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​Launch of the Max Planck-NTU Joint Laboratory for Artificial Senses

Published on: 28-Jan-2019

​We are pleased to share that a new joint laboratory between NTU Singapore and the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces (MPICI) – Max Planck-NTU Joint Laboratory for Artificial Senses –  was launched on 14 January 2019 to conduct cutting-edge research in artificial senses to develop innovative robotics and healthcare solutions. Envisioned research outcomes include skin-like wearable devices which not only monitor health and environmental conditions through smart sensors, but also enhance prosthetic devices with ‘artificial sensing’ capabilities. The breakthroughs pioneered by the laboratory will empower these devices to restore rudimentary sensory functions for patients who have lost certain senses. Leveraging niches areas from both stakeholders in the fields of advanced materials, ‘skin’ electronics, biomedical engineering and artificial intelligence (AI), the new venture will also explore developing robotic technologies with sensory capabilities.
 
The first overseas laboratory undertaken by the MPICI, the facility will house 30 researchers and staff who will explore mechanical sensing, such as pressure and strain, and chemical sensing, such as smell and taste, and even physiological sensing, which usually involves electrocardiograms. The partnership will also conduct research to extend human senses beyond their natural capabilities. This includes developing new sensory technologies which will allow users to see or hear radar frequencies or microwaves, smell infections or genetic patterns, or even sense earthquakes. As one of the lead Principal Investigators, Professor Chen Xiaodong and his team will spearhead efforts in the endeavours.
 
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Our heartiest congratulations to Prof Chen and his team for their excellent achievement!

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