Thousands of attendees will convene for the IEEE MTT-S 2016 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) May 22-27 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center to discuss the latest microwave and RF advancements in emerging areas around wireless connectivity. With a theme of “the Gateway to the Wireless Future,” IMS2016 will also feature a sold-out show floor with a record-breaking 630 exhibitors from around the world debuting the latest advancements in communications, defense, wearable electronics, medical applications, virtual reality and more.
IMS, the annual conference and exhibition of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), is the premier international meeting for technologists involved in all aspects of microwave theory and practice. Products and innovations at IMS are quickly becoming key components for next generation technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, 5G, automobile radar, the Internet of Things, and even commercial drones. Millimeter-wave technology will also be a major trend, with a significant number of technical sessions and workshops dedicated to the topic as engineers explore ways to increase bandwidth and reduce interference for wireless devices.
“From autonomous vehicles to augmented reality, we’re seeing incredible advancements in technology, but we need to ensure we have an adequate infrastructure to support these emerging applications,” said Dr. Amarpal Khanna, IMS2016 general chair. “IMS is truly the gateway to the wireless future where the technical community convenes to share research and discuss the solutions that will make these technologies a reality.”
Along with a three-day exhibition and full schedule of 75 technical sessions, IMS2016 will also feature IEEE’s Interactive Mars Exploration Vehicle (MEV) experience, a cooperative experience in which three players, each using a VR headset and microphone, virtually command a planetary exploration vehicle and collaborate to accomplish a series of missions. Players appear inside the game as 3D digital avatars but must communicate verbally to manipulate the rover controls and operate the vehicle. This hands-on demonstration showcases how microwave and RF technology makes many of today’s greatest innovations possible, but also explores the future of human interaction with and within virtual environments.
The MEV experience is a part of the symposium’s Wearables & Wireless Pavilion, which showcases emerging wearable electronics that utilize RF and microwave technologies. Curated and sponsored by Wireless Design and Development, the Pavilion will feature a number of consumer-facing technologies including a smart driving assistant, the first home wireless system, and devices that don’t just think, but instinctively react to their surroundings.
Additionally, IMS2016 will feature speakers from major players such as Google, Facebook, Mediatek, Apple and Amazon. The expansion of participation in this year’s show illustrates the importance of RF and microwave technology and research within the broader technology industry. More than 80 exhibitors from Asia, spanning a wide range of countries includingChina, Japan, and more, will participate in the symposium’s exhibition. IMS was most recently named one of Trade Show News Network’s top 50 fastest-growing shows in the United States.
As the centerpiece of Microwave Week 2016, IMS2016 will also share the stage with the RFIC Symposium and the ARFTGConference. The conference consists of a full week of events, including technical paper presentations, workshops and tutorials, and an exhibition featuring more than 630 companies.