Keynote #1: An Overview of recent LM Sensor Development Programs and Military Sensor Trends

Speaker: Michael McCloskey

Biography:  Michael McCloskey is the Director for Advanced Radar and Special Systems at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) in Moorestown, NJ where he has been working on military sensor systems for nearly 30 years. He has a Bachelor’s (1988) and Master’s degree (1991) in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and worked as a sensor design engineer for 15 years before becoming a Program Manager for advanced sensor systems in 2004. As a sensor design engineer, his focus was on radar signal processing hardware development, ranging from ASICs and FPGAs to subsystem and system design and development. Since 2004, Mr. McCloskey has been responsible for managing the development of advanced radar systems employing the latest RF and Digital technologies to meet very stressing system level requirements. His most recent assignment includes managing the development of a family of wideband, multi-function converged sensors intended for Space, Aero and Naval platforms.

Abstract: Lockheed Martin RMS Radar Systems have evolved significantly over the past 15 years, where three generations of Radar Systems with Active Electronically Scanned Arrays (AESAs) have been developed. This evolution has resulted in systems that have become highly modular and scalable, more compact and much more capable.

More recently, there have been advances in the underlying technologies employed by these systems that will enable a transformational change in future military sensor systems. These advances will result in even more capable multi-mission sensor systems that can meet the need for significantly increased capability and provide spectrum flexibility as the spectrum becomes more crowded and contested.

This keynote lecture will focus on recent LM Radar AESA advances, underlying technology advances and a discussion of future military multi-mission sensor trends.

Keynote #2: Implantable Sensors for Closed-Loop Electroceutical Devices

Speaker: David Prutchi

Biography: David Prutchi received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from Tel-Aviv University in 1987, 1989, and 1993, respectively.  During 1993 he conducted Post-Doctoral research at Washington University in St. Louis.  After that, Dr. Prutchi joined the implantables industry, and was in charge of cardiac pacemaker platform development at Sulzer-Intermedics.  He is currently the Vice President of Product Development at Impulse Dynamics - a company that develops novel implantable active devices for the treatment of heart failure.   Dr. Prutchi is the author of the books “Design and Development of Medical Electronic Instrumentation – A Practical Perspective of the Design, Construction and Test of Medical Devices,” “Exploring Quantum Physics Through Hands-On Projects,” and “Exploring Ultraviolet Photography – Bee Vision, Forensic Imaging, and Other Near-Ultraviolet Adventures with Your DSLR”.  He has published over thirty papers and holds over eighty patents in the field of medical devices.

Abstract: Electroceuticals are medical devices that employ electrical currents to affect and modify body functions as an alternative to drug-based interventions.

Modern electroceuticals employ sophisticated control strategies that go beyond simple stimulation-response mechanisms in order to modulate physiological regulation loops.  Examples include modulation of cardiac contractility as a therapy for heart failure, modulation of gastric contractility as a therapy for diabetes, and modulation of vagus nerve traffic as a therapy for epilepsy and inflammatory diseases.

Electroceutical research is still in its early stages, and thus represents an enormous opportunity for advanced sensor technologies that can enable the development of novel devices and therapies.  Unlike other commercial devices however, developing systems for therapeutic applications takes place in a heavily regulated environment which requires decisive proof of the devices’ safety and efficacy.  Costs, schedules, and clinical strategies must be planned accordingly to achieve success.   This keynote lecture will focus on the sensor opportunities and challenges presented by this exciting new field in healthcare.