A European Network of Excellence sponsored event at Lancaster University, UK
“PATENT-DfMM partners after the DfMM Event, Lancaster 1-4 Oct 2007”
Lancaster MNT Event -Design for Manufacture Summit at Lancaster University (1-4 October 2007)
A “Big event” for “Small Systems” was the headline that appeared in the press release from UK journalists covering this event. In the context of the events diary across the globe, 84 delegates can hardly justify labelling this event as “Big” but for the delegates this was indeed a highly significant meeting as it formed the main showcase for the technical work carried out within the FP6 Network of Excellence in Design for Micro & Nano Manufacture (PATENT-DfMM).
Patent-DfMM was set up in 2004 and aimed to bring together researchers from the areas of design, test, reliability and package engineering to create multi-disciplinary teams better able to address key manufacturing challenges in the Micro & Nano Systems space. The intention was that the enhanced capability that could be delivered by this integration process would improve the teams’ potential to attract research funding and stimulate sufficient interest from industry to justify rolling out the teams’ capability through commercial services.
This 3 day conference aimed to pull together the technical research work initiated by the PATENT-DfMM project. This included work fully supported by the project and activities stimulated by the NoE through both partial funding, feasibility projects and mobility.
The presentations delivered were clearly rich in terms of engineering research outputs associated with new concepts for embedded test and packaging technologies, reliability engineering and demonstrator focused activities. The majority of the presentations provided the audience with examples of how collaboration between conventionally isolated disciplines could deliver major benefits. Specific examples here where evident around new application focused work that have been launched by the NoE in the fields of Health and Usage Monitoring (HUMS) and Micro Electro Fluidics (MEF). In the case of HUMS, embedded test experts, sensor engineers and packaging specialists have come together to drive forward concepts around miniaturised devices able to monitor and test higher level systems. In the case of MEF, fluidic modellers, test engineers and system-on-chip designers have collaborated to deliver concepts around chip based digital fluidics that feature active devices operating across the electronics to Biology interface.
We would like to thank the organisation team including Tina warren and Lorna Quinn from Lancaster University, Patric Salomon of 4M2C for promoting the event and the following presenters for making the event a success : Colin Lambert & Norbert Dumas (Lancaster University), Ayman El-Fatatry (BAE Systems), Marta Rencz (Budapest University of Technology & Economics), Marc Desmuliez & Changhai Wang (Heriot Watt University), Alan Brown (QinetiQ), Chris Bailey (University of Greenwich), Patric Webb (Loughborough University), Mark Begbie (Institute for System Level Integration), Ingrid de Wolf (IMEC), Pascal Nouet (University of Montpellier), Khiem Trieu (Fraunhofer IMS), Drew Murray (CEMMNT), Attilio Frangi & Alberto Corigliano (Polytechnic Milan), Dave Emerson (STFC), Constantin Tibeica & Marius Bazu (IMT), Herve Mathias (Universite Paris- Sud), Hans Kerkhoff, (University of Twente), Martin Driesen (Katholieke Universteit Leuven), Francois Denis (Centre Spatial de Liege), Dagmar Peters & Shayam Praveen(University Bremen) & Gerold Schropfer (Coventor).
Presentations that the organisers have been given permission to distribute are available from the following table. A number of contributions
from related activities, in particular the UK 3D-Mintegration (
) and IeMRC (
integrated into the program to provide “cross-fertilisation between the NoE and these national programs.
Andrew Richardson, University of Lancaster, UK
Day 1 : 1st October 2007 : Micro & Nano Systems – A new Technology for a new Industrial era.An outreach day identifying UK capability and facilities, core technologies and access mechanisms across Europe, engineering services, support associations and networks, case studies and new funding initiatives including FP7 and DTI based.
Day 2 : 2nd October 2007 : Business Development & Industrial ChallengesAn education and dissemination day focusing on building business activities that either utilise or target Micro & Nano Systems. Will include tutorials on commercialisation and supply chains, reliability engineering and test. Will showcase new intellectual property developments, methodologies for Micro & Nano Systems design and manufacture, engineering services and demonstrator projects.
Day 3 : 3rd October 2007 : Collaborative Research & IndustrialisationTechnical days focusing on state-of-the-art in design and manufacturing technologies for Micro & Nano based systems. Will present key advances in reliability & test engineering, packaging technologies and system integration together with contributions from the design automation, simulation and modelling communities.
Day 4 : 4th October 2007 : Reliability and MicrofluidicsTechnical days focusing on state-of-the-art in design and manufacturing technologies for Micro & Nano based systems. Will present key advances in reliability & test engineering, packaging technologies and system integration together with contributions from the design automation, simulation and modelling communities.
Day 1 : 1st October 2007 : Micro & Nano Systems – A new Technology for a new Industrial era.
Day 2 : 2nd October 2007 : Business Development & Industrial Challenges
Day 3 : 3rd October 2007 : Collaborative Research & Industrialisation
Day 4 : 4th October 2007 : Collaborative Research & Industrialisation
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