Hilton Head 2020

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A full-day short course will be offered on Sunday May 31 discussing examples of enabling microsystems technologies for Internet-of-Things (IoT) and their commercialization efforts, including:
  • near zero power
  • event-driven
  • sensors and RF devices
  • low-power chip-scale piezoelectric ultrasonic platforms for sensing and imaging

Microsystems are nowadays found in a wide variety of applications, such as smart mobile devices, automotive, healthcare and environmental monitoring. The recent advancements in terms of miniaturization, low power consumption and low cost allow envisioning a new era in which a myriad of smart microsystems are merged with people and environments to improve security, wellness, productivity and enhance the overall quality of life. This visionary promise is the key enabler for the development of the Internet-of-Things (IoT) in which the physical and virtual worlds are linked through the exploitation of sensing and communication capabilities.

While the development of the Internet of Things is well underway, the next revolution will focus on creating the new set of micro/nano devices and systems capable of enabling truly ubiquitous and pervasive sensing and connectivity. The smart microsystems of tomorrow will be conceived through the joint efforts of researchers spanning multiple domains, including micro/nano technology, sensors, radio frequency systems, computing and biotechnology, as well as security, artificial intelligence, distributed decision making, data science, wireless communications and networking. These new microsystem technologies are foundational blocks in important application areas such as 5G, Quantum Engineering, Digital Agriculture, Robotics and Healthcare that have been driving the work of several researchers, entrepreneurs, professionals, established companies, startups as well as funding agencies.

The Course

The Hilton Head 2020 Short Course on "Microsystems Frontiers in the IoT Era" will bring together leading experts across the different disciplines involved in this nascent interdisciplinary field. The workshop will be instrumental in creating a cohesive group of researchers with interdisciplinary background and to expose them to each other's research. The program will aim to address the main challenges and opportunities for microsystems technologies in the IoT era.

Three short courses will be offered by technical experts discussing examples of enabling microsystems technologies for IoT and their commercialization efforts, including near zero power, event-driven, sensors and RF devices and low-power chip-scale piezoelectric ultrasonic platforms for sensing and imaging.

Following the short course, the program will end with a panel discussion open to all workshop attendees right before the Hilton Head 2020 welcome reception. The panel will include experts representing government agencies, foundations, industry and foundries and it will aim to provide answers to a specific set of questions that could drive the microsystem community in this new era of innovation, including:
  1. How can the IoT leverage several core functions and benefits of microsystems technologies?
  2. What are the most important societal impacts of IoT microsystems?
  3. How to bridge the Valley of Death in the post-Moore's law era of innovation?
The short course cost ranges from $20 to $50 based on type of registration, and will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Lunch is not provided for this event. The panel discussion, beginning at 4:00 p.m. is free and open to all attendees of Hilton Head 2020.


David Horsley
University of California, Davis and TDK/Chirp Microsystems

Amit Lal
Cornell University and Geegah

Matteo Rinaldi
Northeastern University


David Howard

Arjun Kumar Kantimahanti

Tanbir Haque
InterDigital, Inc.

Benjamin Griffin
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Ronald Polcawich
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Keith Rebello
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

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