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MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress 2016 to be Hosted in Munich, Germany

MEMS & Sensors Industry Group (MSIG) members and invited guest speakers will address the most pressing design, integration and supply-chain challenges and opportunities affecting the growth of MEMS and sensors over the next decade during MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress 2016 -- this year hosted in Munich, Germany.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Dirk Wisselmann, senior engineer Automated Driving, in the BMW Chassis and Driver-Assistance Development, BMW Group, will address 'Beyond ADAS -- Highly and Fully Automated Driving'

"With the promise of trillions of connected devices by the close of this decade, there is great opportunity for those in the MEMS and sensors industry. But there are several technical challenges that still remain unsolved such as technology transfer, integration, packaging/test and use of new materials for emerging technologies such as flexible, printed electronics for applications in automotive, consumer, health and even agriculture," said Karen Lightman, executive director, MEMS & Sensors Industry Group. "At MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress, we will address these challenges to enable the industry to maximize its success. For two days, conference attendees will learn from the experiences of others as they explore some of the most critical issues in our industry."


  • MEMS & Sensors Industry Group Welcome -- Karen Lightman, executive director
  • Keynote: Beyond ADAS - Highly and Fully Automated Driving -- Dr. -Ing. Dirk Wisselmann, senior engineer "Automated Driving" in the BMW Chassis and Driver-Assistance Development, BMW Group
  • The Problem is Water -- Addressing the Technical Challenges to Commercializing Agricultural Applications of MEMS & Sensors -- Walter Schmidt, founder & CEO, PlantCare AG
  • Evolution of MEMS & Sensor Packaging to Serve Smart System Integration -- Christophe Zinck, senior application engineering manager, ASE Group
  • The Challenge of Interfaces in Development of Multi-Disciplinary Sensor and MEMS Products -- Farzad Parsaie, founder and executive, SAND Microsystems
  • MEMS and Sensors Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Decade -- Claire Troadec, MEMS & semiconductor manufacturing analyst, Yole Développement
  • Interesting Times for Sensors in Automotive -- Richard Dixon, principal analyst, MEMS & Sensors, IHS
  • Climbing the Value Chain - From MEMS Devices to Products -- Andrew Baker-Campbell, technology consultant, The Technology Partnership
  • Standardized Technology Platforms: The Next Step Towards Faster Time to Market, Easier Industrialization and Higher Integration -- Pascal Langlois, CEO, Tronics Group
  • MEMS Technologies for Future Wearable Platforms: Opportunities and Challenges -- Rajashree Baskaran, senior technologist, Intel Corp


  • Enabling the Next Decade of Growth -- A Supply Chain Perspective on Overcoming the Technical Challenges to MEMS & Sensors
    • Moderator: Peter Merz, MEMS business manager, X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries AG
    • Panelists: Michael Murray, general manager, High-Performance Inertial, Analog Devices; Yannick Pilloux, business development manager for MEMS, Plasma-Therm; Markus Sonnemann, vice president of engineering (MEMS Pre-Development Department), Robert Bosch GmbH

Christoph Kutter, executive director, Fraunhofer Research Institution for Microsystems and Solid State Technologies EMFT (Fraunhofer EMFT), will give attendees a guided tour of his research and development organization, which is leading innovation in sensor materials, silicon technologies, flexible electronics and microdosage systems -- and which supports integration and testing of electronic systems.

During his presentation, Printing and Hybrid Integration Technologies for Trillion Sensor Applications, Mr. Kutter will reference MSIG's recent TSensors Summit as he addresses the MEMS and sensors industry's progress toward achieving a trillion sensors by 2020.

Breakout Sessions will actively engage attendees in one of three topic areas identified in the 2015 MSIG Membership Survey as the most critical issues facing the MEMS and sensors industry. Breakout session groups will focus on addressing these issues in the next two-five years in order to speed industry advancement and growth.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Challenges of Technology Transfer -- Moderators: Mary Ann Maher, president and CEO, SoftMEMS, and Dirk Ortloff, project manager XperiDesk, camLine
  • Common Challenges of MEMS, Sensors and Semiconductors -- Moderators: Jim Knutti, president and CEO, Acuity Incorporated, and Eric Pabo, business development manager, EV Group
  • Emerging MEMS and Sensors for the TSensors Era -- Moderators: Philippe Monnoyer, head of Microelectric Systems, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and Jason Weigold, president, MEMStaff

MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress is a one-of-a-kind technical conference with a focus on discussing critical MEMS and sensors supply chain challenges. As the only event of its kind in Europe, MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress provides a place for neutral discussion of pre-competitive issues affecting MEMS and sensors manufacturing and brings together foundries, equipment vendors, research groups, large companies, start-ups, buyers, suppliers, and other stakeholders for solutions knowledge, networking and resources to support the imminent MEMS and sensors' commercialization needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and systems integrators.

Premier sponsors include: Platinum Sponsor -- EV Group; Gold Sponsor -- SPTS Technologies; Silver Sponsor -- NXP; and Bronze Sponsors -- Analog Devices, Applied Materials, ULVAC and X-FAB MEMS Foundry.

Supporting sponsors include: CEA-Leti, PNI Sensor and VTT.

MEMS & Sensors Technology Congress will be held March 7-8, 2016 at Sofitel Munich Bayerpost, Munich, Germany. March 7 will feature sessions at Fraunhofer EMFT and a tour of the facility.

For more information, please contact MSIG via phone: +412.390.1644, email: [email protected] or visit MEMS & Sensors Technical Congress at:


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