An-Steegen---mediumThe Internet of Things means everyday objects will contain tiny microchip-enabled sensors that will gather information that software will analyze and process resulting in greater efficiency and understanding.

It’s shaping up to be a transformative mega-trend which Goldman Sachs has dubbed the third wave in the development of the Internet.

“The 1990s’ fixed Internet wave connected one billion users while the 2000s’ mobile wave connected another two billion,” according to a Goldman Sachs report. “The IoT has the potential to connect ten times as many (28 billion) “things” to the Internet by 2020, ranging from bracelets to cars.”

At the University of Texas at Austin, An Steegen, senior vice president of process development at Imec, a major research center focused on microelectronics in Belgium, will speak Wednesday on “Technology Innovation in an IoT Era.”

Steegen will discuss some of the new technologies on the horizon like the use of low power integrated circuits, sensors, longer life batteries and more in her talk about the growth of the Internet of Things.

The event is hosted by the NASCENT Nanosystems Engineering Research Center at UT. It takes place Wednesday at the Avaya Auditorium in the Peter O’Donnell Building for Applied and Computational Sciences at 201 East 24th St. It starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 10 a.m. followed by a 30 minute question and answer session.

The event is free, but registration is required.