Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Electronic Skins connecting Cyberspace and Humans

Takao Someya, University of Tokyo
Engineering Quadrangle, B418
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:00am

Wearable electronics are expected to open up a new class of applications ranging from health-monitoring, motion-capturing, human-machine interfaces, and new IT fashion. In order to expand emerging applications of wearable technologies, printed flexible biomedical sensors have attracted much attention recently. In order to minimize the discomfort of wearing sensors, it is highly desirable to use soft electronic materials, particularly for devices that come directly into contact with the skin and/or biological tissues. In this regard, electronics manufactured on thin polymeric films, elastomeric and textile substrates by printing are very attractive. In this talk, I will review recent progress of wearables, smart apparels, and artificial electronic skins (E-skins) from the context of high-precision and long-term vital signal monitoring. Furthermore, the issues and the future prospect of wearables and beyond wearables will be addressed.

Takao Someya received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1997. Since 2009, he has been a professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Tokyo. From 2001 to 2003, he worked at the Nanocenter (NSEC) of Columbia University and Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, as a Visiting Scholar. He has been Globalfoundries Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore, since 2016, and Hans Fischer Senior Fellow, Technical University of Munich, since 2017. His current research interests include organic transistors, flexible electronics, plastic integrated circuits, large-area sensors, and plastic actuators. Dr. Someya has received a number of awards, a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Prize in 2009, 2004 IEEE/ISSCC Sugano Award. Dr. Someya’s “large-area sensor array” electronic thin film was featured in Time Magazine as one of its “Best Inventions of 2005