Integrated Bionic MicroSystems Laboratory

 

At the iBionics Lab, our vision is to introduce conceptually novel neural engineering methodologies to interface artificial systems with biological organisms towards the next generation bionic cyber-physical systems. Broadly, we perform research at the intersection of bioMEMS (micro-electro-mechanical-systems), microelectronics, biophysics, electrochemistry and robotics. Our research efforts focus on the development and use of implantable and wearable biomedical microsystems for various in vivo and in vitro applications at different biocomplexity levels. We are particularly interested in biophotonics based brain machine interfaces, physiological and behavioral sensing through body area networks, remote control of locomotion in insects, and neuro-electronic interfaces with developing tissues and organisms.

One of the most efficient methods in the history of engineering has been “biomimetics” where researchers have looked at nature, learned from existing biosystems, and applied different engineering principles to mimic them when solving real life problems. As a result, many useful inventions have part of our daily lives. Despite our advances, we humans are still limited in our understanding and ability to mimic the more complicated properties of biological machines (such as autonomy and intelligence). To overcome these limitations, we follow an unconventional approach by fusing biological systems with artificial ones using novel engineering approaches. It is an interdisciplinary path that involves the intersection of neural engineering, MEMS, microelectronics, and biophysics.

We use the concept of “bionics” to contribute to the greater efforts of building a new cyber-physical, systems-based era where everything is connected through the Internet of Things.

Dr. Alper Bozkurt is the founder and director of the iBionics Lab. With over a decade of experience in the fields of Bioinstrumentation, Biomechatronics, and Biomimetic Systems, Dr. Bozkurt has a wealth of knowledge to help guide new research for solving complicated problems. His contribution to the advancement of science and research has been acknowledged with many different awards including the IBM Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and the IEEE Sensors Council Young Professional Award. He has authored over a dozen journal articles, more than 40 conference proceedings, and several book chapters. His wise leadership is an important part of the iBionics Lab and its success.

Latest News

January-July 2018

  • iBionics Lab attends IEEE EMBC 2018 in Honolulu Hawaii with three papers.
  • Dr. Bozkurt delivered an invited talk at IBM under “Back to School” Talk Series at RTP.
  • Dr. Bozkurt was listed in Drexel’s 40 Under 40 List celebrating outstanding alumni.
  • Dr. Bozkurt serves as the Chair of the IEEE Sensors Council’s Young Professionals Award Committee.
  • iBionicS Lab opens a booth in NC State Open House and Dr. Bozkurt serves as a Host Faculty by delivering the Introduction to ECE talk.
  • Our work on ASSIST prototyping was featured under the IEEE Pulse article “Toward Better Management for Asthma: From Smart Inhalers to Injections to Wearables, Researchers Are Finding New Ways to Improve Asthma Treatment”
  • Dr. Bozkurt presented an invited talk under King Abdullah University of Science and Technology under Red Palm Weevil Workshop.
  • Our research prototypes were showcased in TransNatural Museum at Amsterdam, the Netherlands for public viewing during their Robotanica 2017 exhibition, Dutch Design Week in and Tolhuistuin outdoor exhibition in Amsterdam.
  • Our research prototypes are on display for Rijksmuseum Boerhaave at Leiden, the Netherlands for public viewing.
  • iBionics opened a booth at NC Museum of Natural Sciences for the event Finally Friday: Where Cinema meets Science to celebrate bicentennial celebration of Frankenstein.
  • iBionicS hosted Erika Wood FH Campus Wien in Austria and Marshall Memorial Fellowship awardee.
  • iBionicS work on wearables was highlighted on NC State Results 2018 magazine.
  • Our book chapter on “Fiber-Based Sensors: Enabling Next Generation Ubiquitous Textile Systems” has been published under the Elsevier “Wearable Technology in Medicine and Healthcare”.
  • Dr. Bozkurt served in the Technical Program Committee of Smart Medical and Physiological Sensor Technologies Conference as part of SPIE’s Defense + Commercial Sensing Symposium
  • Our joint paper with CIIGAR Lab is presented at IBM’s ICA CON 2018 in Tokyo Japan.
  • Michael McKnight and Talha Agcayazi presents two posters on 7th Annual Flexible and Printed Electronics Conference (FlexTech 2018) in Monterey, CA.
  • iBionicS Lab members attended to the Design Thinking Workshop at IBM Hamilton Square in Washington DC.
  • Dr. Bozkurt served in the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE International Conference on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks (BSN) 2018.

January-December 2017

  • NewsRx and Biotech Week covered our joint work with imec Belgium on a compressive sampling photoplethysmographic (PPG) integrated circuit.
  • Dr Bozkurt received the 2017 IBM Faculty Award.
  • Pest Control Technology Magazine covers our work on using drones and insect biobots to map disaster areas link
  • iBionicS Lab attended the “Innovation Workshop: NC Plant Sciences Initiative for Big Data Research”.
  • iBionicS Lab had a booth presentation at Smithsonian National Museum of American History in DC under ACCELERATE Festival link, link)
  • iBionicS Lab has contributed to “NC State Plant Sciences Initiative: A Strategic Plan for Using Technologies to Understand Complex Data and Improve Decision Making”.
  • Dr. Bozkurt delivered an invited talk at the Sensors Expo & Conference 2017.
  • iBionicS Lab opened a booth in NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Adult Night event on Harry Potter Theme. This series of events allows people ages 21 and older to explore the museum at night while engaging in various science activities that relate to a theme.
  • Dr. Bozkurt was nominated by NC State for Moore Inventor Fellowship.
  • Our biobot work was covered in Newsweek’s gaming and geek culture website, Player. link
  • Dr. Bozkurt delivered an Invited talk at SPIE Biosening and Nanomedicine Conference.
  • Our work on biobots was featured in New York Post article “How playing with bugs could save the world”.
  • iBionicS mentored CATALYST team was visited by the NC Governor Roy Cooper link link
  • Dr. Bozkurt was interviewed by Radio In vivo about our work on cyber enabled bionic organisms link
  • iBionics Lab and our PhD Student James Reynolds organized a Summer Camp in collaboration with NC State The Science House Imhotep Academy on BioInstrumentation 1 week for Wake County students and 1 week for Vance County students hosting students from minority backgrounds in STEM.
  • We provided materials for Youtube Red’s show Mind Field for their Season 2.
  • Our biobots work was covered by Contagiuous Magazine on February 15, 2017.
  • Our work on biobots was in Science Daily article “Tracking the movement of cyborg cockroach” on February 27, 2017.
  • Our collaboration with Profusa was highlighted in Chemistry World link
  • iBionics mentored CATALYST Team reached the final stage of Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam competition and won the Technical Achievement Award. Talha, Evan and Marc traveled to Boston with the Team to provide support on their project “A Cow Lameness Detection System”.
  • iBionicS Lab opened a booth during NC BREATHE Conference.
  • iBionicS Lab hosted more than ten 9th graders from Bradford Academy in Mebane for a lab tour.
  • Former iBionicS student Brinna Bent used iBionicS equipment to offer a class to senior citizens under Osher Lifelong Learning Instititute at Duke University.
  • James Reynolds serves as the Education and Outreach Chair for ASSIST Center.
  • Talha Agcayazi and James Reynolds served as the President and Vice-President of the ECE Graduate Student Association.
  • James Reynolds attends Phenome 2018.
  • Our review paper on “Flexible Interconnects for Electronic Textiles” has been published by Advanced Materials Technologies.
  • iBionicS collaborates with Guiding Eyes for the Blind Foundation for developing smart harnesses for temperament assessment of trained puppies (supported by IBM). link link
  • Michael McKnight was Awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Scholar of the Year for NCSU College of Engineering. Big congrats!
  • iBionicS’ collaborative paper on skin impedance sensing with Zhu Lab becomes a cover article on Advanced Healthcare Materials and was one of the most downloaded and read publications in 2017.
  • iBionicS Lab and PhD student James Reynolds has a presentation about the 2017 Summer Camp at North Carolina Science Teachers Association Professional Development Institute Conference at Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.
  • Dr. Bozkurt served in NC State ECE Strategic Planning Committee.
  • iBionicS Lab opens a booth in NC State Open House.
  • Our joint paper with IMEC Belgium on “A 172 μW Compressively Sampled Photoplethysmographic (PPG) readout ASIC with Heart Rate Estimation Directly from Compressively Sampled Data” has been published by IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.
  • James and Talha participate in the IEEE International S&M Student Contest in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • James Dieffenderfer defended his PhD thesis and leading two start ups he spun-off NC State. Congrats Jimmy!
  • iBionicS hosts summer REU Chadwick Gilligan.
  • Jose Manuel Valero Sarmiento defends his PhD thesis and is now with Intel. Congrats Jose!.
  • Our joint work with CIIGAR Lab on “Creating an Evaluation System for Future Guide Dogs: A Case Study of Designing for Both Human and Canine Needs” was presented at ACI 2017 in Milton Keynes, UK.
  • Michael McKnight presents his multimodal sensors for monitoring the prosthetic socket at the ECE GSA symposium.
  • Talha passed his qualifier exam.
  • Talha wins the 2nd place at FLEX conference Innovators of the Future Award. Congrats Talha!
  • iBionicS hosted 5 undergraduate researchers (Charles Hood, Max Gordon, Cory White, Cole Tullos, Tanya Mittal, Tuli Ghosh).
  • Our paper on “Roach Biobots: Toward Reliability and Optimization of Control” has been published by IEEE Pulse.
  • Michael passed the preliminary oral exam. Congrats Michael!
  • Katie Walker defended her MS Thesis. Congrats Katie!
  • Our joint paper with Zhu Lab on “A Wearable Hydration Sensor with Conformal Nanowire Electrodes” has been published by Advanced Healthcare Materials.
  • Charles Hood and Joseph Tullos received the ECE Undergraduate Scholarship and ASSIST Fellowship.
  • Timothy Holder, Tanner Songkakul, Hannah Kausche, Parvez Ahmmed joined us as PhD students. Welcome folks!
  • Michael McKnight presents at ECE GSA Poster Day.
  • Peter Sotory passed the prelim exam. Congrats Peter!
  • James Reynolds passed the qualifier exam. Congrats James!
  • Our paper on “In vitro evaluation of an injectable EEG/ECG sensor for wireless monitoring of hibernation in endangered animal species” has been published IEEE Sensors Journal.
  • Dr. Bozkurt delivered an invited talk on our work on “Shedding Light to Sleep Studies” at SPIE Biosensing and Nanomedicine Conference in San Diego, CA.
  • Our joint work with CIIGAR Lab on “Stimulus Control for Semi-autonomous Computer Canine-Training” was presented at Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems Palo Alto, CA and published by Springer.
  • Dr Bozkurt offered two talks at Cambridge Display Devices in UK and Holst Center, Eindhoven, Netherlands.
  • Our patent application on “Smart sensing systems and related methods” was filed by NC State.

April-December 2016

  • iBionicS members (Dr. Bozkurt, Talha, Evan amd Marc) sponsored and mentored the CATALYST team at the Science House including 22 high school students with disabilities from 20 high schools from across North Carolina. The Catalyst InvenTeam also received a letter of support from President Obama. link
    Dr. Bozkurt was a panelist in “Science in the Movies” Series, Part 2: “Bugs: Fear, Fascination and Fantasy” organized by North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State Hunt Library.
  • Michael McKnight serves as the President of the Student Leadership Council at NSF Engineering Research Center for ASSIST.
  • iBionicS hosts summer REU Justin Kuhn.
  • iBionics Lab presented 4 papers at IEEE EMBC 2018 in Orlando, FL.
  • iBionics Lab hosted students from YBM/YBW (Young Black Men/Young Black Women) Leadership Alliance (top 100 African American male and female students in Charlotte area).
  • Michael McKnight is a Best Student Paper Finalist at IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference. Congrats Michael!
  • iBionics Lab receive funding from NSF Smart Connected Health Program to generate a “Novel Textile based Sensors for Inner Prosthetic Socket Environment Monitoring” . link
  • Talha presents a paper on infant hydration sensing at IEEE VCACS Conference
  • Evan Williams and Marc Foster joined us as a PhD student. Welcome Evan and Marc!
  • Tahmid defended his PhD thesis and is now a postdoc at NC State ASSIST Center. Congrats Tahmid!
  • Rita defended her thesis and is now with Intel. We will miss you Rita!
  • Dr. Vladimir Pozdin from Cornell University to iBionics and BioInterface Labs as a postdoc.
  • Our paper on “Wearable Heart Rate Sensor Systems for Wireless Canine Health Monitoring” was published by IEEE Sensors Journal.
  • iBionicS and BioInterface Labs receive NIH and DARPA commercialization grants with Profusa, Inc. link
  • Dr. Bozkurt serves as a member of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative, Plant Data Sciences Subgroup.
  • Dr. Bozkurt serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Sensors Journal.
  • Dr. Bozkurt’s team received the Honorable Mention in EPA Smart City Air Challenge.
  • Our paper on “Sound Localization Sensors for Search and Rescue Biobots” was published by IEEE Sensors Journal.
  • Dr. Bozkurt received the IEEE Sensors Council Young Professional Award.
  • Michael McKnight was Best Paper Finalist at the IEEE International Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology in Orlanda, FL. Congrats Michael!
  • Our joint paper with CIIGAR Lab on “Balancing Noise Sensitivity, Response Latency, and Posture Accuracy for a Computer-Assisted Canine Posture Training System” was published by International Journal on Human Computer Studies, Special Issue on Animal Computer Interaction. Dr. Bozkurt co-mentored two senior design teams: GlucoBand Team, Plant Growth Monitor Team.
  • iBionicS Lab hosted 6 undergraduate researchers (Eric Beppler, Brinnae Bent, Hannah Kausche, Kevin Keller, Bailey Blankenship, Charles Hood).
  • Hannah Kausche and Bailey Blankenship received the ASSIST Fellowship.
  • Our paper on “A Biobotic Distributed Sensor Network for Under Rubble Search and Rescue” was published by IEEE Computer, Special Issue Emergency Response.
  • Dr. Bozkurt served as a technical committee member for IEEE Sensors Conference.
  • Eric Beppler and Kevin Keller received the ECE Undergraduate Scholarship.
  • Rita Brugarolas’ team won the IEEE Body Sensor Networks (BSN 2016) Hackathon.
  • iBionicS continued to host North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and other local high school students over summer to perform research on applied bioelectricity.
  • Dr. Bozkurt presented an invited talk at University of Pennsylvania.
  • Our paper on “Low Power Wearable Systems for Continuous Monitoring of Environment and Health for Chronic Respiratory Disease” was published by IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.
  • Our joint work with CIIGAR Lab “Smart Connected Canines: IoT Design Considerations for the Lab, Home, and Mission-critical Environments” was presented at 37th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, Princeton, NJ.
  • iBionics Lab presented 5 papers at IEEE SENSORS 2018 in Orland, FL. Rita presented her work on “Towards a wearable system for continuous monitoring of sniffing and panting in dogs” at IEEE Body Sensor Networks Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Jose presented a demo about our joint work on “Compressive sampling photoplethysmographic readout IC” at IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2016.
  • Dr. Bozkurt presented an invited talk at “All Things Open” Conference.
  • iBionicS Lab opens a booth at NC Museum of Natural Science’s BugFest.
  • Bailey joined our lab as an undergraduate student and receives the ASSIST Fellowship.