speakers from leading research and development organizations and universities will address their efforts on device development and integration issues and future application opportunities. My presentation will address the current and future opportunities for P/F/S and FF sensors and the necessary requirements for them to become commercially viable. I will address barriers to the successful commercialization and strategies resulting in monetization of P/F/S and FF sensors.”

The strategies, he said, will address perspectives including integration, infrastructure, and manufacturing, adding, “We expect the attendee to leave the session with a good knowledge of where we have come from, where we are, where we’re going, and what they need to do to help create a more commercially viable P/F/S and FF sensor industry as well as where they can participate in exploiting current and future major application opportunities for P/F/S and FF sensors. This Sensors Expo 2018 preconference symposium has, to the best of my knowledge, the most highly concentrated and expansive effort to date to exclusively address the topic of P/F/S and FF sensors.”

Cal Groton, show director for the Sensors Expo & Conference said, “As a result of the immense popularity of Roger’s Sensors Expo 2016 and 2017 workshops on a similar topic, we asked him to return and organize another workshop to support our 2018 preconference program. We decided early on in the creation of the Sensors 2018 preconference program to address IoT and wearables because of their current and future importance and far-reaching application in the sensors space. Our decision to bring Roger Grace aboard to develop and chair this workshop was an easy one based on Roger’s well-deserved reputation in the industry as the sensors preeminent marketing consultant ‘guru’ in addition to his long and successful track record of developing over 25 successful technical conference sessions, many here at our event, Sensors Expo. We are truly gratified that Roger’s selection of speakers demonstrates the intent of our exciting conference…that being informing and educating the engineering community as to the importance and enabling nature of sensor technology to meet current and future application opportunities. We are looking forward to very successful technical sessions, exhibit floor participation and especially Roger’s star-studded array of speakers in our pre-conference program.”

The symposium’s morning keynote, entitled “AFFOA: Addressing Commercialization Challenges of Functional Fabric Electronics,” will be made by Eric Spackey, chief marketing officer of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) organization. The afternoon keynote, entitled “Recent Advances in Wearable Biomonitoring Devices,” will be given by Professor Greg Auner of Wayne State University.

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