FORUM: FHE Impact on Health and Safety of the Future

March 1-2, 2017
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(Doors open at 7:30 AM;
Day 1 – 5:00-6:30 PM Networking Reception)
PARC, A Xerox Company
3333 Coyote Hill Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304

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Healthcare, Transportation, Infrastructure
The cost and effectiveness of healthcare and the safety of aging infrastructure are significant challenges facing America.

Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) holds the promise to improve healthcare comfort and costs through solutions such as telemedicine and remote monitoring. Additionally, FHE has the potential to improve the safety of transportation, transit infrastructure, and utility infrastructure in a cost-effective manner through data-based structural health assessment, maintenance, and replacement.

Needs and Solutions – An Intersection
Meet experts from upstream and downstream of the FHE community. Opening speakers will lay a foundation of health, transportation, and infrastructure problems to be solved; the forum then progresses through to research going into supporting the manufacturing roadmap.

Leave with an inspiring new understanding of what it will take to get commercial products to market, as well as current needs that the FHE community can address.


NextFlex Forum Speakers

  • Ana Claudia Arias, PhD – Associate Professor, University of California Berkeley
  • Oliver Astley, PhD – CTO, Digital Mobile Health, GE Healthcare
  • Jeff Bergman – Director of Engineering Marketing, Acellent
  • Michael Bruckman – Director of Research, NanoBio Systems
  • Fu-Kuo Chang – Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University
  • Jeremy Clark – Director, Innovation Services, PARC, A Xerox Company
  • Kimberly CollisonFarr – Director – Product Development & Informatics, Mercy Research
  • Jim Doscher – General Manager, Healthcare, Analog Devices
  • Jeff Duce – ‎R&D Design Engineer, The Boeing Company
  • Michael EmmonsLawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Christine Ho, PhD – CEO, Imprint Energy
  • Mike Kuniavsky – Principal User Experience Designer, Innovation Services, PARC, A Xerox Company
  • Pradeep Lall, PhD – John and Anne MacFarlane Endowed Professor, Dept of Mechanical Engineering,  Auburn University
  • Bernard Laskowski – President, Analatom
  • Rajesh Naik, PhD – Chief Scientist, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Manuel Ochoa, PhD – Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Purdue University
  • David Ramahi – CEO, Optomec
  • Erin Ratcliff, PhD – Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
  • James Robinson, PhD, MPH – Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Economics  & Director, Berkeley Center for Health Technology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Matthew Smith, PhD – US Army Corps of Engineers
  • David Schwartz – Area Manager, PARC, A Xerox Company
  • Esther Sternberg, MD – Director of Research, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Manos Tentzeris, PhD – Ken Byers Professor in Flexible Electronics, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Girish Wable – Technology Program Manager, Jabil
  • Ronald Weinstein, MD – Founding Director, Arizona Telemedicine Program, University of Arizona
  • Charles Woychik – Charles Woychik, i3 Electronics
  • James Zunino – ARDEC Project Officer / Materials Engineer, US Army ARDEC
  • And more.


Please join us for a free networking reception on March 1 at PARC, immediately proceeding Day 1 adjournment of the forum.


  • Hear directly from users about needs and problems – particularly for
    • Healthcare (especially telemedicine and remote monitoring),
    • Transportation, and
    • Infrastructure (transit and utility).
  • Understand the market.
  • Make connections to bring products to market as quickly as possible.
  • Be on the cutting edge of the technological and manufacturing landscape for FHE.

Are you a healthcare, transportation, or infrastructure entity?

  • Optimize monitoring methods, such as the ability to monitor remotely, or by condition.
  • Reduce costs.
  • Find partners.


Azar Alizadeh, PhD, GE Global Research
Robert Smith, PhD, The Boeing Company
in collaboration with the Forum Planning Committee

7:30 Check-in
8:00 Welcome

  • Dr. Malcolm J. Thompson, Executive Director, NextFlex
  • Dr. Tolga Kurtoglu, CEO, PARC, a Xerox company

8:25 Improving Healthcare Comfort and Costs – Telemedicine & Remote Monitoring

  • KEYNOTE: Opportunities To Revolutionize Critical Care Healthcare Devices

    Oliver Astley, Ph.D.
    CTO, Digital Mobile Health
    GE Healthcare

    Critical care healthcare devices monitor patients’ vital signs throughout the care continuum: operating rooms, ICUs, emergency, med-surg. These devices keep watch on our most critical assets, people, by informing caregivers the status and trend of their patients. In many respects, the core technologies to monitor vitals has not changed dramatically over the least 2-decades. However electronics miniaturization, packaging, and advanced manufacturing is on a trajectory to change the performance, usability, and the patient experience. This talk will discuss the customer challenges with current technology and provide technology directions to address those issues.

    Oliver completed a PhD in Electrical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal. After university, Oliver joined GE Global Research working primarily on R&D for Healthcare. During this time, he was privileged to lead teams that transitioned multiple new electrical system technologies into GE Healthcare’s Computer Tomography machines that impacted performance and cost. These technologies developed and integrated mixed-signal ASICs, advanced electrical packaging, and the controls that convert x-rays passed through the body into a digital format.

    Since that time, he held roles as a research manager, technology interface to GE businesses, and Technology Leader for Power Conversion and Delivery. Across these roles he led global teams that developed technology for multiple GE businesses that include: Oil & Gas, Healthcare, Aviation, Industrial Systems, and Energy Systems.

    In 2015 he became the CTO for GE Healthcare’s Mobile Digital Health. His team is focused on revolutionizing patient monitoring and patient care; this includes developing a true Healthcare IOT that provides data driven insights to help caregivers make decisions that in turn improve patient outcomes. To make this happen his teams develop new sensing systems, visualization, data networking, fog and cloud technologies.

  • KEYNOTE: Wearable Sensors for DoD Needs / Wearables for Airman Health & Performance

    Rajesh R. Naik, Ph.D., ST
    Chief Scientist, 711 HPW
    Air Force Research Laboratory

    The rapid advancement of wearable technology with increasing sophistication can now measure bio-signatures such as heart rate, skin temperature, and blood pressure. The development of a wearable devices that can continuously monitor (bio)markers can potentially transform airman health and performance. Biomarkers associated with memory, alertness, health status and cognition that continuously monitored are needed. Flexible hybrid electronic materials represent a breakthrough technology with the potential to significantly impact aerospace medical applications. A new generation of soft compliable surfaces with flexible silicon-based electronics such as the “electronic skin” that can detect temperature, pressure and other stimuli have been proposed as advanced wearable diagnostic sensors for airman health and performance. I will highlight research activities within Air Force Research Laboratory, in collaboration with our industrial and academic partners on developing innovative solutions for address warfighter health and performance needs.

    Dr. Rajesh R. Naik, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Chief Scientist of the 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is the primary science and technology adviser to the wing commander. In this position he provides technical vision and strategy for the wing’s science and technology plans.

    Dr. Naik joined AFRL in 1999 as a visiting scientist and became a federal employee in 2004, where he was assigned the position of Biotechnology Group Leader. In 2007 he was appointed the technology adviser for biotechnology in the Nanostructure and Biological Materials Branch. Dr. Naik also served as the Chair for AFRL’s Bio-X Strategic Technology Team from 2008 to 2011.

    Scientifically, Dr. Naik has research interests in the areas of biomaterials, nanotechnology and biomimetics, with focus on biosensing, bioelectronics, nanostructured materials, and protein engineering. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles, several book chapters and has 12 awarded patents. He is also active in numerous technical communities.

  • MedTech Innovation Among Changing Market Dynamics

    James Robinson at SRK Headshot Day

    James Robinson, PhD, MPH
    Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Economics
    Director, Berkeley Center for Health Technology
    Division Head, Health Policy and Management
    University of California, Berkeley

    The science and engineering of the medical technology sector are doing well, but the business model is broken. This presentation discusses the central elements of purchasing strategy by insurers and employers, including value-based provider payment methods and high consumer cost sharing, with examples related to implantable devices and biopharmaceuticals. It then discusses the implications of these changes on the demand side of the market for innovation and innovators on the supply side.

    James Robinson is Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Berkeley Center for Health Technology (BCHT) at the University of California at Berkeley. He serves on a variety of professional boards and advisory boards, including the Integrated Healthcare Association and National Institute for Health Care Management, and as contributing editor for Health Affairs journal. Professor Robinson gives numerous keynote speeches and board presentations for medical technology firms, health insurance plans, hospitals, medical groups, universities, and public agencies.

    At Berkeley, Professor Robinson’s research focuses on the biotechnology, medical device, insurance, and health care delivery sectors. He has published three books and over 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and Health Affairs. His most recent book, “Purchasing Medical Innovation: The Right Technology for the Right Patient at the Right Price” analyzes the roles of the FDA, health insurers, hospitals, and consumers in the assessment, purchasing, and use of high-cost implantable devices. Professor Robinson’s econometric research currently centers on the impact of reference pricing on consumer choices and employer spending for surgical procedures, laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging, and pharmaceuticals.

  • Telemedicine and Telehealth in the Real World. Secrets for Success.

    Ronald S. Weinstein MD, FCAP, FATA
    Founding Director, Arizona Telemedicine Program
    University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Tucson

    Telemedicine is defined as the delivery of healthcare via information and communication technology (ICT). In 2015 alone, investments in telemedicine service provider organizations amounted to an estimated $280 million dollars. Today, a large integrated health care system may use ICT for over half of its communications with patients. Retail telemedicine is experiencing explosive growth. Some state legislatures are broadening scopes of services for tele-nurse practitioners in order to address workforce shortages. The use of decision support system-based technology in intensive care units is saving hospitals tens of millions of dollars, and improving the quality of care, and patient safety. One telehealth solution-enabled Intensive Ambulatory Care program for patients with multiple chronic conditions reduced costs 34.5 percent and reduced hospitalizations nearly in half. Today, teleradiology, is used in an estimated 85% of the 5,500 hospitals in the United States. Telepathology will redefine the practice of laboratory medicine in the foreseeable future. The infrastructure for a national telemedicine-based health care industry is finally falling in place, with the recent passage of parity legislation in many states, assuring reimbursement for telemedicine services from third party payers. Secrets for success will be: immediate access to health services; cost savings; high levels of patient satisfaction with their telemedicine experience; and improved clinical outcomes.

    Dr. Ronald S. Weinstein is a pioneer in the field of telemedicine and a serial entrepreneur. A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)-trained pathologist, Dr. Weinstein participated in the first multi-specialty telemedicine program in the world, at the MGH in 1968, as a resident. Dr. Weinstein was an academic pathology department chair, in Chicago and Tucson, for 32 years. During this period, he founded 6 companies including the first PC-based SAT preparation educational software company (OWLCAT) to incorporate computer-based games, in 1982. OWLCAT was acquired by Digital Research, Inc., in 1985. In 1986, he invented, patented, and commercialized telepathology, the diagnoses of histopathology slides at a distance by robotic video microscopy. Today, his patents form the basis for telepathology diagnostic services in 31 countries worldwide. He is founding director of the Arizona state-wide, national award-winning Arizona Telemedicine Program, which brings telemedicine services to 160 sites in 70 communities and has facilitated 1.4 million telemedicine cases. Dr. Weinstein has received many awards including: the Distinguished Service Award of the International Society for Uro-pathology, for his breakthroughs in cancer research; the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association for Pathology Informatics, for his role in the development of telemedicine networks worldwide; and the Hall-of-Fame Award of the US Distance Learning Association, for his innovative uses of telemedicine network for health professions education. Dr. Weinstein has over 600 professional publications on cancer science, innovative health care delivery systems, and medical education. These have been cited over 10,000 times in the medical literature. He is Past-President of six professional organizations and is President-Emeritus of the American Telemedicine Association, the largest telemedicine organization in the United States.

  • Mercy: A Commitment to Telemedicine and Virtual Care

    Kim Collison Farr
    Director – Product Development & Research Informatics
    Mercy Research

    From its foundation, Mercy has taken the lead on innovative healthcare delivery through a bias for action. As the “Walking Sisters” worked to deliver healthcare throughout Dublin and beyond, Mercy Health Ministries strives to provide excellent care to those in its service. Mercy’s entrepreneurial spirit has guided its efforts in many enterprise-level activities – from Research to Supply Chain Management. TeleHealth and Virtual Care are the next frontiers in healthcare delivery, and Mercy is committed to leveraging electronic and information technologies to provide innovative healthcare within its facilities, at rural locations lacking medical specialty support and to its patients recovering in the comfort of their homes.

    Kim Collison Farr serves as the Director of the Mercy Research Product Development & Research Informatics group. This multidisciplinary team works to bring new product concepts received from Mercy clinicians and coworkers through the development and commercialization cycles. Mercy Research is committed to advancing the quality of health care for individuals and communities by being a leader in innovative clinical, scientific and health services research. Through the development of new medical products, medical treatments and delivery systems we work to transform lives and improve overall community health, in keeping with the mission of Mercy to bring the healing ministry of Jesus to life, through compassionate care and exceptional service.

  • The Role of Flexible Electronics in Health Monitoring and Diagnosis

    Ana Claudia Arias
    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences,
    University of California, Berkeley

    Medical devices, used for diagnosis and health monitoring, are fabricated with the same design rules and manufacturing technologies used in consumer electronic devices, with the added need for reliability and durability under the harsh hospital conditions. As a result, medical devices are heavy, intimidating and expensive. Considering that the human population is highly diverse and that ages and sizes of patients span from tiny newborns to fully-grown elderly, it is surprising that up to date medical devices still follow the one-size-fits all design approach. Often, signals are compromised by the mismatch between rigid and bulky medical hardware and the flexible soft human body. In some cases, medical conditions such as pressure ulcers and skin wounds cannot be monitored with electronic devices because the devices themselves would contribute to the advancement of the condition. In other cases, sophisticated diagnostic technologies, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) cannot be used in pediatric patients because of the weight of the hardware. The weight and bulkiness of medical devices can also limit augmented rehabilitation. Customized, made-to-fit, confortable medical devices could revolutionize the way medical conditions are diagnosed, treated and monitored. The realization of such vision requires the development of new sensing platforms, new manufacturing capabilities and a fresh look at design and packaging of medical devices. In this talk I will describe our efforts on design and prototyping of flexible and printed electronics for medical application. I will discuss materials choice, printing methods and application needs.

    Dr. Ana Claudia Arias is an Associate Professor at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at the University of California in Berkeley and a faculty director at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). Prior to joining the University of California she was the head of the Printed Electronic Devices Area and a Member of Research Staff at PARC, a Xerox Company, Palo Alto, CA. She went to PARC from Plastic Logic in Cambridge, UK where she led the semiconductor group. She received her PhD on semiconducting polymer blends for photovoltaic devices from the Physics Department at the University of Cambridge, UK. Prior to that, she received her master and bachelor degrees in Physics from the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil. Her research focuses on devices based on solution processed materials and applications development for flexible sensors and electronic systems. Ana Claudia is the chair of ThinFilm Electronics Technical Advisory Council and she is an author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and issued patents.

  • Integrated Sensing and Delivery of Oxygen for Next-generation Wound Dressings

    Manuel Ochoa
    Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
    Ziaie Biomedical Microdevices Laboratory, Purdue University

    Chronic non-healing wounds, such as diabetic foot and bed sores, are a major and expanding healthcare problem with significant economic burden (in the US alone, it affects 5.7 million people at an annual cost of US$20 billion). Inadequate tissue oxygenation is a major impediment to proper healing of such wounds. A smart dressing that can release and measure oxygen in the wound bed can significantly improve the therapeutic outcomes. Our team (PU, WMU, IUSM, and Integra Lifesciences), through a NextFlex contract, aim to develop a manufacturable low-cost flexible dressing that can release oxygen via catalytic conversion of hydrogen peroxide and measure the generated oxygen using an on-board optical sensor. During the first half of our project, we focused on identifying proper materials driven by desired functionality as well as scaling the patch size from the initial 6 cm2 prototypes to 55 cm2 ones. In particular, we identified parchment paper as a suitable substrate (due to its oxygen permeability, flexibility, and manufacturability) and characterized its surface morphology; we selected an oxygen sensing dye (Ru(dpp)3Cl2) and evaluated its performance at various concentrations and upon exposure to H2O2 sterilization; we quantified the oxygen generation kinetics of H2O2 when catalyzed by MnO2 and concluded that oxygen can diffuse to a radius of 10 mm from its generation point; we developed inks with Z values ranging between 1 and 10 for inkjet printing all materials onto the substrate; and finally we fabricated a prototype of an electronics read-out platform for optically sensing oxygen. Future work will entail in vitro characterization of integrated devices, followed by in vivo studies, as well as continued optimization and scaling up of the patch size.

    Manuel Ochoa is a post-doctoral researcher at Purdue University. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) in 2009. He then joined the Ziaie Biomedical Microdevices Laboratory at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), where he earned a M.S.E.C.E degree in 2012 and subsequently a Ph.D. in 2016. His research investigates the integration of common materials for the development low-cost, scalable, multifunctional, microsystem platforms for medical applications, particularly for transdermal delivery of therapeutics and the treatment of chronic dermal wounds.

12:00 Lunch
1:00 Improving Healthcare Comfort and Costs – Telemedicine & Remote Monitoring (continued)

  • FHE Architecture Opportunities and Challenges in Healthcare IoT Ecosystems

    Girish Wable
    Senior Manager Strategic Capabilities

    Digital revolution is upon us and Connected Devices are getting ubiquitous. INtegrating both the hardware and analytics layers of the IOT ecosystem across different domains can help enhance the ROI of the solution. Some examples of such integration are discussed in this presentation to provide a window into the opportunities and challenges for flexible hybrid electronics

    With a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, Girish Wable is a technology, operations, sourcing and business solutions strategist for Jabil. With more than 20 years of global experience in electronics manufacturing, high performance coatings, material handling, automation, additive manufacturing and printed electronics, Girish leads up business and technical strategic initiatives for Jabil.

  • Challenges in Clinical Wearables

    Jim Doscher
    General Manager, Healthcare
    Analog Devices

    Much hype has been generated by the promise of wearables. Measurement reliability and accuracy have been criticized, and the value and usefulness of the devices has been questioned and rightfully so. That said, there appear to be solid use cases for a clinically accurate, outside the hospital wearable monitor to help solve problems in prevention, chronic disease management and aging in place. Many challenges remain to be solved in electronics, packaging, algorithms and usability before these devices will go mainstream. The talk will outline the philosophical approach to solving these problems and outline remaining gaps.

    Jim currently leads Analog Devices’ Healthcare business, and focuses on medical imaging, diagnostics, vital signs monitoring and the emerging area of mobile health devices. His current passion is to enable change in the healthcare system by creating solutions for prevention and chronic disease management.

    Jim also leads ADI’s optical sensor strategy. He has led a variety of business units spanning linear products, sensors, high speed serial communication (fiber and wired), MEMs and isolation and has experience working in Healthcare, Communications, Automotive, Industrial and Consumer markets.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College in 1981, and a Bachelor of Engineering from Dartmouth in 1982, Major in Electrical Engineering.

  • Design and Manufacturing of Flexible Hybrid Electronic Medical Devices for Enhanced Performance, Yield, and Reliability

    Charles G. Woychik, PhD
    Chief Scientist R&D
    i3 Electronics Inc.

    For many medical devices such as those used for implantable, percutaneous, in-vivo, or wearable applications, it is often required to accommodate size constraints and atypical form factors. Advanced flexible hybrid electronic (FHE) substrates coupled with ultra fine flip chip assembly meets the challenge of miniaturization and unique form factor requirements. Ultra-thin flexible base polymer films, e.g., on the order of 12.5 μm thick, have been fabricated for assemblies that can be rolled or folded into very small form factors. Examples are given of highly miniaturized assemblies for use in a single-sided flexible module for an intravascular ultrasound catheter, a double-sided flexible device used as an in-vivo diagnostic device, and a double-sided flexible skin-wearable device capable of detecting and wirelessly transmitting a wearer’s ElectroCardioGram (ECG) and body temperature applications. The use of semi-additive plating (SAP) process enables fine-line circuit features. The SAP, or pattern plating, process provides the solder surface mount and interconnection pathways of both passive and active electronic devices on the substrate. For double-sided flexible modules, electrical interconnection between the two sides of a base polymer flexible film is achieved using laser drilled and copper-plated through holes (PTHs). Electroplating is preceded by sputter deposition of a chromium tie layer (to promote adhesion between the metal and the polymer surface) and a copper seed layer. A smooth copper-polymer interface is ideal for this fine line circuitization. Selection of appropriate material surface preparation and metal deposition processing provides good metal adhesion to the base polyimide film. Kapton-HN® polyimide has proven to be an excellent choice as a base polymer material for these applications. This material offers excellent thermal durability, capable of use at temperatures as high as 400°C. This mitigates issues of degradation in polymer properties that might otherwise be observed in less thermally stable polymers, for example, degradation induced by sintering of ink-jet printed circuit features or during solder reflow for component assembly. Adhesion of the as-deposited metal films on the polyimide was on the order of 1226 N/m as determined by 90° peel test. Locus of failure was cohesive in the polyimide. Other advantages of the SAP process include extendibility to finer circuit feature dimensions and higher metal trace aspect ratios than can typically be achieved using subtractive metal patterning processes. In addition, the fidelity of feature dimensions precisely replicates that of the photolthographically defined plating resist. A continuous range of metal thicknesses can be achieved, as opposed to the quantized thickness available when using Cu foil-clad polymer films. The polyimide is also “laser friendly,” i.e., hole quality achieved using UV laser micromachining is excellent. Its relatively low modulus makes the film conducive to dynamic flex applications. During substrate fabrication and component assembly processes, the film is held flat and taut by affixing it to a stainless steel frame. This is especially important for applications requiring ultra thin polymer materials. Substrate fabrication often includes application of a flexible solder mask. Examples of physical design ground rules for enhancing performance through flex fatigue testing are discussed. The resultant FHE devices are robust under rolling, folding, and flexing.

    Charles Woychik is the Chief Scientist of R&D at i3 Electronics in Endicott, NY. Previously he was the Senior Director of 3D Technology for Invensas Corporation. Prior to Invensas, Chuck worked 5 years for General Electric Global Research, after spending the first 18 years of his career with IBM. His area of expertise is materials and processes for electronics packaging. He holds a doctorate and Masters of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Materials Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Chuck has numerous publications and 86 issued US patents to his credit.

2:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Wireless Sensors for Human Health Monitoring

  • Panel Discussion Description

    In this panel, several state of the art of wireless wearable devices which non-invasively monitor biomarkers of human diseases and wellness will be discussed. Opportunities and challenges associated with these devices will be highlighted in the context of disease diagnosis and other healthcare applications.

  • Moderator: Esther Sternberg, MD, University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

    Research Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Professor of Medicine; Director, Institute on Place and Wellbeing

    Internationally recognized for her discoveries in mind-body science and at the interface of the fields of design and health, Dr. Sternberg is Founding Director of the UA Institute on Place and Wellbeing, Professor of Medicine and Research Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona at Tucson. She is a founding member of the American Institute of Architects Design and Health Leadership Group, and advises the US Green Building Council, US General Services Administration, Institute of Medicine, and US Department of Defense on the impact of the built environment on human health and wellbeing. She received her M.D. at McGill University, Canada, and was Senior Scientist and Section Chief at the National Institutes of Health (1986-2012). She has authored over 200 scholarly articles, and two popular books – best-selling Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Wellbeing (Harvard University Press) and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions (Holt); and created and hosted PBS television special, The Science of Healing. A dynamic speaker who translates complex scientific subjects accessibly, Dr. Sternberg is frequently interviewed in the media on place and wellbeing. She has received numerous awards, including the Public Health Service’s Superior Service Award; FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation; Honorary Doctorate, Trinity College, Dublin. Dr. Sternberg has testified before Congress and lectures and keynotes nationally and internationally, including Australian Green Cities; the Nobel Forum; TEDx (Dallas UTA 2014 & Tucson 2013); Vatican’s 27th Pontifical Council for Healthcare Workers where she met with Pope Benedict XVI on the impact of place on wellbeing. The National Library of Medicine has recognized Dr. Sternberg as one of 300 women physicians who changed the face of medicine, and has appointed her to the NLM Board of Regents in recognition of her multi-disciplinary contributions to health and wellbeing.;

  • Erin L. Ratcliff, University of Arizona

    Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
    University of Arizona

    Dr. Erin Ratcliff is an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, she received her PhD in Physical Chemistry from Iowa State University in 2007 and a bachelor degree in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Statistics from St. Olaf College. Her group is broadly interested in electronic materials synthesis, structure-property relationships, and transport phenomena. Her program is highly collaborative, targeting interface science and device physics of emerging (opto)electronic materials for bioelectronics and energy conversion and storage. Website:

  • Michael Bruckman, NanoBio Systems

    Director of Research
    NanoBio Systems

    In 2015, Dr. Bruckman became the Director of Engineering for NanoBio Systems, a salivary diagnostics company. NanoBio Systems is utilizing incubator lab and office space located at the Richard Desich SMART Commercialization Center on Lorain County Community College outside Cleveland, OH. We are currently developing two non-invasive screening devices for diabetes and lead poisoning. We are seeking to change the paradigm of personal health self-management through the development of non-invasive devices that correlate saliva biomarker levels to disease diagnosis. Our rapid sensors are based on a novel combination of nanotechnologies, leading to our low limits of detection required for saliva sensing.

    Dr. Bruckman obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University at South Carolina and received additional training in Biomedical Engineering and medical device commercialization from Case Western Reserve University. During this time developed fundamental plant viral nanoparticle (VNP) manufacturing techniques for a variety of applications. I developed and implemented various VNP manufacturing techniques for the following applications: diagnosing atherosclerosis, treating breast cancer, VOC gas sensing, nano-electronics, and optical metamaterials (cloaking devices).

  • Rick Earles, Team NEO

    Senior Director of Cluster Acceleration
    Team NEO

    Rick identifies and facilitates product development and commercialization opportunities for regional innovation clusters. In this role, he engages value chain members and assists them in identifying and collaborating with potential partners, capturing funding, creating prototypes and attracting regional talent.

    With over 25 years of experience, Rick specializes in technology innovation, technology-based business development and technology-based economic development. He is experienced in organic business growth through new product development, the implementation of strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, and the expansion into new market opportunities.

    Before joining NorTech, now Team NEO, in 2011, Rick was Executive Director at CANEUS, an international industry trade association that facilitates the development and commercialization of micro and nano technologies for aerospace applications. Previously, he managed the commercialization of harsh environment MEMS/NEMS technologies as Vice President at Glennan Microsystems, a public-private partnership for the research, development and application needs of NASA and industry. He has also worked for businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups and has provided development services for a number of Small Business Development Centers in Northeast Ohio.

    Experienced in micro and nano technology, electronics, electric power, software and fluid power, Rick has authored a number of technical articles, papers and reports. He holds a patent for an active vibration control product for semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

    Rick has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

3:30 Dual Use Technologies for Human Health, Transportation, & Transit/Utility Infrastructure

  • Power Considerations for Always-Connected Monitoring Devices

    Christine Ho
    Chief Executive Officer
    Imprint Energy

    Always-connected flexible hybrid electronics will enable meaningful improvements to our lives, and are being implemented in a diverse number of applications such as healthcare, transportation, and infrastructure. The challenge for power and system designers is that the power requirements for these FHE devices are extremely broad, and it is difficult to envision a “one-size-fits-all” solution. As a result, designing power sources into FHE devices requires a deep understanding of the entire system, from electrical and mechanical loads to environmental conditions, and encourages an ongoing conversation between battery and system designers. In addition, integrating power into miniaturized or flexible hybrid electronics introduces additional manufacturing complexity. Success will require strong partnerships between battery designers, system architects, and manufacturers working collaboratively.

    Dr. Christine Ho is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Imprint Energy, a UC Berkeley spin-off commercializing a revolutionary printed battery technology of which Dr. Ho is the principal inventor. Imprint Energy, based in Alameda, CA, is developing technology to enable long lasting, low cost, rechargeable batteries composed of earth-abundant materials for today’s and tomorrow’s electronic devices. Dr. Ho received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley.

  • Print 3D Sensors & Antenna Directly onto Products

    Dave Ramahi
    Optomec, Inc

    We live in a 3D world, and to fully realize the IoT vision of ubiquitous Smart Connected products, sensing and connectivity must conform to that 3D reality. However, legacy Sensor & Antenna production is generally 2D, failing to optimize for cost, size, weight and performance when adapted to 3D products. This session describes how Optomec’s Aerosol Jet system can directly print 3D Sensors & Antenna onto existing structures, an essential building block for IoT rollout. Examples include Strain, Creep, Current, Gas, Temp & RF Sensors; and Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi Antenna. As a digital Additive Manufacturing process, this solution enables parametric design libraries accessible in CAD/CAM, backed by qualified printing parameters. This direct digital approach results in lower upfront cost, as well as functional benefits; i.e., a tightly integrated sensor provides more sensitive data, which is critical to maximizing LifeCycle savings in Industrial applications, like Condition Based Maintenance.

    Mr. Ramahi has been an investor and member of the Optomec Board of Directors since 1998. In 2002, he joined the Company full time to lead its transition from initial technology development to commercial sales. Under Mr. Ramahi’s leadership, Optomec has set and executed a focused business strategy that has led to profitability and high revenue growth. More recently, he has overseen the expansion of the product portfolio to include Additive Manufacturing hardware and software solutions that are uniquely targeted at the Internet of Things. Prior to Optomec, Mr. Ramahi was based in Belgium as the Director of European Sales for Rosetta Technologies, and following a successful acquisition acted as Director of European Major Accounts for Engineering Animation. Mr. Ramahi received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Prognostics Health Management for Critical Infrastructure in Extreme Environments – Solutions and Technology Gaps

    Pradeep Lall, PhD, MBA
    Macfarlane Endowed Professor and Director
    Auburn University

    In high reliability applications, such as health and critical infrastructure prognostics health management systems enable a path for risk mitigation for the use of new technologies. Electronics architectures are evolving at an ever fast pace with the introduction of new material sets, manufacturing processes, and applications areas. In this paper the needs of prognostics health monitoring in the health and critical infrastructure will be reviewed. The ability to fabricate electronics in flexible form-factors allows for a development of solutions which can conform to curved and irregular geometries without addition of significant amount of weight. Technology gaps in the areas of sensors, acquisition methods, storage methods, physics-of-failure methods, damage assessment methods, and remaining use-life algorithms will be reviewed. In addition, technology solutions available in the state of art in rigid electronics platforms at a lower level of maturity will be presented as well.

    Pradeep Lall is the John and Anne MacFarlane Endowed Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is Director of the Harsh Environment Node of NextFlex, and Director of the NSF Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics at Auburn University. He is author and co-author of 2-books, 14 book chapters, and over 470 journal and conference papers in the field of electronics reliability, safety, energy efficiency, and survivability. Dr. Lall, a fellow of the ASME and the IEEE, is recipient of the NSF-IUCRC Association’s Alex Schwarzkopf Award, Alabama Academy of Science Wright A, Gardner Award, IEEE Exceptional Technical Achievement Award, ASME-EPPD Applied Mechanics Award, SMTA’s Member of Technical Distinction Award, Auburn University’s Creative Research and Scholarship Award, SEC Faculty Achievement Award, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Senior Faculty Research Award, Three-Motorola Outstanding Innovation Awards, Five-Motorola Engineering Awards, and Twenty Best-Paper Awards at national and international conferences.

5:00 Networking Reception

8:00 Transportation, Transit Infrastructure, Utility Infrastructure

  • KEYNOTE: Fu-Kuo Chang, Stanford University

    Fu-Kuo Chang, PhD
    Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Structures And Composites Laboratory, Stanford University

    Coming soon

    Professor Chang’s primary research interest is in the areas of multi-functional materials and intelligent structures with particular emphases on structural health monitoring, intelligent self-sensing diagnostics, and integrated health management for space and aircraft structures as well safety-critical assets and medical devices. His specialties include sensors and sensor network development, built-in self-diagnostics,  integrated diagnostics and prognostics, damage tolerance and failure analysis for composite materials, and advanced multi-physics computational methods for multi-functional structures. Most of his work involves system integration and multi-disciplinary engineering in structural mechanics, electrical engineering, signal processing, and multi-scale fabrication of materials. His recent research topics include: Integrated health management for aircraft structures, bio-inspired intelligent sensory materials for fly-by-feel autonomous vehicles, active sensing diagnostics for composite structures, self-diagnostics for high-temperature materials, etc.

  • Embedded Sensor Development at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    Mike Emmons, PhD
    Embedded Sensor Development Lead
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    The mission of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is to strengthen the United States’ security by “developing and applying world-class science, technology and engineering that enhances the nation’s defense; reduces the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction; and responds with vision, quality, integrity and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance” ( To help meet this mission, LLNL has established within the Engineering Directorate a broad range of research efforts to develop and apply novel and effective technologies in areas from advanced manufacturing to data science and bioengineering. This talk describes work within a research area developing a portfolio of embeddable sensors for various types of engineering experiments and assessments. The portfolio is broad in the types of phenoma being sensed, including physical (displacement, pressure, load) as well as environmental (thermal, chemical) measurements. The portfolio utilizes a wide range of technical expertise from various areas and disciplines within the lab (optics, MEMS, spectroscopy) to develop theses sensors from concept to application. Given the role of the sensors portfolio is to address information gaps in various lab programs by identifying and developing sensor technologies for integration with established capabilities, I describe the perceived benefits of incorporating flexible hybrid electronics into LLNL’s embedded sensor technology portfolio.

    Dr. Michael Emmons grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area before obtaining his BS, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. His graduate work focused in part on developing a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) distributed strain sensing system for NASA with FBGs embedded in composite materials for wing shape sensing applications. Additionally, he worked with UCLA’s Active Materials Lab on combining FBGs with materials such as shape-memory NiTi thin film, magnetostrictive Terfenol-D thin film, and Ferric Oxide nanoparticles to create a thermo-optic switch concept as well as magneto-optic sensors.

    His work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as part of the Engineering Directorate, is to develop a portfolio of embeddable sensors to provide new and valuable information in various assessments and experiments around the lab. Michael’s work interests include identifying information gaps in various programs, developing from conception to application a broad range of sensors spanning a wide range of phenomena and disciplines, and integrating such sensing technologies into the lab’s established set of capabilities.

  • Hybrid Fabrication of Flexible Circuitry & Printed Electronics for Military Applications

    James L Zunino III
    ARDEC Project Officer / Materials Engineer
    US Army ARDEC

    The US Department of Defense is heavily investing in flexible hybrid electronics. The technologies being developed and advanced will revolutionize military applications and create a new paradigm of technologies previously unachievable with current technologies and techniques. Printed Electronics integrated with COTS systems for hybrid circuitry promise massive benefits and advantages over traditional processing and manufacturing. Design, development and integration of military and industrial materials and techniques are being developed for use in a variety of military applications. Recent technological advances in materials and manufacturing techniques allow US Army to develop flexible and agile manufacturing processes to provide multiple benefits to the Army and DOD. The enhanced capabilities and multi-functionality these emerging technologies provide are being expanded upon and utilized by US Army ARDEC to develop devices and sub-systems to support our Warfighters. The ability to “print” designs that currently cannot be manufactured while removing component integration and geometry barriers is resulting in new enhanced functionality and allowing the DOD to revolutionize the organic industrial base. These advances will optimize existing systems, develop new systems, and allow the DOD to maintain their decisive edge. The design, fabrication, and testing of flexible hybrid circuitry using inkjet and micro-pump technologies integrated with COTS components to develop systems for military applications will be discussed. Several techniques and processes were used to develop flexible electrical components that meet Army objective and performance specifications. The processes utilized by ARDEC scientists and their partners to design, fabricate, test, and integrate flexible hybrid circuitry for military applications will be discussed. These processes show the progression of these enabling technologies and increase the sub-systems Technology Readiness Level (TRL) as well as Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) to provide solutions that address Warfighter capability gaps.

    Mr. James Zunino is a Materials Engineer within the Armaments Engineering Analysis & Manufacturing Directorate, located at the U.S Army Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. He serves as the subject matter expert on additive manufacturing, smart coatings, flexible electronics, materials printing, and novel ink development at ARDEC. He provides technical support to ARDEC’s broad mission and is responsible for designing, testing, and overseeing related technologies. Mr. Zunino works with customers and end users to develop systems and provide solutions to help meet their requirements and needs. He holds a Master’s of Business Administration and a B.S in Chemical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has received numerous awards including: Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award, IDTechEx Academic R&D, as well as other DoD and Industry awards.

  • Challenges for Field Implementation of Structural Health Monitoring in Large Civil Infrastructure

    Matthew D. Smith PhD, PE
    Research Civil Engineer
    US Army Corps of Engineers

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) owns, operates, and maintains an immense portfolio of large civil infrastructure ranging from bridges and dams to recreation sites and shoreline. Given the reality of a constrained budget and the declining performance of existing infrastructure assets, making maintenance and repair decisions that maximize the value delivered to the nation is challenging. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is the science of accurately assessing the condition of a structure or system and its current and future ability to perform its intended functions. These assessments are based on inspection/sensor data, numerical and physical engineering models, and statistical methods. USACE is using SHM principles to develop tools and techniques that provide pertinent information for decision makers. However, there are several significant challenges associated with transferring laboratory-developed technologies and sensing systems to field applications. These challenges will be discussed.

    Dr. Matthew Smith is a Research Civil Engineer at the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). His research has been primarily in the areas of structural health monitoring (SHM) and seismic performance of steel structures. As focus area lead for SHM for the ERDC, he is developing and leading a research program to improve the technology used to evaluate national infrastructure and plan for optimal maintenance and repairs. His goal is to enhance the ability of USACE to succeed in its mission by developing tools and methodologies that provide accurate, quantitative, and probabilistic estimates of infrastructure risk, reliability, safety, lifecycle costs, and resiliency. He holds a PhD in Structural Engineering from UC San Diego and a MS and BS in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. Dr. Smith is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California.

  • Flexible Sensor Systems for Health and Infrastructure

    David Eric Schwartz
    Area Manager

    Peel-and-stick sensor labels can provide low-cost solutions for many important applications including for health and safety. Systems can include printed sensors, wireless communications, and be powered either by batteries or through energy harvesting. In this talk, the speaker will discuss several examples of such systems built at PARC for wearable health monitoring, building operations, safety, and environmental and structural assessment, as well as some of the techniques used to fabricate them. Challenges and future directions will also be discussed.

    Dr. David Eric Schwartz is Manager, Energy Devices & Systems, in the Hardware Systems Lab at PARC. He is the lead circuits and systems designer for PARC’s printed and flexible hybrid electronics program. Dr. Schwartz has a background in circuit design, with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. His current research interests include flexible sensor systems, gas sensing, energy harvesting, and energy efficiency.

  • 3D-/4D-/Inkjet-Printed RF Sensors and Modules for IoT, M2M, e-Health and Smart Skins

    Prof. Manos M. Tentzeris
    Ken Byers Professor in Flexible Electronics
    Georgia Institute of Technology

    In this talk, numerous inkjet-/3D-printed flexible antennas, RF electronics and sensors fabricated on paper and other polymer (e.g., LCP) substrates are introduced as a system-level solution for ultra-low-cost mass production of Millimeter-Wave Modules for Communication, Energy Harvesting and Sensing applications. It will also briefly touch upon the state-of-the-art area of 3D/inkjet-printed fully-integrated wireless sensor modules on paper or flexible substrates and demonstrate the unique ca6pabilities of additive manufacturing for the fully 3D integration of arbitrary-shape wireless sensors with RF systems on virtually every substrate (glass, paper, plastic, …) as well as for the first realizations of 4D (morphing/shape changing/origami) multilayer RF/microwave structures, that could potentially set the foundation for the truly convergent wireless sensor ad-hoc networks of the future with enhanced cognitive intelligence and “rugged” packaging. Issues will be discussed concerning the power sources of “near-perpetual” RF modules, including flexible energy harvesting approaches involving thermal, EM, vibration and solar energy forms. The final step will involve examples from mmW wearable (e.g., biomonitoring) antennas and RF modules, as well as the first examples of the integration of inkjet-printed nanotechnology-based (e.g., CNT) sensors on paper and organic substrates for Internet of Things (IoT), e-health, 5G and autonomous vehicles applications. Special focus will be paid on newly developed 3D ramp interconnects and on-chip/on-package printed RF components for further miniaturization and enhanced reliability. This talk will review and present challenges for inkjet- and 3D-printed organic active and nonlinear devices and printable transparent RF electronics, as well as future directions in the area of environmentally-friendly (“green”) RF electronics and “smart-skin’ conformal sensors.

    Professor Manos M. Tentzeris received the Diploma Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (“Magna Cum Laude”) in Greece and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and he is currently Ken Byers Professor in Flexible Electronics with School of ECE, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA. He has published more than 620 papers in refereed Journals and Conference Proceedings, 5 books and 25 book chapters. Dr. Tentzeris has helped develop academic programs in 3D/inkjet-printed RF electronics and modules, flexible electronics, origami and morphing electromagnetics, Highly Integrated/Multilayer Packaging for RF and Wireless Applications using ceramic and organic flexible materials, paper-based RFID’s and sensors, wireless sensors and biosensors, wearable electronics, “Green” electronics, energy harvesting and wireless power transfer, nanotechnology applications in RF, Microwave MEM’s, SOP-integrated (UWB, multiband, mmW, conformal) antennas and heads the ATHENA research group (20 researchers).

11:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Achieving Value with Flexible Hybrid Electronics in Structural Health Monitoring Applications

  • Panel Discussion Description

    The implementation of structural health monitors is complex and must be carefully orchestrated to ensure a cost effective application that yields accurate and actionable data collected from target assets. Equally important is the repository and analysis capability for the data collected to support resolving trends and determining threshold values for action both within a product line and throughout the product line and lifecycle.

  • Moderator: Kenneth Blecker, ARDEC

    US Army ARDEC

    Ken an engineer at the Armaments Research, Development, and Engineering Center for the US Army where he leads the development of prognostic and diagnostic technologies relating to the ammunition lifecycle and management of the ammunition stockpile. He has over 15 years of research and development experience in ammunition logistics including evaluation and development of coatings, chemical and thermal batteries, and environmental monitoring devices as well as characterizing chemical degradation and contaminant levels in fielded assets. He holds a Master’s Degree in from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering From Kettering University.

  • Jeff Duce, The Boeing Company

    R&D Design Engineer
    The Boeing Company

    Jeff Duce graduated from Utah State University in 2006 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jeff has been working with Boeing since 2006 in the Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T) Structural Technologies group. While at Boeing, Jeff and his colleagues have been researching printed electronics technologies and how they can be applied in the aerospace industry. Jeff was the lead BR&T engineer on a program which uses a form of printed electronics as part of a system which is currently flying on a Boeing platform. Jeff has been working on developing several systems utilizing printed electronics and currently has 13 patents pending for these systems.

  • Jeffrey Bergman, Acellent Technologies Inc.

    Director of Engineering Marketing
    Acellent Technologies Inc.

    Jeffrey Bergman is the Director of Engineering Marketing at Acellent Technologies Inc. He received a BSE from Calvin College and MSE degrees in both Civil and Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan where he pursued graduate research in the field of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) for bridges. Mr. Bergman has been engaged in his current role with Acellent Technologies since 2013 where he works on the development of SHM technology for application in a wide range of fields including: Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Defense, Automotive. His work has been presented in over a dozen technical papers and presentations covering the development, testing and application of structural monitoring systems.

  • Bernard Laskowski, Analatom Incorporated

    Analatom Incorporated

    As Senior Research Scientist he has published over 30 papers in International Refereed Journals in the fields of micro physics and micro chemistry. As President of Analatom Inc. he managed over a 100 university, government, and private industry contracts. He received U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator’s Award for Excellence. He licensed MEMS technologies and obtained patents for the Analatom MEMS projects. Responsible for having obtained $15.0 M in US Air Force, Army, and Navy government funding for CBM SHM and data analytics projects.

12:00 Lunch
1:00 Flex Factor

  • NextFlex Workforce Development

    Flex Factor is a 4-week entrepreneurship program that exposes high school students to the vast range of professional opportunity within the advanced manufacturing sector. Small teams of students identify a human health- or performance-related problem, conceptualize a flexible hybrid electronic device to solve it, package their concept into a business model canvas, and pitch their product to a team of representatives in a Shark Tank-style setting.

    Entrepreneurship ideas generated by students include an advanced kinesiology tape called Therapeutic Injury Monitoring (TIM) Tape that diagnoses the severity of deep tissue injuries, as well as a drug testing patch relying on a microfluidics pump to recognize the presence of substances in sweat, with results communicated instantaneously to a mobile device using Bluetooth technology.

1:30 FLEXINAR Plenary

  • Rapid, User-focused Prototype Development

    Mike Kuniavsky
    Principal User Experience Designer, Innovation Services
    PARC, A Xerox Company

    Accelerate Results and Manage Risks
    PARC has been pioneering Open Innovation for over 15 years and established innovation practices with proven technology impact. It also developed models for learning, partnering and collaboration. Importantly, PARC has become a model for R&D as a sustainable business. All of these topics are of importance for the newly established NextFlex Institute. This talk will focus on key methodologies to manage risks when developing new technologies. In particular, we have adopted a process to identify the right questions, probe minimum viable prototypes and iterate rapidly. Our techniques are rooted in testing the technology from the user’s perspective from the earliest moment. We will discuss these techniques and illustrate them through examples. The presentation will be followed by a hands-on workshop for a select, smaller group of participants who will work in teams.

    Mike Kuniavsky is a user experience designer, researcher, and author. A twenty-year veteran of digital product development, Mike designs products, business processes, and services at the leading edge of technological change. He specializes in multi-device interactions, the design of hardware products connected to cloud-based services, and the impact of user experience on business strategy (and vice versa). He is the author of two standard UX design texts, “Observing the User Experience” and “Smart Things”.

2:15 FLEXINAR Breakouts

  • Hands-on Rapid Development

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    Director, Innovation Services
    PARC, A Xerox Company
    Mike Kuniavsky

    Mike Kuniavsky
    Principal User Experience Designer, Innovation Services
    PARC, A Xerox Company


    How to find the problem when all you have is the solution?
    Everyone can brainstorm application ideas for a new technology on sticky notes, but those brainstorms are often based on uses cases that have secondary or tertiary value to end customers. They often end up as solutions looking for a problem and are less likely to be successful standalone businesses or to attract partnerships. To reduce the risk of squandering time and money on novel products with no clear market benefits, PARC developed a rapid, hypothesis-driven approach grounded in scientific experimentation and user-centered design practice.

    This workshop we will immerse participants in our process and go beyond traditional ideation methods to shake out bad ideas early and identify potential directions for research and application development. Attendees will leave with a set of templates and processes for identifying the potential core value of application ideas, and a plan for how to rapidly evaluate whether the ideas will actually deliver that value, without building any novel products.

    Who should attend
    -Product managers looking for how to de-risk novel technologies
    -CTOs looking for how to kickstart new businesses or add novel technologies to existing product lines
    -Researchers looking for example applications for novel technologies
    -Startup founders looking for ways to rapidly evaluate whether a technology fits their business model
    -Government and military project heads looking to quickly test the potential application of a new technology

  • Flex Speed Series

    Amp up your FHE know-how in this Speed Series breakout track.

    Smart Wearables: Single-use Electrochemical Sensors for Lactate Detection in Perspiration
    Dr. Aoife Celoria, Applications Engineer, NovaCentrix

    Bio-sensing in human perspiration can provide a non-invasive pathway to such diagnostics. For example, continuous monitoring of sweat lactate during exercise can benefit health and fitness applications of an athlete or patient. In this workshop, we outline wearable chemical sensors that utilize the expertise and access to high performance tools at NovaCentrix.

    Some lactate sensors currently employed rely on finger-stick blood draws which are intrusive and inconvenient for an athlete or patient during physical activity, as well as causing distress to some. We wish to develop wearable chemical sensors, capable of real-time, on-body monitoring of this biological target to yield immediate information on the wearer. We shall demonstrate this, through printed electrochemical sensors over flexible (and thus wearable) substrates.

    Tutorial on Device, Integration and Packaging Methods for Chip on Flex
    Nancy Stoffel, PhD, GE Global Research

    Flexible hybrid electronics promises to deliver high performance and reliable systems in novel forms and functions.  The tutorial will cover current and developing approaches used for integration of millimeter-scale semiconductor devices, sensors and transducers, including creation of thin die, die singulation, die handling and attach, interconnection and encapsulation on flexible substrates.  Challenges in the FHE vision including the reliable integration of rigid low CTE devices and components on flexible or even stretchable substrates are discussed, along with new approaches to overcome limitations.

    Panel: Process & Material Options for Flexible Electronics
    Moderator: Wilfried Bair, Senior Engineering Manager – Device Integration & Packaging, NextFlex

    A few FHE applications are moving from R&D level to pilot line production, and many potential applications are in an early stage of product definition. Different FHE product categories will require different process flows, and there are many options for substrates, creating conductors and component selection. There is no established supply chain for FHE manufacturing, and all unit process offer multiple options. We will be discussing how to best select the most promising options for a successful transfer to manufacturing.

    Robert Jung, AltaFlex
    Mike Mastropietro, NextFlex
    Dick Otte, Promex
    Nancy Stoffel, GE Global Research
    TBD (5th Panelist)

5:00 End


Members & Government: $199 ($220 if registering after Feb 26 or on site)

This event is open to NextFlex members, NBMC members, and government. Not a member, but interested in attending? Please contact us.

Please Note: Parking is limited. Anyone registering after Thursday, February 23, will be required to park remotely at the Palo Alto Community Playing Fields and board a free shuttle (Stanford Marguerite “RP” Route – 9 minutes).

Cancellation Policy: On or after February 8, 2017, cancellations will not be eligible for a refund and full payment is still due by the date indicated on invoice. Substitutions are allowed at no additional fee.


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Rate: $269
3400 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306

  • Must be booked by February 7, 2017
  • Contact Enrique Aguilar ASAP at or (650) 213-4218, and request the NextFlex Group Rate

Rate: $389
4320 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA 94022

  • Contact Michael Lima ASAP at or (650) 941-9900, and request the NextFlex Group Rate.

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