Keynote 1: Academia meets Industry - and boosts Innovation and Entrepreneurship
In search of breakthrough innovation and to develop highly competitive products companies increasingly collaborate with academic research. While the companies get fresh ideas and access to state of the art knowledge, the academic partners learn about industrial trends and needs. Industrial-academic collaborations therefore significantly contribute to build, sustain and often transform entire industrial ecosystems. In this presentation I will show how our company SENIS was able to strongly grow by combining the considerable academic competence of its founders with extensive industrial collaborations. It will be discussed how fresh concepts led to a paradigm shift in Hall based magnetic sensors, laying the ground for the world class performance of our magnetic field and electric current measurement devices. As SENIS is constantly trying to move the limits of the feasible in magnetometry and sensor technology the demand for our products is continuously growing, giving proof of a successful academic-industrial collaboration.
Keynote 2: The AMPWISE project
The AMPWISE was funded by the European Union Cleansky 2 program. In aviation, fuselages of recent aircrafts are more and more made of composite material which is a poor electrical conductor, meaning it can no longer be used to carry the return current of the aircraft electrical systems. The structure that form an aircraft's skeleton, which is still conductive was identified as an alternative capable of carrying current. However, it was not designed to carry currents thus their effects are not well-known. The AMPWISE consortium developed a new wireless sensing solution capable of measuring current flowing through beam’s rails, which in addition would not add extra weight or add to the complexity of aircraft wiring. The sensor nodes’ communication system consumes less than 25 mA in average. The accuracy of the miniaturized Hall-effect electrical current sensor is 1% and the system is self-powered by the current it actually measured thanks to an inductive energy harvester which generates 0.4 mW from a 25 A RMS 360 Hz current flowing in the aircraft structure.”
Keynote 3: Nano-scale traceable magnetic field measurements
Macroscopic magnetic field measurements are well traceable to primary quantum standards based on nuclear magnetic resonance and various calibration chains to industry are established. In contrast, for magnetic field measurements on micrometer length scales and below quantitative measurements are more complex, since the spatially varying field distribution is averaged over the non-negligible volume of the field probe. The European metrology project Nanomag has addressed this problem and has established routes for traceability of highly spatially resolved magnetic field measurements. The project addressed three complementary measurement techniques, namely scanning Hall magnetometry, magneto optical indicator film magnetometry and quantitative magnetic force microscopy (qMFM). One key outcome of the project was the first validation of qMFM with 50 nm spatial resolution by an international round robin comparison and the development and publication of the first international standard for nanomagnetic field measurements published by IEC TC 113 - Nanotechnologies for electrotechnical products and systems. This work was funded in the EMPIR programme (Project 15SIB06) co-financed by the Participating States and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.