Symposium BM08—Materials-to-Devices for Integrated Wearable Systems—Energy Harvesting and Storage, Sensors/Actuators and Integration
This symposium covers topics related to the broad areas of current and promising wearable systems including energy harvesting/storage, sensors/actuators, and integrated circuits and devices. The recent emerging wearable systems have proven their usefulness in monitoring the human activities and health, which will hugely impact our life and the quality and way of living. Nevertheless, the current commercial technology is limited to mainly basic functionalities such as sleep tracking and heart rate monitoring, which are only a fraction of myriad applications. For example, wearable technology could be used to continuously monitor diseases and particular chemicals such as glucose in blood; track physical and environment conditions for workers and athletes; and even improve surveillance and gaming. Recent progresses in the component-level wearable technology may give us an opportunity to glimpse the future wearable systems, but these components are often not useful by themselves. One of the current bottlenecks is lack of communications and exchange in ideas between experts in the different types of components so as to understand the needs for launching new wearable systems. To mitigate this problem, this symposium provides a venue for connecting experts in different expertise and brainstorming ideas, which will be the seeds for generating a wide spectrum of future wearable systems. The components in wearable systems could be categorized into three groups: energy harvesting/storage, sensors/actuators, and their integration. These wearable systems typically require continuous operation so empowering these devices with adequate power sources is becoming increasingly important and challenging. These include energy harvesting from various sources (thermal, mechanical, solar, electrochemical) and storage (battery and supercapacitor). Smart sensors/actuators, healthcare sensors, and low-cost flexible sensors have been developed for potentially useful wearable systems. Over the past decade, we have witnessed tremendous growth in the field in several aspects of flexible power sources, storage, and sensors. However, it remains a challenge to effectively integrate these various components into a functional system with flexible electronic components and power management systems, etc. This symposium will bring experts from various areas and aim to facilitate discussion on the challenges at materials, devices, and system integration levels. Interdisciplinary topics related to fundamental mechanisms, materials development, device optimization, and system level engineering will be connected by invited and contributed talks in order to accelerate the development of these materials and systems toward practical applications.