ESC Chicago 2011, UBM Electronics Group's Leading Embedded Industry Event, Announces Day One Keynote Dr. Hugh Herr

Mar 17, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Electronics Group, a division of United Business Media (LON: UBM), announced today Dr. Hugh Herr as the day one Keynote Address at the 2011 Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Chicago.  ESC ( will take place June 6-8, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL in conjunction for the second year in a row with the Sensors Expo and Conference.

About our Keynote Speaker:

By age 17, Hugh was considered a rock climbing prodigy. Media coverage of his extraordinary athletic accomplishments heralded him as one of the best climbers in the United States. In January 1982, while attempting to summit Mount Washington in New Hampshire, Hugh and a fellow climber were caught in a blizzard and stranded on the mountain for three nights in -20F degree temperatures. By the time they were rescued, the climbers had suffered severe frostbite. Both of Hugh's legs were amputated below the knees. Following months of surgeries and rehabilitation, Hugh was doing what doctors had believed unthinkable: climbing again. Using prostheses that he designed, Hugh climbed at a more advanced level than he had before the accident, making him the first person in history with a major amputation to compete at an elite level against persons with normal physiologies.

Hugh is currently director of the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab where he focuses on developing wearable robotic systems that serve to augment human strength, endurance and agility. Hugh has advanced novel bionic technologies, including a computer-controlled artificial knee, an active ankle-foot orthosis, and the world's first powered ankle-foot prosthesis. These devices are advancing an emerging field of engineering science that applies principles of biomechanics and neural control to guide the designs of human rehabilitation and augmentative devices.  

"We are honored and excited to announce Dr. Hugh Herr as our keynote speaker at ESC Chicago.  His story and message describes how technology will fundamentally change human capability in this century. His personal story teaches us all how to transform personal limitation into towering achievement.  We are looking forward to a successful event in Rosemont, Illinois this June," states David Blaza, Vice President of Events at UBM Electronics.

ESC and Sensors Expo & Conference will share one expo floor at the Rosemont Convention Center.  In addition, ESC and Sensor attendees will be able to access shared keynotes, as well as conference programs with a special add-on pass.  Registration for ESC Chicago is now open at

About ESC Chicago (

Held in key strategic technology development locations worldwide, the Embedded Systems Conference is the global electronics industry's leading embedded event that showcases top worldwide companies, cutting-edge technologies and tools that cover a wide spectrum of embedded systems design. ESC Chicago provides attendees with cutting edge product demonstrations, visionary speeches and hundreds of essential technical training classes and accreditation opportunities. It is the ideal forum for the embedded systems community to exchange ideas, foster innovation and unveil new products.

About UBM Electronics  

UBM Electronics is the global leader in media and marketing solutions for the electronics industry.  UBM Electronics delivers results for the key influencers and decision makers involved in the design, development and commercialization of technology through its market leading brands, peer communities and professional education services.   More than 2.2 million engineering professionals engage with UBM Electronics brands which include EE Times, EDN, EDN China, EDN Asia, EDN Japan, Design News and Test & Measurement World, TechOnline, Designlines and across the globe to accelerate technology sales. The international electronics community gathers at UBM Electronics market leading events such as the Embedded Systems Conferences, DesignCon and ARM Technology Conference to share, learn, discuss, and advance the critical issues and challenges facing the electronics industry. Additionally, UBM Electronics provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation marketing, integrated media, custom solutions and research.  UBM Electronics is part of UBM (UBM.L) a global provider of media and information services for professional B2B communities and markets.

For more information on ESC Chicago 2011 contact:

Felicia Hamerman, Group Marketing Director, UBM Electronics Group

T: 516.562.5652; E:

Amy Giannini, Marketing Manager, EE Times Group

T: 415.947.6626; E:

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For further information: Felicia Hamerman, Group Marketing Director of UBM Electronics Group, +1-516-562-5652,; or Amy Giannini, Marketing Manager of EE Times Group, +1-415-947-6626,, for UBM Electronics Group