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CPES2015 unveils keynote speaker lineup


The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA), the united voice of Canada’s Printable Electronics sector, has lined up an impressive roster of international keynotes for the 2015 Canadian Printable Electronics Symposium (CPES2015) in Montreal on April 21-22.

CPES2015 will showcase the convergence of research and development, industry expertise, commercial effort and government support that gives Canada a tremendous opportunity in the explosive global market for printable and organic electronics (POE).

“Printable and Organic Electronics truly is a technology for our future that is already here,” said Peter Kallai, executive director of the CPEIA. “Our fantastic keynote speakers will show that breakthroughs in materials and manufacturing are creating real products and real applications that have commercial potential today as well as for tomorrow.”

The purpose of CPES2015 is to inform CPEIA Members and Canadian industry players that can take advantage of organic and printable electronics about global trends and opportunities and what is done in Canada.

The five keynotes are:

Dr. Stephen Hoover, CEO, PARC, a Xerox Company

Practicing open innovation since 2002, PARC develops innovations and new technologies and takes those to market in collaboration with Fortune 500/Global 1000 companies, startups, and governments. Dr. Hoover leads PARC’s business and research in diverse areas including networking, electronics, cleantech, innovation services and intelligent systems. He will discuss the Business of Breakthroughs.

Jennifer Ernst, Chief Strategy Officer Thin Film Electronics ASA. Norway

Thin Film is a leader in the development and commercialization of printed electronics and related smart systems, including memory, sensors, displays, and wireless communication. It was the first to commercialize printed, rewritable memory and is heavily invested in the Internet of Things, to bring intelligence to everyday objects. Ernst leads strategic roadmap and partnership development activities at Thin Film. She will discuss the Internet of Things.

Bernard Kippelen, Joseph M. Pettit Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Georgia Institute of Technology, United States.

ECE’s Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics advances the science and engineering of organic and hybrid nanostructured materials and technological innovations for applications in communications, sensing, displays, energy-efficient solid-state lighting and power generation. Professor Kippelen is a distinguished and leading global researcher in printable and organic electronics. He will discuss recent progress in a range of solid-state devices, including organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic field-effect transistors (OFETs), sensors, organic solar cells, and photodetectors, and show how these advances can lead to disruptive innovations to address some of the world’s greatest challenges.

Professor Gyoujin Cho, Sunchon National University, South Korea

Sunchon National University is a national research university founded in 1935. Its Department of Printed Electronics Engineering in World Class University (WCU) program is a leader in the fields of printed RFID-USN and flexible lighting. Professor Cho is a faculty member of the Department of Printed Electronics Engineering, World Class University Program. His research has focused on printed electronics since 2002. He will present fully roll-to-roll (R2R) gravure printed TFT backplanes for signage and sensors.

Barbara M. Fisher, Regional Manager, North America, the Organic and Printed Electronics Association (OE-A). International

The OE-A is the leading international industry association for organic electronics and printed electronics and represents the entire value chain of this emerging industry. Its 225 members include world-class global companies and institutions, ranging from R&D institutes, component and material suppliers to producers and end-users. Fisher will present Mapping out the Future — The OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics. This is a biannual overview of current and future applications in organic and printed electronics. Technology advancements in printed electronics have accelerated greatly in the last several years, and OE-A member companies predict a 20 per cent increase in sales volumes in 2015.

About CPES2015

Over two information-packed days, 120+ attendees will have the opportunity to learn, network and develop partnerships for collaboration and business development. CPES2015 runs April 21-22 in Montreal.

The CPES2015 agenda includes five keynote presentations, 30 in-depth presentations by industry experts and leading Canadian researchers, two panel sessions with representatives from Canadian industry and funding organizations, and 15 academic posters from leading Canadian principal investigators and their teams. Ten organizations will also have the opportunity for up to five targeted meetings each with key academic, government, industry and investor contacts.

Register now for CPES2015 and enjoy an early bird discount.

Become a Member of the CPEIA

Any individual or organization with a vested interest in PE willing to participate in the growth of Canada’s PE sector is a welcome addition to the CPEIA’s Membership. This includes end customers and end users of PE applications, startups and SMEs, university and government research labs, systems integrators and OEMs, and venture capitalists and angel groups. Membership is open to Canadian and international organizations.

About the CPEIA

Established in 2014, the Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association (CPEIA) brings together key Canadian and international players in industry, academia and government to build a strong Canadian Printed and Organic Electronics technology sector. CPEIA currently has over 40 members and growing fast. The Association is the united voice for the sector and implements critical development strategies to facilitate growth through networking, stimulate R&D and investment, build a strong PE supply chain and drive the broad adoption of PE by end customers in a range of Canadian industries.