IEEE Central Texas MEMS & Sensors Chapter


Past Meetings

April 20, 2018

SEMI Texas Chapter presents speaker Brent Lunceford: MEMS in Texas: Disruptive Technologies and an Expanding Industry in the Lonestar State” followed by a panel discussion with S.V. Sreenivasan, Ph.D. , The University of Texas at Austin; Stephen Frayser (moderator), Executive Director, STAR Park, Texas State University; John Ehmke, Sr. Member Technical Staff, DLP, Texas Instruments; Kwok Wu, Ph.D., Head of Embedded Software and Systems, NXP Semiconductors; David J. Mount, Manager Marketing & Business Development, ULVAC Technologies

Host: Tokyo Electron and joint IEEE-SEMI event

Where:  TEL, 2400 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX


(PRNewsfoto/IEEE Central Texas)

April 4-6, 2018

International IEEE GreenTech Conference of SmartCities

Host:  IEEE Region 5 and The University of Texas at Austin-McCombs School of Business

Where:  AT&T Executive Center and new University of Texas-Rowling Hall


February 8, 2018

RF Harmonic Oscillators Integrated in Silicon Technologies

Speaker: Pietro Andreani, Associate Professor, Lund University, IEEE Distinguished Lecture-hosted by the University of Texas at Austin Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Host:  IEEE Central Texas Section and IEEE Sensors Council

Where:  University of Texas at Austin Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


December 13, 2017

Tamper Detection for Magnetic Position Sensing

Speaker:  Dr. John C. Gammel, Principal Applications Engineer at Silicon Laboratories

Where:  Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701 – MobilityX

Abstract:  This talk will cover the motivation for tamper detection in magnetic position sensing as well as real world examples. Standard EN50131-2-6 will be reviewed which is a standard specific to “opening contacts (magnetic) used as part of intrusion and hold-up alarm systems”. Sensor arrangements that meets the requirements of this standard including grade 4 applications for enhanced security will be reviewed. A case study on tamper detection for wheel position sensing will also be reviewed.


September 20, 2017

3D Integration in Advanced CMOS and Sensors

Speaker:  Brian Mattis, Director of Integration Engineering at Novati Technologies

Where:  Capital Factory, 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701 – MobilityX

Abstract: As traditional computing technologies continue to scale, cost and process complexity has driven the industry to look for new sources of performance gains. 3D integration has shown to be a disruptive technology that has demonstrated dramatic improvements in system speed, power consumption, and noise reduction. By reducing parasitic losses and improving connectivity, 3D technologies can be used in conjunction with the most advanced 2D technologies and offer a means to harness the full system performance potential. This presentation will review current industry advances, as well as a glimpse into the next generation of 3D.


July 19, 2017

Next Generation Biometric Sensing in Wearables

Speaker:  Colin Tompkins, Director of Applications Engineering at Silicon Labs

Where:  Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub & Grill, 9012 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758, 6:30-8:00pm

Abstract: Attendees will learn considerations of adding biometric sensors to wearable hardware designs, including optical and skin temperature sensor selection, placement, signal quality, optical overlay design, fit, electrodes, and ambient light blocking considerations. The presentation will cover some of the tradeoffs for performance versus power consumption and cost of their solution. We will discuss the impact of ambient light noise on performance and optical blocking techniques. The presentation will also cover methods to reduce noise due to motion artifacts, including band design, skin contact, and use of an accelerometer to mitigate noise in the system.


June 14, 2017

TexNet – Texas Seismic Sensor System

Speaker: Alexandros Savvaidis, Ph.D., Manager of Texas Seismological Network (TexNet), Bureau of Economic Geology, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin


May 19, 2017

MEMS in Austin – Days of Disruption, Market Creation, and Industry Growth

Speaker: Brent Lunceford, President-Memstronics


January 30, 2017

Human-Robot Interaction and Whole-Body Sensing (joint meeting with IEEE Central Texas Electron Devices Society)

Speaker: Professor Vladimir Lumelsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

Host:  IEEE Central Texas Section and IEEE Sensors Council


December 6, 2016

Biologically Inspired Microphones

Speaker: Professor Neal Hall, University of Texas at Austin

Host:  Novati Technologies


July 26, 2016

Sensors for Health Monitoring in Wearable Devices

Speakers: Colin Tompkins and Dr. John C. Gammel – Silicon Labs

Hosts: Silicon Labs and Memstronics


May 31, 2016

Driving With Your Head – Arrow Semi-Autonomous Motorcar (SAM) with NXP Technology

Speaker: Joe Thompson of NXP-Freescale

Hosts: Memstronics and Silicon Labs

We are happy to announce that this Arrow Semi-Autonomous Motorcar with NXP Technology was covered by Jay Leno’s Garage who hosted race car driver Sam Schmidt.  Thanks Joe Thompson for choosing our chapter as a discussion group.  Here a link to the July 7 2017 episode of Jay Leno’s Garage: An accident left champion racer Sam Schmidt paralyzed, but this breath-controlled car put him back on the track