Department Seminar by Dr. Meriem Akin

“Paper, rock, then scissors”

Dr. Meriem Akin, Leibniz University of Hannover

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
Time: 11:00
Place: EA 409 Seminar Room

Research in neuroscience has shown that sensorimotor cognition –learning through sensing- that is given with handwriting or painting on paper is not reflected in electronic typing or the electronic pen yet. Instead of a paperless education and no teaching of handwriting, we advocate for the embracement of paper as part of the future of education. Without compromising the satisfying feel of a sharpened pencil gliding across the page, we show how we can adapt physics and manufacturing to paper to turn it into a smart contemporary device. As an example, we demonstrate the design, fabrication and functioning of a paper-based anisotropic magneto-resistive sensor. This sensor could be used for motion tracking, which in turn might serve the learning process. All that it takes are a paper, a rock and scissors. Come by to find out how!

Short bio:

Meriem Akin is currently a research scientist at the Institute of Micro Production Technology/Leibniz University of Hanover, where she is passionately researching the use of paper as an engineering material to make the world a better place. Meriem has obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computational Engineering from the Leibniz University of Hanover in 2006 and 2008, respectively. At the University of California-Berkeley, Meriem obtained two Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Throughout her education, Meriem remained in touch with the industry (Bosch, Continental, Intel, Cisco, Baker Hughes), where she spent most of her summers working on the modeling of automotive devices and electronics. Recently, Meriem received the 2015 Technology Award of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) in Lower Saxony, Germany.

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