Keynote 2 : Reliable Electronics Skins?

Speaker : Professor Benjamin C.K. Tee

National University of Singapore, Singapore

The hyper-connected environment where humans, smart devices and robots live in synergy together could be realized within the next decade. Flexible, wearable sensors and systems are rapidly progressing in various possible use cases for health, consumer electronics and robotics. These skin-like devices require significant reliability performances in order to continue operating despite being subject to mechanical strains and wear-and-tear effects. In order to achieve reliability on par with rigid electronics, a multi-disciplinary approach is essential.  I will discuss materials design and strain optimization techniques to develop electronic materials with stretchability, sensitivity and also remarkable self-healing properties. In addition, I will also discuss our recent progress in developing new soft intelligent materials systems. We envisioned 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…

Bio: Dr. Benjamin C.K. Tee Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and recipient of the National Research Foundation Fellowship. He obtained his PhD at Stanford University, and was a Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Global Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in 2014. He has developed and patented and commercializing several award-winning electronic skin sensor technologies. 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 Hero series and by Channel News Asia International in the ASEAN’s Next Generation Leaders documentary series. His leads his research group: Sensors.AI to develop technologies at the cutting edge of materials science, mechanics, electronics and biology, with a focus on sensitive electronic skins that has tremendous potential to advance global healthcare technologies in an increasingly Artificial Intelligence (AI) era. He can be found on