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ESDC Annual Lecture: Electronic Skins Connecting Cyberspace and Human by Prof Takao Someya

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.

Sensors Council

In order to expand emerging applications of wearable technologies, printed flexible biomedical sensors have attracted much attention recently. In order to minimise 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.

This lecture will review recent progresses of wearables, smart apparels, and artificial electronic skins (E-skins) from the contexts of high-precision and long-term vital signal monitoring. Furthermore, the issues and the future prospect of wearables and beyond wearables will be addressed.

About the speaker

Takao Someya has been Professor of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Tokyo, since 2009.

He conducts fundamental research on organic transistors, flexible electronics, plastic integrated circuits, large-area sensors, and plastic actuators.

He has received a number of awards including the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Prize. He has been Global Foundries Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, since 2016, and Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Technical University of Munich since 2017.

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