Hilton Head 2024

Events » Sunday Workshops

Hilton Head 2024 will kick off on Sunday, June 2 with multiple parallel workshops.

Workshop 1: MEMS Know Howe
Time: 10:00 – 15:00 with break for lunch
Cost for Workshop: $100

Professor Roger Howe, a leading figure in the field of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), is set to retire from Stanford University this year. In honor of his retirement, a symposium is being organized to celebrate his transformative contributions to MEMS technology.

The event will feature talks from Professor Howe's colleagues and students, who will highlight the various facets of his impact on the MEMS community. Specific focus areas will include surface micromachining, resonators, oscillators, inertial sensors, self-assembly processes, adhesion in microstructures, optical MEMS, biosensors, and other applications. The symposium aims to acknowledge Professor Howe's enduring influence on MEMS, offer insights into key advancements from both academia and industry, and inspire a new wave of pioneers in the field.

Flyer (pdf)

Morning Session: 10:00 - 12:00
  • Kurt Petersen, Silicon Valley Band of Angels - Howe MEMS Really Took Off
  • William Tang, UC Irvine - Microfabricated Electrostatic Comb Drive
  • Michael Judy, Consultant - Howe polysilicon surface micromachining transformed Inertial MEMS
  • Gary Fedder, CMU - Integration of MEMS and CMOS
  • Roya Maboudian, UC Berkeley - Adhesion and adhesion reduction processes in surface micromechanical structures
  • Karl Bohringer, University of Washington - Microassembly Processes
Afternoon Session: 13:00 - 15:00
  • Clark Nguyen, UC Berkeley - MEMS Resonators and Oscillators
  • Tom Kenny, Stanford University - Howe Silicon MEMS Resonators Began the Path to Timing Products
  • Andrei Shkel, UC Irvine - MEMS vibratory gyroscopes are becoming 3D and Atomically Precise
  • Olav Solgaard, Stanford University - Optical MEMS
  • Igor Bargatin, University of Pennsylvania - Application of ultrathin ALD plates
  • Chaitanya Gupta, Probius - Simplifying bioassay development with QES
  • Roger Howe, Stanford University - Summary and Wrap-up

Workshop 2: Small-Scale Robots: From One to a Swarm
Time 11:00 – 17:00 with break for lunch

Morning Session: 11:00 - 13:00

Afternoon Session: 15:30 - 17:00

Cost for Workshop $100

The research on small-scale robots has benefited tremendously from prior technological advances in MEMS. This journey started in 1980s where the vision of silicon chip-based robots with onboard sensors, actuators, and power supplies was proposed. Today, the challenge remains: how do we power these micro marvels and equip them with sufficient force to perform their tasks? The initial segment of this workshop will explore cutting-edge sensors and actuators, novel manufacturing methods, and creative strategies to address the energy limitations inherent in small-scale robotic systems.

The progress in small-scale robotics opens a dialogue about the creation of artificial agents that emulate the capabilities of their biological counterparts. In nature, the collective behaviors of simple agents—like ant colonies, bee hives, and schools of fish—illustrate how local interactions can lead to complex group dynamics, where the system as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Small-scale robots, with their compact dimensions and cost-effectiveness, serve as ideal platforms for exploring embodied and swarm intelligence. The workshop's second session will convene experts in swarm robotics, with a particular emphasis on micro-robots, to highlight the latest progress from theory to real-world applications in swarm design, fabrication, actuation, and coordination. For more information, please visit sites.google.com/view/hh2024-smallscalerobots

We are very excited that you are planning to attend the Sunday workshops! We understand that securing a reservation for Saturday June 1 to Sunday June 2 at the Sonesta resort may be difficult. You may wish to reserve a hotel near either the Savannah airport (SAV) or Hilton Head (HHH) airports. The Hilton Head Workshop will not reserve a room block at the hotels below but includes the information for your use.

To coordinate shared rides to the workshop venue from these hotels, we will share a link with all Sunday workshop participants one week before the Sunday workshop. You can use the link to coordinate shared taxis or Ubers with each other from the airport area to the workshop.

Hotels close to the Savannah airport and each other include:
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites, 10 Stephen S Green Dr, Savannah, GA 31408
  • Tru by Hilton, 90 Stephen S Green Dr, Savannah, GA 31408
  • Hampton Inn, 70 Stephen S Green Dr, Savannah, GA 31408
  • Hyatt Place, 4 Stephen S Green Dr, Savannah, GA 31408
Hotels close to the Hilton Head airport:
  • Hampton Inn, 1 Dillon Road, Hilton Head, SC, 29926

Ryan Sochol
University of Maryland

Kris Dorsey
Northeastern University