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Tuesday, June 25 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Pre-Conference Symposium 2: Designing for Energy Harvesting & Energy Efficiency - Tutorials

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Sensors are among the most frequently cited additions to connectivity in the Internet of Things (IoT) and certainly are one of the key enablers for wearable products of all sorts. However, wirelessly connected sensors pose a major problem when considering batteries as the sole source of power - battery life. Converting the available energy from a variety of sources to electricity, or energy harvesting, provides an alternative to frequently changing batteries in wireless sensing applications.

This Pre-Conference Symposium includes information about successful applications of energy harvesting, what it takes for a successful application, what the knockout factors are to avoid pursuing a difficult application, and advancements that have made previous problem applications a possibility. Speakers provide in-depth analysis of the challenges and solutions of using a variety of energy harvesting techniques for powering sensors in wireless and other ultralow power applications. In addition to exploring the energy harvesting technologies and other power sources, speakers address other system aspects including high efficiency, low-power microcontrollers, and wireless connectivity. By explaining the design-in requirements for existing energy harvesting products in real-world applications, attendees leave with new tools to consider in the design of their next-generation sensor systems for the IoT, wearables or any application that requires low power.

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Track Chair: Randy Frank, Randy Frank & Associates

9:00AM-9:10AM  |  Welcome & Introduction - Randy Frank, Randy Frank & Associates

9:10AM-10:00AM  |  Energy Harvesters & Their Power Conditioning Circuits - Baoxing Chen & Jane Cornett - Analog Devices Inc.

10:00AM-10:50AM  |  Case Studies of Vibration Energy Harvesting in Action - Karim El-Rayes, University of Waterloo

10:50AM-11:10AM  |  Break

11:10AM-12:00PM  |  Solving Energy Harvesting & Low Power Sensing Problems with Supercaps - Pierre Mars, CAP-XX

12:00PM-1:20PM  |  Lunch

1:20PM-2:10PM  |  RF Energy Harvesting & Wireless Power: Applications & Deployments in Sensors & Consumer Electronics - Eric Biel, Powercast Corporation

2:10PM-3:00PM  |  The Path Towards Battery-Free & Forever Battery life for the Internet-of-Things - Masoud Zargari, Atmosic Technologies

3:00PM-3:20PM  |  Break

3:20PM-4:10PM  |  Solving the Energy Storage Problem for Miniature Sensing Applications - Jeff Sather, Cymbet Corporation

4:10PM-5:00PM  |  The Value of Energy Harvesting for IoT & Existing Ecosystems - Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox

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Eric Biel

Principal Electrical Engineer, Powercast Corporation
Eric Biel, Principal Electrical Engineer, earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 and 2012 respectively. His thesis work included both "Effects of Ground Plane Size on PCB Edge Mount Antennas" and "Design Issues... Read More →
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Baoxing Chen

Fellow, Analog Devices Inc.
Baoxing Chen is an ADI Fellow at Analog Devices in Wilmington, Massachusetts, leading core isolation technology developments and the chip scale thermoelectric harvester initiative.  Baoxing has worked at ADI since 1997. Baoxing has a Ph.D. in Physics and M.S. in EE from the University... Read More →
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Jane Cornett

Device Engineering Manager, Analog Devices Inc.
Jane Cornett is a device engineering manager at Analog Devices in Wilmington, Massachusetts, working on developing ADI’s chip scale thermoelectric energy harvester and next generation iCoupler technology. Jane has worked at ADI since 2013. Prior to that, Jane completed her PhD in... Read More →
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Karim El-Rayes

Research Associate, University of Waterloo
Karim El-Rayes is PhD. candidate & research associate at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His research interests range between vibrations-based energy harvesting, self-driving vehicles, sensor technology and instrumentation for industrial and scientific applications. With over... Read More →
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Randy Frank

President, Randy Frank & Associates, Ltd.
Focusing today on technical writing and editing, Randy Frank has a diversified technical background for his expertise.Randy has established departments to address new technologies and effective communications in technology business for over 30 years. At Chrysler Corporation, he was... Read More →
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Pierre Mars

VP Applications Engineering, CAP-XX
Pierre has over 40 years of hardware and embedded software design experience. He has been with CAP-XX for 18 years where he is responsible for development of new supercapacitor applications. Prior to joining CAP-XX he held senior technical positions with Racal Defence Electronics... Read More →
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Jeff Sather

VP Technology & Solutions, Cymbet Corporation
Jeff leads the product design and application engineering efforts at Cymbet Corporation, where he is responsible for customer engineering support and developing integrated power management and storage solutions. He has more than two decades of experience in designing and developing... Read More →
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Brian Zahnstecher

Principal, PowerRox
Brian Zahnstecher is a Sr. Member of the IEEE, Chair of the IEEE SFBAC Power Electronics Society (PELS) awarded 2017 Best Chapter awards at the local/national/worldwide levels concurrently (an unprecedented achievement), sits on the Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Board... Read More →
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Masoud Zargari

VP Engineering, Atmosic Technologies
Masoud Zargari received his M.S. ands Ph.D. degrees form Stanford University in 1993 and 1997 respectively. In 1998 he joined Atheros Communications as a member of the founding team where he served as a Sr. Director of Engineering focusing on integrated systems for wireless communication... Read More →

Tuesday June 25, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Executive Ballroom B