The Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, will be buzzing next week with Sensors Expo and Conference, the key industry event focusing on sensors and sensor integrated systems. Being held June 8 through 10, the show will highlight the key advances in sensor technology that are finding their way into applications ranging from consumer to industrial to medical.

The exhibitor portion of Sensors Expo  features 175 vendors of sensor-related products, representing who’s who in the sensors industry. The conference portion encompasses 18 sessions. Familiar topics such as sensor interfaces, position sensing, and sensor systems design will be covered alongside newer topics such as wireless sensor networks and novel approaches to biodetection.

There will also be two keynote sessions. On Tuesday, June 9 at 9 am, Dr. Kevin Grazier, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Investigation Scientist and Science Planning Engineer for the Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan, will overview the technical hurdles involved in implementing a spacecraft mission to Saturn and discuss plans for Cassini’s future. On Wednesday, June 10, at 9 am, Beth Wozniak, President of Sensing and Control at Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, will discuss the important role sensor networks are playing in linking factories and communication systems across the globe, leading to a world of pervasive sensing.

This year, Sensors Expo will co-locate with another show, the International Robots, Vision, and Motion Control Show . Over 150 companies representing a range of robotic, machine vision, and motion control technologies will be on the exhibit floor. The show’s highlights include a keynote on military robotics by Ellen Purdy, Enterprise Director, Joint Ground Robotics OUSD for the U.S. Army, on Wednesday at 9 am.

I have a number of meetings scheduled at both shows next Tuesday and Wednesday and expect to uncover some new and interesting information to share with you.