September 13, 2017, 3–6 p.m.

Presentations Networked product innovations – a way to growth for SMEs (Claudia Walther, FU Berlin) – how to organize and find competences digitally (André Gräning, Sixtwentyten Software GbR)
The internet portal on piezo technology '' (Andreas Schönecker, Fraunhofer IKTS)
Perspectives Smart Co-Creation: Design thinking – shaping the future of piezo technology (Martin Schwemmle, HPI School of Design Thinking, HPI–Stanford Design Thinking Research Program)
Get together networking and snacks in exhibition


International Symposium on Piezocomposite Applications ISPA

September 14, 2017

Opening talks 8:30 Alexander Michaelis (Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Germany)
8:45 Peter Nothnagel (Saxony Economic Development Corporation, Germany)
9:00 Robert G. Bryant (NASA Langley Research Center, USA)
Keynote 9:15 NASA Langley’s history and contribution to piezoelectric devices
Robert G. Bryant (NASA Langley Research Center, USA)
  9:45 Coffee break in exhibition area
Session 1: Piezoelectric materials and devices 10:25 PZT thick film for high frequency medical imaging
Rasmus Lou-Møller (Meggitt A/S, Denmark)
10:45 Structure property relations in BNT – BT-based lead-free piezoceramics
Eberhard Hennig (PI Ceramic, Germany)
11:05 Recent developments for lead-free ceramics
Hans-Jürgen Schreiner (CeramTec GmbH, Germany)
11:25 Manufacturing technologies for ultrasonic transducers in a broad frequency range
Sylvia Gebhardt (Fraunhofer IKTS, Germany)
11:45 Current status and future prospects of piezoelectric single crystals and their composites: “lead-based” and “lead-free”
Ho-Yong Lee (Ceracomp Co., Ltd., South Korea)
  12:05 Lunch break in exhibition area
Session 2: Solutions and customer requirements: sensing and actuation 13:25 Zero-volt-hold piezoelectric actuators for cryogenic applications
John Steeves (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA)
13:45 Impedance-based actuator state of health testing for deformable mirrors
Samuel Case Bradford (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA)
14:05 Transparent piezoelectric actuators on glass for haptic devices
Emmanuel Defay (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg)
14:25 Air-coupled ultrasound testing using broadband piezocomposite transducers
Ralf Steinhausen (Forschungszentrum Ultraschall gGmbH, Germany)
Session 3: Solutions and customer requirements: ultrasound applications 14:45 Ultrasonic transducers and arrays made with 1-3 connectivity piezoelectric composites for biomedical imaging, therapy and microparticle manipulation
Yongqiang Qiu (University of Glasgow, UK)
15:05 Second generation piezo composite based single fibre transducers for a 3D USCT system
Michael Zapf (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
15:25 Pursuit of the endpoint of an ultrasonic scanner
Guy Scott (WinProbe Corp., USA)
  15:45 Coffee break in exhibition area
Guided tours 16:15 Fraunhofer lab tour (ca. 60 min)
17:15 Volkswagen´s The Transparent Factory (ca. 90 min, transfer: ca. 16:50) – technology and trends in automotive industry in the age of electromobility and digitalization
Conference dinner 19:00 Café Central at Dresden Altmarkt (historic center)


September 15, 2017

Session 4: Solutions and customer requirements: energy supply 9:00 Miniaturization of power converters by piezoelectric transformers – chances and challenges
Matthias Radecker (Fraunhofer IIS-EAS, Germany)
9:20 Design and optimization of a piezoelectric energy harvesting system in logistic asset tracking applications
Philipp Dorsch (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
Session 5: R&D services, Part 1 9:40 Highly flexible measuring system for multichannel piezocomposite annular arrays
Lukas Timmermann (TU Dresden, Germany)
10:00 Model-based design of electromechanical systems 
Peter Neumeister (Fraunhofer IKTS, Germany)
10:20 Investigation on homogenized piezoelectric patch transducers
Manuel Weiß (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
  10:40 Coffee break in exhibition area
Session 5: R&D services, Part 2 11:20 Characterizing the pyroelectric coefficient for macro-fiber composites
Krystal L. Acosta (University of Michigan, USA)
11:40 Investigation of piezoelectric fiber patch transducers for excitation of guided waves for structural health monitoring applications 
Uwe Lieske (Fraunhofer IKTS, Germany)
Session 6: Market and future developments, summary 12:00 A new concept for non-destructive testing of fiber-reinforced composites
Martin Gurka (Institute for Composite Materials IVW, Germany)
12:20 Self-organizing multifunctional structures for adaptive lightweight constructions
Jörg Melcher (Campus for Functional Materials and Functional Structures, DLR, Germany)
Closing 12:40 Recent developments with MFC
Thomas Daue (Smart Material Corporation, USA)
  13:00 Lunch break in exhibition area and farewell


Information for speakers

The allocated time to each talk is 20 minutes (15 minutes for presentation plus 5 minutes for discussion).

The abstracts of all talks will be published in the conference documents.

If possible, please send us your presentation slides two days before the conference starts via email to You also have the opportunity to transfer your presentation to the designated computer and check it on the conference day. Speakers are then required to meet with their session chairs in the conference room at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the session. For all technical questions a local staff member will be available to help.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.