Nature-inspired Electronic Sensor Skins

16/01/2018 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Asia/Singapore Timezone
S16 Level 6 – Theory Common Conference Room
Nature-inspired Electronic Sensor Skins @ S16 Level 6 – Theory Common Conference Room

Speaker: Dr. Benjamin C.K. Tee
Affiliation: National University of Singapore (NUS)
Host: Prof. Vitor M. Pereira
Abstract Details: Electronic sensor skins are an active area of multi-disciplinary research for many groups over the world due to its potential to enable dramatic changes in how we interact with the digital environment. For example, ‘robots’ can don on sensor active skins to interact with the environment, shake human hands with comfortable pressure, or measure our health biometrics. In my talk, I will discuss the development of electronic sensor skins with some historical context, followed by showcasing of several force sensitive electronic skin technologies with high sensitivity, stretchability and bio-mimetic self-healing abilities. More recently, we demonstrated a power-efficient artificial mechano-receptor system inspired by biological mechano-receptors. We further used a channelrhodopsin with fast kinetics and large photocurrents as an optical interface to neuronal systems for next generation opto-tactile prosthetic interfaces.

About the Speaker: Dr. Benjamin C.K. Tee is the President’s Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and staff scientist in the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE). During his doctoral career, he developed multiple technologies in electronic sensor skins with several high impact publications in Science, Nature Materials and Nature Nanotechnology. He has won numerous international awards in recognition of his work, including the prestigious MIT TR35 Innovators Under 35 Award (Global and Asia list). He is a named inventor in 8 patents. In 2014, he was selected to be a Stanford Biodesign Global Innovation Fellow (Singapore-Stanford Biodesign). During his fellowship, he applied a needs-driven methodology to identify and develop technological solutions for unmet clinical needs.

His current research focus is on developing high-performance flexible and stretchable sensor platform technologies for emerging autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) systems and Internet of Things applications. He aims to integrate fundamental knowledge in material science, nano-electronics and biology to develop multi-scale artificial sensory devices and biotechnology systems inspired by natural systems. He recently received the prestigious Singapore Young Scientist Award and was selected as a National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellow. Contact :