Videos

Inside the YellowBox

Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside of a scientific lab? Please join us in taking a tour of the Conformable Decoders research group’s very own state-of-the art academic cleanroom: YellowBox. We will guide you through our system of keeping a busy cleanroom organized, the gowning procedure, and explain the ins-and-outs of some of our most vital equipment used for microfabricating conformable devices.

conformable Facial Code Extrapolation Sensor (cFaCES)

Existing nonverbal communication systems typically result in high uncertainties, cumbersome response time, or are bulky and unsuitable for use on curvilinear regions of the body, such as the face. We introduce skin-like, conformable devices together with non-contact optical methods for full-field strain mapping and rigorous theoretical models to offer a system capable of predictable, spatiotemporal, biokinematic assessment of the face. The enabling advances in engineering science include mass-manufacturable microfabrication of soft, piezoelectric interfaces to the skin; three-dimensional reconstruction of soft-tissue surfaces in vivo under dynamic deformation conditions; extensive theoretical modeling of complex epidermis-device mechanical interactions; and algorithms for real-time detection and classification of distinct epidermal deformation signatures. Preliminary studies on healthy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis subjects demonstrate reliable performance that establishes potential viability for use in clinically-realizable nonverbal communication technologies.

1-Minute Trailer — Conformable Facial Code Extrapolation Sensor (cFaCES)

Existing nonverbal communication systems typically result in high uncertainties, cumbersome response time, or are bulky and unsuitable for use on curvilinear regions of the body, such as the face. We introduce skin-like, conformable devices together with non-contact optical methods for full-field strain mapping and rigorous theoretical models to offer a system capable of predictable, spatiotemporal, biokinematic assessment of the face. The enabling advances in engineering science include mass-manufacturable microfabrication of soft, piezoelectric interfaces to the skin; three-dimensional reconstruction of soft-tissue surfaces in vivo under dynamic deformation conditions; extensive theoretical modeling of complex epidermis-device mechanical interactions; and algorithms for real-time detection and classification of distinct epidermal deformation signatures. Preliminary studies on healthy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis subjects demonstrate reliable performance that establishes potential viability for use in clinically-realizable nonverbal communication technologies.

Electronic Textile Conformable Suit (E-TeCS)

We introduce a new platform of modular, conformable (i.e., flexible and stretchable) distributed sensor networks that can be embedded into digitally-knit textiles. This platform can be customized for various forms, sizes and functions using standard, accessible and high-throughput textile manufacturing and garment patterning techniques. We have developed a tailored, electronic textile conformable suit (E-TeCS) to perform large-scale, multi-modal physiological (temperature, heart rate, and respiration) sensing in vivo.

Canan Dagdeviren Conformable Decoders 2019 WORLD MINDS Annual Symposium

Canan Dagdeviren's presentation at the WORLD.MINDS Annual Symposium on 12 December 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Filmed and produced by NEP Switzerland.

Teaching at the Media Lab

The students who took Dr. Dagdeviren's course series, Decoders, share their experiences.

The Bees of Science

"Like bees, my students work at the intersection of nature, art, and science, drawing on both their experiences in diverse fields of science and engineering and also their diverse cultural backgrounds, much as the bees draw nectar from a host of different flowers. They then apply their minds, hearts, and hands to create unique micro- and nano-scale, mechanically adaptive electromechanical systems for human health monitoring—their scientific 'honey.'" -Canan Dagdeviren, leader of Conformable Decoders research group at the MIT Media Lab.

Learn more about Dr. Dagdeviren's Media Lab lobby exhibit, which highlights projects developed by students in the MAS 810 Decoders 1.2 class.

'5S' Lean Labs— MIT Media Lab, Conformable Decoders, EH&S

“Lean” practices can be adopted to any environment— from lab and office spaces to specific research areas such as the work bench or chemical wet bench. Traditionally, “lean” manufacturing has been used in industrial factories. Recently, the “Lean Laboratory” model borrows from these concepts.

Our group applied 5S Methodology— organization system which uses five guiding practices to organize a work space for efficiency and effectiveness: Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain. The system originated in the Japanese manufacturing industry and most notably was an essential component of one of the most successful management principles in the world—The Toyota Way.

MAS.809 - Cleanroom Videos - Gowning Procedure

MAS. 809- Decoders 1.1 is taught by Dr. Canan Dagdeviren at the MIT Media Lab. In Decoders 1.1, cleanroom processes and fabrication techniques are aimed to be learned through lectures in class and then in cleanroom. Students gain hands-on experience with all six components of the microfabrication techniques, including: cleaning, deposition, patterning, etching, transfer printing and testing. The midterm project is to create a video of a microfabrication process (in groups of two or three) taught in the cleanroom and posted on the course website and YouTube channel.

MAS.809 - Cleanroom Videos - Transfer Printing

MAS. 809- Decoders 1.1 is taught by Dr. Canan Dagdeviren at the MIT Media Lab. In Decoders 1.1, cleanroom processes and fabrication techniques are aimed to be learned through lectures in class and then in cleanroom. Students gain hands-on experience with all six components of the microfabrication techniques, including: cleaning, deposition, patterning, etching, transfer printing and testing. The midterm project is to create a video of a microfabrication process (in groups of two or three) taught in the cleanroom and posted on the course website and YouTube channel.

MAS.809 - Cleanroom Videos - Etching

MAS. 809- Decoders 1.1 is taught by Dr. Canan Dagdeviren at the MIT Media Lab. In Decoders 1.1, cleanroom processes and fabrication techniques are aimed to be learned through lectures in class and then in cleanroom. Students gain hands-on experience with all six components of the microfabrication techniques, including: cleaning, deposition, patterning, etching, transfer printing and testing. The midterm project is to create a video of a microfabrication process (in groups of two or three) taught in the cleanroom and posted on the course website and YouTube channel.

MAS.809 - Cleanroom Videos - Testing & Characterization

MAS. 809- Decoders 1.1 is taught by Dr. Canan Dagdeviren at the MIT Media Lab. In Decoders 1.1, cleanroom processes and fabrication techniques are aimed to be learned through lectures in class and then in cleanroom. Students gain hands-on experience with all six components of the microfabrication techniques, including: cleaning, deposition, patterning, etching, transfer printing and testing. The midterm project is to create a video of a microfabrication process (in groups of two or three) taught in the cleanroom and posted on the course website and YouTube channel.

MAS.809 - Cleanroom Videos - Photolithography

MAS. 809- Decoders 1.1 is taught by Dr. Canan Dagdeviren at the MIT Media Lab. In Decoders 1.1, cleanroom processes and fabrication techniques are aimed to be learned through lectures in class and then in cleanroom. Students gain hands-on experience with all six components of the microfabrication techniques, including: cleaning, deposition, patterning, etching, transfer printing and testing. The midterm project is to create a video of a microfabrication process (in groups of two or three) taught in the cleanroom and posted on the course website and YouTube channel.

MAS.809 Decoders 1.1- Short Movie Screening Trailer

MAS. 809- Decoders 1.1 is taught by Dr. Canan Dagdeviren at the MIT Media Lab. In Decoders 1.1, cleanroom processes and fabrication techniques are aimed to be learned through lectures in class and then in cleanroom. Students gain hands-on experience with all six components of the microfabrication techniques, including: cleaning, deposition, patterning, etching, transfer printing and testing. The midterm project is to create a video of a microfabrication process (in groups of two or three) taught in the cleanroom and posted on the course website and YouTube channel.

STAT News interviews Dr. Canan Dagdeviren

Our bodies talk to us — and these implantable devices can help listen!

Dr. Canan Dagdeviren gives a talk at the United Nations

Dr. Canan Dagdeviren was invited to speak at a panel entitled “Women in Science and Diplomacy for Sustaining Peace and Development” at the United Nations in NYC on Friday, February 9th, 2018, as a part of the "Equality and Parity in Science for Peace Development" program.

Miniaturized Neural Drug Delivery System (MiNDS)

An implantable, remotely controllable, miniaturized drug delivery system that permits dynamic adjustment of therapy with pin-point spatial accuracy in the brain.

Video produced by Jim Day at MIT Media Lab.

Media Lab Cleanroom (YellowBox) Construction Time-Lapse

The Conformable Decoders lab space—which we call the "YellowBox"— is devoted to our research group's exploration of novel materials, device design, and fabrication strategies to create micro- and nanoscale electromechanical systems with mechanically adaptive features, which allow intimate integration with the objects of interest.

Lead Zirconate Titanate Gastrointestinal Sensor (PZT GI-S)

A biocompatible, flexible, piezoelectric sensor that permits real-time, long-term gastric motility evaluation.

"No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess."

Sir Isaac Newton