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Exciting Keynotes Announced for ESC Minneapolis 2018

VSI Labs’ Phil Magney and UMN’s Michael McAlpine are set to headline the midwest’s largest Embedded Systems Conference, Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

We are just weeks away from the Minneapolis edition of the Embedded Systems Conference, and if you are on the fence about attending, this may change your mind. Design News and UBM have announced two exciting keynotes: VSI Labs’ Phil Magney and Michael McAlpine, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Michael McAlpine

McAlpine, who will speak at 1 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 31, said his keynote, “will introduce the audience to the concept of 3D printing functional materials and devices, which is enabled by our group's custom-built 3D printers, which allow us to print a broad range of materials and devices, including fully 3D printed semiconducting devices and 3D printed neural regeneration devices.”

McAlpine was previously an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University. He received a B.S. in chemistry with honors from Brown University (2000) and an M.A. (2002) and PhD (2006) in chemistry from Harvard University. In addition to his distinguished academic background, he has received several awards including the George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Click here for more information about McAlpine’s planned keynote, “3D Printing Functional Materials & Devices.”

Phil Magney has more than 25 years of experience in active safety systems, automated vehicle systems, and telematics. He is the founder and principal advisor of VSI Labs, which does research and advises engineering for autonomous vehicle technologies. Magney’s keynote presentation, "The Future of Automated Driving," will dissect all things associated with the “Automated Vehicle Stack.” In addition, VSI Labs will examine the technologies outside the car including intersections and supporting infrastructure supplementing deployment. Magney will be speaking Thursday, Nov. 1.

Click here for more information about Magney’s planned keynote, “The Future of Automated Driving.”

Phil Magney

Supporting Magney’s keynote presentation, VSI Labs will feature a Ford Level 2 (L2) automated vehicle, where attendees can experience a ride with a VSI employee and get a glimpse into the future of self-driving vehicles. Additionally, on-site demonstrations will discuss current capabilities of the L2 vehicle, including but not limited to Point Cloud Localization and Path Following.

“The medical and automotive industries are prime examples of the application of exciting advances in design and manufacturing today,” said Amy Sklar, group senior vice president, UBM. “When we gather at the Minneapolis convention center, we will explore these innovative themes, aiming to engage, inspire, and educate engineers across the design-to-build supply chain. With their wide breadth of knowledge and insight, Michael McAlpine and Phil Magney will bring tremendous value to our attendees’ experience.”

ESC Minneapolis is co-located with five other shows that span across medical technology and advanced design, including Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M), Minn Pack, Automation Technology Expo (ATX), Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, and PLASTEC Minneapolis.

Click here to register for the event, and then click here to review the full schedule of events at ESC.

If you have questions that cannot be answered by visiting the event website, email technical content producer Jennifer Campbell.

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