Distinguished Medical Engineering Seminar: Takao Someya
Human skin is a large-area, multi-point, multi-modal, stretchable sensor, inspiring development of electronic skin for robots. By improving conformability, application of electronic skin expanded from robots to humans. Intimate and conformal integration of electronics with the human skin, namely smart skin, allow continuous health monitoring. The ultimate goal of smart skin is non-invasive measurement of human activities under natural conditions, enabling electronic and human skin to interactively reinforce each other. I will review recent progress of e-skins and related stretchable thin-film electronics for applications to medical, healthcare, sports, fitness, and well-being of humans and address issues and prospects of smart skins.
Takao Someya was appointed dean of School of Engineering, UTokyo in April 2020, where he has been member of faculty since 1997. He also conducted research at Columbia University's Nanocenter and at Bell Labs.
At UTokyo, he became professor in 2009. Served on the board of directors of the Material Research Society 2009-2011. He is also Team Leader at the Center for Emergent Matter Science in RIKEN since 2015. His expertise is soft electronics using organic semiconductors, developing the world's first electronic artificial skin that measures temperature and pressure distribution. He was awarded the 16th Leo Esaki Prize in 2019.