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Jan 13 2023

Microfluidics, COVID-19 detection, and microrobotics from a computer engineering perspective

ECE 595 Department Seminar Series

January 13, 2023

12:00 AM - 12:15 PM


Lecture Center C6


802 S Halsted, Chicago, IL 60607

Microfluidics, COVID-19 detection, and microrobotics from a computer engineering perspective

Presenter: Igor Paprotny, UIC

Abstract: As a computer scientist working on MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) Paprotny's interests lie in the development of applied microsystems, in particular in the domains of sensors, microfluidics, and microrobotics. In this talk, Paprotny's ongoing reserach in these fields, specifically focusing on his lab's latest developments in the area of air-microfluidics, airborne pathogen sensing, and robotics, will be described. He will present the BioAerium concept, which will allow for near real-time detection of airborne pathogens. This talk will empahsize some of the challenges related to bio-aerosol sensing in ambient environment, and touch on some of the unique solutions that were developed to be able to test our detection methods to detect the emerging variants of COVID-19.

Speaker bio: Igor Paprotny is an associate professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Illinois Chicago. He received his PhD  in computer science from Dartmouth College, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center from 2008 to 2013.  His research interests include microrobotics, energy systems sensing, bio-aerosol sensing, and air-microfluidics. He has authored five book chapters, over 50 papers in journals and conferences, and holds six patents. Paprotny has been named the Inventor of the Year 2022 for his work on airborn pathogen sensing together with his colaborator Michael Caffrey at the UIC Medical School.

Faculty Host: Zhichun Zhu (


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Date posted

Jan 19, 2023

Date updated

Jan 19, 2023