Conference Programme

Technology specialists and industry experts will deliver a series of pre-bookable keynote conference sessions on both days within two conference streams. All content has been approved and accredited for CPD points by the IED.

Once you have registered you will be prompted to book your preferred sessions so you can tailor your day to your personal learning and interest requirements.

09:15 - 10:00

Eureka Conference

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New Electronics Conference

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10:15 - 11:00

Eureka Conference

Robots and facial recognition - Automata

New Electronics Conference

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11:15 - 12:00

Eureka Conference

Using gamification to spark design inspiration & innovation

An Coppens, Chief Game Changer, Gamification Nation

The workshop will look at what gamification can bring to the design process for innovation. We will look at what gamification is, the benefits and pitfalls. Then we will work on a number of innovation challenges and apply gamification to explore options, combining tools to work with during the design process as well as experiencing tools for feedback on the design.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. What gamification can bring to the design process

2. Understand the benefits and limitations

3. Experience first-hand how to use some of the tools

4. Experience how gamification can be used in feedback on innovation and design

New Electronics Conference

The EV Charge Point Journey: What’s the Final Destination?

Dunstan Power, Director, ByteSnap Design

The session will delve into:
  • Where we’ve come from, where we are now and where we’re heading in the EV charge point journey
  • Barriers to adoption: the electric vehicle charging process is seen as a pain and not particularly convenient, which puts people off buying EVs
  • Electric vehicles are evolving – how is infrastructure keeping up?
  • Reflections on the EV journey - from milk floats to desirable, high performance car
During this session delegates will learn:

1. The Status Quo – two main charger types, looking at differences between the two
  • Slow, top-up chargers (ACs)
  • Fast, en-route chargers (DCs)
2. Challenges to electric vehicle charge point infrastructure growth
  • The EV charge point user experience – examining reliability, authentication (RFID), payment methods, ease of use (or lack of!)
  • Communications protocols, such as 15118 (data over cable)
  • The role of MiDDAS (Micro Dynamic Demand and Storage) in the EV charge point journey
3. Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), barely in its infancy in the UK, and it’s potential impact on EV charge point infrastructure
  • Real world case studies – charge post design for the London Olympics; VIGIL V2G project
  • Issues for the grid (load bearing)
4. The future of charging
  • Could an app-less charge point landscape become a reality – to address lack of signal in some areas? 
5. The nirvana of inductive charging networks

12:15 - 13:00

Eureka Conference

MakerBot

Leonardo Rodrigues, General Manager, EMEA , MakerBot Industries

Rapid prototyping is a central part of the design engineer’s workflow – essential for testing new concepts, verifying designs and meeting time-to-market goals. Regardless of the industry, or product, all engineers must consider the speed, accessibility, cost and output of these methods. However, a gap between desktop and industrial 3D printing solutions still remains, with desktop solutions insufficient for many engineering needs and industrial systems either too complex or too expensive. This session will explore how a new category of 3D printing could offer the solution to bridge this gap.

New Electronics Conference

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13:15 - 14:00

Eureka Conference

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New Electronics Conference

EnOcean

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14:15 - 15:00

Eureka Conference

IP and realising its commercial potential

David Paton, Patent Attorney, Withers & Rogers LLP

Intellectual property (IP) can be used in a vast number of different ways. As a business you need to be clear on your IP strategy and understand the different ways that IP can add value to your business. It is therefore imperative for your business to understand the IP that it has, as well as the IP that it is developing.

The session will provide an overview of the different aspects of IP that businesses should consider to ensure that they are not neglecting the value of their IP, and advice on how to put IP to use in a cost effective and useful manner.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Different ways in which IP can add value to your business.

2. When to consider IP, and how to fit it into your company strategy.

3. How to protect your IP in a cost effective and useful manner.

4. An understanding of the different types of IP protection available.

New Electronics Conference

Designing Removable Memory into an Embedded System

Richard Warrilow, Technical Author, Nexus Industrial Memory

Many applications require removable flash memory devices. Purposes include in-field data logging and providing products with software updates in scenarios where wired networking is impossible and wireless networking is either also impossible or simply undesirable. When embedding a removeable memory device into a product there are a variety of challenges. These include countering the potential obsolescence of a selected form factor, addressing security concerns and designing for the physical environment. Bespoke form factor devices – i.e. alternatives to the USB and SD flash formats we all know - provide practical solutions to all these challenges.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. How to assure product longevity through appropriate form factor selection

2. How to reduce security risks

3. Which physical environmental considerations should be factored in and why

4. Which receptacle mounting options are available for bespoke form factor devices

5. Hardware and software considerations

15:15 - 16:00

Eureka Conference

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New Electronics Conference

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10:15 - 11:00

Eureka Conference

Applying Security to Robotics

Michael Hart, Senior Robotics Engineer, Cambridge Consultants

Security is most often a second-class citizen when it comes to the latest technology developments, especially when those fields are still largely in academic research. This is true of robotics, where it is becoming more common to have mobile and autonomous robots with little no guarantee of security. This talk aims to show the importance of starting the design of any robot product with a heavy focus on security. It also gives tips for both developers and consumers for staying secure and protecting privacy.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Why robots are particularly vulnerable to attack

2. Possible consequences of an attack

3. How to design with a security-based approach

4. Which areas of the robot to protect

5. Educating users on security measures

New Electronics Conference

Navigating the new world of industrial networking

Andrew Waller, Field Application Manager, Analog Devices

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is transforming the industry. In a relatively short time serial protocols have developed into Ethernet-based versions. In the near future these protocols will evolve into versions that incorporate Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) features. TSN brings with it the ability to scale Ethernet bandwidth allowing networks to seamlessly connect edge devices to the cloud.  Convergence such as this results in a rapidly increasing array of emerging technology and new terminology. This presentation will explore the Industrial Ethernet protocols themselves, their benefits, and how these protocols will change with the emergence of TSN.

During this session delegates will learn:
1. An overview of ADI’s current serial communication capabilities

2. Where the company is headed with its next generation networking technology

3. Evaluation of the new Industrial Ethernet protocols

4. The notion of constrained devices

5. Why there is a need to scale connectivity with the concept of low-complexity Ethernet.

11:15 - 12:00

Eureka Conference

VR changing the way in which humans learn

Bradley Woodward, Managing Director, RiVR

An overview of how VR is being adopted by a wide-ranging cross section of commerce, education and health. Dispelling the myths and understanding how Virtual Reality will cause moral issues in the future.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. The different types of Virtual Reality applications (hardware & software)

2. Understanding how humans learn

3. Academia support of Virtual Reality as an advanced learning tool

4. Blended approach to learning incorporating Virtual Reality

5. Discussion around the moral obligations of content providers

New Electronics Conference

Addressing the challenge to positive drone industry development

Richard Gill, CEO, Drone Defence Services

Richard will provide a brief introduction to the technological environment that has enabled the rapid adoption of drones, and the challenges that this growth has presented to security and privacy. Richard will then expand on the human issues presented by the technology and finally how technology itself as the better way to provide an environment in which drone technology can flourish.

During this session delegates will learn:

1.The technological developments that have made drones become so popular

2.Why there is a negative perception of drone despite the positive uses

3.How groups may look to misuse the technology and why

4.How the threat of misuse can be mitigated through technology

12:15 - 13:00

Eureka Conference

Designing for an aging population - DHSC / Design Council & IET

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New Electronics Conference

The benefits of flexible printed circuits as a replacement for wire harnesses

Philip Johnston, CEO, Trackwise Designs plc

Philip Johnston, CEO, Trackwise will give an overview of flexible printed circuit (FPC) technologies and applications and introduce Trackwise’s patented Improved Harness Technology™ (IHT). He will outline the benefits of FPCs over wire harnesses and emphasise the new application opportunities presented by multilayer FPCs of unlimited length.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. How an FPC has multiple benefits as a replacement to wire harness.

2. How Improved Harness Technology™ (IHT) has transformed the flex circuit manufacturing process.

3. How FPCs are opening up opportunities for applications in the aerospace, medical and automotive sectors.

4. How to specify an FPC in six easy steps.

 

13:15 - 14:00

Eureka Conference

3D Printing is disruptive, it drives differentiation and releases new opportunities

Ramon Pastor, Marta Yepes, EA to Ramon Pastor , HP Inc

3D Printing is already big business. All around the world, manufacturing companies are using it to give them a competitive advantage: fast turnaround times, low costs, opportunities to create totally new business models. This revolution isn’t restricted to one or two markets. Any industry that relies on manufacturing can benefits from change, whether that’s through efficiencies or a new disruptive way of thinking.

DURING THIS SESSION DELEGATES WILL LEARN:

1. The dynamics in the market that are transforming the manufacturing process

2. How 3D is aiding in that transformation

3. The unique benefits of HP MJF Technology

4. The advantages that 3D can bring to your organisation

5. The next steps to take to start your journey to incorporate 3D into your processes

New Electronics Conference

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14:15 - 15:00

Eureka Conference

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New Electronics Conference

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