Two days, ten topics, over 25 inspiring presentations
The presentations will be based around ten topics which collectively provide complete coverage of the high-end sensor market.
Ten in-depth topics
High-end sensors play an increasingly important role supporting security mandates that reach from neighborhoods to national borders. Every sensor type plays a role. We will examine the latest high-end solutions for assessing risks, controlling access, environmental and gas sampling, facial recognition, communications and control as well as other end use applications. We will also explore the role of high-end sensors in electronic warfare encompassing traditional RF jamming and surveillance as well as data collection. High-end sensors also benefit psychological operations, weapon system counter measures and vigilance against cyber threats.
New optical sensors play a vital role in the creation of advanced observation and detection systems for commercial, public safety, aviation and defence/aerospace applications. We will examine ways that ultra-high definition optics, hyperspectral imaging, infrared sensors, lasers, and ultrafast bandgap photonics continue to advance state-of-the-art performance. We will also delve into materials and process technologies that are helping to reshape imaging and optical sensing such as the merger of silicon PICs and III-V materials for superior performance and reliability.
Every sensor collects data. How that data is transmitted, stored, accessed and analysed is especially critical for high-end sensors. We will explore ways in which sensor designers and manufacturers are expanding their business models to embrace analytics while creating new sensor technologies to better support secure acquisition, automated analysis and faster storage/retrieval cycles.
Sensing technologies owe much of their growth to closed loop networking and internet connectivity: the IoT and its industrial counterpart, the IIoT, and Industry 4.0. Commercial sensing relies on unlicensed spectrum or various proprietary cellular networks while defence/aviation/aerospace applications depend upon spectrum block set-aside’s and encrypted data streams. We will explore wireless networking standards / protocols, licensed and unregulated spectrum, and the success stories that point to cost-effective strategies for securing sensor network communications.
High-end sensors frequently operate in hazardous environments and areas with limited access. Whether atop a utility mast or in a war zone, these sensors need power where it is often unavailable through conventional means. We will explore innovative new ways to power sensor systems through environmental conditions, RF signals, MEMS functionality and other ‘near-zero’ resources.
Radar and LiDAR based technologies are a mainstay of defence, security and aviation/aerospace applications. These high-end devices are also now essential to automotive (ADAS/autonomous driving) transportation systems, Industry 4.0 applications, UAVs and UAS, as well as VR and augmented reality (AR) systems. We will explore complex and sophisticated architectures and the high-end sensors supporting multifunctional systems, cognitive radar, biologically inspired radar and UWB systems We will also delve into millimetre wave and Terahertz imaging along with multistatic radar and LiDAR systems in the latest UAV/UAS applications. We will explore ways that computer vision and photogrammetric models utilize new algorithms to create high fidelity maps, ortho-rectified imagery and 3D point clouds.
Micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors enable unparalleled advances in accuracy, performance and size reduction. The durability and accuracy of MEMS devices has created new opportunities for high-end sensors analyzing the composition of gases, liquids and solids in the environment, residences and manufacturing. We will explore the most advanced MEMS sensors, commoditization and opportunities for high-end devices beyond core applications in smartphones, drones, manufacturing, health and safety.
All sensors share a common heritage based on the need to detect, monitor and assess conditions within the greater environment or inside electronic/chemical/mechanical systems. This mission is all the more critical for high-end sensors. Testing throughout manufacture is critical for sensors supporting aviation, defence, security or aerospace applications and commercial devices tied to health and public safety requirements. We will explore that latest tools for evaluating and monitoring sensor performance both in the factory and the field.
Maximizing high-end sensor performance often depends upon embedded systems; machine learning applications are becoming increasingly important. A real-time operating system (RTOS) offers many benefits for high-performance sensors, but there are important choices for every design. We will examine key issues in developing embedded solutions including SoC and ways that machine learning can enhance sensor performance and reliability while reducing power consumption and maintenance.
High-end sensors deliver greater precision, longer lifetimes, smaller size, greater range, superior durability and increased ruggedness for electronic systems. We will explore changing technologies that drive the development of high-end sensors including silicon photonics, advanced MEMS tech, photonic integrated circuits (PIC), silicon and III-V hybrids. We will examine the roles that high-end sensors play in creating new markets as occurred when smartphone sensors enabled smaller digital cameras and consumer UAVs.