Event Agenda

High Quality Content From Wireless Power Experts

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Registration and Opening Welcome Remarks

  1. Registration & Exhibit Hall Open

    The hotel provides a large breakfast for those staying there

  2. Opening Remarks and Conference Welcome

    Kimberlee Rohrer, Head of Production-Americas, Smithers Apex

Session I: State of the Industry: Where is Wireless Power Going?

  1. Wireless Power Beyond the Mobile Phone…

    Vicky Yussuff | Lead Wireless Power Analyst of IHS Markit

    Wireless Power Beyond the Mobile Phone…

    • Where is the market right now?
    • Projections for the future
    • Other applications beyond the mobile phone – automotive in-cabin
    • Other applications beyond the mobile phone – WEV
    • Forecast for the next 10 years
    • Key takeaways
  2. Accelerating the Growth of the Worldwide Wireless Charging Market

    Ron Resnick | President & Chairman of the Board of AirFuel Alliance

    During Ron’s presentation he will share a brief history on the AirFuel Alliance and how and why the organization came to be, provide an overview and an update on the AirFuel’s membership and dive in to the latest happening with AirFuel technologies. This will include an update on AirFuel Inductive, AirFuel Resonant, and AirFuel RF.  Ron will also provide examples of some of the latest AirFuel success stories - like the new Dell Latitude 2-in-1 Notebook/Laptop which uses AirFuel Resonant - and talk about what we’re doing in areas like high-power wireless charging and wearables.  He’ll share an update on global deployments, including the organization's growing presence in China and Taiwan, and how our unique AirFuel network has been rolling out in settings from hotels and restaurants, to trains, trams, airports and more.  Finally, Ron will share his vision on the future of wireless charging, including the AirFuel roadmap for 2018 and beyond.

  3. Morning Networking Break & Coffee

Session II: Regulatory & Compliance

  1. Automotive Wireless Charging & NFC – A Perfect Combination

    Rainer Lutz | Director Segment New Business PL Secure Car Access, BU Automotive of NXP Semiconductors

    Strategy Analytics predicts rapid growth of wireless charging and NFC solutions in cars. Drivers enjoy the convenience of phone charging during a commute without the need for cables. At the same time NFC is increasingly used for smart car access solutions. Inside the car the same location will be preferred to charge phones and to do NFC engine start, leading to the need of a combined wireless charging and NFC module.

    There is another good reason for this combination. As chargers get more powerful for faster charging, this technology is a threat for ID cards, bank cards or passports. Robust solutions should systematically check if a smart card is present before starting to charge. A reference solution will be presented in the presentation.

    NXP Semiconductors is a pioneer in wireless power and leading force in the Qi Wireless Power Consortium as well as a founding member of the NFC Forum. 

  2. Best Practices for Testing for Wireless Power

    Stéphane Czeck | Director of Marketing - NFC & Wireless Charging of National Instruments

    National Instruments, a leader in wireless test technologies and automated test and measurement, will present on the best practices for testing devices that incorporate wireless charging.  Topics include the different challenges which arise at the different steps of the life cycle of a product (R&D design validation, conformance testing to the standard, mass production) and how they can be solved. The concept of safety and interoperability will also be discussed.

  3. Networking Lunch

Session III: High Power

  1. Taking EV Wireless Charging to a Global Standard – SAE J2954

    Ky Sealy | Senior Principal Engineer of WiTricity Corporation

    The SAE J2954 Wireless Power Transfer and Alignment Taskforce has been working towards standardizing magnetic resonant wireless power transfer for light duty and heavy duty PHEV and EV systems since 2010.  The taskforce includes members from around the world and represents a large and diverse set of OEM vehicle providers and suppliers.  Standardization of wireless power transfer for vehicles promotes world-wide adoption of the technology for safe and efficient powering of vehicles.  The taskforce has performed substantial interoperability testing of supplier wireless power systems to date and subsequently published the SAE J2954 TIR (Technical Information Report) in May, 2016.  In 2017, the taskforce is due to perform additional testing and publish the SAE J2954 RP (Recommended Practices) document in preparation for full standardization in the coming year.  SAE J2954 works globally in conjunction with other internationally recognized standards groups to ensure global interoperability and ubiquitous adoption in future electric vehicles.

  2. High Power EV Charging System

    Afshin Partovi | CEO and Founder of Mojo Mobility Inc.

    Wireless charging of Electric Vehicles, buses and trucks is rapidly moving from the laboratory to real world applications.  This technology can provide safe, efficient and fast charging of Electric Vehicles at rates of 100 kW and beyond and will be a critical component of the EV and autonomous vehicle ecosystems.  In this talk, I will review some of the important performance criteria for these applications and present our recent results in this area. 

  3. Wireless Power Transfer: Choice of Freedom

    Dr. Zeljko Pantic | Assistant Professor of Utah State University

    This presentation will address some recent testing and research activities of the Utah State Wireless Power Transfer group, with the emphasis on practical methods and techniques for achieving the receiver’s spatial freedom. That can be achieved through selection of operation frequency, intelligent pad designs, receiver detection techniques, etc. At the beginning, the test results and observations collected during the recent experimental tests and usability evaluation of wireless power devices based on the AirFuel concept of Resonant Wireless Power Transfer will be presented. The discussion will include features such us charging efficiency, spatial freedom (maximum charging zone), device thermal behavior, leakage B-field measurements, as well as the observations collected during the usability tests. In the second part of the presentation, some recent research activities will be presented. That includes the design and test of an intelligent charging system for electric-powered mobility devices (wheelchairs and scooters) and system for dynamic charging of electric vehicles. The emphasis will on the 

  4. WPT: From From W/cm2 Harvesting to kW Capacitive Vehicle Powering

    Dr. Zoya Popovic | Distinguished Professor and Lockheed Martin Chair of University of Colorado

    This talk will overview wireless power transfer for power levels from mW to kW. ultra-low power density application is in far-field harvesting at GHz frequencies for unattended wireless sensors. In this case, efficiency and power management are challenging, as well as miniaturization and energy storage. Several examples will be shown, including harvesting sidelobes from a 4.3GHz altimeter radar antenna on a Boeing 737 aircraft for powering health-monitoring aircraft sensors. At the high power levels, ne`ar-field capacitive power transfer is chosen in the 6 MHz range for powering stationary vehicles and vehicles in motion. In this case, over 85% efficiency is achieved for 1kW of capacitive power transfer while meeting safety standards in the vicinity of the vehicle through a near-field phased array approach. 

  5. 3D Wireless Charging: An Appealing alternative for wearable devices

    Co-Presenters: Dr. Ron-Chi Kuo, Researcher at University of Florida and Dr. Jenshan Lin, Professor at University of Florida

    Small, battery-powered electronics, such as wearable devices, the “Internet of Things”, and implantable medical sensors, are getting popular in recent years. While traditional planar wireless charger face some limitations on supporting these small devices, 3D wireless charger makes an appealing alternative. In this talk, we will present our studies on 3D wireless charging—from fully custom design prototype to scalable standard structure. In addition, we will discuss key considerations on both circuit and system levels to enhance power transfer efficiency and improve user experience.

    Additional speakers include: 

    • Dr. Vladimir A Muratov, Principal Engineer, MediaTek
  6. Afternoon Networking Break

Session IV: Startling Startups Power Hour

  1. Wireless Charging Over the Distance, Problems and Solutions

    Ivan Chuba | CTO/Head of R&D of TechNovator

  2. Wireless Power in Devices and Packages

    David W Baarman | CTO and Co-Founder of Inceptioneering LLC

    Imagine smart appliances and consumer packaging that enable creativity - together.  Intelligent inductive power can adapt and adjust for may functions without issues.  Safe and controlled operation automated for children and adults results in a convenient desirable experience.  By applying Inductive intelligence we can see a new world for wireless power applications and we will attempt to show these opportunities.

  3. Redefining Wireless Power

    David F. Meng | Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of PowerSphyr Inc.

    In this session, Founder and CEO David Meng will provide an overview PowerSphyr’s unique multi-mode technology and its SkyCurrent™ consumer product ecosystem, which delivers the best-in-class user experience through near-field and far-field wireless power versatility. Mr. Meng will discuss PowerSphyr's breakthrough approach in overcoming traditional limitations to accelerate consumer adoption of wireless power worldwide. He will also cover PowerSphyr's strategy for wirelessly powering smart hardware applications beyond mobile devices in a truly connected world. 

  4. Closing Comments for the Day

  5. Evening Drinks and Networking Reception

Friday, October 6, 2017

Registration and Opening Welcome Remarks

  1. Registration & Exhibit Hall Open

    The hotel provides a large breakfast for those staying there

  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

Session V: Systems, Solutions and Infrastructure Applications

  1. Wireless Charging for Wearables

    Chris Arney | Lead Electrical Engineer of Flex

  2. Charging in Public Spaces

    Ryan Sanderson | CTO of Aircharge

    Will cover hospitality applications

  3. Changing Landscape of Powering People at Work

    Tim Warwick | BYRNE of Director of Innovation

    Byrne Electrical Specialists is a developer of power and data delivery systems for office, learning and hospitality environments.  As a technology integrator, being agnostic to what type of wireless power solution is employed allows for the optimum application of that technology. Tim will discuss trends and needs in the workplace that traditional power delivery does not solve. He will share Byrne’s perspective on when and what technology to integrate, and the limitations and perceived value of that technology.  Byrne has launched multiple solutions with various wireless power and battery technology platforms recently to the market place. 

  4. A Holistic view of Wireless Charging – Infrastructure, Perception, Challenges, Opportunities

    Vinit Singh | Founder of SquareTrail

    What are the primary pre-requisites for any technology or service to have commercial relevance? First, an ecosystem of allied technologies needs to be sufficiently mature. Second, it should cost less than what the customer is willing to pay. Third, for large scale adoption, infrastructure development is necessary.

    Additionally, while wireless charging can be an enabler for some products, in most cases it is a feature in a product whose primary function(s) is generally something very different, for example a smartphone or industrial AGVs for warehouse management or consumer robots such as the Roomba. To ensure the incorporation of wireless charging in these products, it is important to demystify and simplify it for product engineers at companies across consumer, medical and industrial sectors, and even the tinkerer’s and the DIY’ers. This will require more information sharing in the ecosystem and standardization of characteristics and performance metrics of key system components.

    In this talk, the above aspects will be discussed to highlight some challenges and opportunities to increase the ubiquity of wirelessly charged products.

  5. Morning Networking Break & Coffee

  6. Panel: Infrastructure Development and Deployment

    Moderator: Colin Gibbs, Editor, FierceWireless | Panelists include Chargifi, Gill Electronics and Davaco

    Panelists include:

    • Dan Bladen, Co-Founder & CEO, Chargifi
    • Brad Miller, CEO, Gill Electronics
    • Tommy Hitchcock, VP of Technology, Davaco

Session VI: Innovations and Technology

  1. Powering Small Devices

    Bill von Novak | Principal Engineer of Qualcomm

    Medical implants require power to operate - from microwatts to watts in some cases.  This power once came from primary batteries, but as power draws have increased and technology has improved, this power comes more often from secondary batteries and wireless charging.  Wireless charging adds another level of challenges for implant designers - varying voltages, thermal concerns due to inefficiencies and requirements for startup at zero state of charge all can add complexity to an implant power design.  This talk will discuss wireless power implementations in medical implants and give a few examples of such designs.

  2. Magnetic Materials

    Chris T. Burket | Senior Marketing Engineer of TDK Corporation of America

    This presentation will address the state-of-the-union for various types of magnetic shield materials used in both magnetic induction and magnetic resonance wireless power applications. Advantages/disadvantages of each material type and how the respective characteristics impact system performance will be discussed. Additionally, manufacturing processes, technology limitations, physical features, as well as, magnetic properties will be compared. 

  3. Conference Closing Remarks