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Tuesday, June 27 • 9:00am - 5:00pm
Pre-Conference Symposium 2: Energy Harvesting and Energy-Efficient Power Solutions for Sensor Applications - Tutorials

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Sensors are among the mostly 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. Popular techniques to harvest energy for sensing applications include photovoltaic, thermoelectric, piezoelectric, electrodynamic and even wind. While energy harvesting is not a solution for every wireless sensing node, it is being successfully applied in industrial, consumer and other applications. In some instances, it is being used in conjunction with advanced battery technologies including thin-film batteries. In all cases, efficient power management is essential. As in most system problems, there are technical and cost constraints.

Presenters in this session will provide an in-depth analysis of the challenges and solutions of using energy harvesting techniques of varying types for powering sensors in wireless and other ultralow power applications. In addition to exploring the energy harvesting technologies as well as other power sources, other system aspects will be addressed including high efficiency, low-power microcontrollers, wireless connectivity, and direct current (DC) power management. By explaining the design-in requirements for existing energy harvesting products in real-world applications, attendees will have new tools to consider in the design of their next-generation sensor systems for the IoT, wearables or any application that requires low power.

Session attendees will leave with an improved understanding of:

  • How to match the energy harvesting and other technologies to specific low power sensing applications
  • The importance of the energy/power budget
  • The current status of available technologies
  • Technology direction from industry leaders


  • 9:00am-9:15am Energy Harvesting Background Randy Frank - President, Randy Frank & Associates, Ltd.
  • 9:15am-9:55am Energy Storage Solutions for Miniature Sensor Devices Jeff Sather - VP, Customer Solutions, Cymbet Corporation
  • 9:55am-10:35am Using Supercaps with Energy Harvesters & Low Power Batteries Pierre Mars - VP, Quality & Applications Engineering, CAP-XX
  • 10:35am-10:55am BREAK
  • 10:55am-11:35am Energy Harvesting in Drones Robert Andosca - President, INVIZA 
  • 11:35am-1:00pm LUNCH
  • 1:00pm-1:40pm Enabling Perpetual Sensors with Breakthrough Delay Insensitive Asynchronous Logic Gopal Raghavan - CEO, Eta Compute
  • 1:40pm-2:20pm Solar Energy for Devices SungUn Chang - CEO, YOLK
  • 2:20pm-3:00pm Vibration Energy Harvesting, Between Theory and Reality Karim El-Rayes - PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo
  • 3:00pm-3:20pm BREAK
  • 3:20pm-4:20pm  Ultra-Low Power System Design for Deeply Embedded Energy Harvesting Systems Mark Buccini - Director, Texas Instruments
  • 4:20pm-5:00pm Energy Harvesting in IoT Applications: Challenges and Solutions Geoffroy Gosset - CEO, e-Peas

This Pre-Conference Symposium is organized and moderated by Randy Frank & Associates.

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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... Read More →

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Robert Andosca

President, INVIZA
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Mark Buccini

Advanced Product Platforms, Texas Instruments
Mark E. Buccini is responsible for advanced product platform innovation and execution as a staff member at Texas Instruments supporting the company's Kilby Research Labs.  He has 30 years' experience that spans a range of embedded application areas including ultra-low power systems... Read More →
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SungUn Chang

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Karim El-Rayes

PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo
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Geoffroy Gosset

CEO, e-peas
Geoffroy Gosset received the Industrial Engineering degree from the Ecole Centrale des Arts et Metiers (ECAM), Belgium, in 2005, after pursuing his Master thesis research at Politechnika Warszawska, Warsaw, Poland and the M.Sc. degree in electromechanical engineering as well as the... Read More →
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Pierre Mars

VP, Quality & Applications Engineering, CAP-XX
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Gopal Raghavan

CEO, Eta Compute
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Jeff Sather

VP, Customer Solutions, Cymbet Corporation

Tuesday June 27, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Meeting Room 211C