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Smart and Connected Bioelectronics for Persistent Human-Machine Interfaces
Keywords: Soft Wearable Electronics , Bioelectronics, Human-Machine Interfaces
My research focuses on the fundamental and applied aspects of nanomechanics, biomolecular interactions, soft materials, and nano-microfabrication for nanoparticle biosensing and unusual electronic system development, with an emphasis on bio- interfaced translational nanoengineering. Recently, my group opened a new research area in biomedical engineering with a novel technology: “soft, wearable electronics for health monitoring and human-machine interfaces”. We took the lead to design and develop this unique system that is based on soft biomimetic materials, stretchable mechanics designs, and hybrid system integration, aiming for advancing human health and wellness. Unlike the conventional bulky and heavy wearable devices, these innovative “skin-like” electronics are based on a completely different class of technologies that offer non-invasive, gentle lamination and comfortable wearability on the skin. Integration of multiple nano-micro sensors and actuators along with miniaturized wireless telemetry on a soft membrane provides continuous, long-term monitoring of human health and biopotentials. In this talk, I will discuss about recent research works on soft, wearable electronics which include biomimetic materials, mechanics designs, and system integration, aiming for persistent human-machine interfaces. Specifically, I will talk about fundamental mechanics to design flexible electronics, required materials properties for soft systems, and methodologies to enable hard-soft materials integration for flexible hybrid electronics. In addition, a few examples of unobtrusive, ergonomic wearable electronics for persistent human-machine interfaces will be discussed including a drone control, human-wheelchair interface, and electronic prosthesis.
Dr. Woon-Hong Yeo, Assistant Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia
United States

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