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ECE Seminar: "Opportunities and Challenges in Ingestible Electronics," Phillip Nadeau, Analog Devices


ISEC 140

November 16, 2018 11:00 am
November 16, 2018 11:00 am

Speaker: Phillip Nadeau, Analog Devices

Title: Opportunities and Challenges in Ingestible Electronics


Around 20 years ago, wireless video capsules offered the first comprehensive set of visual images of the gastrointestinal tract. Since this time, a range electronic technologies for sensing and actuation in GI tract have been approved and deployed, including capsules for real-time pressure, pH, and temperature sensing, and for drug delivery. In this talk, I will review the history and status of ingestible electronics, and forecast new opportunities in this area. Two recent examples I will highlight are a new platform for chemical sensing using genetically engineered bacterial cells, and a biocompatible galvanic cell activated by gastric fluid. At the end of the talk, I will describe the role of the semiconductor industry in enabling innovation in areas such as ingestible electronics and biomedical systems.


Phillip Nadeau has been a Research Scientist at the "Analog Garage" innovation lab of Analog Devices in Boston, MA since 2017. He is developing systems that bridge algorithms and hardware, with particular focus on wireless, machine learning, and biomedical systems.  He completed S.M. and Ph.D. degrees at MIT, and a Bachelor's degree at the University of Waterloo, Canada, all in Electrical Engineering.  He has worked in a number of internship positions, most recently at Texas Instruments, and Intel, and previously with five Canadian firms spanning the energy, telecommunications, medicine, and defence sectors. He has received many awards, including the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, the MIT Harold Hazen teaching award, and the Governor General of Canada's Academic Medal.