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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

Session A: Powering the IoT - Bios, Talk Titles & Abstracts


Beth Massey
Head of Research
Bio: PhD, MSc, BSc.
Prior to joining the IERC in October 2014, Beth worked for United Technologies Research Centre in Ireland as a Senior Research Scientist where she held the position as Principal Investigator for several projects related to energy data analytics and diagnostics of energy systems in commercial buildings.  She also served as technical liaison to the IERC and participated as the industry technical point of contact for several IERC projects and INAs.
Beth holds an MSc in Computer Science (Software Engineering and Mathematics) from the Florida Institute of Technology (USA), and a PhD in Medical Image Processing from the University of Lincoln (UK).  She has significant experience in project management having completed and delivered on large programs for the US Department of Defence, DARPA and NASA.  She is especially interested in developing technology enablers that drive innovation for solving society’s grand challenges, providing education and options for enhanced quality of life.
The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) is an industry led, world-leading, collaborative programme of research and innovation in integrated sustainable energy system technologies. The IERC brings together international companies and researchers in the energy space, leveraging research capabilities and technologies to find commercial solutions to the global energy demand challenge.
Robert Newberry
Director of Engineering
Bio: Robert leads a world-class engineering team supporting medical device development and innovations. He has a 25-year history of developing leading-edge products in a wide range of industries including: Internet of Things (IOT) platforms, medical devices, automotive, and consumer electronics. He has an academic background in engineering and physics with extended international working experience in both product development and high volume manufacturing. 
Talk Title: ULP Design Aspects of Wearable Electronics Operating in Adaptive Environments
Abstract: Wearable health devices is a rapidly growing healthcare sector which has increasingly put demands on medical design areas including: ultra low power operating modes, small form factors, wide ranging sensor & environmental requirements, and challenging on-board processing capabilities. Many of these aspects have to be optimized & examined holistically as well as individually in order for an integrated solution to be successful in the marketplace. If energy harvesting is to be used to self power a wearable device it is also important to understand the profile of ambient energies realistically available and the scope for conversion to useable energy.
Lorandt Foelkel 
Business Development Manager
Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH&Co. KG
Bio: Lorandt is our application engineer for EMI/EMC situation and switched mode power supply (SMPS) design for industrial- and automotive electronics applications. He is the company spokesperson for EMC seminars and holds over the World, since 2005, more than 400 seminars to design engineers, giving training to easy understanding the EMC problems at board level.
Talk Title: The reality about Energy Harvesting
Abstract: Introduction to Energy Harvesting, what type of ambient energies are available, what are the challenges in converting (& storing) these energies into usable energy? Examples of real life use cases demonstrating that Energy Harvesting has already progressed from the laboratory to commercial applications Some power electronics related applications for Energy Harvesting How to convert the ambient energy to usable energy? In case that are problems with energy & voltage levels & their sporacity how can be solved. Much of the energy stored can be lost through leakage. Which tools/evaluation kits are available to develop self-powered electronics?
Saibal Roy  
Head of Group - Microsystems Centre
Tyndall National Institute
Bio: Prof. Roy is Head of Group within Microsystems Centre of Tyndall National Institute, Ireland. He is Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator (SFI PI) in the Micropower - Nanomagnetics research  area. He did his M.Sc. in Physics and Ph.D. working on advanced nanostructured materials. Since receiving Ph.D, his professional experiences include 17 years academic and 3 years industrial experiences. Prof Roy’s present research interests at Tyndall include how engineered nanostructures could be employed for the benefits for micron scale devices from More than Moore (MtM) to beyond Moore (BM) scenario. Since joining the Tyndall Institute, Prof. Roy was able to bring substantial (~ € 7 Million) government and corporate competitive research grants.  Prof. Roy has been honoured by the president of University College Cork (UCC) for licensing a patented technology to INTEL. Some of his published work featured widely in media. Dr. Roy has supervised several (27) Bachelors/Masters/PhD/Postdocts at EE/ Microelectronics/ Physics/ Materials Science departments of UCC/Tyndall. He has delivered invited talks in several international forums, filed/published 3 international patents, 7 book chapters and more than 160 papers in esteemed Journals and peer reviewed conference proceedings with a current h index of 27.
Talk Title: Advances in Energy transducer power density for real-life applications
Abstract: With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) the need for autonomous wireless sensor systems has gained traction.  Over the next decade the concept of ‘energy harvesting’ will facilitate a paradigm shift in the power generation/supply for low-power ICT technologies for IoT. Energy harvesting from mechanical vibrations (which is otherwise unused) has been presented as a key element to achieve such an objective. However, such a solution needs to be cost-effective to the consumer market, and topologies need to address unique application environments. This talk will outline some of the novel solutions achieved at Tyndall Institute for efficiently harvesting ambient mechanical energy for powering a range of applications. At present, the vibrational energy harvesters (VEH) mostly are limited to a fixed operating frequency and large footprints to achieve high power densities. Here, we put forward some disruptive solutions to address this challenge, by using Meso/Micro/Nano technologies and novel topologies for developing VEHs on 3D printed polymer, micromachined FR4 and batch fabricated silicon with wide bandwidth of operational capability.
Jeff Sather
VP Technology & Solutions
Bio: Jeff leads the product design and application engineering efforts at Cymbet Corporation, where he is responsible for customer engineering support and developing integrated power management and storage solutions. He has more than two decades of experience in designing and developing electronic components, including solid state batteries and integrated circuits. His experience includes semiconductor design, process integration, and device characterization. He received his Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, from the University of Minnesota.
Talk Title: Batteries –energy storage solutions roadmap for low power IoT devices
Abstract: Seemingly every day, a new type of electronic device enters the market. Increasing numbers of these gadgets are powered by batteries, yet the selection of energy storage devices available to product designers remains limited. As a result, product designers and users alike are often forced to make compromises on how the end product is used, thus diminishing the utility of the product to some extent. This session focuses on the attributes of, and challenges associated with, modern energy storage devices, with emphasis on small batteries used in portable devices and other space-constrained applications. Key characteristics – including storage capacity, energy density, operating voltage, self-discharge, cycle life, cell resistance, charging parameters, and physical aspects – of commonly used battery chemistries and designs will be presented. Advantages and limitations of several types of energy storage devices will be reviewed, in the context of the demands placed on them by electronic systems incorporating low power sensors, microcontrollers, and radios. A brief treatment will be given to energy harvesting in these applications, along with a glimpse into energy storage devices currently in development and nearing commercial deployment.
Francesco Carobolante
Vice President Engineering 
Qualcomm Technologies Inc. 
Bio: Francesco is Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm Incorporated.  In this position, he has been responsible for the development of road-maps, products and technologies for mixed signal IC's and subsystems for RF Front Ends, IoT, Integrated Voltage Regulation and Power Conversion, as well as Resonant Wireless Power Transfer technology and its standardization through AFA (Air Fuel Alliance).  Prior to joining Qualcomm, he held positions at STMicroelectronics, Tripath Technology and Fairchild Semiconductors, developing mixed-signal products for signal processing, power, and MEMS applications. He holds more than 50 patents and has published several papers on mixed signal and system design. 
He received an Electrical Engineering and PE degrees from the University of Padova in Italy, and a MSEE at UCLA.
Talk Title: Energy Management: The fundamental enabler of the IoT
Abstract: The Internet of Things is upon us. The myriad of applications that are being enabled require customized implementations, and this is a hindrance to the development of high volume solutions. Yet, many of the fundamental requirements are quite similar across the applications: high level of integration to satisfy space constraints; very high energy efficiency, as most devices are not tethered to a wired supply; continuous unassisted operation for extended period of time; and robust connectivity to be part of the fabric of our everyday life.  New technologies, materials, circuits and system implementations are converging to enable such infrastructure: sophisticated energy management is one of the key enablers to this new revolution, which will soon permeate everybody’s experience.
Frederic Voiron
Research Program Manager
Bio: Frederic received a PhD degree in Material Science and Microelectronic, from the Institut National Polytechnique (Grenoble-France). He worked for two decade as integration engineer in different fields related to development and industrialization of Bipolar, MOS and passives components. He joined IPDIA in 2010 as Advanced R&D Program Manager where he supervises the scientific and innovation activities.
Talk Title: Trench capacitor technology enables (high density) integrated power management solutions for IoT (applications)
Abstract: Capacitors, through their banal appearance, are devices of great technologies. An embedded device does not offer many possibilities for selecting capacitor technologies. The frequency, linearity and reliability performances of this capacitor are closely linked to the dielectric selection and its integration process. Through a detailed description of the mechanisms of charge storage in dielectric materials, options for the implementation of an ideal capacitance are discussed. A nearly highly satisfying technology available for mass production is then detailed, along with the way to practically layout optimal capacitors.
Ivan O’Connell 
PI - Analog/Mixed-Signal 
Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland
Bio: Ivan is the Analog Mixed-Signal Principal Investigator at Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI), hosted in the Tyndall National Institute. He received his BE degree and PhD from University College Cork in 1998 and 2005, respectively.He joined MCCI in 2013 and is the Head of Group of the MCCI core research team. Since joining MCCI he has grown the MCCI core team to 20 researchers, which consists of Masters and PhD students, Postdocs, Research Assistants and Senior Researchers. His primary research interests are in the area of Analogue Mixed Signal Circuits and data converters. He is particularly interested in the application of this research in the application areas including: Internet of Things, Biomedical, Smart Agri and Energy Harvesting. He is currently a principal investigator in a number of Innovation Partnerships.Prior to joining MCCI, Ivan was the Design Manager in ChipSensors, which was subsequently acquired by Silicon Laboratories in 2010. While there he was instrumental in the development of their digital relative humidity and temperature sensor products, and their subsequent commercialisation.
Talk Title: Pushing Intelligence to the edge with ULP, high precision data converters
Mike Hayes
Senior Program Manager
Tyndall National Institute
Bio: In 2008 Mike Hayes joined Tyndall as a Program Manager, co-ordinating activities across several ‘embedded sensor and actuator solutions for wireless network’ projects for Building Energy Management (BEM) retrofit applications. Prior to this Mike spent most of his career at power electronics multinational Artesyn Technologies covering a wide variety of roles starting as a process development engineer and power electronics design engineer progressing towards program management and a 10 year senior role managing the custom engineering department.

In 2012 Mike's remit as Senior Program Manager was broadened to cover high impact ICT4EE (ICT for Energy Efficiency) solutions incorporating micro-generation and micro-storage enabling inter-operability and optimisation with the smart grid and smart cities. Conditional monitoring of machines and microgrid elements (loads, generation and storage) is a key technology application area for many of these projects. On the technical research side he is also managing activities in energy harvesting and storage technologies for various IoT applications (energy, medtech, environmental, factory efficiency, smart mobility, etc.) This is a key ingredient in successful deployment of autonomous wireless sensor solutions to eliminate the need for battery replacement. Mike brings over 20 years of industrial experience and a very strong ‘industry led’ mindset to this role having worked in roles varying from process and design engineering to project management, sales and design engineering management. To drive the ‘industry led’ agenda he has also built up one on one relationships and is currently driving industry clustering in areas such as energy harvesting,  smart cities, smart mobility, microgrids and power electronics.

Since joining Tyndall he has played a major role in the securing and/or managing of more than 10 collaborative national and EU funded projects worth over €5M to Tyndall and Irish industry partners involving both academic and industry partners in areas such as:

  •          energy harvesting and storage circuits (discrete and CMOS) and solutions for various applications
  •          modelling, evaluation and system integration of energy harvesting components and technologies
  •          wireless energy demand management solutions incorporating actuation and control
  •          optimising building operation taking into account user preferences
  •          optimising factory efficiency using wireless sensors
  •          deployments and industrialization of Tyndall and OEM wireless sensor network solutions
  •          open source middleware platforms with energy context awareness and high inter-operability 
  •          exploitation of power electronics and control for improving energy efficiency
  •          3D packaging and system integration at PCB and silicon level of magnetic devices

Mike ihas been a work package leader on 3 EU projects (ARTEMIS ME3Gas & FP7 GreenCom, COMPOSITION) and co-ordinator of the industry led IERC funded ROWBUST project, developing energy harvesting/quality of service and business models for WSN installations. He is lead PI and co-ordinator of MISCHIEF, an Enterprise Ireland CFTD (technology development grant) developing world-leading efficiency and voltage range PMIC (power management IC) for IoT applications. He has also technically co-ordinated several scoping studies for IERC hosted at Tyndall focusing on demand side management technologies & US power electronics industry association PSMA on 3D power packaging.

Apart from technology breakthroughs leading to recognized world-leading indoor energy harvesting solutions this has already led to the expansion of one Irish SME’s team and their product portfolio based on the technology licensed as well as the introduction of several Irish SMEs and multi-nationals into collaborative research activities with European partners.    Mike is an executive committee member of the US based PSMA board of directors and co-founder of the PSMA energy harvesting committee. He is also Tyndall's representative on the Cork Smart Gateway Steering Committee.

Harry Zervos 
Principal Analyst 
Bio: Dr Zervos is a Principal Analyst at IDTechEx. Harry received his degree in physics from the University of Athens, Greece, and his PhD at Cranfield University, on precision manufacturing of optics. He is currently involved with in-depth analysis of the technologies and markets for flexible and wearable electronics, energy harvesting and robotics, looking into a variety of verticals, ranging from consumer applications all the way to industrial and vehicle automation. Harry also studies the innovation impact of overarching trends such as the Internet of Things and shifting paradigms such as the rise of robotic sensing. 
Having been with IDTechEx for almost 10 years, he has acquired skills that help him understand how emerging markets evolve but also the effect of science and technology advances in shaping that evolution, aided by his technical background and grasp of scientific principles. As a result, he works closely with clients worldwide on identifying the most meaningful ways for them to embrace innovation.
Talk Title: Energy Harvesting as an enabler for the IoT
Abstract: The IoT is already impacting people and businesses worldwide, changing perceptions, implementing new solutions and integrating hardware and software in applications as varied as its name suggests. Energy harvesting is expected to enable further proliferation and create new opportunities in the IoT era, some of which will be discussed in this presentation, along with challenges in commercialization.
Séamus O'Driscoll
PI for Integrated Power Systems 
Tyndall National Institute
Bio: Séamus has recently joined Tyndall as a Principal Investigator for Integrated Power Systems and is leading a number of research programs spanning power topology and silicon controller design for micro watt level energy harvesting through to multi-hundred MHz VRM design.  Earlier career roles, at technical staff and leadership level, have included Silicon Systems Architect for Texas Instruments Ltd., Principal Design Engineer with Commergy Technologies Ltd. and Corporate Technology Engineer with Artesyn Technologies Ltd. He has released many professional power product designs with multiple industry “firsts” to the world’s leading communications and computer companies.  He has 8 patents granted. Designed the DC-DC converter which won the Irish National Innovation Awards (Large Business category) prize in 2000.  Seamus has an ME (Hons. 1988) by thesis “High Performance Digital (Field Oriented) Induction Motor Controller” and a BE (Hons. 1986) (Electronic Engineering), both from Dublin City University.  
Talk Title: Architechtures and PMIC design for ultra low-power systems
Abstract: There is a brief overview of Tyndall research activities in the areas of ultra-low power energy harvesting, wireless sensor node deployments, chip scale energy storage and PMIC design. A survey of the key attributes of commercially available PMICs and programmable development systems (PSOCs) for Smart Sensor Nodes provides the motivation for a new ultra low power energy harvesting PMIC solution.  The architecture for this new 4 Switch, Tri-Modal, Buck-Boost PMIC, a development collaboration, between Tyndall and Microelectronics Circuits Ireland Technology Centre (MCCI) is presented. This flexible mixed signal PMIC will enable a high degree of digital interaction and control between energy harvester, energy storage and smart sensing systems the micro watt power level. The PMIC will also act as a powerful development platform to enable further refinement of control techniques and schemes to optimise energy harvester power delivery.   
Steve Beeby
Electronics & Computer Science
University of Southampton
Bio: Prof. Beeby (SPB) is Professor of Electronic Systems and Devices in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS). He has been involved in energy harvesting research since 1997 and he co-founded the spin out company Perpetuum in 2004. Perpetuum are the world leaders in energy harvesting powered condition monitoring equipment for industrial and rail applications. He also leads the UK’s Energy Harvesting Network and co-chaired the PowerMEMS conference in 2013. He is a committee member for 4 further international conferences, has acted as an EU expert reviewer and has reviewed proposals for 10 international funding. He has been PI/Co-I on grants totalling ~£13.5M including a prestigious EPSRC Advanced Leadership Fellowship on the subject of energy harvesting from textiles (EP/I005323/1). He has previously co-ordinated 2 EU projects (FP6 VIBES and FP7 MICROFLEX), has published over 200 papers and has an h index of 39.
Talk Title: Device and System Design considerations for the commercialisation of Vibration energy Harvesters
Abstract: Vibration energy harvesting (VEH) is an applied technology and the nature of the application places important constraints on harvesters that can be overlooked in the laboratory. For vibration energy harvesters to become a practical commercial solution, the characteristics of real world applications should be considered at the outset. This talk will provide a brief overview of VEH research at the University of Southampton and will focus on the commercialisation of the technology by the spin out company Perpetuum Ltd and the practical applications that have been explored. The design of vibration energy harvesters is fundamentally linked to the characteristics of the vibration source i.e. frequency spectrum, amplitude and any variation in these. The application also imposes physical constraints (space limitations and form factor), reliability requirements and cost constraints on the entire system (harvester, power conditioning electronics, energy storage and load electronics). The talk will cover fixed frequency industrial applications utilising miniature and macro scale electromagnetic vibration energy harvesters. A wireless condition monitoring system for the rail industry powered by Perpetuum’s vibration energy will also be discussed. In summary VEH should be considered as an enabling technology suitable for applications that have to be wireless, cannot accept batteries and offer a suitable vibration energy source. Appreciation of the physical and economic constraints will highlight the research challenges that will ultimately enable the technology to become a widespread practical solution for autonomous wireless systems. 
Ivana Savic
Senior Staff Researcher
Tyndall National Institute
Bio: Dr. Savic is a Staff Researcher at the Materials Theory Group, Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland. She has 13 years of experience in the development of predictive material modelling tools and material design concepts for thermoelectric, heat management and optoelectronic applications. She has been awarded Science Foundation Ireland Starting and Principal Investigator grants to develop research activities on the theory and modelling of thermoelectric materials at the Tyndall Institute. She has published papers in leading journals, including Nature Materials, and has been an invited speaker at many international conferences.
Talk Title: Design of efficient thermoelectric materials for powering the IoT: a material modelling perspective
Abstract: Thermoelectric materials could play a critical role in powering autonomous wireless sensor networks due to their ability to convert waste heat to electricity. However, it is challenging to create efficient thermoelectric materials due to the conflicting requirements for the desired material properties (high electrical conductivity and low thermal conductivity). Further progress depends on the development of new material design concepts and accurate modelling tools that can predict the performance of new materials. In this talk, I will demonstrate the predictive power of our state-of-the-art modelling tools, and give examples how they can be used to guide the synthesis of new materials. I will also illustrate how we can develop new strategies to design more efficient thermoelectric materials using the insight gained from simulations.
Rosemary O’Keeffe
Post-Doctoral Researcher 
Connect Centre 
Bio: Rosemary completed her bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in UCC in 2008.  She joined Tyndall in 2009 and was awarded a master’s degree in 2010 from UCC. She continued on in Tyndall and completed her Ph.D. in 2016 for her work on piezoelectric energy harvesting for biomedical devices. Currently she is a post-doctoral researcher working in the Connect Centre in the area of MEMS.
Grainne Murphy
IoT Manager
Analog Devices
Bio: Grainne is IoT Marketing Manager with Analog Devices. She is responsible for strategic customer engagement, market enablement and IoT ecosystem development using existing and future ADI solutions together with technologies and external alliances. She holds a BENG from University of Limerick and MBA from Oxford Brookes University.
Eilís Mulcahy
HR Generalist
Tyndall National Institute
Bio: Eilís is a Human Resource Generalist at Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland.
Prior to this she was a HR Business Partner with Heineken Ireland based in Cork and reported to Headquarters in Amsterdam.
Having completed an M.Sc in Human Resource Management, Eilís has held a number of Human Resource operational management positions in Recruitment, Performance Management, Compensation & Benefits, Human Resource Information Systems and Training & Development during her 16+ years in the manufacturing industry. Eilís’s current role focusses on the attracting, retaining and developing key talent for Tyndall National Institute.
Eilís is also part of an internal agenda focussed on exploring programmes and actions to support the careers of female staff and students.
In support of this agenda the ‘Empowering Women at Tyndall’ programme was recently launched to create a support network for women to reach full potential, increase visibility and build confidence, a programme in which Eilís plays a key role.
Cian Ó Mathúna
Head of Strategic Programmes
Tyndall National Institute

Bio: Prof. Cian Ó’Mathúna has more than 30 years experience in applied research and technology transfer in microelectronics. He is currently Head of Strategic Programmes at the Tyndall National Institute in University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. Prof. Ó Mathuna received B.E. (Elec.), M.Eng.Science, and Ph.D. degrees from the National University of Ireland in 1981, 1984 and 1994, respectively.

Prof. Ó’Mathúna’s research is focused on The convergence of microelectronics and microsystems whereby CMOS provides an intelligent platform for the miniaturisation and monolithic or heterogeneous integration of non-standard functions such as sensors, actuators and power management.

System integration and miniaturisation of wireless sensor modules for remote environmental monitoring, energy management in buildings, personal health based on wearable and in-the-body intelligent sensor systems for both diagnostics and therapeutics, key applications for the future and emerging Internet of Things (IoT).

Miniaturised power management systems for energy harvesting/scavenging and power supply on chip (PwrSoC) based on thin film magnetics on silicon.

Prof. Ó’Mathuna is co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed journal papers, over half of which have been published in IEEE journals and has sourced research funding of over €20m over the last decade. He is c-founder of Irish industry-academic research clusters in the areas of surface mount technology (Smart Group Ireland), wireless sensor networks (WiSEN) and power electronics (PEIG).

In 2013, Prof. Ó’Mathuna was elevated to Fellow of the Institute of  Electrical and Electronics Engineering in the field of power electronics with the citation“for leadership in the development of power supply using micromagnetics on silicon”.

Prof. O’Mathúna is founder of the successful International Workshop on Power Supply on Chip ( which is run on a bi-annnual basis since 2008 and is now the global flagship conference in this space for the IEEE Power Electronics Society and the PSMA.