UF Team Wins 2nd Place at Global Youth Innovation Festival 2015

The UF Smart Mouthguard team won 2nd place in the International Contest of Global Youth Innovation Festival 2015.

The Global Youth Innovation Festival is an international competition for college students to promote the innovative spirits of youth, to construct collaboration platforms, and to increase applications. More than 120 teams participated in the contest and 12 finalist teams from 6 countries were invited to the finals held in Beijing, CN, October 25, 2015. The UF team represented the USA and won 2nd place out of the 12 finalist teams.

The UF team included:

Students: Justin Correll (ECE, Undergrad), Todd Schumann (ECE, Graduate), Sheng-Po Fang (ECE, Graduate)

Advisors: YK Yoon (ECE), Fong Wong (Dentistry)

IMG Seminar Series: "Using microfluidics for detecting cancer cells in blood" and "Simulation of the interactions between cancer cells and microfluidic devices"

Event date: 
Fri, 11/13/2015 - 4:45pm to 6:00pm

Jinling Zhang and Kangfu Chen will present on topics related to their research. Food will be provided for $4 to those that sign up on the IMG wiki.

Using microfluidics for detecting cancer cells in blood

Jinling Zhang

Isolation and enumeration of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in peripheral blood of cancer patients are potentially useful for detection, characterization, and monitoring of the disease and its subsequent treatment. We have developed microfluidic devices that are capable of efficiently isolating cancer cells from whole blood. The cell capture efficiency is about 90%. The method provides a convenient and cost-efficient alternative for CTCs isolation in clinic samples.

Simulation of the interactions between cancer cells and microfluidic devices

Kangfu Chen

Our interest is to explore the interaction between cancer cell and aptamer functionalized micropost based microfluidic device. We shows the distribution of captured cancer cells around different shaped microposts experimentally. As a comparison of the experiments, a theoretical model was set up. COMSOL was used to show the laminar flow in the microchannel of the device. Based on the flow data, we describe the motion of cancer cells in the micropost patterned microchannel. The interaction between cancer cells and micropost surface was simulated based on adhesive dynamics. Finally, we compare the simulation results with the experimental results.

IMG Seminar Series: "Designing Hybrid Microstructures for Wicking Applications" and "Magnetic Assembly and Cross Linking of Nanoparticles for Releasable Magnetic Microstructures"

Event date: 
Fri, 10/30/2015 - 3:45pm to 5:00pm

Saitej Ravi and Camilo Velez will present on topics related to their research, "Designing hybrid microstructures for wicking applications" and "Magnetic Assemblies and Cross-Linking of Nanoparticles for Releasable Magnetic Microstructures." Food will be provided for $3 to those that sign up on the IMG wiki.

Arian Rahimi Awarded IEEE Annual AP-S Doctoral Research Fellowship

Arian Rahimi, current IMG members, have been received the 2015 IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society (AP-S) Doctoral Research Award. The IEEE AP-S awards up to 10 PhD fellowships each year to encourage students to pursue a career in the area of Electromagnetics. The awards are intended to support students involved in project work directed by a faculty member at their institution who is a member of the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society. The title of his research is: "High Performance Conductor Architectures for Future Communication Systems" under supervision of Dr. Y.K. Yoon.

The award selection is based on creativity and quality of the proposed project, discussion of the technical interests and skills of the student. 

IMG Seminar Series: "An introduction to conventional machining concepts and techniques of common engineering materials" and "A MEMS mirror submerged in liquid for wide-angle scanning"

Event date: 
Fri, 10/16/2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Rob Carroll will give a talk entitled "An introduction to conventional
machining concepts and techniques of common engineering materials." It
will cover basic tools, terminology, methods, and parameters used in
conventional machining of bulk engineering materials as they relate to
available equipment in the IMG prototyping lab.
Xiaoyang Zhang will discuss "MEMS mirror submerged in liquid for wide-angle scanning." Xiaoyang will introduce a novel, submerged electrothermal MEMS scanning mirror with applications in wide angle optics. By submerging the MEMS mirror into a mineral oil whose refractive index is 1.47, a wide-angle optical scan (>120°) can be achieved at small driving voltage (<10V) due to the angular increase of the “Snell’s window” effect and the large mechanical tilt angle (±18°) of the MEMS mirror.
Food will be provided for $4 to those who sign up on the IMG wiki by 5 pm Friday.

IMG Seminar Series: Proposal Defense: John Rogers

Event date: 
Fri, 10/09/2015 - 3:45pm

John Rogers will defend his proposal entitled "A passive wireless MEMS dynamic pressure sensor with integrated temperature compensation for harsh environments" at 11:45 AM on Friday, October 9th, in Larsen 234.

Lunch will be provided for $3 to those who sign up on the IMG wiki (http://www.img.ufl.edu/wiki/index.php/IMG_Seminar_Series:_Fall_2015)

IMG Seminar Series: Tips for Effective Oral Presentations and The Ins and Outs of the IMG Website

Event date: 
Fri, 10/02/2015 - 4:00pm
Dr. David Arnold will give a talk entitled "Tips for Effective Oral Presentation," where he will discuss best practices for delivering high-quality oral presentations, including planning, oral delivery, and graphics.  "Do’s and Don’ts” will be highlighted along with a number of practical suggestions and personal experiences.
Nicolas Garraud and Jason June will give an overview of the IMG website, highlighting the different functions, various content types and how to add content to the webpage and wiki.

IMG Seminar Series: MIST Center - Innovating More than Moore Technologies for Smart Systems in the IoT Era

Event date: 
Fri, 09/18/2015 - 3:30pm

Dr. Nishida will present the Multi-functional Integrated System Technology (MIST) Center, a NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center led by the University of Florida (UF) with founding partner site, University of Central Florida (UCF), focused on the hardware technologies necessary to propel the next generation of smart mobile sensing/computing/communication systems. The MIST Center is motivated by three major research/industry trends: (1) stepping beyond the current challenge of continued conventional scaling of integrated circuits, a.k.a. Moore's Law, (2) exploring new functionalities at intersections of materials/ processes/ devices /circuits for multi-functional systems, and (3) integrating nanoscale materials into micro/nanosystem manufacturing.