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From new MEMS devices to new user experiences

Speaker Name: 
Dr. Tobias Dahl
Speaker Title: 
Adjoint Associate Professor
Speaker Organization: 
University of Oslo
Start Time: 
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 4:15pm
End Time: 
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 5:15pm
Yu Zhang


In developing better and cheaper MEMS components, such as microphones, accelerometers and gyros, the industry tends to focus on key performance indexes like price, size, noise and stability. However, if some or all of those parameters are sufficiently far outside of the industry ballpark, entirely new experiences can be enabled. In this lecture I will talk about Optical MEMS accelerometers so sensitive they can turn any surface into a touch input area, and MEMS micromirrors so accurate they can hit and charge tiny microphones around the room using lasers to create a distributed Alexa solution.  



I originally have a PhD in Statistical Signal Processing from the University of Oslo. After working in wireless communication as a postdoc at Imperial College, I switched focus to airborne ultrasound, and co-founded a startup company Elliptic Labs with a friend. The company today serves Chinese mobile OEMs Xiaomi and OnePlus, using ultrasound as a proximity detector that works through glass making for a full-screen display. I now work for SINTEF, which is a R&D Institute similar to SRI in Menlo Park, and for the University of Oslo. I help researchers take their ideas out of R&D and into new startup companies. A recent startup I assisted is, which develops and sells the worlds most accurate MEMS microphone. Occasionally I still get to do signal processing work.


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