Two days, 4 themes, over 30 inspiring presentations

Presentation at SSI International 2021 are grouped into 4 key themes which collectively provide complete coverage of the global sensors industry.

If you are interested in speaking at SSI International 2021, please contact info@sensorsinternational.net or call +44 (0)2476 718 970.

2021 Speakers Include

Bosch Sensortec
EV Group
Hybrid LIDAR
IHS Markit
Ilika Technologies
Insight Lidar
Photon Delta
Tata Consultancy Services
TE Connectivity
VIGO System
Vision Markets
Yole Développement

2021 Presentation Abstracts

Autonomous Transport & Delivery: LiDAR / Sonics / Digital Cameras
Panel Session

LIDAR: Challenges and opportunities

The applications of LIDAR are so broad that seem to be only limited by human imagination. In recent (and not so recent) years we have seen the constant consideration and deployment of LIDARs for distance measurements in agriculture, archaeology, automotive, geology, atmospheric monitoring, law enforcement, military, mining, astronomy,.. But every application has their own by their system integrators, with different degrees of difficulty and maturity. In particular, in the automotive industry, some OEMs envision to place LIDARs in headlights and taillights, bumpers, roof, and other places in the car, at low cost, high durability, low maintenance, high stability, etc. Each of these locations with different required specifications. The goal of this panel is to bring together different TIER1 suppliers and OEMs from different market segments and applications, and discuss the challenges and opportunities for the LIDAR supply chain.

Jose Pozo
Florian Petit
Gleb Akselrod
Heinz Oyrer

AI enabled sensor data analysis for autonomous vehicles

Presented by Manoj CR, Tata Consultancy Services

As autonomous vehicles (AV) are closer to becoming reality, it becomes mandatory to be able to characterise the performance of the sensors before production. This analysis calls for large amounts of ground truth data to be established with precise information about the real world position and pose of the objects around the vehicle. In this talk, we would like introduce to AI enabled sensor data analytics tool realized with novel deep learning techniques with support for plethora of AV sensors like RADAR,LIDAR ,Camera etc., which can help to reduce significant manual efforts thus reducing the production time of AV.

Above and beyond LiDAR – delivering an open full-stack sensing platform that drives open collaboration.

Presented by Heinz Oyrer, Director, Strategic Partnerships, LeddarTech

According to market research, within the next five to ten years, the largest segment within the automated vehicle market will be held by autonomous shuttles. Core to their mass adoption are safety considerations, both for passengers as well as for the vulnerable road users in the immediate vicinity of the shuttle. How are these safety requirements achieved? Many of today’s perception platforms are based on sensor fusion, wherein different technologies are paired for optimal results. Most experts agree that LiDAR technology is an integral piece of the solution. As the next generations of autonomous shuttles become more widely adopted, Flash LiDAR solutions, which are already being leveraged today, will become a central part of the sensor suite. Join us to explore the road ahead. • About LeddarTech, Focus Markets, Automotive & Mobility Markets • Urban Mobility Challenges, The Transformation of Urban Environments, Autonomous Shuttles as a Solution • Mobility and ADAS Challenges, Anatomy of an Autonomous Shuttles, Today’s ADAS Systems and what Can be Improved, New Technologies that are Ready, Flash LiDAR, Main Concerns • Sensors - Key Component of Autonomous Shuttles, Technology Mix, Safety Cocoon with 3D Flash LiDAR showing the example of LeddarPixell • Real World Use Cases, Collision Avoidance and VRU (Vulnerable Road User) Protection

All roads lead to advanced semiconductors materials or Driving Materials Technology

Presented by Mark Furlong, Executive Vice President, IQE

In recent years there has been increasing interest in sensor technologies across a wide range of applications. Whilst industrial and consumer applications have driven the first wave of sensor activities, the acceleration of connected autonomous vehicles is focussing attention on advanced sensor technologies such as LiDAR. Dr Furlong's presentation shines a light on the key materials developments that provide the underpinning technologies that are essential to make LiDAR enabled autonomous vehicles a reality in terms of both cost and performance.

Design insights in the quest for viable automotive LiDAR

Presented by Gleb Akselrod, CTO & Co-Founder, Lumotive

Computers once lived on our desktops and then they migrated to our pockets. The future is computers leaving our pockets and interacting with the physical world, whether it’s self-driving cars, robots, or AR goggles that help us interact with the world. For this to happen, all of these machines need to see the world not just in color, but in 3D. Lidar is the go-to 3D sensor, but today even "low-cost” lidar sensors sell for hundreds of dollars and are the size of a shoe box. We believe the potential of autonomy and AR will be fully realized when lidar becomes as ubiquitous as cameras, of which there are about 10 billion sold every year. This immense scale can only happen when the powers of standard semiconductor manufacturing are brought to lidar, making lidar sensors tiny, low-cost, solid-state and ultimately ubiquitous. This talk will discuss new approaches being developed that address the cost, power and size challenges to democratizing lidar, including CMOS-based liquid crystal metasurfaces for scalable and flexible solid-state beam steering in lidar.

Edge Perception: the Fast Lane to Safety for AVs

In-sensor fusion has emerged as an important development for perception systems. By distributing perception capabilities to the edge of the network, critical real-time information—including object classification, dimensionality and velocity—can be obtained at the point of acquisition, streamlining AV path-planning and decision-making. This talk will explore edge perception’s role in reducing latency, lowering costs, and securing functional safety.

Enabling real-time LiDAR applications with 3D pre-processing

Presented by Raul Bravo, President Co-Founder of Outsight, Outsight

Beyond Automotive applications, many other uses cases can leverage the unique value of 3D LiDAR data, including not only mobile robotics but also vehicle and pedestrian flow monitoring , security and industrial applications. However, effectively using LiDAR data in real-time is a complex, expensive, and a long endeavour even for the best 3D expert engineers. The lack of any standard makes it also even more challenging and threatens to slow down market adoption. In this presentation will show how a real-time pre-processing engine changes the game, allowing application developers and integrators to seamlessly use LiDAR data from any hardware supplier. Specific use cases and real-life LiDAR recordings will be used to illustrate the practical applications.

Next Generation 3D Flash Lidar

Presented by Amr Eltaher, Co-founder and CTO of Hybrid Lidar Systems AG, Hybrid LIDAR

We have invented a new method to measure distance with light. In contrast to the standard method, this hybrid method is always up to 50% cheaper with better performance. In addition, we are able to drastically reduce the chip area. This enables us to build the next generation of Lidar, our Lissa: 4D-True-Solid-State-Lidar.

Photonics & Sensing – An automated assembly & test equipment manufacturer’s view

Presented by Moritz Seyfried, R & D Manager, ficonTEC

ficonTEC is probably best known for supplying assembly systems for a good proportion of the world’s transceivers. But markets have been diversifying, and photonics-based sensors have been catching our attention for some time. LiDAR, automotive and MedTech are themes that feature strongly amongst the projects we are currently tackling and that cover the breadth of our 'Photonics from Lab to Fab' maxim well.

Short-Wave Infrared Breaking the Status Quo - Identifying Hazards on the Road and Solving the Low Visibility Challenge

Presented by Ziv Livne, Chief Business Officer, TriEye

One of the most basic challenges for ADAS and AV is the ability to operate in all weather and lighting conditions. Increasingly, sensing solution architects are realizing existing sensor fusion solutions (including radar, lidar, and standard cameras) are unable to detect and recognize potential hazards under common low-visibility conditions: night-time, fog, haze, etc. Meaning machine vision algorithms are unable to make reliable and safe driving decisions. TriEye is breaking the sensor fusion status-quo with a CMOS-based Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) HD-camera. Based on advanced nanophotonics research, enabling fabrication of low-cost SWIR sensors at scale, solving the low visibility challenge for OEMs and T1s.

Silicon Eats Industries, Lidar Is Next

Presented by Angus Pacala, CEO & Co-Founder, Ouster

Silicon has transformed the consumer tech industry over the past few decades by enabling higher performance while lowering costs. Ouster has engineered the optimal lidar by using a unique combination of silicon CMOS detectors and SPADs/VCSELs, and custom designing silicon ASICs. These components are on an exponential improvement curve, much like Moore's Law, and are still far from maturity with potential for 10x improvement in just a few years. This talk will dive into the implications of introducing silicon to lidar, expected improvements, and performance roadmap.

Sunshine, tunnels, bridges – the state of the art of automotive vision in difficult lighting

Presented by Ronald Müller, Founder, Vision Markets

Autonomous vehicles need to rely on their visual perception of the road course, other road users, and traffic signs etc. at all times. Image sensors and thus automotive cameras often struggle with scenes of mixed brightness, such es entries and exits of tunnels, bridge underpasses, or low frontal sunlight. To capture all required image details in very dark and very bright areas, cameras need to show a so called High Dynamic Range (HDR). This presentation will introduce the state of the art in High Dynamic Range imaging based on practical experiments with latest automotive image sensors from leading OEMs.

The new generation of MEMS LiDAR for autonomous transport

Presented by Florian Petit, Founder, Blickfeld

In the past, LiDAR systems struggled with a number of problems: they were lacking in efficiency and robustness and were far too expensive for the automotive mass market. LiDAR sensors based on MEMS mirrors are a promising solution. However, MEMS mirrors available today have small mirror sizes of a few millimeters. Their performance in terms of range and field of view is therefore limited. Blickfeld has developed its own MEMS mirrors. With generous dimensions of more than 10 millimeters mirror diameter, which enables better performance. The mirror size is determined by various factors, which Blickfeld will discuss in this talk.

The race to a low-cost LIDAR system

Presented by Dexin Chen, Senior Technology Analyst, IHS Markit

IHS Markit will provide an overview of the different flavours of LiDAR , the supply chain, commercial aspects and the potential for each. Further, IHS Markit research will benchmark different LiDAR implementation approaches regarding cost, maturity timeline, and integration with other sensors. A review of the current LiDAR supply chain will also be given covering the big players as well as some promising start-ups.

Understanding LiDAR Requirements: Unpacking Resolution, Points per Second and Foveation

Presented by Warren Smith, Director of Perception, LiDAR Systems, Insight Lidar

AV’s face many challenging situations as they strive towards L4/L5 operation. Difficult “edge cases” such as unprotected left turns, debris in the road and partially obstructed views pose significant challenges to perception teams seeking to quickly detect and identify objects. Ultra-High Resolution, FMCW LiDAR with its high sensitivity and Doppler velocity measurement is helping solve these difficult cases enabling faster, more accurate object detection and classification.

Healthcare & Wellness: Wearables / Portables / Fixed Diagnostics

Digital Olfaction: The next innovation in wearable technology

Presented by Tristan Rousselle, Founder & Deputy CEO, Aryballe

Digital olfaction mimics the human sense of smell by capturing odor signatures for display and analysis. By integrating digital olfaction sensors into wearable technology, we can use odor data for a host of powerful consumer health use cases—from enhanced stress indicators to hygiene monitoring. A silicon photonic solution functionalized with biosensors is sensitive enough to distinguish hundreds of odors while reducing sensor size and costs. This low cost, high volume solution is enabling innovation in consumer and digital health applications.

Functional printing inks for smart sensor solutions

Presented by Inge van der Meulen, Henkel

Functional inks and printed electronics solutions are offered by Henkel for many years to enable production of traditional membrane switches and more recent smart sensors. Using printed circuits, this can be done in an easy and economically attractive way. Application areas widely vary from healthcare, industry 4.0, automotive, aerospace, consumer goods and many more. In this presentation the possibilities with printed electronics and the use of functional inks will be further illustrated by a few of the many applications already on the market today.

Integrated Photonics: Enabler of disruptive innovation in Healthcare

Presented by Giuseppe Coppola, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Photon Delta

Integration of multiple photonics functions on Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs) brings significant reduction in size, weight and costs compared to bulk optics and discrete implementations, as such enabling innovative disruptive applications in many markets, including healthcare. The presentation will give an overview of the applications where a PIC-based sensing solution is expected to deliver most value and will zoom in on some of the most promising opportunities addressed within PhotonDelta such as a.o. low-cost OCT devices for Point-of-care, low-cost and rapid biomarker analysis for application in Life Science research and Point-of-care Diagnostics, Fiber-Optics-Sensing enabled applications for improved in-vivo diagnostics and treatment.

Next generation health devices: from wearables over invisibles to ingestibles

Presented by Nick Van Helleputte, IMEC

Remote home monitoring via wearables is rapidly gaining popularity, thanks to ever more complex vital signs recording and data analytics that are embedded into single devices. True system-on-chips (SoCs) push the envelope of power and form factor. While wearables are becoming more common-place, novel health sensing paradigms appear. Non-contact sensing technologies enable vital signs sensing without requiring any physical contact to the human body, while ingestible sensing technology could potentially provide a holistic view of the human GI system and metabolic health. This talk will focus on technological innovations needed in this space.

Piezo film sensors for vital signs detection

Presented by Richard Brown, Applications Manager, TE Connectivity

Piezo (PVDF polymer) film is a lightweight and flexible transducer material that offers very high sensitivity to dynamic strain. Since the dynamic range and operating bandwidth of the material are extremely wide, transducers based on piezo film can offer signals uniquely rich in information content. Piezo film sensors can be used to detect body presence and movement, heart and lung sounds, pulse and respiratory rate, instructed and involuntary muscle activity, sleep monitoring, and more – all without consuming power. This talk will illustrate many of these human body contact applications with example signal data.

Edge Data Analytics: AI / Machine Learning / Big Data/Digital Prototyping

Cloud Engineering Simulation - A Game Changer for MEMS and Sensor Engineers

Presented by Ian Campbell, CEO, On-Scale

For decades, MEMS and sensor engineers have relied on expensive and slow desktop simulation tools to simulate and optimize MEMS and sensor devices. Legacy desktop simulation is slow, expensive, and doesn't yield highly accurate results in 3D. Today, more leading MEMS and sensor companies are turning to the power of Cloud Engineering Simulation - advanced 3D multiphysics solvers running on cloud supercomputers - to implement true "digital prototyping" R&D processes. Digital prototypes are complete digital representations of a physical device and yield all of the bench-top test data an engineer would expect from a real prototype, but delivered at a fraction of the time and cost of a physical prototype. Learn how market-leading MEMS and sensor companies are minimizing risk, cost, and time-to-market for new designs by leveraging Cloud Engineering Simulation and Digital Prototypes.

Harnessing data to bring ADAS to the mainstream

Presented by Dennis Hamann, Head of Europe, Renovo

In this talk, Renovo’s Dennis Hamann will discuss current market innovations on capturing, analyzing and leveraging the data needed to bring ADAS features like self-driving, lane assist, self-parking and more to mainstream vehicles. The current influx of data that OEMs have to sort, rank, analyze, and deploy is extremely large and Dennis Hamann will explain what technologies OEMs are using to speed the innovation and safe deployment of these features.

Programmable in-sensor AI computing

Presented by Simone Ferri, Consumer MEMS Business Unit Director MEMS Sensor Division STMicroelectronicsStrategic Marketing, Innovation and Key Programs Manager, STMicroelectronics

Designing and deploying Artificial Neural Networks in super-integrated sensors represents enormous challenges in terms of computing and storage capacities, imposed by the physical limitations on available memory and silicon space, with a power envelope on the scale of microwatts. These constraints are two orders of magnitude less than typical microcontroller requirements. While Deeply Quantized Neural Networks (DQNNs) offer the most promising answer to in-sensor artificial intelligence, the current state-of-the-art is not yet capable of incorporating the inherent advantages of DQNN in sensors. The most viable approach to neural computing in sensors in terms of programmability in C, area and energy efficiency is therefore the design of reduced instruction set programmable processors. The resulting quantized AI sensor is able to support full precision to 1-bit neural networks without compromising the accurate classification of common human activities or the detection of anomalies from inertial data. We call this innovation the Intelligent Sensor Processing unit, or ISPU, with optimized ultra-low power hardware circuitry for real-time Hybrid Precision Neural Network (HPNN) execution, embodying STRED DSP on 130µm CMOS technology, presented here together with associated demo results.”

Sensors, Data and the IIoT journey to maturity

Presented by Alex West, Senior Principal Analyst, Industrial Technology, IHS Markit

Awaiting presentation abstract.

Software and AI boosting MEMS sensor technology for next generation IoT devices

Presented by Wolfgang Schmitt-Hahn, Senior Manager Strategic Marketing, Bosch Sensortec

While hardware and especially MEMS sensors will remain a crucial part in CE and IoT devices, intelligence provided by smart algorithms within the sensors, that means at the very edge of the system, will gain more and more importance. In his presentation Wolfgang Schmitt-Hahn will introduce specific use case examples and will also give an outlook of the role of software and AI within MEMS sensors for current and new applications.

Harsh Environments: Space / Aviation & Aerospace / Subsurface & Extreme Heavy Industry
Panel Session

Will Silicon Photonics, Compound Semiconductors or Hybrids Shape the Future of Harsh Environment Sensing?

Awaiting panel session abstract.

Developments in the high-end inertial sensor market for harsh environments

Presented by Dimitrios Damianos, TECHNOLOGY AND MARKET ANALYST – IMAGING & MEMS, Yole Développement

High-end inertial sensors are widely used in harsh and demanding environments such as industry, commercial aerospace, naval, space and defense applications, where excellent navigation and positioning is needed for critical missions. Due to the growth of all kinds of autonomous systems and for use especially in GPS-denied environments, inertial sensors have been ever so pertinent. Increased military spending from US and also geopolitical tensions in middle east, could drive a slightly higher demand for autonomous aerial, naval and land systems (UAV, UGV, LAV, MAV, ROV, etc) where high-end inertial sensors could benefit. In this presentation, Yole will provide an overview of the market and technologies for high end inertial sensors as well as market and technology trends for accelerometers, gyroscopes and IMU/AHRS/INS (for example photonic FOG, IMU integration in robotic cars, etc).

Extended temperature range Solid State Batteries for Industrial IoT

Presented by Denis Pasero, Product Commercialisation Manager, Ilika Technologies

This presentation will describe the requirements and challenges in designing Industrial IoT wireless sensing nodes for predictive maintenance and data acquisition intended to operate over wide temperature ranges. A review of the components integrated in these autonomous devices will be given, with emphasis on the power elements. The requirement of the energy storage element will be discussed in terms of long life (desire to avoid changing batteries regularly), small size (need for smaller non-obtrusive devices), energy density (to provide to ever increasing functionality) and operating temperature (considering operations up to 125°C). Various solutions will be provided and compared depending on the use case, including cabling, conventional batteries, supercapacitors, solid state batteries and energy harvesting.

Fibre Optic Sensing for Extreme Environments

Presented by Alex Tongue, Research Development and Applications Engineer, Sensuron

Fiber optics are replacing traditional sensors in many applications thanks to their noise immunity as well as their size, weight and power (SWaP) advantages that outperform strain gauges and thermocouples. A single fiber optic sensor can deliver data from all along its length compared to the point-specific data collected by conventional sensors. Fiber optics can measure strain, temperature, pressure, vibration and more for applications involving the most extreme conditions such as inside engines, power plants, nuclear reactors, aircraft, or in space, conflict zones and across heavy industries. This Sensuron presentation will describe how engineers are utilizing Optical Frequency Domain Reflectometry (OFDR) fiber optic strain measurements to derive distributed shape. OFDR offers the ability to acquire strain measurements continuously along the length of an optical fiber. Coupled with fiber’s flexible routing options, this allows the capture of various data components of strain continuously or quasi-continuously along the length of substrates to which fibers are bonded. Sensuron has successfully applied its technologies in programmes working with NASA, SpaceX, Airbus, Boeing, Virgin Galactic, the Ministry of Defence and Tel Aviv University amongst many.

Monitoring of environment and industries with mid-infrared photodetectors

Presented by Mateusz Żbik, VIGO System

Awaiting presentation abstract.

Nanoimprint Lithography for Optical Sensing – Because Size Matters

Presented by Martin Eibelhuber, Deputy Head of Business Development, EV Group

Dimensions are key for any product in consumer electronics and in particular for sensors this very often translates to smallest form factors. These ever shinking sensor sizes have moved many products towards wafer level manufacturing. The same is true for optical sensors and nanoimprint technology plays and essential role in this development. However, for the nanoimprint lithography it is obvious that it is not only about device dimensions. This technique e very efficient way replicate directly replicate pattern sizes down to the nanometerscale into polymer. This enables to mass manufacture a wide variety of optical components even with most complex design on wafer level.

Optical Sensors: The light at the end of the tunnel

The road for optical sensors to enter mainstream acceptance has been, for the lack of at better expression, ‘bumpy.’ Solid-state light sources and detectors are thought to behave non-deterministically, which is an engineering nightmare! Despite challenges, we increasingly see ways in which optical sensors now play a vital role in security and other safety-critical applications such as facial recognition, LiDAR, gas sensing and structural monitoring. Broadcom (Formerly Avago Technologies) has for several decades integrated solid-state sensing into the harshest of environments and extreme applications including heavy industry, security, defense, energy generation and many others. We will discuss ways that this expertise benefits ongoing development and integration efforts with highlighted case studies pointing to greater performance enhancements and energy savings made possible with the creative application of optical sensing technologies.

Ultra-high efficiency photovoltaic energy harvesting for challenging environments

Presented by Mathieu Bellanger, Technical Director and co-founder, Lightricity

Lightricity will present a ultra-high efficient photovoltaic energy harvesting technology that can convert natural and artificial light with over 30% efficiency, even under harsh environments. We will show how this unique technology can provide sufficient electrical power to a wide range of wireless IoT devices and sensors, and how it can be implemented into challenging applications where efficiency, mechanical robustness, and resistance to elevated temperatures (>200C) is paramount. The presentation will also cover specific use cases and on-going projects for network rail monitoring, medical devices and aerospace.