Minnesota Technical Symposium
Celebrating our 16th year!

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MinnTS is an annual joint meeting of area technical and scientific organizations. The first meeting occurred in March 2003. The 2003 meeting was sponsored by four participating groups (MMS, SEMI, AVS and ASM). By 2005, the number of participating groups had doubled to eight.

MinnTS was started for the purpose of providing a venue for local technical professionals to get together for networking, dinner, and technical presentations given by local experts. The speakers are deliberately chosen from the local area, to avoid travel expenses and to minimize costs for the participating organizations. In some cases speakers from outside the area have been able to combine an appearance at MinnTS with scheduled visits to area businesses. Because of the wide diversity represented by the sponsoring organizations, the speakers are chosen to present a range of general interest topics.

Date: March 6, 2018

Location: Ecolab Schuman Campus, Research Center - Bldg. F
                  655 Lone Oak Drive
                  Eagan, MN 55121Eagan, MN
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Attendance: All interested persons are welcome to attend. Because there are a limited number of seats, sponsoring organization members and guests of members will be given preference if registrations exceed available seating.

Cost: $30.00

Reservations: are closed

AI: Autonomous Vehicle Solutions


Matthew Linder
Autonomous Solutions Researcher
Vision Systems Intelligence- VSI

The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Autonomous Driving

VSI is considered one of the industry's top advisors by supporting R&D & planning departments within major automotive and suppliers worldwide.

Jay Hietpas
Director, MnDOT Office of Traffic, Safety and Technology

Autonomous Bus Technology

Jay's presentation will focus on efforts being done in Minnesota to advance both the testing and policy development associated with autonomous and connected vehicles. He will highlight recent winter weather testing occurring with an autonomous bus, and highlight current projects to test connected vehicle technology in Minnesota.

Schedule of events:

4:30 Ecolab R&D Center Tours begin
5:00 Last Ecolab R&D Center Tours depart
5:00 - 6:00 Registration, social with refreshments
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner
7:00 - 7:15 Welcome message, introductions (Gary Korba)
7:15 - 8:00 Matthew Linder - "The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Autonomous Driving"
8:00 - 8:15 Break
8:15 - 9:00 Jay Hietpas - "Autonomous Bus Technology"

Dinner Menu:

  • Pasta Primavera
  • French Bread
  • Salad
  • Spanakopita
  • Dessert

Past Speakers

    Mike Nowak - CIO Ultilimarc
            "The Rise of Virtual Reality"
    Mehdi Mekni - St Cloud State University
            "From Virtual Reality to Augmented Reality: Opportunities and Challenges"

    Michael Finegan - Technical Design Consultant, Multi-Tech Systems, Inc.
            "The Internet of Things (IofT)"
    Noah Korba - Senior Manager, Global IT Security Infrastructure, Forensics and Incident Response teams, General Mills
            "Recent Trends in the Cyber Security Threat Landscape"

    Dr. Richard Danila, Ph.D, M.P.H - Deputy State Epidemiologist, Minnesota Department of Health
            "Emergence of Infectious Diseases In the Last 20 Years"
    Marc Roe - Technical Services Specialist, 3M Company
            "Protecting Workers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks: The Challenges"

    Dr. Alexander Khoruts - Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Center for Immunology, University of Minnesota
            "From Stool Transplants to Microbiota as a Novel Class of Therapeutics"
    Dr. Donald Dengel - Director of the Human Performance Core and Densitometry Services, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Minnesota:
            "New Ideas on Diagnostic Testing for Traumatic Brain Injury" (Slide Presentation)

    Jian-Ping Wang - Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
            "Novel Iron-Nitrogen Permanent Magnet Technology"
    Matt Jore - Core Motion, Inc.
            "Novel Wind Turbine Technology"

    Pam Stewart - 3M Company:
            "The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act: New Rules for U.S. Patents and What They Mean for Industry and Inventors"
    Marie Johnson - AUM Cardiovascular, Inc.:
            "Wisdom in innovation: lessons from General Motors, the University of Minnesota and AUM Cardiovascular"

    Katsumi Matsumoto - Associate Professon, University of Minnesota:
            "The Science of Global Warming: Often Confused But Actually Clear" (Slide Presentation)
    J. Drake Hamilton - Science Policy Director, Fresh Energy:
            "Global Warming Mitigation and Adaptation Options"

    Jim Turnure - Excel Energy:
            "Clean Energy Technology 2010"
    Scott Stephens - U.S. Department of Energy:
            "The Promise of Photovoltaic Technologies"

    Ron Voelker - MnDOT - Retired:
            "The Old 35W Bridge" (Slide Presentation)
    Peter Sanderson - Project Manager, Flatiron Corp.:
            "The New 35W Bridge" (Slide Presentation)

    Robert Gehrz - University of Minnesota:
            "Infrared Astronomy with NASA's New Spitzer Space Telescope"
    Robert Pepin - University of Minnesota:

    Frank Armatis - 3M:
            "Nanotechnology In Consumer Products"
    Mark Obrovac - 3M:
            "Lithium-Ion Batteries" (Slide Presentation)

    Dick Hemmingsen - University of Minnesota:
            "Biological Energy Sources and Minnesota Based R&D"
    John Goodman - Entegris Corporation:
            "Fuel Cells and the Potential Hydrogen Energy Future" (Slide Presentation)

    Vincent Chow - Optobionics:
            "Artificial Retina"
    Arthur Coury - Genzyme Corporation:
            "Advanced Biomaterials"

    Donald McClure - 3M Company:
            "Web Coating for Fun and Profit"
    William Smyth - 3M Company:
            "Displaying the Future"

    Prof. David Shores - University of Minnesota:
            "Corrosion, You've Got to Love It"
    Don Deal - Seagate:
            "Corrosion and Cleaning in Magnetic Read/Write Head Manufacturing"

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