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Sensors Conference Explores Cutting-Edge Trends and Technologies

April 9, 2008

James McLurkin, MIT roboticist, inventor, and researcher, will present the keynote address, titled "Engineering Creativity: Exercises for the Right Brain."


NEWTON, MA /Marketwire/ -- Questex Media Group LLC.'s Sensors Expo & Conference, the leading event in North America focused exclusively on sensors and sensor-integrated systems, announced that its 2008 conference program will explore cutting-edge sensing technology trends and solutions from the world's leading authorities. The Sensors Expo & Conference will take place June 9–11, 2008, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

"The market for sensors and related technologies is expanding at a phenomenal rate. This year's conference program will help attendees learn about the latest solutions, evaluate emerging standards, and solve new design challenges," said Tom Bliss, Group Conference Director, Questex Media Group.

Keynote Presentations
James McLurkin, MIT roboticist, inventor, researcher, and teacher, will present the opening keynote titled "Engineering Creativity: Exercises for the Right Brain" on Tuesday, June 10, from 9–10 AM. As a child, James McLurkin was building with LEGO bricks, cardboard boxes, or any other materials he could access, and he continues this tradition today. Using Mother 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 titled "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. The panelists will debate both sides of the scenarios and share their 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, General Motors Corp.; Jon Fredrickson, Director of Innovation Expansion, InnoCentive.com; and Patricia Seybold, author of "Outside Innovation," Founder and CEO of Patricia Seybold Group.

For additional details on the keynote presentations, go to the expo's Web site.

Conference Sessions
The information-rich conference program, featuring nine research-based technical tracks, is designed to help attendees understand and use the latest advances in measurement, monitoring, detection, and control. The program features the world's leading authorities, who will examine the most up-to-date innovations, in a carefully designed program covering:

  • Emerging technologies and applications
  • "Green" sensing technologies and applications
  • Machine health and predictive maintenance
  • Novel approaches to measurement and detection
  • Power management, battery technology, and low-power sensing
  • Sensor standards
  • Systems and embedded intelligence
  • Transportation infrastructure and structural health monitoring
  • Wireless sensing

For additional details on the conference tracks and sessions, go to the expo's Web site.

Pre-Conference Symposia
The Pre-Conference Symposia will take place on Monday, June 9. They include:

  • Digital Data Acquisition & Analysis Symposium
  • Nanotechnology and MEMS/MST/Micromachines Symposium
  • Energy Harvesting for Powering Sensor Applications Symposium

For additional information on the pre-conference symposia, go to the expo's Web site.

Keynote sessions are free to all Sensors Expo & Conference attendees. For additional information or to register, go to the expo's Web site or call 877-232-0132.

For information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, contact Leo Squatrito at 617.219.8378 or lsquatrito@questex.com.

About Sensors Expo & Conference
Sensors Expo & Conference is the leading sensor event in North America exclusively focusing on sensors and sensor-integrated systems. The conference program is dedicated to exploring the most up-to-date innovations in sensor technology, including physical sensors, sensor networks, biosensors, MEMS/nanotechnology, instrumentation and controls, intelligent systems, machine-to-machine communication, wireless sensing, and IT technology. 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, technology focused tours, and a showcase of hundreds of products and services.

About Questex
Questex Media Group LLC. is a global, diversified business-to-business integrated media and information provider, headquartered in Newton, MA. Questex serves multiple industries, including technology, beauty, spa, travel, hospitality, leisure, home entertainment, industrial, and service industries through a range of well-established, market-leading publications, events, interactive media, research, information, and integrated marketing services. The company's media properties include over 100 print and digital media publications; 45 conferences, tradeshows, and events; and a range of research, data, and information products. The company's businesses are managed through operating companies, including Questex Media Group, InfoTrends Inc., Imaging Networks, and McLean Events International, Ltd, a world-leading producer of appointment-based events. The company's combined operations include more than 400 employees in offices throughout North America, South America, Asia, and Europe.


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