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EE Graduate Seminar| Flexible, Wearable and Disposable Wireless Sensing Systems Through Additive Manufacturing

Start Date: September 10, 2017
End Date: September 10, 2017

By Professor Atif Shamim (KAUST)
With the advent of wearable sensors and internet of things (IoT), there is a new focus on electronics which can be bent so that they can be worn or mounted on non-planar objects. Moreover, there is a requirement that these electronics become extremely low cost, to the extent that they become disposable. The flexible and low-cost aspects can be addressed by adapting additive manufacturing technologies such as inkjet, screen and 3D printing. This talk introduces additive manufacturing (with a special focus on inkjet printing) as an emerging new technique to realize low cost, flexible and wearable wireless sensing systems. The ability of inkjet printing to realize electronics on unconventional mediums such as plastics, papers, and textiles has opened up a plethora of new applications. In this talk, various innovative antenna and sensor designs will be shown which have been realized through inkjet or 3D printing methods. Many innovative inks and multilayer processes will be presented where dielectrics are also printed in addition to the metallic parts, thus demonstrating fully printed devices. In the end, many system level examples will be shown for applications such as health care or environmental monitoring through these wireless sensing nodes. The promising results of these designs indicate that the day when electronics can be printed like newspapers and magazines through roll-to-roll and reel-to-reel printing is not far away.
Biography: Atif Shamim – received his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering at Carleton University, Canada in 2004 and 2009 respectively. He was an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Graduate scholar at Carleton University from 2007 till 2009 and an NSERC postdoctoral Fellow in 2009-2010 at Royal Military College Canada and KAUST. In August 2010, he joined the Electrical Engineering Program at KAUST, where he is currently an Associate Professor and principal investigator of IMPACT Lab. He was an invited researcher at the VTT Micro-modules Research Center (Oulu, Finland) in 2006. Dr. Shamim was the recipient of the best paper prize at the European Microwave Association Conference in 2008. He was given the Ottawa Centre of Research Innovation (OCRI) Researcher of the Year 2008 Award in Canada. His work on Wireless Dosimeter won the ITAC SMC Award at Canadian Microelectronics Corporation TEXPO in 2007. Prof. Shamim’s students won the Best Paper Prize (3rd position) in IEEE IMS 2016 and (1st position) in IEEE MECAP 2016. Prof. Shamim also won numerous business-related awards, including the 1st prize in Canada’s national business plan competition and was selected for OCRI Entrepreneur of the year award in 2010. He is an author/co-author of over 150 international publications and an inventor on 18 patents. His research interests are in innovative antenna designs and their integration strategies with circuits and sensors for flexible and wearable wireless sensing systems through a combination of CMOS and additive manufacturing technologies. Dr. Shamim is a Senior Member of IEEE and serves on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation. Find out more details at

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Date: Sunday 10th Sep 2017
Time:12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Location: Building 9, Hall I Room 2322
Refreshments: Light Lunch will be available at 11:45 am