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2018 MIT ILP Innovation Symposium with Wuxi

August 16, 2018
Day 01 All

8:30 - 9:00


9:10 - 9:20

Keynote from Zhou Ying, member of the Standing Committee of the Municipal Party Committee and Minister of Organization

9:20 - 9:40

MIT Innovation Ecosystem
Representative of the MIT ILP introduce the development and innovation trend of MIT and the industry cooperation.

9:40 - 10:00

Advanced Materials for Energy and Water Nexus
This talk will present some of our recent work on advanced materials, including high thermal conductivity plastics and optically opaque and infrared transparent fabrics, and clean water technologies. Although polymers are usually thermal insulators, we show that they can be made as thermally conductive as metals by aligning molecular orientations. With properly chosen polymer fiber diameters, we design fabrics so that they are opaque to visible light and yet allow thermal radiation from human body to escape to environment for passively cooling of human body. We also demonstrate the ability of boiling water and even creating super-heated steam under unconcentrated sunlight using spectrally selective surfaces and thermal insulations.
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10:00 - 10:20

Too small, too far, too dark, too foggy: on the use of Artificial Intelligence for imaging challenging objects
Computational Imaging systems consist of two parts: the physical part where light propagates through free space or optical elements such as lenses, prisms, etc. finally forming a raw intensity image on the digital camera; and the computational part, where algorithms try to restore the image quality or extract other type of information from the raw intensity image data. Computational Imaging promises to solve the challenge of imaging objects that are too small, i.e. of size at about the wavelength of illumination or smaller; too far, i.e. with extremely low numerical aperture; too dark, i.e. at very low photon counts; or too foggy, i.e. when the light has to propagate through a strongly scattering medium before reaching the detector. In this talk I will discuss the emerging trend in computational imaging to train deep neural networks (DNNs) to attack the quad of challenging objects. In several imaging experiments carried out by our group, objects rendered “invisible” due to various adverse conditions such as extreme defocus, scatter, or very low photon counts were “revealed” after processing of the raw images by DNNs. The DNNs were trained from examples consisting of pairs of known objects and their corresponding raw images. The objects were drawn from databases of faces and natural images, with the brightness converted to phase through a liquid-crystal spatial phase modulator. After training, the DNNs were capable of recovering unknown, i.e. hitherto not presented during training, objects from the raw images and recovery was robust to disturbances in the optical system, such as additional defocus or various misalignments. This suggests that DNNs may form robust internal models of the physics of light propagation and detection and generalize priors from the training set.
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10:20 - 10:40

Three Dimensional Photonic Manufacturing:From catalytic waste gas converters to microvascular tissue scaffolding
Three-dimensional lightweight material building blocks, through the combination of molecular design of material behavior and microscale geometric patterning, show promise to revolutionize the ability to dissipate energy and manipulate wave propagation. Such materials are desirable for a broad array of applications such as structural components, catalysts supports and energy efficient materials.

In this seminar, I will present our development of three dimensional micro/nanofabrication technique, projection microstereolithography (PuSL), to enable design and exploration of digitally coded multifunctional and multimaterial lightweight metastructures at unprecedented dimensions. The ultra-high resolution and multi-material capabilities of the 3D printing system and the modeling tools developed can be used to design and fabricate architected materials for combined functions, including energy absorption, actuation/morphing, and micro-scale bioreactors for tissue engineering. These structures show promise on focusing and rerouting acoustic waves through broadband and highly transparent metamaterials. I will also discuss the development of engineered, three dimensional arrays of copolymer fibers that serve as mimetics of neuronal axons, using a combination of materials engineering and high resolution 3D microfabrication, which enable study of OPC engagement and subsequent myelination in vitro.
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10:40 - 11:10

MIT Startup Exchange Lightning Talks
  • Advanced Potash Technologies: Solving the food crisis with an innovative modern fertilizer
  • Catalia Health: Scalable chronic disease management using interactive robotics
  • Desktop Metal: Metal 3D printing
  • Feature Labs: Tools and APIs for data science automation
  • Gradiant: Technology-driven water services company for water-critical industrial applications
  • Labby: AI-powered Food Analytics Platform for Food, Beverage, Agro Testing
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    11:10 - 11:25

    Innovation and Entrepreneurial Policy Environment in Xishan District
    The leaders of Xishan District promote the innovation and entrepreneurial policy environment in Xishan District.

    11:25 - 11:40

    Innovation and Entrepreneurial Policy Environment in Jiangyin
    The leader of Jiangyin city promotes the innovation and entrepreneurial policy environment in Jiangyin

    11:40 - 11:55

    Keynote from Director Sun Haidong promotes Wuxi technology innovation and entrepreneurship environment


    Adjournment and Lunch

    14:00 - 17:30

    Mei Ballroom

    MIT Startups Road show

    14:00 - 15:30

    No.1 and 2 meeting rooms, 2nd floor, Grand Juna

    One on One Talks between local companies and MIT professors