Look to Learning Labs for Help With Medical Electronics

Charles Murray

February 4, 2014

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Look to Learning Labs for Help With Medical Electronics

Visitors to this year's Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show will have an opportunity to boost their electronics acumen, thanks to a series of Learning Labs covering topics ranging from medical sensors to smart packaging.

Aimed at design engineers, the Learning Labs will emphasize the practical over the theoretical. "Usually in these sessions, you're talking about real-life problems, opportunities, and challenges," Leslie Field, founder and managing member of SmallTech Consulting LLC, and moderator of a medical sensors Learning Lab, told Design News. "We'll talk about what's out there now and what we can hope to see fairly soon. The idea is to provide insight."

The Learning Labs, taking place on Tuesday, February 11 through Thursday, February 13, will include eight sessions on design, nine on research and development, and 13 on manufacturing and automation. Several of those will focus specifically on medical electronics, packaging, and human factors.

Those include:

  • Connecting With Customers Through Smart Packaging

  • Advanced Application of Sensors in Medical Devices

  • Cardiovascular Devices & Engineering

  • Medical Apps & Mobile Monitoring

  • Human Factors & Design

  • Design Ideation & Innovation for Engineers

Panel discussions in the Learning Labs will examine issues in design and manufacturing, as well as those involving biocompatibility and regulation. "We'll have industry experts talking to each other and talking to the audience," Field told us. "Whether you have considerable experience or are new to the field, you can learn from the sessions."

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About the Author(s)

Charles Murray

Charles Murray is a former Design News editor and author of the book, Long Hard Road: The Lithium-Ion Battery and the Electric Car, published by Purdue University Press. He previously served as a DN editor from 1987 to 2000, then returned to the magazine as a senior editor in 2005. A former editor with Semiconductor International and later with EE Times, he has followed the auto industry’s adoption of electric vehicle technology since 1988 and has written extensively about embedded processing and medical electronics. He was a winner of the Jesse H. Neal Award for his story, “The Making of a Medical Miracle,” about implantable defibrillators. He is also the author of the book, The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1997. Murray’s electronics coverage has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in Popular Science. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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