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MIT, NASA Scientists to Give Sensors Expo Keynotes

January 31, 2013

Leading scientists from MIT Media Lab and NASA'S Mars Exploration Mission will deliver keynotes at 2013 Sensors Expo & Conference; the conference will focus on applications of sensing technologies driving solutions.

NEWTON, MA -- Sensors Expo & Conference is pleased to announce two dynamic keynote presenters for this leading industry event focused on sensing technologies driving tomorrow's solutions. The day one keynote will be delivered by Joseph Paradiso, Ph.D., Director of the Responsive Environments Group at MIT Media Laboratory and the day two keynote will be given by Raymond Arvidson, James, S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor, Washington University and Participating Scientist, NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Mission. This year's event will take place at The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, Wednesday, June 5 to Thursday, June 6 with pre-conference symposia scheduled for Tuesday, June 4.

"We are thrilled Joseph Paradiso and Raymond Arvidson will provide insight from their fascinating careers with the thousands of engineers, scientists and industry professionals from around the world who gather for the Sensors Expo & Conference," said Wendy Loew, Event Director. "The theme of our event this year is sensors technology driving solutions and both of our keynote speakers will deliver real world examples of how sensors are being used by NASA for the remote sensing of Earth, Mars and Venus as well as at MIT exploring the potential and promise of interfacing humans to a ubiquitous electronic 'nervous system'."

On Wednesday, June 5, MIT Media Labs' Joseph Paradiso, Ph.D. will provide the day one keynote and will discuss, "Connecting with the Emerging Nervous System of Ubiquitous Sensing." Paradiso will explore the near future of sensors extending across things, places, and people. This keynote will address a new kind of digital "omniscience" such as building different kinds of browsers for network data and imagining buildings and tools as "prosthetic" extensions of humans that make HVAC systems an extension of one's sense of comfort. He believes that as the sensor information becomes networked and available to applications running outside of each device's domain, it will be as profound as the web was to computers.

On Thursday, June 6, Raymond Arvidson, a Participating Scientist, NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Mission will discuss, "Sensors in Space: The Robotic Exploration of Mars and its Environment." During his presentation Dr. Arvidson will discuss how key sensor technologies have enabled robotic exploration of the red planet and the ability to explore its past and present. Participating in virtually every Mars landing since Viking 1 in 1976 and including the 2012 Mars Curiosity Rover Mission, Dr. Arvidson presents his first-hand, expert perspective on today's innovations and the promise of tomorrow's technologies in remote sensor-based systems from space.

Dr. Arvidson will discuss what's next on the horizon for utilizing advanced sensor-based systems to enable human cooperation and interaction with rovers on Mars. Although, today Mars is very cold and dry today, measurements from recent orbiting and landed missions indicate Mars was once warm and wet with rivers, lakes, and extensive groundwater. Dr. Arvidson will provide insight on rovers using machine vision technologies for science in both orbital and landed instruments, infrared sensing systems detect and map minerals formed in a water-rich environment.

In addition to the keynote presentations, the Sensors comprehensive conference program provides essential, in-depth education and technical sessions across three full-day pre-conference symposia and an expansive nine tracks of sessions. The conference program is dedicated to exploring the most up-to-date innovations in sensor technology, including Big Data & Analytics, Cutting-Edge Sensing Applications & Innovations, Energy Harvesting, Gas Sensing, MEMS, Measurement & Detection, Remote Monitoring, Sensors @ Work, Wireless Sensing Solutions, and more. Sensors Expo & Conference identifies cutting-edge trends, explores them in an information-packed conference program and reflects those trends throughout the exhibit floor with new product announcements, key technology-focused Pavilions, and a showcase of hundreds of products and services.

About Sensors Expo & Conference
Since 1986, Sensors Expo & Conference has been the leading industry event in North America exclusively focused on sensors and has emerged as one of the largest and most important gatherings of engineers and scientists involved in the development and deployment of sensor systems. The market for sensors is expanding at a phenomenal rate. Save months of time researching your best options by spending three information-packed days at Sensors Expo, examining solutions for your present challenges while exploring sensing technologies driving tomorrow's solutions. The Sensors Expo & Conference is produced and managed by Questex Media Group LLC, a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider, headquartered in Newton, MA.

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