Electronics Symposium showcases the future of electronics

Electronics Symposium showcases the future of electronics and industry

Did you know that by 2022, the electronics content in cars is expected to increase by as much as 50%? And did you know that by the same year, the automotive electronics market will grow to $301 billion by 2023 as the industry moves increasingly toward more autonomous driving systems?  This example was one of many cited during the 31st Annual Electronics Symposium, underscoring the critical role electronics technologies will have in shaping the future of everything from self-driving cars to hybrid energy systems and revolutionary new ways to monitor health and treat disease.

The Symposium has been a longstanding partnership between GE Research and Binghamton University, and this year added the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society as a new partner. Jim LeBlanc, Technology Director of Electronics & Sensing at GE Research, says the event is all about building new connections and knowledge sharing that ultimately helps translate great research and ideas into real impact across industries. For deeper insights on the Symposium, read Jim’s LinkedIn article.

“Many of us across the electronics innovation ecosystem from industry, government and academia are looking to solve similar technology challenges,” LeBlanc said. The Electronics Packaging Symposium has always been an opportunity to connect and share across this vast ecosystem and find ways to collaborate.  This is a big part of what it means to be a contemporized R&D organization.” 

During the Symposium, speaker after speaker made the strong connection between electronics technologies and how they are helping to transform transportation, energy and healthcare sectors and manufacturing itself.


Joe Kolly

In transportation, Joe Kolly, Chief Safety Scientist at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), highlighted the role of electronics technologies in supporting the advancement of autonomous driving systems. Mukesh Khare, a Vice President at IBM Research, discussed how electronics can enable the fast, real-time networks required to meet future AI system performance needs.   And other external speakers such as Benjamin Leever, Technical Director at the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), highlighted the government’s voice on where new technical breakthroughs could help address their challenges and objectives. One of those challenges, in wearable/medical technologies, provided an opportunity to highlight a major technical milestone with a sweat sensor patch that GE scientists have achieved with AFRL and its other project partners, NextFlex, Binghamton University and New York State.

sweat patch

GE scientists Azar Alizadeh and Andrew Burns hosted a live demonstration of the patch during the Symposium and discussed new capabilities being integrated into the wireless platform that could redefine the annual physical and how a patient’s health is monitored.

LeBlanc says that when you look at the future of healthcare and our other industries through an electronic lens, it becomes clear how vital electronics packaging technologies will be toward making these futures a reality.

In transportation, breakthroughs in power electronics and power density will feed the EV and autonomous vehicle revolution and push us closer to commercial electric flight.

In energy, a myriad of electronics technologies such as 5G, embedded sensors and actuators, and computing at the edge are needed to meet the future challenges of managing hybrid energy systems that increasing run and are managed as part of the Industrial Internet of Things.

Finally, in healthcare, wearable/medical technologies like the sweat sensor patch and new breakthroughs in bioelectronic medicine will transform the health monitoring and medical treatments in ways that are hard to fathom today.


Student exhibits

All the exciting electronics technologies and more were covered through the dozens of exhibits and >50 oral presentations during the Symposium. In addition, the future generation of scientists and engineers who will take us through the next 50 years of technology advancements, were on hand from Binghamton University, SUNY Polytechnic Institute and other colleges to showcase their work that will no doubt shape future capabilities.

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