2019 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

The Interacting Elements of Innovation Culture

Room: Eureka Conference

Ben Watson, Innovation Leader, 3M

Developing the cultural drivers for innovation to thrive and to balance innovation outcomes over time can be a challenge. At 3M we maintain and invest in several key elements to maintain this balance from sustaining core business to break through innovation through our innovation culture.

How might we define and better understand the cultural drivers and the necessary innovation management principles, with relevance for your own organisation?

 
During this session delegates will learn:

1. The interacting elements of innovation culture

2. The importance of innovation portfolios for sustainable growth

New Electronics Conference

Writing the future for zero emission transport

Room: New Electronics Conference

David Nicholl, Executive Vice President, Northern Europe, Electrification, ABB

The international ABB FIA Formula E Championship series serves as a family test track for a sustainable transport future. It’s vitally important that we work together to deliver that future and address the concerning contribution fossil fuel vehicles are making to air and noise pollution. No one solution can achieve the ambitious objective of zero emission travel alone. It will take a well-established and integrated ecosystem made up of multiple components, which as a leader in digital industries ABB is well positioned to help deliver.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Why ABB took on the role of title sponsor for the ABB FIA Formula E
2. The economic / environmental pressures to address noise and air pollution
3. The rising demand for electric vehicles
4. The importance of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, grid reinforcement and the integration of renewables for a zero emission future

10:15 - 11:00

Eureka Conference

Democratising robotics: The rise of the affordable industrial robot

Room: Eureka Conference

Mostafa Elsayed, Co-founder & Co-CEO, Automata

Despite large-scale industrial robotics becoming commonplace over the past 50 years, we’re only now reaching an inflection point of mass adoption, with industrial grade robotics finally becoming affordable and accessible to smaller and mid-sized manufacturers. Automata co-founder Mostafa Elsayed will discuss the team’s mission to democratise robotics, their journey to creating a whole new category of industrial robot, the challenges and learnings to date and his vision for the future of automation for SMEs.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. How and why Eva - the first industrial-grade desktop robot engineered from the ground up to be affordable, lightweight and user-friendly - was created

2. The unique challenges facing SMEs on their path to automation and what’s driving this change

3. The types of SMEs leading the way in industrial automation, the solutions being deployed and why they’re winning

4. Wider trends in affordable robotics and what the future looks like

New Electronics Conference

Mechatronics Evolution in the Age of Digital Transformation

Room: New Electronics Conference

Louis Feinstein, Global Director High Tech Sales, Dassault Systemes

Today products go beyond the traditional product usage and are now interconnected and interwoven into our daily lives and activities creating an immersive customer experience.  Creating smart, connected customer experiences is complex, costly and associated with high business risk. This session will focus on technologies for smart and connected products through collaborative mechatronics engineering. One of the key success enablers is the orchestration of software, electronics and mechanical engineering.   

During this session delegates will learn:

1. What it takes to develop a connected customer experience today

2. Solutions to streamline your product development process

3. Trends in disruptive technologies with new challenges to overcome

4. How your business can get started with mechatronics digital transformation

11:15 - 12:00

Eureka Conference

Using gamification to spark design inspiration & innovation

Room: Eureka Conference

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?

Room: New Electronics Conference

Julian Skidmore, Senior Firmware Engineer, 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

Bridging the gap from desktop to industrial 3D printing to improve efficiency

Room: Eureka Conference

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

Build products your way by combining SCRUM, Kanban & Gantt Scheduling

Room: New Electronics Conference

Johan Karlsson, Senior Technical Consultant, Perforce

When it comes to project managing methods in engineering design, Agile has been a consistent buzzword. But as Practices, frameworks and certifications continue to evolve, many organizations are adopting various hybrid methods. So how can you best merge classic methodologies with the latest and greatest?
Creating your own "secret sauce" for project management means looking at how your team actually works. This gives you the chance to cherry pick from various methods to manage your team how you want. Learn how to construct (and constantly improve) your approach to maximise productivity. 

During this session delegates will learn how to:

1. Build better products using a combination of project management methods.

2. Separate the mindset of methodology from its practice. 

3. Determine which methods work for your team.

4. Customize your approach to project management.

5. Constantly tweak and improve your plan.

13:15 - 14:00

Eureka Conference

From VFX to real time product visulisation

Room: Eureka Conference

Jarrad Vladich, Executive Producer, Emerging Technology, The Mill

From a configurable car chassis to photo-real product visualiser, The Mill's proprietary technology has become key in solving some of the TV and Film world's biggest production challenges.

To find out more about The Mill Blackbird and Cyclops, join Jarrad Vadich, The Mill's Emerging Technology Executive Producer in a showcase of The Mills ground breaking inventions, which are changing the way we visualise products in camera.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Who are The Mill and their position in the world of Visual Effects Creative.

2. What are The Mill Blackbird and Cyclops?

3.  How it's possible to visualise products using Realtime technology

New Electronics Conference

Evolving building performance regulations

Room: New Electronics Conference

John Corbett, Sales Director Northern EU and Middle East, EnOcean GmbH

European buildings are to be CO2-neutral by 2050, and this is already leading to a number of stricter requirements in the coming years. The main focus is now on improving building automation which implies new and existing buildings will require a high standard of energy control.  These requirements in the new EPBD strongly reinforce the need for monitoring, which is in turn possible only through an extensive use of sensors and connection to higher-level controllers and monitoring systems.  Energy harvesting is the key to implementing these new smart buildings.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Why the EPBD new building directives significantly increase the importance of building automation

2. Why energy harvesting wireless sensors are the ideal solution to implement the EPBD regulations

3. How ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 energy harvesting based wireless standard is a key element in creating a smart building

4. How smart installation using wireless and battery free sensors retain maximum flexibility

5. How easy it is to log the energy performance of a building with radio based sensors

14:15 - 15:00

Eureka Conference

IP and realising its commercial potential

Room: Eureka Conference

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

Room: New Electronics Conference

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

Introducing... The Smash-Proof Guitar!

Room: Eureka Conference

Phil Etheridge, Digital Marketing and Nylon Plectrum Expert , Sandvik

Rock stars have been smashing guitars for decades, so Swedish engineering group Sandvik decided to test its cutting-edge technologies by building the world’s first all-metal, unbreakable guitar. They even let Swedish rockstar Yngwie Malmsteen unleash his smashing skills on it – but it refused to break! See the amazing instrument and discover how Sandvik engineering and design experts applied sustainable, cutting-edge techniques – including additive manufacturing for the 3D-printed body – to make something that is both highly precise and amazingly durable.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. How Sandvik designed and built an unsmashable guitar

2. Which specialist materials were chosen to build this instrument, and why

3. How the team used state-of-the-art additive manufacturing featuring lasers and metal powder

4. The unique structural challenges involved and how these were overcome

5. What a hyper-duplex stainless steel guitar sounds like!

New Electronics Conference

LoRaWAN verses NB-IoT

Room: New Electronics Conference

Duncan Bennet, CEO, Bostin Technology Services Ltd

With IoT growing quickly there is a need to communicate with remote
devices over long distances using small amounts of data. LoRaWAN and NB-IoT are 2 technologies
vying for our attention as a low-power WAN solution for remote IoT devices. This presentation is a
result of research into which technology is most suitable for an application. The 2 technologies are
compared and contrasted using range, power consumption, data rate, accessibility and cost.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Typical coverage expected from LoRaWAN and NB-IoT

2. Expected data rates, latency and QoS for LoRaWAn and NB-IoT

3. Power Consumption figures for LoRaWAn and NB0-IoT

4. How costs might vary between NB-IoT and LoRaWAN

5. A conclusion about which technology to use

09:15 - 10:00

Eureka Conference

Agile development in Mechatronics projects

Room: Eureka Conference

Konstantin Klioutchinski, Consultant to IC Blue LTD , Siemens Software Solutions

Today the market requires the development of complex products quicker than before and to incorporate users and market feedback into the new versions of a product. ‘Agile’ methodologies of developing Software and Systems projects can be applied to Mechanics and Electronics. Introducing Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) in the world of Application + Product Lifecycle Management (ALM+PLM ) is our ultimate goal. What are the problems? What is different in Software and Mechatronics development cycles? How to shift the complete product development to Agile? Based on theory and practice we give guidelines, examples from real projects and invite everyone to give their input.

New Electronics Conference

Securing the billions of IoT devices

Room: New Electronics Conference

Paul Kielty-White, IoT Solutions Architect Edge Devices, Microsoft Limited Company

Colm Torris, Director, IoT Ecosystem, Microsoft EMEA, Microsoft Ireland Operations Limited

As billions of new devices are connected, organizations need to secure them to help protect data, privacy, physical safety, and infrastructure.

Internet connectivity is a two-way street and as those devices become a gateway to our homes, workplaces, and sensitive data, they also become targets for attacks.

Azure Sphere builds on decades of Microsoft experience in hardware, software, and cloud to provide a turnkey solution for IoT devices. Get defence in depth to embrace IoT innovation with confidence.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. The Seven Properties of Highly-Secure Devices

2. Azure Sphere certified microcontrollers (MCUs)

3. Azure Sphere OS and Security Service

4. Azure Sphere Developer Experience

5. Our hardware ecosystem

10:15 - 11:00

Eureka Conference

Applying Security to Robotics

Room: Eureka Conference

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

Room: New Electronics Conference

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

Room: Eureka Conference

Alex Harvey, Creative 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

Room: New Electronics Conference

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

People NOT Tech first: Designing for an ageing population – The IET, Design Council & Innovate UK

Room: Eureka Conference

Alan Howard, Design and Manufacturing Lead, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Dr Ambreen Shah, Director of Policy, Research and Communication, Design Council

Ben Griffin, Innovation Lead - Design, Innovate UK

We are experiencing a colossal demographic shift, living ten years longer than our parents’ generation on average and nearly two decades longer than our grandparents’ generation. With this come challenges but also major opportunities, especially for businesses.  In this presentation we will talk through how a design driven approach has supported us to expose what really matters when designing for people in later life.  It will also outline the funding opportunities that are currently available through the Healthy Ageing Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund that is seeking to support the mission set out by the Ageing Grand Challenge:  to ensure that people can enjoy at least five extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest.  

During this session delegates will learn:

1. What opportunities there are for them given we live in an ageing society

2. Why involving users in your design process is vital

3. The importance of inclusive design

4. What funding opportunities there are available through the Healthy Ageing Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The session will be hosted by the IET’s Alan Howard with presentations from Ambreen Shah and Ben Griffin and a Q&A session.

New Electronics Conference

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

Room: New Electronics Conference

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

Room: Eureka Conference

Ramon Pastor, Vice-President and World Wide General Manager, HP’s 3D Printing Plastic business

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

TBA

Room: New Electronics Conference

Details to follow 

14:15 - 15:00

Eureka Conference

How Brompton’s Designers Use Simulation To Advance Bicycle Development

Room: Eureka Conference

Martin Haines, Application Engineer, Altair Engineering GmbH

The Brompton bicycle is an iconic, innovative and beautifully refined engineering product.

 To get where the company is today took many years of engineering development using very much a traditional build, test, break approach. Aside from the expense, sole use of this method is time consuming. Today, Brompton Bicycle’s designers are utilising simulation tools to help reduce development time; for both new developments and for existing bike improvements.

This presentation will detail how simple to use but powerful simulation technologies are helping to facilitate the design engineers at Brompton Bicycle to ‘Design the Difference’, providing design insight earlier in the product development process to help to reduce weight, save cost and minimise the need for physical tests. Examples will be shown on various components within the Brompton bike structure, showing examples of topology optimisation for reduced weight and increased stiffness, structural analysis of the bike frame, assessing manufacturability of cast and even 3D printed parts and more

New Electronics Conference

TBA

Room: New Electronics Conference

Details coming soon