Artificial Skin Perception: Towards Sensor 4.0
Skin is the largest organ with the functionalities of protection, regulation and sensation. The emulation of human skin via flexible and stretchable electronics gives rise to electronic skin (e-skin), which has realized artificial sensation and other functions that cannot be achieved by conventional electronics, such as stretchability and self-healing. To date, great progress has been made in data acquisition and transmission for e-skin systems, while the implementation of perception within systems, i.e. sensory data processing, is still in its infancy. Integrating the perception functionality into a flexible and stretchable sensing system, namely artificial skin perception, is critical to endow current e-skin systems with higher intelligence. In this talk, I will present some latest progress in artificial skin sensation and perception with the viewpoint from materials development, sensor fabrication, information processing, and system integration. The perspectives on developing emerging sensor 4.0 will be discussed as well. Artificial skin perception would be a new enabling technology to construct next-generation intelligent electronic devices and systems, paving the way for advanced soft robotic applications, such as surgical assistance, rehabilitation, and prosthetics.
Dr. Xiaodong Chen is President’s Chair Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, Professor of Chemistry by courtesy) and Professor of Medicine (by courtesy) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU). He is the Director of Innovative Centre for Flexible Devices (iFLEX) at NTU and the Director of Max Planck – NTU Joint Lab for Artificial Senses.
He received his B.S. degree (Honors) in chemistry from Fuzhou University (China) in 1999, M.S. degree (Honors) in physical chemistry from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2002, and Ph.D. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in biochemistry from University of Muenster (Germany) in 2006. After his postdoctoral fellow working at Northwestern University (USA), he started his independent research career as Nanyang Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University since 2009. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in Sept 2013, then Full Professor in Sept 2016. He was appointed as the President’s Chair Professor in Materials Science and Engineering in April 2019. His research interests include mechano-materials and devices, integrated nano-bio interface, and cyber-human interfaces. So far, he publishes more than 290 high-profiled papers with a citation of more than 20,000.
He is an Associate Editor of ACS Materials Letters. He also is the member of editorial advisory board of Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Small, Small Methods, Advanced Materials Technology, Advanced Intelligent Systems, Batteries & Supercaps, Materials Today Energy, ACS Applied Bio Materials, Nanoscale Horizons, Nanoscale, and Nanoscale Advances, Small Structure and Analysis & Sensing. He was conferred as the Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016. He was recognized by multiple prestigious awards and honors including Singapore NRF Investigatorship, Small Young Innovator Award, Singapore NRF Fellowship, Nanyang Research Award, Lubrizol Young Materials Science Investigator Award, Mitsui Chemicals-SNIC Industry Award in Materials and Nano-chemistry, and Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
陈晓东博士现为新加坡南洋理工大学材料科学与工程校长讲席教授，兼任化学教授和医学教授。他目前担任NTU柔性器件创新中心主任和Max Planck – NTU人工感知联合实验室主任。他1999年毕业于福州大学化学系，2002年于中科院化学所获得硕士学位，2006年获得德国明斯特大学生物化学博士学位。在美国西北大学从事博士后研究之后，他于2009年开始在NTU担任助理教授，2013年任副教授，2016年升任正教授。他的研究兴趣包括力材料学，纳米生物界面和柔性电子。他目前担任国际期刊ACS Materials Letter副主编和数十个国际著名期刊顾问编委，其中包括Advanced Materials，ACS Nano，Small等期刊。他曾获新加坡国立研究基金会研究奖，新加坡国立研究基金会新秀奖，Small青年创新奖，南洋研究奖，Lubrizol青年材料科学研究员奖，贝塞尔研究奖，科睿唯安高被引科学家，皇家化学学会会士等奖项和荣誉。