Hilton Head 2022

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Sea Grass The 20th in the series of Hilton Head Workshops on the science and technology of solid-state sensors, actuators, and microsystems will take place June 5 - 9, 2022 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC. This exciting multidisciplinary event has occurred biennially since 1984. Hilton Head Island, the beachfront workshop hotel, and the casual, comfortable, seaside environment with nearly all meals included allows for relaxed exchanges, collegial interactions, and many fruitful discussions. The Hilton Head Workshop has historically been a regional meeting restricted to professionals living in North or South America as well as past attendees of previous Hilton Head Workshops. Beginning in 2020, the meeting opened to international colleagues beyond the Americas. We continue to welcome researchers worldwide to submit high-quality abstracts (contributed and late news) for consideration by the submission deadlines. International authors will be invited to participate in the workshop if their abstract is accepted.

The Hilton Head Workshop draws 350-500 academic, industry, and government participants from diverse engineering and scientific backgrounds, including chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, biology, bioengineering, etc. Previous workshops have provided a highly interactive forum for researchers to present and discuss recent advances in microfabrication technologies for sensing and actuation devices and microsystems for physical, chemical, and biological applications. Hilton Head 2020 was unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and interestingly (but perhaps not coincidentally), its theme focused on healthcare grand challenges. Given the events of the past year and in consideration of future science and technology directions, HH 2022's workshop theme will continue the great work in this direction with a focus on "Prevention of and Preparation for the Next Grand Challenges," which we hope will inspire our community, encourage new collaborations and ideas, and explore the potential for MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) to impact a variety of global issues and grand challenges.

Sunday starts with an all-day lecture series and panel highlighting technologies being developed to address society's grand challenges and the impact that startups, small businesses, and public-private consortia of academia, industry, and government are having in key areas. Throughout the week, the daily featured keynote speakers are prominent, internationally known researchers and visionaries who will bring breadth and depth to our discussion of challenges and opportunities for MEMS and allied technologies. In addition, the program will include invited speakers from within and adjacent to the MEMS community, who will address important causes and grand challenges using novel, creative technologies, devices, and systems. On Tuesday afternoon, we are offering a special session on Early Career Faculty Development. This session, targeting senior graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty members in our community, aims to offer relevant guidance and advice for new faculty as well as those who aspire to become faculty members. Having early career awards from major funding agencies is a significant stride in the right direction. Please join us as we learn from program directors at three major US funding agencies.

This year, we hope to increase the participatory and networking success of this meeting by inviting all past, present, and future MEMS researchers to attend as well as submit abstracts and present papers in the following technical topics:
  • New Devices or Microsystems
  • New Sensing and Actuation Concepts
  • High Performance Devices
  • Devices with Substantially Improved Performance
  • Device Fabrication and Testing
  • Process Design and Modeling
  • Device Modeling and Simulation
  • Fabrication Technologies
  • Materials and Material Processing
  • Nanotechnology and Applications
  • Testing Including Test Equipment and Methods
  • Interface and Calibration Circuits
  • Advanced Circuit Techniques
  • System Integration and End Use Applications
  • Component and Wafer-Level Packaging Technologies
  • Assembly Materials and Processes
  • Non-Electronic Interfaces to Devices
  • Environmental Effects and Compensation Methods
  • Reliability Testing and Methods
The workshop will be a single-session meeting, with ample time allotted for discussion of each paper, and with blocks of unscheduled time to encourage informal interactions among participants. The workshop has reserved several oral presentations and contributed poster session slots in the program for LATE NEWS papers. LATE NEWS papers, as submitted, will be accepted for presentation and will be published in the technical digest. LATE NEWS papers will be limited to two pages in length and must follow the submission procedure in the instructions. Manuscripts of papers presented in these sessions will be included in the Workshop Technical Digest. There will also be an OPEN POSTER session to encourage participants to informally discuss very recent results, work in progress, and results recently presented elsewhere. OPEN POSTERS will not be included in the Technical Digest. Please see LATE NEWS and OPEN POSTERS on this website for further information.

MEMS technology, devices, and systems have already revolutionized our world - from health care, to the environment, to communication, to transportation, and in a number of other areas. Many of our successful accomplishments also complement National Academy of Engineering (NAE) pursuits toward identifying and addressing Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century. We are hoping the Hilton Head 2022 Workshop presentations and discussions will further encourage our students, researchers and industry colleagues to team up collaboratively around today's grand challenges and causes. Our hope is that we, as the device and technology community, will contribute significantly through active participation, mentoring, and inclusiveness to better serve people and our planet in the future.

We look forward to meeting with you!


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