Shedding Light on Innovation
Micro-nanotechnology facilities at Canadian universities are a national asset for helping innovators advance and manage their R&D activities. The LAB2FAB bi-annual meeting provides a platform for industry, academic-based fabrication and characterization centres, and government labs to collaborate in overcoming their R&D challenges.
Our goal is to help all parties build their capacity and expertise to increase Canadian competitiveness in manufacturing of microsystems and nanotechnology innovations through team efforts to:
- Enhance connections among technology developers to maximize benefit from technology offerings throughout the Canadian ecosystem.
- Enhance access to infrastructure inside Canada and exchange value in cross-border partnerships.
- Connect funding opportunities to technology resources and end users.
- To encourage rich exchange among all participants, every speaker session also dedicates time for plenary discussion.
Day 1 - Sunday, September 25
17:00 – 21:00
Registration | Welcome Networking Session
Day 2 - Monday, September 26
07:30 – 08:45
Registration | Networking Breakfast
08:45 – 09:00
09:00 – 10:30
Session 1: Lab of the future
- Innovations in the usage and management of nanofabrication labs.
- What noteworthy processing capabilities are emerging in open-access facilities?
- What expertise and services are users looking for in facilities?
- What do success stories teach us about the most promising R&D opportunities that can benefit from laboratory capabilities?
10:30 – 11:00
11:00 – 12:30
Session 2: Bridging discovery to production
- Positioning technology development for commercialization and scale-up.
- Success stories of climbing the TRL ladder, technology transfer, and scale up.
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 14:50
Session 3: R&D Milestones and Future Talent
- Share company vision, technology goals, and R&D milestones.
- What skills are needed in tomorrow’s microsystems workforce?
- Connect with Rising Stars for follow-up networking.
14:50 – 15:20
15:20 – 16:20
MNT Labs Cataloging and Roadmap Session
16:20 – 18:00
16:30 – 17:30
BOAF: Open-Source HW for Smart Edge connected IoT Sensors
(Diamond Head Room)
Enabling the next generation of edge devices to process data from a rich set of sensors such as MEMS, photonics, image, video, audio, or multi-axial motion/vibration has huge application potential. However, edge processing of data-rich sensors poses the extreme challenge of squeezing the computational requirements of advanced, machine-Iearning-based near-sensor data analysis algorithms within the mW-range power envelope of always-ON battery-powered IoT end-nodes. These computational needs can lead to the need for purpose built controllers with targeted accelerators to process the sensor data locally within very low power budgets. This Birds Of A Feather session will provide an open, interactive discussion to explore the role Open-Source HW IP (cores, sensors, PDK libraries, etc.) can play to address these needs. Topics for discussion will include: 1 – the free and open RISC-V ISA; 2 – Open-Source controller class processor cores implementing the RISC-V ISA; 3 – Permissive Open-Source HW IP Licensing considerations; 4 – Open-Source HW IP quality; and 5 – Ecosystem maturity and Roadmap considerations for Open-Source HW IP.
18:00 – 19:00
19:00 – 22:00
Day 3 - Tuesday, September 27
07:30 – 08:30
08:30 – 09:00
09:00 – 10:45
Session 4: Photonic Integrated Circuits – A Flourishing Canadian Ecosystem
- An ecosystem view of the silicon photonics value chain in Canada.
- Examples of advancing photonics developments from concept to product.
- Connect to a network initiative or proposal.
- Understand industry needs in business and process capability.
10:45 – 11:15
11:15 – 12:15
Session 5: Taking the Next Steps Together
- What megatrends that will shape the next 10 years? Where should R&D efforts focus?
- What have the last two years taught us about the possibilities of a better normal?
- What actions should be taken after this workshop to pursue specific opportunities?
- And more…
12:15 – 12:30
12:30 – 13:30
Who Benefits from LAB2FAB?
- Academic-based fabrication and characterization centres
- Government laboratories
- Manufacturers and supply chain
- Technology developers
- Company builders
- Stakeholders in collaborative innovation