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Symposium BM08—Materials-to-Devices for Integrated Wearable Systems—Energy Harvesting and Storage, Sensors/Actuators and Integration

This symposium covers topics related to the broad areas of current and promising wearable systems including energy harvesting/storage, sensors/actuators, and integrated circuits and devices. The recent emerging wearable systems have proven their usefulness in monitoring the human activities and health, which will hugely impact our life and the quality and way of living. Nevertheless, the current commercial technology is limited to mainly basic functionalities such as sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring, which are only a fraction of myriad applications. For example, wearable technology could be used to continuously monitor diseases and particular chemicals such as glucose in blood; track physical and environment conditions for workers and athletes; and even improve surveillance and gaming. Recent progresses in the component-level wearable technology may give us an opportunity to glimpse the future wearable systems, but these components are often not useful by themselves. One of the current bottlenecks is lack of communications and exchange in ideas between experts in the different types of components so as to understand the needs for launching new wearable systems. To mitigate this problem, this symposium provides a venue for connecting experts in different expertise and brainstorming ideas, which will be the seeds for generating a wide spectrum of future wearable systems. The components in wearable systems could be categorized into three groups: energy harvesting/storage, sensors/actuators, and their integration. These wearable systems typically require continuous operation so empowering these devices with adequate power sources is becoming increasingly important and challenging. These include energy harvesting from various sources (thermal, mechanical, solar, electrochemical) and storage (battery and supercapacitor). Smart sensors/actuators, healthcare sensors, and low-cost flexible sensors have been developed for potentially useful wearable systems. Over the past decade, we have witnessed tremendous growth in the field in several aspects of flexible power sources, storage, and sensors. However, it remains a challenge to effectively integrate these various components into a functional system with flexible electronic components and power management systems, etc. This symposium will bring experts from various areas and aim to facilitate discussion on the challenges at materials, devices, and system integration levels. Interdisciplinary topics related to fundamental mechanisms, materials development, device optimization, and system level engineering will be connected by invited and contributed talks in order to accelerate the development of these materials and systems toward practical applications.

Topics will include:

  • System integration and power management for flexible/implantable systems
  • Wearable systems for health monitoring and intervention
  • Manufacturing methods of fabricating flexible devices: 3D printing, bottom-up assembly, roll-to-roll process, etc.
  • Materials and devices for flexible energy harvesting and generation (photovoltaic, piezoelectric, triboelectric, thermoelectric, electrochemical, MEMS, etc)
  • Materials and devices for flexible energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors, etc)
  • Materials and devices for wearable/implantable sensors and actuators
  • Wireless communication and data processing for wearable systems
  • New materials for wearable systems

Invited Speakers:

  • Seunghyun Baik (Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea)
  • Zhenan Bao (Stanford University, USA)
  • Ray H. Baughman (The University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
  • Ahmed A. Busnaina (Northeastern University, USA)
  • Kyujin Cho (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Yury Gogotsi (Drexel University, USA)
  • Jaime Grunlan (Texas A&M University, USA)
  • Kedar Hippalgaonkar (Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Singapore)
  • Ali Javey (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Unyong Jeong (Pohang University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Sang Woo Kim (Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea)
  • Dae-Hyeong Kim (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Yunqi Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Jodie Lutkenhaus (Texas A&M University, USA)
  • Tina Ng (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Huisheng Peng (Fudan University, China)
  • John Rogers (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Rachel Segalman (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Takao Someya (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Zhong Lin Wang (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Joseph Wang (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Qingshuo Wei (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Zijian Zheng (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

Symposium Organizers

Choongho Yu
Texas A&M University
Mechanical & Materials Science and Engineering

Renkun Chen
University of California, San Diego
Mechanical/Aerospace & Materials Science and Engineering

Woochul Kim
Yonsei University
Mechanical Engineering
Republic of Korea

Luigi G. Occhipinti
University of Cambridge
Engineering, Electrical Engineering Division
United Kingdom

Keywords for Abstract Submission

actuator, energy harvesting, energy storage, flexible electronics, implantable, sensor, wearable

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