John Sarik

John Sarik earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University in April 2013. For his dissertation “Systems for Pervasive Electronics and Interfaces” he prototyped energy harvesting wireless sensor nodes and developed lab exercises to teach the fundamentals of display science and technology.
During his studies he has worked in the Microdevices Division at IBM Tokyo Research Lab on modeling vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) structures and in the Sensor and Devices Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge on integrating 3D printing and printable electronics.
He is currently the Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering of Lumiode, Inc. Lumiode is developing a new microdisplay platform that is 30 times brighter and 10 times more efficient than other technologies. This platform can be applied to visible light applications (head-mounted displays, projection displays, augmented reality) and non-visible light applications (depth mapping, 3D printing).

Talk: Applications of unconventional electronics

The Columbia Laboratory for Unconventional Electronics (CLUE) combines new materials and fabrication techniques to create novel sensors, actuators, and displays that can be large, flexible, non-planar, and grown directly on unusual substrates. We have developed a collection of devices, such as transistors, light-emitting diodes, photodetectors, photovoltaics, batteries, and piezoelectric and ferroelectric elements, which can be easily integrated into complex systems. For example, these devices have been used to build Energy Harvesting Active Networked Tags (EnHANTs), which are small, flexible, and energetically self-reliant devices that can be attached to objects that are not traditionally networked. These tags will provide the infrastructure for novel tracking applications. This talk will provide a brief overview of CLUE and the EnHANTs project and discuss their application to adaptive architecture.