What is Conformable Decoding

What is Conformable Decoding


What is Conformable Decoding

Canan Dağdeviren, PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Tecnology




Life is made of molecules. The combination of these molecules embody soft tissues, by whichtheir interactions create an ocean of self specificphysical patterns: heartbeats, respiration,muscle movements, neural activity, and many more. Today’s device technologies, however, stillface fundamental obstacles which prevent them from seamlessly integrating with these softtissues to effectively access, evaluate and alter suchself specificphysical patterns.In this talk, Iwillintroducedesigningand developingtechniques ofconformableandself specificelectronicsystems to attain a holistic understanding of dynamic changes occurring throughout the humanbody in order to perform early diagnosis, assess disease progression, and provide customizabletreatment.This collectiveresearch, which extends beyond designing and microfabrication ofconformable devices, enables novel communication in between soft tissues to apply and deliverchemistry and physics with molecular precision. These capabilities, therefore, change the waywedo science and address societal challenges in healthcare interventions


Canan Dagdevirenis theLG Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciencesat MIT Media Lab, where she leads theConformable Decodersresearch groupsince January2017. The group aims to convertthe patterns of nature and the human body into beneficialsignals and energy.Dagdevirenearned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Universityof Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she focused on exploring patterning techniques andcreating piezoelectricbasedbiomedical systems. As a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows atHarvard University,Dr. Dagdevirenconducted her postdoctoral research at the MIT David H.Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.Dagdeviren’s work has been featured in many media outlets, includingTIME,Washington Post,Smithsonian Magazine,Popular Mechanics, CBS News, BBC News andPhysicsWorld. In 2015,MIT Technology Reviewnamed her among the "Top 35 Innovators Under 35"andForbesselected her as one of the "Top 30 Under 30 in Science". Recently, Dagdeviren hasbeen named as a Spotlight Health Scholar by Aspen Institute and World #1 in MedicalInnovation Category of Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) by Junior ChamberInternational. In 2016, Dr. Dagdeviren was awarded theScience & Sci Life Prize for YoungScientistsin Translational Medicine Category and invited to attend Nobel Prize Ceremony inStockholm, Sweden. Recently, Dr. Dagdeviren has been named as 2017 Innovation andTechnology Delegate by the American Academy of Achievement. In 2019 Dr. Dagdeviren wasamong 87 of the nation’s brightest young engineers who have been selected to take part in theNational Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 25th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE)symposium, hosted by Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina