Faculty Presentations

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price Center Forum (4th Floor)

Hear twenty-minute technical talks by Jacobs School of Engineering faculty.

School of Global Policy & Strategy

2:30 PM

David Victor

David Victor, Professor; Co-director, Laboratory on International Law and Regulation

Achieving Deep Decarbonization of the Global Economy: Engineering and Policy

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Contextual Robotics

3:00 PM

Laurel D. Riek

Laurel D. Riek, Assoc Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty-Affiliate, Calit2

Contextual Robotics

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3:30 PM

Darren Lipomi

Darren Lipomi, Professor, NanoEngineering, Jacobs School of Engineering

Virtual Touch: Smart Materials for Human-Machine Interaction

The sense of touch has great power to elicit thoughtful or emotional responses (pleasant or unpleasant), and to convey information. While human culture is replete with artifacts that interface with the senses of sight, hearing, taste, and smell, objects designed to convey information or trigger emotion by interfacing with the sense of touch represent an open area for investigation. My research group is developing soft materials that can simulate different tactile sensations: rough or smooth, hot or cold, soft or hard, or even slimy. We can then use virtual reality and wearable haptic interfaces to transduce these signals to a user. The key innovative element in our work is the development of electroactive polymers and other soft materials that form conformal mechanical interfaces with human skin. This work leverages our experience in stretchable organic semiconductors, wearable sensors, and nanofabrication, and represents an interface between materials engineering and psychophysics. We envision applications in robotic surgery and surgical training, education, and simulated environments for consumer electronics.

Adaptive Computing and Embedded Systems

4:00 PM

Farinaz Koushanfar

Farinaz Koushanfar, Associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director, Adaptive Computing and Embedded Systems Lab, Rice University

Secure IOT

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