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Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research

Tuesday, May 24
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Benjamin CK TeeBenjamin C.K. Tee
National University of Singapore

AI Skins for Good

We are living in a hyper-connected environment where humans, smart devices and robots living in synergy together is rapidly realized within our lifetimes. Skin-like wearable sensors and systems are generating greater amounts of data for AI algorithms to understand. Bio-integrable and neuro-integrable sensory systems will augment human abilities and aid in applications such as health diagnostics, surgery and predictive analytics. I will discuss our group’s materials design and strain optimization techniques to develop electronic materials with stretchability, sensitivity and self-healing properties. We envision that such materials and technologies can be tremendously useful in distributed conformable electronic skins, neuro-prosthetic devices and robots in the increasingly digitally augmented future for the benefit of humankind.

About Benjamin C.K. Tee

Benjamin C.K. Tee is an associate professor in materials science and engineering at the National University of Singapore. He leads the Sensors AI Lab to develop technologies at the cutting edge of materials science, mechanics, electronics and biology, with a focus on sensitive skin-like electronic materials that have tremendous potential to advance robotics and healthcare technologies in an increasingly artificial intelligence (AI) era.

Tee was awarded the National Research Foundation Fellowship in 2017. He obtained his PhD degree at Stanford University and was a Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Global Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in 2014. He is an MIT TR35 Innovator (Global) in 2015 and listed as World Economic Forum’s Young Scientist of the Year in 2019. He was featured by CNN International as one of their Tomorrow’s Heroes, by Channel News Asia International in the ASEAN’s Next Generation Leaders documentary and by BBC World Service Radio and National Geographic TV. He has co-founded two medtech companies and is excited to tackle challenging needs in prosthetics, robotics and AI. He can be found at www.benjamintee.com.

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