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NextGen Neuroscience Seminar - Feb. 14, 2022

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"Advanced Sensors Enable New Frontiers in Basic & Applied Research"

Presented by: Jie Huang, Ph.D., Roy A. Wilkens Endowed Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology

Date: February 14, 2022, 4-5 p.m.



In recent years, R&D in sensors and instrumentation has experienced significant growth, driven by their broad applications for in situ measurement of a wide variety of important physical, chemical, and biological quantities. A sensor system with ultra-high sensitivity, high resolution, rapid response time, and a high signal-to-noise ratio can produce raw data that is exceedingly rich in information, including signals that have the appearances of “noise”. The “noise” feature may open up new avenues for probing mundane events or new phenomena. The rich information may inspire researchers in the fields of sensing and measurement to open new avenues for developing a new generation of powerful sensors or sensor networks with expanded functionalities that provide rich n-dimensional information and, in turn, data-driven insights into important problems. This talk focused on the mission of the Missouri S&T Lightwave Technology Lab - the advances in optical and microwave sensors with anomalously high sensitivity and resolution that open up new frontiers in basic and applied research for the benefit of human health and knowledge. Dr. Huang described the invention, development, and deployment of several optical and microwave sensors that exhibit surprisingly high sensitivities and resolutions. The impact of these sensors in diverse areas, including human health, structural integrity, and the steel industry, were also described.

Speaker Bio

Huang Headshot

Dr. Jie Huang is the Roy A. Wilkens Endowed Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, Clemson, SC, in 2015. In the past six years at Missouri S&T, Dr. Huang has successfully established the Lightwave Technology Laboratory (LTL) with a strong track record of sustained research funding, high-quality journal publications, and state-of-the-art research infrastructure with cutting-edge capabilities. Dr. Huang’s research focuses on the development of optical and microwave sensors and instrumentation for applications in energy, intelligent infrastructures, clean environments, biomedical sensing, and harsh environments. During the past six years at Missouri S&T, Dr. Huang directed or participated in 24 externally-funded research projects totaling approximately $17M (Dr. Huang’s shared credit: $8M) with sponsors from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, Army Research Lab, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Energy, and National Labs, all historical supporters in the arena of advanced sensors. Dr. Huang authored or co-authored over 100 refereed articles and 10 US patent applications.