We are very excited to announce that Professor John Rogers, from the University of Illinois, has accepted our invitation to speak at DAC. His research includes fundamental and applied aspects of materials for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems. He has done some amazing work and won a MacArthur Fellowship (the “genius grant”) in 2009, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2011 and the Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences in 2013. His website shows some very cool examples of his works, and some fascinating videos.
The title of his talk at DAC is “Electronics for the Human Body” and the abstract indicates that we are all in for a very special treat:
“Biology is soft, curvilinear and adaptable; silicon technology is rigid, planar and immutable. Electronic systems that eliminate this profound mismatch in properties create opportunities for devices that can intimately integrate with the body, for diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical function with important, unique capabilities in biomedical research and clinical healthcare. Over the last decade a convergence of new concepts in materials science, mechanical engineering, manufacturing techniques and device designs has led to the emergence of diverse classes of ‘biocompatible’ electronics. This talk describes the key ideas, with examples ranging from ‘cellular-scale’ light emitting diodes that can be injected into the brain for optogenetic behavioral control to bioresorbable electronics that can serve as non-antibiotic bacteriocides for treating surgical site infections.”
For those attending the designer and IP tracks, make sure to plan an additional day with your travel so that you don’t miss John’s talk on Thursday morning. He may well be describing the context in which you will be doing your design work in the future, which likely will be here sooner than we think.
We have a lineup of really great talk as DAC but that’s enough for this week. I will introduce the rest one at a time.