The 2nd Annual Energy Harvesting Society Meeting

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Hosted by The Energy Harvesting Society and Penn State at the Navy Yard, the 2nd annual conference will take place on Sept. 5-7, 2018.  

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The conference will feature plenary lectures, invited talks, and contributed talks. Please submit abstracts within the following topical areas:

  • Energy Harvesting (Piezoelectric, Inductive, Photovoltaic, Thermoelectric, Electrostatic, dielectric, radioactive, electrets, etc.)
  • Energy Storage (Supercapacitors, Batteries, fuel cells, microbial cells, etc.)
  • Applications (Structural and Industrial Health Monitoring, Human Body Network, Wireless Sensor Nodes, telemetry, personal power, etc.)
  • Emerging Energy Harvesting Technologies (perovskite solar cells, shape memory engines, CNT textiles, thermomagnetics, bio-based processes, etc.)
  • Energy management, transmission and distribution; Energy efficient electronics for energy harvesters and distribution
  • Fluid-flow energy harvesting
  • Solar – thermal converters
  • Multi-junction energy harvesting systems
  • Wireless power transfer
  • Net-zero platforms
  • Other related topics

Deadline to submit abstracts: July 15, 2018.

For the initial "Quick Decision" deadline, the program committee will evaluate the first wave of abstracts and decisions have been provided.  Those submitting under the July 15 deadline will have decisions by July 30.  Accepted abstracts will be selected for either oral or poster presentations.

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Early Bird Registration pricing ends Aug. 8!

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Confirmed Speakers

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Clive Randall

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director of Materials Research Institute, Penn State University
Clive A. Randall is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and the Director of Materials Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. He was Director for the Center for Dielectric Studies between 1997 and 2013, and in 2013 formed a new Center as Co-Director, the Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics, for which he still serves as Technical Advisor. Prof. Randall received a B.Sc. with Honors in Physics in 1983 from the University of East Anglia, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from the University of Essex in 1987, both in the United Kingdom. He has authored/co-authored over 360 technical papers, with over 11,000 citations and an h-factor of 56. He also holds 13 patents (with 1 pending) in the field of electroceramics. Prof. Randall’s research interests are in the area of discovery and compositional design of functional materials for electrical energy transduction and storage, defect chemistry and crystal chemistry and their impact on phase transition behavior, electromechanical devices based upon electrostriction and piezoelectrics, supercapacitors, thermoelectrics, and microwave materials.

Meiling Zhu

Chair in Mechanical Engineering, University of Exeter
Meiling Zhu is the Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Exeter, where she focuses on a research theme of energy harvesting, power management and wireless sensing. She has a particular focus on energy harvesting powered wireless sensor system technologies. She has led the Energy Harvesting Research Group with a number of research grants from EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), EU-FP7 programmes, DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory), IMRC (Cranfield Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre funded by EPSRC), IVHM (Cranfield Integrated Vehicle Health Management Centre) and industries.
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Jens Twiefel

Head of Piezoelectric and Ultrasonic Technology Research Group, Leibniz University of Hannover
Research interests include: Vibration Energy Harvesting Vibro-Impact-Processes Piezoelectric and Ultrasonic Motors and Transport Devices Ultrasonic Processes (Cavitation, Levitation, Welding) Ultrasonic assisted Processes (Milling, Lathing) Control and Power Electronics for Ultrasonic and Piezoelectric Devices Structural Optimization of Ultrasonic Transducers and Tools

Julianne S. Douglas

Energy Harvesting Project Lead US Army CERDEC CP&ID Power Division
Ms. Julianne Douglas is the Energy Harvesting Technology Lead in the US Army Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Command, Power, and Integration Directorate (CP&ID), Power Division. Her focus areas include research, development, engineering, testing, and evaluation of wearable power systems such as electromechanical kinetic energy harvesting, piezoelectrics, thermoelectrics, and solar. Some areas of interest include biomechanics, robotics, and failure analysis.
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Stefano Basagni

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University
Stefano Basagni holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas (December 2001) and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Milano, Italy (May 1998). He received his B.Sc. degree in computer science from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 1991. Since Winter 2002 he is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, in Boston, MA. Dr. Basagni's current research interests concern research and implementation aspects of mobile networks and wireless communications systems, wireless sensor networking for IoT (underwater and terrestrial), definition and performance evaluation of network protocols and theoretical and practical aspects of distributed algorithms. Dr. Basagni serves as a member of the editorial board, the organizing committee and of the technical program committee of ACM and IEEE journals and international conferences. He is a distinguished scientist of the ACM (including the ACM SIGMOBILE), a senior member of the IEEE (Computer and Communications societies), a member of ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) and of CUR (Council for Undergraduate Education).

Sang-Woo Kim

Professor, Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)
Sang-Woo Kim is professor in the Department of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU). He received a Ph.D. in Electronic Science and Engineering from Kyoto University in 2004. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at Kyoto University and University of Cambridge, he spent 4 years as an assistant professor at Kumoh National Institute of Technology. He joined SKKU in 2009. He recently received MCARE 2016 Award (ACerS-KIChE), The Republic of Korea President’s Award for Scientific Excellence (2015), National Top 100 Research Award (2015), etc. His recent research interest is focused on piezoelectric/triboelectric nanogenerators, photovoltaics, and 2D materials including graphene, h-BN, and TMDs. He has published over 200 research papers (h-index of 52) and holds over 80 domestic/international patents. Now he is a director of SAMSUNG-SKKU Graphene/2D Research Center and is leading National Research Laboratory for Next Generation Hybrid Energy Harvester. He is currently serving as an Associate Editor of Nano Energy (Elsevier) and an Executive Board Member of Advanced Electronic Materials (Wiley).
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Aylin Yener

Dean's Fellow, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Penn State University
Dr. Yener has been the principal investigator on numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. Her research interests are in networked systems, in particular characterizing the fundamental limits of these with applications to wireless and wired networks, green communications, multi-genre networks and information security. Her core expertise areas are in communications, information theory, signal processing and network science. She has about 250 publications in books, journals, and conference proceedings to date. Dr. Yener currently serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society as an elected member for the term 2015-2017.

Susan Trolier-McKinstry

Professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering Director at Penn State; Director, W. M. Keck Smart Materials Integration Laboratory
The Trolier-McKinstry group research primarily revolves around thin film dielectric and piezoelectric materials. The group works both to probe the fundamental mechanisms that control the magnitude of the achievable properties and to integrate new materials into devices.

Ashish Garg

Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Multiferroics, Ferroelectrics and Piezoelectrics Here, we are studying the devices and materials based on oxides, such as ferroelectric and/or multiferroic oxides, piezoelectric materials as well as polymers such as P(VDF-TrFE) from the perspective of energy harvesting, piezoelectric activity, data storage applications, to name a few, Our work is related to engineering the material's structure and properties to achieve the desired functionality in stand-alone as well as device form and requires one to delve into understanding of materials, physics and some electrical engineering, particularly for device work.

Daryoosh Vashaee

Assoc. Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dr Vashaee is an expert in superlattices and nanostructured materials for energy conversion and sensing applications. In the past, he has contributed to the development of several key thermoelectric structures including heterostructure thermionic devices and bulk nanocomposite materials. He has published more than 150 technical articles, and is the winner of the 2004 Goldsmid Award for research excellence in thermoelectrics from the International Thermoelectric Society. Prior to NCSU he worked at Oklahoma State University as Assistant Professor and at MIT as postdoctoral scholar.