Display Week’s second annual Women in Tech forum brought together female innovators, scientists, executives and experts at the forefront of the field who shared their personal and professional journeys and how to succeed in the fast-moving, unpredictable world of technology.
Pictured (left to right): Moderator Tara Akhavan, Founder and CTO, IRYStec, Marketing Vice-Chair, Society for Information Display; Nadya Ichinomiya, Director of Information Technology, Sony Pictures, Co-founder, Women in Tech: Hollywood; Rosalie Hou, CEO of ELIX Wireless Charging Systems, Inc.; Poppy Crum, Ph.D., Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories, Adjunct Professor, Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Program in Symbolic Systems; and Robinne Burrell, Chief Digital Product Officer, Redflight Mobile/Redflight Innovation.
Over the past decade, Robinne Burrell has been at the forefront of technology and emerging media, having worked with brands spanning digital, interactive, mobile and social experiences. She led product development and strategy at Amazon/IMDb, and myspace during its peak and Match.com/Tinder. Through her company, Redflight Innovation - an interactive development company located in Los Angeles and Johannesburg - she has built digital products for NBC’s The Voice, Comedy Central and Steven Spielberg’s The VR Company, among others. Robinne was also an on-air correspondent at the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, covering the logistical technology used during the ceremonies. She is the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy in VR.
At Dolby Laboratories, Dr. Poppy Crum directs the growth of internal science, responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of new technologies, including gaming and immersive environments (such as AR/VR) on neuroplasticity and learning. She has also been named to Billboard Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential female executives in the music industry.
Rosalie Hou, CEO of ELIX Wireless Charging Systems, led the Emerson Process Management in China, a $300 million business, before joining ELIX. She worked with Emerson from 1995 to 2016, and and held various positions. She was also a business leader in Rosemount Analytical, Inc. and its sales leader in East China.
As Director of Information Technology at Sony Pictures, Nadya Ichinomiya acts as a product manager for her group, leading teams that create world-class mobile apps and websites to support television shows like Outlander, Better Call Saul, The Blacklist, and Shark Tank. Four years ago, she co-founded Women In Technology: Hollywood, a cross media and entertainment initiative with 1600+ members from all the major studios. She was also the co-chair of Women in Technology at Sony Pictures. She is the CEO and founder of Solve For Equality by 2025 in Hollywood and Technology Initiative, which has the mission to disrupt discrimination and racism in these two industries, creating an environment where everyone has a voice and no one is left out.
Tara Akhavan is a technology entrepreneur. She is the founder and CTO of IRYStec a Series-A startup based in Montreal. She has raised and helped raise more than $8 million in angel and VC funding. Prior to founding IRYStec, she was awarded for scaling an Operations and Maintenance Center (OMC) product in the telecommunications industry - from analyze and design to deployment - in a 3GPP mobile network with 20 million subscribers. Ms. Akhavan holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, a master’s degree in artificial intelligence and a Ph.D. in image processing and computer vision from Vienna University of Technology.
The Women in Tech Forum at SID Display Week 2018 was sponsored by Microsoft and CLEARInk.
Tour of the LG Display booth at SID Display Week 2018 featuring LG's 77" transparent and flexible OLED display showcasing LG’s expertise in manufacturing large OLED displays made on clear polyimide then separated from the glass plate using a laser process.
LG 65” Crystal Sound OLED generates sound on the surface of the OLED display (as used in the Sony OLED TVs). LG has sticked two small ‘exciters’ at the back to turn the OLED panel into a speaker
LG shows a high resolution 4.3-inch 5K VR display with a density of 1,443ppi developed in collaboration with Google, it is a white OLED with color filters. The brightness is only 150 nits which would not be high enough for a smartphone display but is sufficient for Virtual Reality headsets.
For the automotive displays demos, LG uses the same LTPS technology commonly found in mobile phones to make car displays, a new car dashboard concept that includes displays in the center of the dash as well as one each for the driver and passenger. This trend is intended to replace all the mechanical display modules with interactive touchscreens. The passenger display, which was much larger than the one for the driver, provides access to multiple functions, like movies, messaging and other kinds of media.
LG Nanocell TV technology to compete with the Quantum Dot. They have small nanoparticle which are 1nm in size inside the color filters.
This is a tour with Dr Guillaume Chansin, Technology Consultant at Irimitech.
Roger Stewart, President of Sourland Moutain Associates is an expert in technical knowledge of RFID, a designer in liquid crystal displays, semiconductors and a patent expert. He has executive level experience at three successful start-up companies and discusses his work with liquid crystal displays and various emerging technologies, at the SID Display Week 2018 event.
Levering his knowledge as a historian, Stewart goes on to discuss the evolution and history behind liquid crystal displays. Stewart developed the electronics that goes around the display. He was elected in 2010 as a Fellow of the Society of Information Display Week and the author of 93 papers published.
Professor Vladimir G. Chigrinov is a renowned specialist in liquid crystal optics and photonics. Professor Vladimir G. Chigrinov is an author and coauthor of 4 books, more than 20 reviews and book chapters, 180 journal papers, 420 conference presentations and 60 patents or patent applications in the field of liquid crystals. He is a Member of the International Liquid Crystal Society and the Society for International Display (SID), as well as a member of Editorial Board of "Liquid Crystals Today", “Photonics Letters of Poland” and an Associate Editor of “Journal of the SID”.
He is the only SID Fellow in Russia and Eastern Europe. He won the Research Excellence Award of SENG, HKUST, that recognizes the efforts of an outstanding faculty member in May 2012. Prof Chigrinov served as Associate Editor of J. SID, Member of Editorial Board of three other International journals, Chair of three International Conferences in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and has attended more than 50 plenary, invited and tutorial talks in about 100 prestige International Conferences since 1974.
Martin Schadt (LCD TN inventor) 80th birthday cake at LCD’s 50th anniversary at SID DisplayWeek 2018
Martin Schadt and Wolfgang Helfrich invented the twisted nematic field effect (TN-effect) in the Central Research Laboratories of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, in Basel, Switzerland. The resulting patent CH532261 was licensed worldwide to electronics and watch industries and thus initiated a paradigm change towards flat panel field effect LCD.
In the early 1970s, Martin Schadt started to investigate correlations between liquid crystal molecular structures, material properties, electro-optical effects and display performance to obtain criteria for novel, effect-specific liquid crystal materials for TN- and subsequent field-effect applications. His interdisciplinary approach involving physics and chemistry became the basis for modern industrial Liquid Crystal LC-materials research and led to the discovery and production of numerous new functional molecules and new electro-optical effects. In 1970, shortly after the invention of the TN-effect, he developed the first commercial room temperature nematic liquid crystal mixture with positive dielectric anisotropy, used in the displays of the first Japanese digital TN-LCD watches. The pharmaceutical company Roche established itself as a major supplier of liquid crystal materials for the emerging LCD-industry.
Apart from his pioneering work on the TN-effect (i.e.e twisted nematic field effect), novel liquid crystal materials, organic semiconductors and biophysics, he invented or co-invented the following effects and technologies:
- first organic light-emitting diode (OLED) (1969 as post-doc at Canada's NRC; US patent 3,621,321),
- Kerr effect in LCs (1972),
- field-induced guest-host color switching (1979),
- dual frequency addressing and materials (1982),
- optical mode interference (OMI)-effect (1987,)
- deformed helix ferroelectric (DHF)- and short pitch bi-stable ferroelectric (SBF)-effect (1989, 1990),
- linearly photo-polymerisation (LPP)-technology (1991).
As principal inventor and head of Roche LC research he promoted the development of LPP-Photo-alignment into manufacturing (1992–2002). As a key technology it enables contact free alignment and photo-patterning of monomeric and polymeric liquid crystals by optical means instead of mechanically. This has opened up novel display configurations as well as a wide range of new optical thin-film elements on single substrates, such as LC-interference color filters, optical retarders, cholesteric optical filters, wide-view films to enhance the field of view of LCDs, novel optical security elements for document and brand protection, stereo-polarizers as well as nano-and micro-corrugated optical polymer thin-film elements enabling polymeric antireflective and directional light scattering coatings.
The molecular design approach of Martin Schadt and his team has led to the discovery, patenting and production of the following commercially important liquid crystal classes: alkyl cyano Schiff'bases and esters (1971), phenyl-pyrimidines (1977), alkenyl liquid crystals which have become key for all state-of-the-art high-information content LCDs (1985–1995), numerous halogenated liquid crystals (1989–1995) as well as the first strongly non-linear optical (NLO)-ferroelectric liquid crystals (1992).
Until 1994 Martin Schadt was the head of the Liquid Crystal Research division of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. As a spin-off from Hoffmann-La Roche in 1994 he founded the interdisciplinary research and development company ROLIC Ltd. From 1994 until his retirement from the operating business in October 2002 Martin Schadt was CEO of ROLIC Ltd. and delegate of the board of directors. He retired from ROLIC in 2005 and is now active as a scientific advisor to various research groups and governmental agencies.
Martin Schadt has published 167 scientific papers, co-authored four books and holds 116 patents, and previously received the Roche Research and Development Prize and Karl Ferdinand Braun Prize of the American Society for Information Display (SID); highest recognition Award of SID.
Sri Peruvemba Executive Board Member and Chair of Marketing for SID interviews Stevie Bathiche Head of Microsoft Applied Sciences and a sponsor of the Women in Technology Conference at the Society for Information Display SID Display Week 2018, the world's largest exhibition for electronic information display technology. Stevie Bathiche said the current products Microsoft is creating is a reflection of people that make them. Bathiche went onto state that the products come from a viewpoint of diversity and inclusion. The most recent product is a modular large screen interaction that has a pen and touch of a tablet in a large screen. The product is about collaboration and interaction. Peruvemba indicated that the products have come along way. Bathiche says that he comes back to SID because of the community and to see the cutting edge technology of the display industry in the future and looks forward to future conferences.
Mokoto Omodani, Faculty Director of Tokai University presents a paper entitled, “Concept of e-Tile and its Prototyping” at the DisplayWeek event, the largest gathering of display professionals.
“e‐Tile” is a novel concept for large area displays, is introduced. A typical e‐Tile configuration, in which 100 pixels are mounted on a 100 mm square board, is designed and prototyped. One promising application is the unobtrusive information board, which is far less annoying than the conventional vivid LED/LCD in public spaces.
The expectations for Electronic Paper can be summarized as flexibility, readability, and multi‐functionality with the goal of readability. Paper‐like readability should be accepted as the most important target of Electronic Paper, when we consider that no existing electronic display is as comfortable to read as paper.
IRYStec provides perceptual display processing technology. They showcased the Perceptual Display Platform (PDP) embedded software solutions at SID Display Week 2018. IRYStec enables consumer device and automotive OEMs to optimize their display device viewing experience and performance. Based on the science of the human eye, proprietary image processing algorithms and physiological models, IRYStec replicates and emulates how the human eye sees. Adapting to viewer attributes (age, gender, ethnicity, color and contrast perception) dramatically improves readability across all ambient light conditions, while reducing eyestrain and reducing power consumption.
Sri Peruvemba Executive Board Member and Chair of Marketing for SID interviews Shirley Goode from CLEARInk and a sponsor of SID.
CLEARink demonstrates some new technology at SID Display Week 2018 which you can see in my other video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzEiAjeO2uE and the company primarily focuses on 1.32 inch displays for wearables and 9.7 inch screens for e-readers. The company has just managed to increase the resolution of their color screens from 106 DPI to 200 PPI due to a new color filter design.
Currently CLEARink is still experimenting and trying to finalize their product. The VP Marketing Sri Peruvemba says, “We have conducted a few different trials in the LCD mass production factory in Asia. They manufactured TFT arrays, helped us put together the display cells (front plane with our TIR film plus electrophoretic ink with black particles and backplane TFT layer), we built the modules, we have been testing them, tweaking some of the parameters and each trial is producing better output. I know this sounds a bit vague but we monitor lots of different parameters and have many permutations and combinations that are yielding acceptable results so we keep optimizing for the select few that we can deploy in Wearables and eSchoolbook applications.”
The electronic display industry is filled with female pioneers and professionals who have made outstanding contributions to technology. This year, more than ever, is an ideal time to hear this diverse panel of movers and shakers provide their unique perspectives about what makes the industry tick, how they've gotten to where they are, and what more the tech world needs to do to continue enabling women from all walks of life to rise to their potential.
Over the past decade, Robinne has been at the forefront of technology and emerging media, having worked with brands spanning digital, interactive, mobile and social experiences. She led product development and strategy at Amazon/IMDb, and myspace during its peak and Match.com/Tinder. Through her company, Redflight Innovation - an interactive development company located in Los Angeles and Johannesburg - she has built digital products for NBC’s The Voice, Comedy Central and Steven Spielberg’s The VR Company, among others. Robinne was also an on-air correspondent at the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, covering the logistical technology used during the ceremonies. Standard and Poor’s identified her as part of the “Society of Industry Leaders” and Hollywood Reporter named her as part of “The Next Generation of Industry Execs.” She is the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Emmy in VR. More info about Redflight Mobile is here: http://redflightmobile.com