Wireless Power Transfer at Distance (WPT-AD) everywhere; From desktop to orbit
Professor Ali Hajimiri, California Institute of Technology, USA
Bren Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering; Co-Director, Space-Based Solar Power Project
Abstract: Transferring significant amounts of energy using electromagnetic waves over log distances to multiple moving targets can revolutionize the nature of power generation, consumption, and storage. In this talk, we will discuss some of the recent advances in the field of WPT-AD and how dynamic RF-lensing techniques can be used to transfer power in a broad range of applications ranging from powering and charging day-to-day devices such as phones, wearables, and IoTs to transferring PV-generated power from orbit to different locations on earth in the longer term. We will discuss the roles of various technologies such as CMOS integrated circuits, flexible arrays, and intelligent algorithms in current development of such systems and demonstrate them through several actual examples.
Speaker's Bio: Prof. Ali Hajimiri received his B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Before joining the Faculty of Caltech, he worked at Philips Semiconductors, where he worked on a BiCMOS chipset for GSM and cellular units, at Sun Microsystems working on the UltraSPARC microprocessor’s cache RAM design methodology, and with Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs), Murray Hill, NJ, where he investigated low-phase-noise integrated oscillators. In 1998, he joined the Faculty of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, where he is Bren Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering, Director of Caltech Holistic Integrated Circuit Laboratory, and co-Director of the Space-based Solar Power Project. His research interests are high-speed and high-frequency electronics and photonics integrated circuits for applications in sensors, biomedical devices, photonics, and communication systems. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and IEEE.
“Mission Unlimited” - Wireless Charging of Permanently Deployed Autonomous Deep-Sea HyDrones
Professor Johann W. Kolar, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Full Professor and the Head of the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory
Abstract: To be announced.
Speaker's Bio: Johann W. Kolar is a Full Professor and the Head of the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory at ETH Zurich. He has proposed numerous novel converter concepts, has spearheaded the development of x-million rpm motors, and has pioneered fully automated multi-objective power electronics design procedures. He has graduated 80+ Ph.D. students, has published 900+ journal and conference papers and 4 book chapters, and has filed 200+ patents. He has received 40+ IEEE Transactions and Conference Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award, and two ETH Zurich Golden Owl Awards for excellence in teaching. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering as an international member in 2021. The focus of his current research is on ultra-compact/efficient WBG converter systems, ANN-based design procedures, Solid-State Transformers, ultra-high speed drives, and bearingless motors.
Wireless, Battery-free Systems for Neuroscience Research, Digital Health and Interventional Cardiology
Professor John A. Rogers, Northwestern University, USA
Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurological Surgery
Abstract: Advanced optoelectronic systems that can intimately integrate with soft biological tissues have the potential to accelerate progress in neuroscience research and to enable new approaches in patient care. Specifically, capabilities for interfacing electronics, light sources, photodetectors, multiplexed sensors, programmable microfluidic networks and other components into precise locations of the deep brain and for softly laminating them onto the surfaces of the skin and other vital organs create unique opportunities of wide ranging significance. This talk presents foundational concepts in wireless, battery-free approaches to these types of technologies. Examples include ‘cellular-scale’ neural probes for neuroscience research, skin-like physiological monitors for neonatal care and bioresorbable temporary pacemakers for cardiac surgical recovery.
Speaker's Bio: John A. Rogers is the Simpson/Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at Northwestern University, where he is also Director of the Institute for Bioelectronics. He is the publisher of over 750 papers, co-inventor on more than 100 patents and co-founder of several successful technology companies. His research has been recognized by many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011), the MRS Medal (2018) and the Benjamin Franklin Medal (2019). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.