HSL Seminar: Canan Dagdeviren, PhD (9 a.m., 5/1, 33-206)

Human Systems Lab Seminar: Canan Dagdeviren, PhD (9 a.m., 5/1, 33-206)

" Wearable and Implantable Devices ‘On the Go’ "

Canan Dagdeviren, PhD
Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
LG Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Abstract: Multifunctional sensing capability, ‘unusual’ formats with flexible/stretchable designs, lightweight construction, and self-powered operation are desired attributes for electronics that directly interface with the human body. I have focused on novel microfabrication techniques and tricks to use active piezoelectric materials and required electronic components, which have the shape and the mechanical properties that match with those of human tissues, in order to allow intimate integration without any irritation and/or harm to the body. In this talk, I describe novel materials, mechanics and device designs for emerging classes of wearable health monitoring systems and implantable, minimally invasive medical devices. These include a variety of electrodes, sensors, and energy harvesting components, with promising applications in bio-integrated electronics, such as self-powered cardiac pacemakers, wearable blood pressure sensors, modulus sensor patches, and neural drug delivery systems.

Bio: Canan Dagdeviren is the LG Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT Media Lab, where she leads the Conformable Decoders research group. The group aims to convert the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy. Dagdeviren earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she focused on exploring patterning techniques and creating piezoelectric biomedical systems. As a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, she conducted her postdoctoral research at the MIT David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Dagdeviren designed and fabricated multi-functional, minimally invasive brain interfaces that can simultaneously deliver drugs on demand and electrically modulate neural activity precisely and selectively for the treatment of neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease.