SMART wowed crowd at MIT Open House 2016

On Saturday, April 23, around 20,000 visitors were expected to arrive on MIT’s doorstep for a peek “Under the Dome,” in the Institute’s first open house since 2011. Judging from the weather — a stubborn drizzle that dominated much of the morning — those numbers appeared optimistic at first. Instead, they turned out to be more than modest: At the end of the day, as grey skies finally gave way to blue, more than 40,000 people had turned out to see, hear, and play with MIT’s many offerings.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology’s (SMART) five interdisciplinary research groups exhibited their research for all to see. On Vassar Street, the Future Urban Mobility (FM) group allowed many to ride their SMART Mobility Scooter, including children. The team did a great job to write the software code and build the autonomous scooter given the researcher had less than four months to complete these tasks. 

Inside the Dupont Gymnasium the other four interdisciplinary research groups exhibited their research.  The Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM) displayed their silicone “stingray”, a biomimetic sensor which detects objects and flow patterns in underwater sensing and tracking. The IRG also showed a video of its fleet of kayaks conducing sea trials.

The Infectious Disease group demonstrated how vaccine delivery acts on a skin model made of agarose gel and and an exaggerated microneedle. They explained how microneedle technology will help design smart vaccines which are simple, stable, effective and reasonably inexpensive.

The BioSystems and Micromechanics (BioSyM) group demonstrated their microfluidic separation devices. The goal is to exploit these novel devices for drug screening / development, regenerative medicine and cancer treatment.

The Low Energy Electronic Systems (LEES) group showed a video describing how it innovates in integrated circuits, offering new paths to define novel circuits that bring new value to integrated systems. Many of the applications of this technology may be invisible to the consumer, but critical to changing your world. For example, more efficient communication between devices, the internet, and future wireless satellite systems.

Through the Open House, SMART was able to showcase to the MIT and Cambridge Community how research conducted at MIT and in Singapore is impacting the world.

SMART extends its thanks to the following SMART researchers who traveled to MIT to participated in the Open House: Tawfig Taher, Tony Varghese, Hans Anderson, You Hong Eng, Scott Pendleton, Chen Zhang, Sharif Abdul Rahim, Farzad Olfat, and Chee Tee Chua.