Mr. Roger Grace

President, Roger Grace Associates

United States

Commercialization Challenges for Printed, Flexible, Stretchable and Functional Fabric Sensors and Sensor-Based System


In recent years, there has been an exponential growth in the field of flexible, printed, weaveable and organic large-area electronics and sensors. These new electronics and sensors are fabricated on flexible plastic substrates as well as on/in fabrics, which offer advantages such as mechanical flexibility, shape conformity, light weight and low profile. The judicious use of these substrates/carrier platforms enables low-cost and high-speed manufacturing of devices over large areas using printing technologies in a Roll-to-Roll production line. Targeted applications include wearables, environmental monitoring and eHealth.

The presentation will provide an overview of printed, flexible, stretchable, functional fabric sensors and accompanying electronics and the applications that they are currently enabling as well as their future application opportunities. Examples from current suppliers as well as highlights from leading international research organizations will be addressed.

In addition to these sensors, we will also address the challenges of their integration with other functional element of basic Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable applications. We will also address the manufacturing issues to create these heterogeneous and hybrid solutions from both a batch mode and continuous process. Concluding presentation topics include barriers to the successful commercialization and recommended strategies for monetization opportunities of these technologies.


Roger H. Grace is president of Roger Grace Associates, a Naples Florida -based strategic marketing consulting firm, which he founded in 1982. His background includes over 40 years in high frequency analog circuit design engineering, application engineering, project management, product marketing and technology consulting. His clients include the international “Who’s Who” of corporations, federal laboratories and government agencies.

Specializing in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors for over 30 years, he is considered a pioneer in this field. He has authored over 60 technical papers; organized, chaired, and spoken at over 30 international technical sessions; contributed over 30 technical feature articles and is frequently quoted as an industry expert in major international technical and business publications.

He is a recipient of the Outstanding Engineering Alumni of the Year in 2004 by Northeastern University. He serves on the University’s West Coast Council and Development Committee. Mr. Grace held the position of visiting lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley from 1990 to 2003. His educational background includes a B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (as a Raytheon Company fellow) from Northeastern University, and the MBA program at Haas Graduate School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.