Computer Science

Computer Science Colloquium

Ass.-Prof. Dr. Mirela Alistar
ATLAS Institute, Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Mobile Microfluidics

Thu 16.05.2019, 11:00, 60 minutes
JKU, Science Park 2, room S2 046


In this talk, I argue that achieving true mobility in microfluidics would revolutionize the domain, by making laboratory services accessible during traveling or even in daily situations, such as sport and outdoor activities. I present the existing efforts to achieve mobility in microfluidics, and I discuss the conditions mobile biochips need to satisfy. In particular, I show how I adapted an existing biochip for mobile use, and I present the results when using it during a train ride. Based on that, and our systematic discussion, I identify the challenges that need to be overcome at technical, usability and society levels. In analogy to the history of computing, I make some predictions on the future evolution of mobile biochips. In my vision, mobile biochips will disrupt how people interact with a wide range of healthcare processes, including medical testing and synthesis of on-demand medicine.


Mirela (assistant professor, ATLAS Institute, Computer Science) investigates the extent to which we can change healthcare to make it a personal process. Her research focuses around microfluidic biochips, devices that enable direct interaction of humans with their microbiome for diagnosis purposes. So far Mirela has built systems based on biochips to serve as personal laboratories: small portable devices that people can own and use to develop customized bio-protocols ("bioapps"). Mirela is an active contributor to the DIYBio movement, having led and co-founded community wetlabs. In this context, she organizes interactive performances, art installations and open workshops, in order to engage the public in direct interaction with living materials (e.g., bacteria, viruses, fungi). Mirela received her PhD from the Technical University of Denmark in 2014, and until 2018, she was a postdoc in Patrick Baudish's lab at Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany. Mirela's work is published in top-tier journals and conferences (IEEE TCAD) and has been demonstrated at venues such as IEEE ESWeek and Molecular Communications. Mirela has served as a guest editor for Current Biotechnology journal (CBNT) and as a reviewer for venues such as Applied Materials and Interfaces, DATE, TCAD, ToDAES, NanoCom and UIST.
Invited by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Robert Wille, Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen, Abteilung Integrierter Schaltungs- und Systementwurf

The Computer Science Colloquium is organized by the Department of Coputer Science at JKU, the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Informatik (ÖGI) and the Österreichische Computergesellschaft (OCG).
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