Industry event: Sensors Expo & Conference, June 9-11

Register now for exhibits and conference sessions. Venue is close to Chicago O'Hare airport.
By Control Engineering Staff May 22, 2008

Sensors Expo & Conference is one of the largest events in North America focusing exclusively on sensors and sensor-integrated systems.

Located at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL (a stone’s throw from Chicago’s O’Hare airport), the exhibit and conference is dedicated to exploring the most up-to-date innovations in sensor technology, including physical sensors, sensor networks, biosensors, MEMS/nanotechnology, instrumentation & controls, intelligent systems, machine-to-machine communication, wireless sensing and IT technology. The event will take place June 9-11.

The 2008 conference program will explore cutting-edge sensing technology trends and solutions from the world’s leading authorities. “The market for sensors and related technologies is expanding at a phenomenal rate,” says Tom Bliss, group conference director. “This year’s conference program will help attendees learn about the latest solutions, evaluate emerging standards and solve new design challenges.”

James McLurkin, MIT roboticist, inventor, researcher and teacher, will present the opening keynote address entitled, “Engineering Creativity: Exercises for the Right Brain,” on Tuesday, June 10 from 9-10 AM. As a child, McLurkin was building with LEGO bricks, cardboard boxes, or any other materials he could access, and he continues this tradition today. Using nature as a model, his core research is developing algorithms and techniques for constructing and programming large swarms of autonomous robots. Inspired by the behavior of ants and bees, his SwarmBots perform individual tasks that collectively contribute to the goals of the group. In this presentation, McLurkin will discuss the logistics of creativity, his sources of inspiration, and how to structure your environment to enhance creative thought.

The keynote panel entitled, “Innovation at a Crossroads” will take place on Wednesday, June 11 from 9-10 AM. The panel will examine the pros and cons of product and platform innovation. Panelists will debate both sides of the scenarios and share experiences on how business and innovative breakthroughs really happen. The panel will be moderated by John Hanks, vice president of measurement and control, National Instruments. Panelists include: Nathaniel M. Sims, MD, physician advisor and MIT innovation lab member, Partners HealthCare biomedical engineering at Massachusetts General Hospital; Audley Brown, director of advanced propulsion system controls, Powertrain Division at General Motors Corporation; Jon Fredrickson, director of innovation expansion, InnoCentive.com; and Patricia Seybold, author of “Outside Innovation,” founder and CEO of Patricia Seybold Group.

—Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com ,
Process Instrumentation & Sensors Monthly
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