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Monday, June 27 • 9:00am - 4:00pm
Pre-Conference Symposium 2: Wearables, IoT and Other High-Volume Application Opportunities for Printed, Flexible, Stretchable and E-Fabric/Smart Sensors and Sensor-Based Systems

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The availability of sensors that can conveniently conform in shape to their imposed working environment has existed for quite some time with the earliest being for aerospace applications.  Most recently, there has been an exponential growth in the field of flexible, printed and organic large-area electronics and sensors driven by applications including physiological/activity monitoring in wearables for e-Health, sports/recreational and military personnel and the Internet of Things (IoT). These new electronics and sensors are fabricated on flexible plastic substrates or are printed/woven into fabrics, which offer advantages including low unit cost, mechanical robustness, shape conformity, light-weight and low-profile. The creation of these “non-classical” platforms is enabled by the high-throughput manufacturing processes of devices including for those over large areas using various technologies including Roll-to-Roll printing.

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 e-fabric/smart fabric sensor technologies, their current and future applications and products that they enable. In addition to these sensors, we will address several other electronic functionalities and the challenges of their packaging and integration with other functional element of basic wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Finally, barriers to the successful commercialization of these sensors and recommended strategies for market success will be presented.


9:00am-9:20am Welcome and Introduction to Printed/Flexible/Stretchable and E-Textile/Smart Fabric Sensors and Sensor-Based System
Roger Grace, Founder and President, Roger Grace Associates

9:20am-9:40am Charting the Opportunities for Sensor Integration in Smart Fabrics
Michelle Farrington, Vice President of Strategic Growth, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)

10:00am-10:20am Fabric EEG Sensor System for Consumer Devices
Jamie Alders, Vice President of Product, Neurable

10:20am-10:35am Morning Break

10:35am-10:55am Med Tech e-Textile Development and Commercialization in Regulated Markets
Pratyush Rai, Ph.D., Founding Engineer and Chief of Research & Development, Nanowear

10:55am-11:15am Upscaling Large Area Printed Sensors for Mass Market Application Needs
Ashok Sridhar, Business Development Manager, TNO @ Holst Centre

11:15am-11:35am Selection of Thin Flexible Batteries and their Integration into Wearables and IoT Devices 
Konstantin Tikhonov, Ph.D., Vice President of R&D, Imprint Energy

11:35am-12:00pm Session Q&A 

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm-1:10pm Welcome and Introduction to Printed/Flexible/Stretchable and E-Textile / Smart Fabric Sensors and Sensor-Based Systems
Roger Grace, Founder and President, Roger Grace Associates

1:10pm-1:30pm Combining Materials, Processing and Know-How for Next Generation Wearables, Plus Roadmap
Stan Farnsworth, Chief Marketing Officer, OE-A

1:30pm-1:50pm Reliable Wearable Gas Sensors for Ubiquitous Applications: Still a Fantasy or 2022 Reality
Radislav A. Potyrailo, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, General Electric Research

1:50pm-2:10pm Progress in Wearable, Printed, Gas Sensors for Bridging the Cost-Performance Gap in Medical, Environmental, Energy and Space Applications
Joseph Stetter, Ph.D., President and CTO, KWJ Engineering

2:10pm-2:30pm From Healthcare to Care for Health: The Workplace Vitality Hub as a Rout Towards Commercialization
Sywert Brongersma Ph.D., Director Strategic Partnership, imec

2:30pm-2:45pm Afternoon Break

2:45pm-3:05pm  Sustainable and Scalable Printing of Nano and Microelectronics Using Direct Assembly of Nanomaterials
Anthony Childress, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Northeastern University

3:05pm-3:25pm Enabling End-to-End Specialized Healthcare with Printed Electronics Sensing Technology
Melanie Wendrikat, Manager Market Strategy – Printed Electronics, Henkel A.G

3:25pm-3:45pm  Summary and Conclusions to Printed/Flexible/Stretchable and E-Textile / Smart Fabric Sensors and Sensor-Based Systems
Roger Grace, Founder and President, Roger Grace Associates

3:45pm-4:00pm Session Q&A

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Anthony Childress, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher, Northeastern University
Anthony Childress received his PhD in experimental physics from Clemson University in 2018. His focus was on applying nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene to improve the energy and power density of capacitors and batteries. This entailed the synthesis and characterization... Read More →
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Roger Grace

President, Roger Grace Associates
Roger H. Grace is president of Roger Grace Associates (Bonita Springs, Florida) which he founded in 1982 and which provides a broad spectrum of marketing consulting services including market research, integrated marketing communications and new business development to the sensor... Read More →
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Radislav A. Potyrailo, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist, General Electric Research
Radislav is a Principal Scientist at GE Research. He has an Optoelectronics degree from Kiev Polytechnic Institute (1985) and PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Indiana University (1998).  At GE Radislav has been directing numerous programs in the areas of design and excitation of... Read More →
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Michelle Farrington

Vice President of Strategic Growth, AFFOA
Michelle Farrington is Vice President of Strategic Growth at AFFOA, where she leads a portfolio of innovations aimed at furthering the domestic manufacturing of advanced functional fabrics and is responsible for setting the technical strategy for the institute.  She works closely... Read More →
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Sywert Brongersma, Ph.D.

Director Strategic Partnership, IMEC
Sywert Brongersma joint imec in 1998, after his Ph.D. at the Free University of Amsterdam and a Post-Doc at the University of Western Ontario, continuing his efforts in material science with a focus on interconnects. In 2006 he transferred to imec’s new site in Eindhoven where they... Read More →
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David Goncalves

Project Manager & Principal Electrical Engineer, DCS Corp
David Goncalves is a project manager and R&D technical leader at DCS Corporation. He has developed a wide range of wearable technologies for DoD customers that maximize the survivability, sustainability, mobility, and combat effectiveness of the Warfighter. His recent work includes... Read More →
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Stan Farnsworth

Chairperson, OE-A
Stan has been bringing deep-tech innovation to markets and applications for over 20 years. Currently he has dual roles of Chief Marketing Officer for NovaCentrix as well as Chief Marketing Officer of the recent spin-out PulseForge Corp. Prior to being a founding member of NovaCentrix... Read More →
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Joseph Stetter, Ph.D.

President and CTO, KWJ Engineering
Dr. Stetter, an ECS fellow and visiting scholar at GaTech.,  is currently President/CTO of KWJ Engineering and SPEC Sensors, LLC. Joe has a Ph.D in Physical Chemistry the University at Buffalo.  For more than 45 years, Dr. Stetter has been at the forefront of chemical and gas sensor... Read More →
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Pratyush Rai, Ph.D.

Founding Engineer and Chief of Research & Development, Nanowear Inc.
He has 12+ years of experience in R&D in e-textile Medical devices, Nanotechnology, and Biomedical Engineering at University of Arkansas and Nanowear. At Nanowear, he leads the R&D on cloth based nanosensor systems for remote patients monitoring. He has led successful development... Read More →
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Konstantin Tikhonov, Ph.D.

Vice President of R&D, Imprint Energy
Konstantin Tikhonov has 20 years of experience in nano-materials, battery R&D and manufacturing. Konstantin developed advanced electrolytes for high rate applications and long cycles life, lithium titanate chemistry platforms for automotive applications, and high capacity Si anode... Read More →
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Jamie Alders

Vice President of Product, Neurable
Jamie Alders is the Vice President of Product at Neurable, where he’s enabling people to access data and insights about their brain using everyday products. Jamie joined Neurable in 2018. Before that, Jamie developed hardware and software products at Bose for 12 years, beginning... Read More →
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Ashok Sridhar Ph.D.

Business Development Manager, TNO @ Holst Centre
Dr. Ashok Sridhar works as a Business Development Manager at TNO @ Holst Centre in the Netherlands. Additionally, he is the CEO of TracXon B.V., a printed electronics foundry spun off from TNO @ Holst Centre.Since 2006, Ashok has worked in various technical as well as commercial roles... Read More →
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Melanie Wendrikat

Manager Market Strategy – Printed Electronics, Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
Melanie Wendrikat is the Global Market Strategy Manager for Henkel Adhesive Technologies' printed electronics new business accelerator. She is responsible for the strategic development of newly evolving markets and digital business models. Melanie joined Henkel Adhesive Technologies... Read More →

Monday June 27, 2022 9:00am - 4:00pm PDT