Modeling and Computation challenges for soft, wireless sensors and photonics for assessment and stimulation of biological systems
Recent advances in materials and fabrication concepts coupled with miniaturization of wireless energy transfer schemes enable the construction of soft high-performance electronic and optoelectronic systems with sizes, shapes and physical properties matched to biological systems. Applications range from continuous monitors for health diagnosis to minimally invasive exploratory tools for neuroscience. This seminar explores basic science and engineering aspects for the creation of such systems and outlines modeling and related computational challenges and opportunities. Applications of such systems are discussed in the context of imperceptible body-worn devices for the assessment of hemodynamics, sweat and thermal properties of the skin. Highly miniaturized embodiments featuring advanced capabilities in energy harvesting and photonics allow for deployment as multifunctional subdermal neuroscience tools for wireless recording of genetically targeted indicators and optogenetic stimulation of the brain, peripheral nervous system and the heart. The seminar will highlight areas of opportunity for advanced modeling tools as well as computational challenges in the context of these applications.
Bio: Dr. Philipp Gutruf is an Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Arizona. He received his postdoctoral training in the Rogers Research Group at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where he developed a broad set of soft, highly miniaturized wireless battery free tools for the characterization and stimulation of biological systems. Dr. Gutruf received his PhD in 2016 at RMIT University where he worked on oxide based stretchable electronics, sensors and photonics, with emphasis on device fabrication and material concepts for intrinsically stretchable devices. He has authored over 36 journal articles and received 4 patents and his work has been highlighted on 8 journal covers. He has also been the recipient of prestigious scholarships and fellowships such as the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and the Australian Nano Technology Network Travel Fellowship.