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26 JAN 2016 Seminar

Series of Dept Research Seminars - "Intelligent Sensors for Cyber Physical Human Systems" (Date: 18 February 2016)

Professor Wen-Jung LI

Professor Wen-Jung LI

Cyber Physical Human Systems (CPHS) research explores potentially disruptive technologies and novel theories in the integration of sensing, actuation, communication, and computing platforms and algorithms, including robots, sensors, and wireless networks, for advancing human capabilities and improve human lives.  CPHS will enable the development of tranformative systems that interact with humans through varied and possibly multiple modalities such as motion, haptic, smell, audio, brain-machine interfaces, and other new interaction techniques. CPHS will also broaden the advancedment of human capabilities in several realms, including accessing the micro/nano worlds  (e.g., single-cell analysis and nano-scale manufacturing), operating in dangerous or inaccessible environments (e.g., monitoring gigantic structures, firefighting, and deep-sea exploration), and improving medical technologies (e.g., rapid drug discovery and ubiquitous healthcare monitoring/delivery).  This lecture presents our team’s development of several intelligent sensing platforms based on micro/nano/optical sensors which will enhance diverse CPHS applications spanning from drug discovery to novel interactive technologies and safety monitoring.  These platform technologies include human-robot interaction by motion input, hand-gesture recognition for interactive control, mobile human air-bag system, graphene-based motion sensors on wearable flexible substrates, self-powered wireless sensors, and optically-induced electrokinetics for single-cell big data analysis.


18 February 2016 (Thursday)


15:30 – 16:30



About the Speaker

Wen Jung LI was educated at the University of Southern California (BS Aerospace Engineering ‘87; MS Aerospace Engineering ‘89) and the University of California, Los Angeles (PhD ‘97, Aerospace Engineering).  He is currently with the Dept. of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). Prior to joining CityU, he was with the Dept. of Mechanical and Automation Engineering of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) from 1997 to 2011, where he also served as the Director of the Centre for Micro and Nano Systems from 2002 to 2011.  His academic honors include IEEE Fellow, ASME Fellow, and 100 Talents of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (中科院百人計劃). Before joining CUHK, he held R&D positions at the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, USA), The Aerospace Corporation (El Segundo, USA), and Silicon Microstructures Inc. (Fremont, USA). His research group has published more than 300 technical papers related to MEMS, nanotechnology, and robotics since 1997, and the group’s work has consistently received international recognition through winning many prestigious conference prizes such as the Best Conference/Student paper awards from IEEE-NANOMED (2014), 3M-NANO (2012), IEEE-ROBIO (2011, 2007), IEEE/ASME-AIM (2007), IEEE-ICRA (2003), and IEEE-NANO (2003). Prof. Li served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine from 2007 to 2013 and is an editorial board member of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), Micromachines (MDPI), and Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics (Springer).  He also served as the General Chair of IEEE-NANO 2007 (Hong Kong) and IEEE-NEMS 2014 (Hawaii), and is serving as the General Chair of IEEE-CYBER 2016 (Chengdu, China).  Prof. Li is currently the President of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council.  His current research interests include self-powered intelligent networked sensors, micro/nano robotics, bio/nano electrokinetics, and super-resolution nanoscopy.

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