Over the past ten years, the worldwide sensors technology market has experienced tremendous growth. Today’s sensor technology has been woven seamlessly into our everyday lives through a vast array of new and exciting applications that continue to evolve at a pace never seen before. To put things into perspective, ten years ago the average automobile utilized about 35 sensors. Today, the average automobile incorporates more than 100 sensors that measure and monitor everything from speed, oxygen, and brakes, to parking assistance and airbags.

Here we provide a preview of the conference sessions, special events, and keynote presentations that you can be a part of at SENSORS Tech Forum. And get a sneak peek at the products on display by exhibitors in the SENSORS Tech Forum Exhibitor Showcase on pages 94 and 96 in this issue. Find a full exhibitor list at www.sensorstechforum.com/exhibitors.html.

To register, and for more information, visit www.sensorstechforum.com.

Opening Day Keynote Luncheon

Tuesday, October 11, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Toward Enabling NASA’s Future Investments in Technology: Space Technology Roadmaps

Dr. Howard D. Ross, Chief Technologist,NASA Glenn Research Center
NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) has embarked on the development of a set of Space Technology Roadmaps (STRs) to identify and emphasize technologies that provide substantial enhancements in NASA mission capabilities and where significant technology investments are anticipated to be needed. The set of draft STRs introduces a proposed taxonomy of 14 Technology Areas (TAs), identifies top challenges, describes potential contributions to other national needs, and ultimately offers ways to advance the nation’s capabilities for scientific discovery and exploration of space. The set of STRs was drafted by subject matter experts within NASA, and each report is being independently assessed by the National Research Council.

Opening Night Networking Reception

(Sponsored by NASA Tech Briefs)

Tuesday, October 11, 5:30 – 7 pm

What better way to end a busy first day of the Forum than by unwinding with some great food and drink! This is the signature event of the Forum and there’s no better place to network, meet new friends and colleagues, and talk about the day you had. The Opening Night Networking Reception is open to all registered attendees.

Pre-Conference Tutorials

SENSORS Tech Forum presents two intensive, all-day, pre-conference tutorials on Monday, October 10 from 10 am to 5 pm. These tutorials were developed exclusively for this event. Gain invaluable knowledge on the latest advancements in MEMS and CBRNE technology, and new applications.

MEMS-Enabled High-Volume Commercialization Opportunities

Led by session organizer and chairman Roger H. Grace of Roger Grace Associates, this session brings together leading re - searchers from academia, laboratories, and industry to share their MEMS development activities that are expected to enable largevolume applications in the near future. Although Micro - electromechanical Systems (MEMS) have existed for many decades, it has only been recently that MEMS devices have enabled large-volume, or killer, applications. The future of MEMS continues to look bright based on the highly expected commercialization of numerous large-volume applications including consumer games, mobile phones, structural health monitoring through wireless autonomous sensor networks (WASN), medical diagnostics and point-of-care applications, guidance systems for military munitions, and analytical instruments for environmental monitoring.

Roger Grace also will present his “MEMS Industry Commercialization Report Card,” which will assess the performance of the MEMS community in addressing 14 critical success factors for 2010. A panel discussion will conclude the day, addressing key barriers to the commercialization of MEMS.

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