Hilton Head 2022

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Confirmed Plenary Speakers Addressing Grand Challenges

Carl E. McCants
DARPA, USA

PHYSIOLOGICAL CLOSED-LOOP CONTROLLED SPINAL CORD STIMULATION: CLINICAL RESULTS AND PATIENT ACCESS
Lawrence Poree
University of California, San Francisco, USA

CITIES OF THE FUTURE, ADVANCING INFRASTRUCTURES
Marija Zima-Bockarjova
ABB Smart Cities and Solutions, SWITZERLAND

Confirmed Microsystems Invited Speakers Addressing Grand Challenges

USING TECHNOLOGY AND EVERYTHING WE HAVE LEARNED TO ADDRESS THE CLIMATE GRAND CHALLENGE
Leslie Field
Ice911 Research, SmallTech Consulting, LLC, Stanford University, USA
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Climate change is upon us, and its impacts have cost the world over one trillion dollars over the past decade. The future looks even grimmer in this regard - rising sea levels, droughts, wildfires, melting ice, and tragic losses of life, wildlife, food, clean water, and infrastructure are already being seen worldwide, and are predicted to become far worse if nothing is done - and soon. This talk will highlight the need for engineers, inventors, scientists, policy makers, regulators, funders and caring citizens to come to the forefront now to address the largest challenge humanity has ever faced - to restore our climate to ensure a safer and more stable world for ourselves, our children, and future generations.

The worst thing we could possibly do is give up. The grand challenge for us all is to implement known technologies that will improve the climate situation, and to come up with new ideas and new ways to address these urgent problems in a responsible, safe, practical, expeditious and cost-effective way. Everywhere people are banding together to make a difference.

Our own work at Ice911 Research uses remote sensing technologies to monitor test sites treated with reflective materials to slow the ice melt. These monitoring technologies need to measure efficacy, safety and physical parameters of the testing. Small-scale field tests are used to quantify how effectively this approach can slow the melt and the data is used as inputs to expert climate modeling to indicate how and where it would be best to make internationally agreed-upon, sponsored, funded and permitted deployments to start rebuilding ice in the Arctic in order to stabilize the climate, to give the world much-needed time to complete the needed transitions to sustainable energy and fuels.

MEMS sensing and wireless communications are essential to this work. Some climate experts, such as Dr. Jon Koomey, believe that MEMS technology is one of the most important areas that can make a large difference soon in helping to address climate challenges.

This is humanity's time to collaborate and to take on this grandest challenge. Every degree matters. Every degree is worth fighting for.