Neuro-inspired Skins
Benjamin Tee a b c
a Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore, Lower Kent Ridge Road, 21, Singapore, Singapore
b iHealthtech Institute, National University of Singapore, Lower Kent Ridge Road, 21, Singapore, Singapore
c N.1 Institute, National University of Singapore, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Rd, Singapore, Singapore
Proceedings of Neural Interfaces and Artificial Senses (NIAS)
Online, Spain, 2021 September 22nd - 23rd
Organizers: Tiago Costa and Georgios Spyropoulos
Invited Speaker, Benjamin Tee, presentation 019
Publication date: 13th September 2021

We live in an increasingly hyper-connected environment where humans, smart devices and robots live in synergy together. Flexible, wearable sensors and systems are accelerating this trend by generating ever greater amounts of data for AI algorithms to process and understand. Exciting developments in bio-integrable[1] and neuro-integrable sensory systems[2] will further augment human abilities and aid in applications as health diagnostics, surgery and predictive analytics.

We believe a multi-disciplinary approach especially in materials design and processing is essential to achieve near or even superhuman capabilities in robotics. In the area of manipulation tasks, robots have yet to match human abilities despite progress in various sensing and actuator systems. We apply a neuromorphic approach for sensory systems as a potential pathway towards greater tactile and machine intelligence[2]. I will discuss our approach and recent progress in developing new soft materials systems and bio-mimetic approaches for robotic intelligence.

The author acknowledges support from National Research Foundation Fellowship NRFF-2017-08, National Robotics Programme Office grant ASTAR NRP 1722500063 and the National University of Singapore Startup grant NUS-2017-01.

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