Materials As Machines

#WIE #IEEE_Toronto #sensors #actuators #biomedical #soft_robotics

Join the IEEE Toronto Instrumentation & Measurement – Robotics & Automation Joint Chapter for a talk on the Materials As Machines, presented by Dr. Irina Garces from Carleton University.

Wednesday, August 21, 2024 @ 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Abstract: The Materials as Machines Lab specializes in developing systems and devices geared toward producing material systems that can adapt or be tailored to variable operating conditions. Our focus lies in the development of smart material systems applicable across a spectrum of fields, including deployable actuators, manipulators, soft robotics, wearables, and biomedical applications. Leveraging additive manufacturing, these innovative material systems offer practical, cost-effective solutions for engineering challenges. By integrating sensors into multifunctional actuating materials, we create dynamic structures and assemblies capable of self-sensing and adaptation.

In this presentation, Dr. Garces will present their ongoing research on self-sensing actuation, tailored additive manufacturing, and explore the transformative potential of this technology in prosthetics, and examine its diverse applications across industries.


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  • Date: 21 Aug 2024
  • Time: 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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  • Starts 13 June 2024 12:00 AM
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Irina Garces, Ph.D.


Dr. Irina Garces is an Assistant Professor at Carleton University. She obtained her Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, where she specialized in composite-smart materials such as bio, multifunctional nanomaterials, and additive manufacturing of shape memory composites, nanocomposites and multi-materials parts. Her work included developing, modelling, and manufacturing additive-manufactured shape memory polymers for field applications. Dr. Garces designed a manufacturing method, developed viscoelastic models to predict the behaviour of complex polymers, and produced self-sensing actuators. She has designed and built various polymer processing equipment and mechatronic systems, such as spinning, winding and extrusion equipment. She has also contributed to the development of additive manufacturing of biomedical parts. She has developed processing and manufacturing techniques for diverse materials such as commercial polymers, cellulose-based, carbon fibers and biobased polymers. Dr. Garces is the founder of the Materials as Machines Lab at Carleton University.