ICS Research Seminar on: "Additive Manufacturing of Metals for the Internet of Things"


ICS Research Seminar: Additive Manufacturing of Metals for the Internet of Things (IoTs) by Dr. Robert C. Roberts

Abstract: The Internet of Things (IoT) is projected to create an unprecedented number of smart and connected systems, yielding a pervasive sensor and actuator network, able to interact with the real world. The diversity and complexity of these applications requires engineers to rethink their manufacturing strategies to enable rapid prototyping, lower cost, and allow customization of low-volume components that cannot be achieved using conventional mass manufacturing. Additive Manufacturing (AM), aka 3D printing, has the potential to meet this increasing demand for flexible personalized engineering, by enabling the direct manufacturing of complex components, directly from a digital design. In particular, the additive manufacturing of metals has great potential for IoT applications by enabling the fabrication of components with both useful electrical and mechanical properties. This talk highlights some developments in metal additive manufacturing technology using both inkjet-based deposition and selective laser sintering (SLS).

Brief Vita: Dr. Robert C. Roberts is presently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). From 2012 to 2013 he served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in EEE at HKU. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in 2012. His dissertation work focused on the development of inkjet printing microfabrication techniques using gold nanoparticle inks towards the realization of printed microsystems. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Systems & Control Engineering at CWRU, in 2005 and 2006, respectively. His current research interests focus on the development of additive microfabrication techniques and MEMS-based technologies for robotics, energy, and healthcare applications. He has authored or coauthored over 30 publications and is a member of IEEE, Materials Research Society, and Eta Kappa Nu.

12. May 2017, 10:00 h, ICS Karlstraße 45, 2. Floor, seminar room 2026