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US San Diego Engineers Explore Future of Health Care at Trillion Sensors Summit in San Diego

San Diego, CA, November 4, 2014 --  Engineers from the University of California, San Diego will explore the convergence of near-ubiquitous sensing and the future of health care at the Trillion Sensors Summit San Diego on Nov. 12 and 13. The conference is focused on a near-term vision of the future in which one trillion sensors are deployed across the globe to improve health care, agriculture, environmental monitoring and more.

The Trillion Sensors Summit San Diego brings industry and academic audiences together around the theme “Trillion Sensors for Healthcare.” Topics covered by professors at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering include sensors for the quantified self, ubiquitous sensing in health care and preventive medicine, sensors powered by sweat, and how ubiquitous sensing fits into engineering research and education.

UC San Diego NanoEngineering professor and chair Joseph Wang will give a keynote focused on skin-based wearable sensor systems his team is developing at the UC San Diego Center for Wearable Sensors. (See full list of UC San Diego speakers at the end of the story.)

 

Manufacturing Ubiquitous Sensors

Before hundreds of billions of advanced sensors can be deployed, they must be designed and manufactured — and many of these sensors will be made from polymers rather than silicon, explained Albert P. Pisano, Dean of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and a member of the organizing committee for the conference.

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UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Dean Albert P. Pisano

“The manufacturing center for our trillion sensors future has not yet been established,” said Pisano. “It would make sense that a new sensor manufacturing hub would be located near major biomedical, health and wireless clusters. This is something that could be done here in San Diego and across the border in Baja, Mexico. Our Cali-Baja region is uniquely positioned to design, develop and manufacture inexpensive, high-volume sensors — and to train the R&D and manufacturing workforce that will be required. That’s why I’m especially excited the TSensors Summit is coming to San Diego. I think it’s great to bring a group that is thinking about these issues to a location where it actually might be instantiated.”

Pisano pointed to the massive and rapid market disruption that occurred soon after the first smartphones were introduced into the cell phone market. He said the emergence of inexpensive, ubiquitous sensing systems could disrupt a range of industries, in particular, if companies are not keeping abreast of emerging technology trends.

“At this early stage, I want to start setting the scene to make San Diego and the larger Cali-Baja region a location considered for the manufacture of tomorrow’s ubiquitous sensors. It will take some time for this to happen. But it’s important to get in the game early and to engage community members who might be interested in moving forward in these areas,” said Pisano.

 

UC San Diego Trillion Sensors Speakers

Below are the UC San Diego participants in the Trillion Sensors summit on Nov 12 and 13. In addition, there will be a UC San Diego lab tour for select attendees on Friday Nov 14.

Wednesday Nov 12
8:15 to 12:30 / Session 1: TSensors Initiative
SpeakerAlbert P. Pisano: Dean, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
Talk Title: “TSensors Technology Research Incubation and Education”

Wednesday Nov 12
12:30 to 2:30 / Session 2: TSensors for Healthcare Abundance
Speaker: Larry Smarr, Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and a professor of computer science at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
Talk Title: Assay lab within your body: biometrics and biomes

Thursday Nov 13
8:00 to 9:55 am / Session 5: TSensors and Internet of Everything
Panel discussion: Closing the Loop in Wellness Care via Trillion Sensors
Panelists: 
Patrick Mercier: UC San Diego Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Assoc Director, Center of Wearable Sensors 
Albert P. Pisano: Dean, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
Larry Smarr: Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and a professor of computer science at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering
Joseph Wang: UC San Diego Dept of NanoEngineering; Faculty Director, Center of Wearable Sensors

Thursday Nov 13
1:30 to 3:00PM / Session 7: TSensors for Wearables
Speaker: Joseph Wang, UC San Diego Dept of NanoEngineering; Faculty Director, Center
Keynote title: “Trillion Sensors on Your Skin”

Thursday Nov 13
4:00 to 5:00PM / Wireless TSensors session
Speaker: Patrick Mercier UC San Diego Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Assoc Director, Center of Wearable Sensors
Talk title: “40 pW running on 1cm2 of sweat”

Learn about the Trillion Sensors Summits here

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