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  • Weili Deng

    School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

    Dr. Weili Deng is now an associate professor in Southwest Jiaotong University. He has been engaged in the basic research of nano-functional materials and flexible wearable sensing, device development and application development, including construction of highly sensitive flexible sensing array devices, mechanism of nano-functional material hierarchy interface on the macroscopic performance of devices, and exploration of self-functional flexible sensor devices in the field of wearable human-machine interface systems.


  • Dr. Zhigang Wu

    Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

    Zhigang Wu is a professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China. Before joining HUST, Dr. Wu was an associate professor in Microsystems Technology, Uppsala University, Sweden. The mission of Wu’s research is to develop new fabrication and manufacturing technologies for liquid fused soft intelligent systems that can potentially bring new solutions for societal challenges. Currently, his research focus on technology and application development of 1) microfluidics for in vivo diagnosis, 2) liquid alloy based soft electronics, 3) intelligent soft robot.
    Dr. Wu was selected as in junior researcher program by Swedish research council in 2010 and Chutian Scholar by Hubei government in 2012. Dr. Wu is the founding executive chair of International Symposium of Flexible and Stretchable Electronics and the chair of conference of Soft Robot Theory and Technology, 2019, Wuhan.


Being an essential part of natural soft intelligence, liquid plays an important role in various processes e.g. structural formation, physiology information detection, signal transfer, energy distribution and action control and so on. However, liquids are relative less studied in soft intelligence. Hence, it is of great importance to develop relevant new technologies and explore new applications on such liquid fused soft intelligence, e.g. soft electronics and robots, where liquids play important roles in the system. In this talk, we discussed our recent work on the manipulation and integration of functional liquids e.g. liquid metal, solutions, for implementing soft smart devices. Of particular, we focus on two category researches: 1) liquid alloy manipulation and its patterning techniques on complex micro-nanopatterned/curved/dynamic surfaces and its application development for new scenarios, e.g. plant hybrid machine; and 2) liquid based soft robots, and seamless multifunction/heterogenous integration techniques for small soft robots with physical intelligence enhancement for better environments adaptabilities, e.g. self-gait sensed soft robot, multi-gait/gait configurable robot, cooperation for better performance, e.g. synergic surface tension driven robot with low frication, and even for active local environment influence, e.g. color warning robot, and so on.


  • Prof. Zhigang Wu
    Topic: Liquid fused soft intelligence
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