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Water droplets are ubiquitous and is fundamental to how we do biology. Can we combine physics, material science and electronics to program them? State-of-the art liquid handling systems in biology are generally pump-driven systems connected with valves and tubes. These systems are manually assembled, expensive, and unreliable. However, the electronics industry has demonstrated how to build robust integrated systems for information manipulation. With this as our motivation, we look toward electronics and integrated circuits to bring miniaturization, complexity, and integration to enable the next generation of biology.

About the Speaker

Udayan Umapathi

Udayan Umapathi

Scientist and a designer Udayan Umapathi seeks to blur the boundary between the natural and synthetic computation. His work is underlined by the idea that “computation is a way of understanding the universe.” More specifically, his research investigates how physical matter can be manipulated through computation (Example here).

His most recent work focused on using programmable water droplets to create computer interfaces and automate biology. Currently, he is focused on scaling this work to enable the next-generation of biological processes.

Before joining the MIT Media Lab, Udayan worked at various research labs, and in industry; he was also co-founder of several start-ups. His work has been showcased at international venues such as ACM UIST, ACM CHI, and MRS, and has been exhibited at various art galleries.

Udayan is advised at the Media Lab by Professors Prof.Hiroshi Ishii, Prof.Neil Gershenfeld, and Joseph M. Jacobson.