On 27 Feb 2018, NUS HiFES held her first Hybrid-integrated Flexible Electronics Annual Workshop since the launch of programme in June 2017. The morning workshop was open to the public, NUS staff and researchers with approximately 130 people in attendance.
We were honoured to have the presence of Professor Chua Kee Chiang, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Professor Teo Kie Leong, Vice Dean of Research and Technology and Professor John Thong, Head of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for the inaugural HiFES workshop.
The workshop was officiated by Prof Aaron Thean, Director of HiFES with welcome speech. Prof Aaron brought the audience through the journey of technology evolution. He set tone for HiFES workshop by presenting the 10-year technology convergence roadmap that arises from an ever increasing need for new and smart applications and devices.
Professor Someya Takao of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Tokyo graced the HiFES annual workshop with his keynote talk on “Explosive Growth of Hybrid Flexible Sensors. He is also NUS Global Foundries Visiting Professor. Professor Someya reviewed recent progresses of wearables, smart apparels and artificial electronic skins (E-skins) from the contexts of high-precision and long-term vital signal monitoring. He further addressed the issues and future prospect of wearables and beyond wearables.
Followed on was the talk by Professor Robert Morris of NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Professor Morris shared that the newly formed MOH Office of Healthcare Transformation (MOHT) where he has a joint appointment is test bedding new system-level innovations in healthcare with a focus on communities, primary care and hospitals. He outlined some of the innovations MOHT is pursuing and how they might be enabled by advances in sensing and health management technologies.
The last invited speaker for the morning session was Professor Antonio Neto, Director at the Center for Advanced 2D Materials of NUS. Professor Antonio reviewed some of the latest developments in graphene and 2D materials with emphasis on flexible electronics.
Nitish V Thakor, Director of Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology (SINAPSE) kicked off the afternoon workshop with his talk on Bio/Neuromorphic Sensors for Biomedicine and Robotics. Professor Nitish talked about his vision of the future bidirectional human-machine interface and highlighted work done in SINAPSE.
For the HiFES project review workshop, 9 hybrid flexible electronics thematic research projects spanning from devices to circuits to systems were presented by respective professors across the NUS Faculty of Engineering. The applications of the presented projects are wide ranging. Flexible-hybrid ECG patch, highly flexible and wearable microfluidic sensors for healthcare and body-area network with powering platform for wearable applications are some of the applications that would be of interest to the healthcare industry. Phased array on flexible substrates, flexible RF and antenna systems, strained Silicon-on-insulator technology, flexible energy harvesters and sensors and performance electronics on cost-effective wafers would be instrumental in enabling emerging wireless communications and biomedical and IoT applications. Professor Aaron Thean moderated the HiFES projects discussions with active participation from the attendees and partners.
The goal of HiFES is to have diverse partnership to solve new problem. Industry and organizations who seek new ideas to work on project areas that we traditionally don’t work together are welcome to contact us for discussion.
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