Advancement in the field of flexible/stretchable electronics, and the materials needed to provide soft embodiments of electronics, is essential to the improvement of devices for healthcare applications. Providing a seamless interface between electronics and the human body is crucial for applications such as rehabilitation, brain machine interfaces, diagnostics, and disease management. Critical factors that drive the widespread introduction of systems aiming to establish a highly functional biological interface include the performance, cost, stability, power management, and lifetime of the materials. This symposium focuses on the development of soft, elastic, and flexible materials, devices and technologies aimed at advancement in healthcare. This includes the fundamental understanding of the material systems and use of these in applications which benefit from the compliant nature of the materials.
Progress within this field relies on multidisciplinary expertise, including electronics, material science, biology, and biophysics. Bringing together scientists and engineers actively engaged in research and development in these fields will facilitate possibilities to overcome limitations of current materials and devices. This will in turn enable further advancement of next-generation materials and devices, resulting in new opportunities in the areas of medicine, healthcare, and brain-machine interactions. The invited speakers possess expertise over a range of material systems as well as the targeted applications. A strong focus of this symposium is to facilitate collaboration between academic institutions and industry.
Laboratory of Organic Electronics
Linz Institute of Technology, Johannes Kepler Universitat
Soft Materials Lab, Soft Matter Physics
The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research