4th international Smart Plastics Congress 15/16th September 2015, Austria

“Human Touch” is the motto of the fourth International Smart Plastics Specialist Congress to be held on September 15th and 16th 2015 at the Ars Electronica Center in Linz. Smart plastics combine the three key competences formed by electronics, plastics technology and design to create one of the most significant means of design of our age. Accordingly, this congress will show and discuss the enormous potential embodied by these “intelligent plastics” and the developments that the specialist world is working on at present, or has already realized. For as the programme chair, Professor Georg Steinbichler from the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz states: “These technologies have arrived in the everyday sphere and are now truly close at hand, which is a fact that we wish to underline with the motto “Human Touch”.

A bridgehead to the human senses
The human skin is a haptic interface with a variety of functions. In his everyday activities, keynote speaker Dr. Herbert Haller, a senior physician and accident surgeon at the Linz Accident Hospital, provides burn victims with fresh quality of life. His long-term experience with people and the sensory organ “skin” should create a better sense of awareness among technical specialists of just how versatile the skin interface actually is.

Presentations from international experts
In addition, the programme will also include contributions from national and international experts such as Prof. Frank Ehrig, the head of the IWK Institute in Rapperswil/Switzerland, Prof. Bernhard G. Zagar from the JKU in Linz, Dr. Paul Hartmann from Joanneum Research in Graz and Prof. Dr. Per Magnus Kristiansen from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.

Day 1: Tuesday, sept. 15th 2015

09:00 – 16:00    Satellite Event
Presentation on 3D-HiPMAS technology and demonstrators 3D-HiPMAS contest and presentation of case studies initiated by the French Plastics Cluster PLASTIPOLIS in Oyonnax Cedex
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12:15 – 14:00    B2B Meeting
Meet companies and R&D partners to discuss fields of cooperation based on pre-defined technology profiles
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16:00 – 17:00    Registration to congress

17:00 – 17:15    Welcome to the 4th Smart Plastics Congress
Martin Bergsmann, CEO Hueck Folien GmbH, Speaker of Smart Plastics Upper Austria
Dr. Michael Strugl, Minister of Economy, State Government of Upper Austria

17:15 – 18:15    Panel Discussion
Molded Interconnect Devices (MID) vs. Smart Plastics
Hosted by Werner Pamminger with experts in both technology fields

18:15 – 19:15    Keynote speech
OA Dr. Herbert Haller UKH Linz
Our skin – a true interface between brain, body and Society
Are highly developed sensors able to replace the human sensorium Skin?

Afterwards    Congress Dinner
The CUBUS restaurant, located at the AEC upper floor, will be an appealing location for coming together.

Day 2: Wednesday, sept. 16th 2015

08:00 – 10:00    Open Innovation Breakfast – Workshop
Gather new ideas for future developments in your Business.

10:00    Start Congress / Speaker:

  • Univ.Prof. DI Dr. Georg Steinbichler
    Opening of the Congress
  • DI Dr. Paul Hartmann, Joanneum Research
    FLASHED – Flexible Large Area Sensors for Highly Enhanced Displays
  • Prof. Bernhard G. Zagar, JKU Linz
    Ink-jet Printed Structures – Sensor and Actuator Examples
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Ehrig, Hochschule Rapperswil
    Novel Design Interface with Integrated Control and Display Elements
  • DI (FH) Christian Ulrich, EcoCan, Leoben
    Adjustable light steering and light amplification effects with plastic foils
  • Prof. Dr. Per Magnus Kristiansen, FH Nordwestschweiz
    Smart functional surfaces by electron beam assisted grafting onto polymer substrates
  • Dr. Aaron Powers Gerratt, Neuroprosthetics, Lausanne
    Stretchable electronic skin for hand prostheses and robot Manipulators
  • M. Eng. Markus Fritzsche, Fraunhofer IFF, Magdeburg
    Tactile Sensing: A key technology for safe human-robot-interactionProgram >>

Congress Location

Ars Electronica Center Linz
Ars-Electronica-Straße 1
4040 Linz
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Conference fees:

September 15-16, 2015 incl. evening reception         750 €
Early booking Discount until 16th of August               650 €
Live Streaming on congress Day 2                            200 €
Satellite Event and B2B Meeting are free of charge.
* for Cluster members AC, KC, MC a discount of 10 % will be given.
** for every additional Person from the same Company a 20 % reduction will be given. Fees excl. 20% VAT

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