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The paradigm of sensing has typically mirrored the human body’s way of obtaining information. Cameras replicate sight, microphones replicate hearing, and transducers replicate tactility. Terahertz imaging extends sensory capabilities by moving beyond the realm of the human body. By using electromagnetic waves with terahertz frequencies, imaging devices can be designed such that they can penetrate structures and simultaneously provide information about their chemistry. Sensors based on this technology are already being used to enhance path planning in self-driving cars and detect previously ‘invisible’ explosives. The market for THz devices is expected to grow by 35% annually and exceed 0 million by 2021.
About the Presenter, Aki Ueda: Aki Ueda’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of immune cell biology and the progression of autoimmune diseases. By better understanding the way inflammatory cells develop, change, and interact with their surroundings, she hopes to contribute to improved treatments for ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. Aki currently is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Northwestern University in the Microbiology-Immunology department. Aki completed her PhD from Northwestern University, in Biomedical Sciences, from the Dermatology department in 2012. During this time, she was a recipient of the 2-year and 1-year Pre-Doctoral Fellowships from the American Heart Association. She completed her BA in Biology from Cornell in 2006.