The MoboSens team consists of a professor, scientists, engineers and graduate students from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Center for Super Computing Applications. MoboSens enters the competition with a novel environmental sensor technology based on mobile phone computing platform, enabling citizen participatory environmental health monitoring on a wireless cell phone network. Summoned by the same passion for solving global water health challenges and the same curiosity for new health and water sensing technologies, six young and vibrant innovators came together under the leadership of Dr. Logan Liu. Dr. Liu is a renowned sensor inventor, engineering educator and presidential awardee at University of Illinois.
MoboSens team members are very diverse in gender, ethnicity, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Each of them brings their unique expertise and ideas to the team. Some of them had prior experience in serving poor villages in South America for safe drinking water issues. Some of them conducted outreach activities in promoting water cleaning services to underprivileged minority communities in the United States. Some of them had successful business management experience with millions of dollars’ worth of assets. Some of them had family business in manufacturing. Some of them had proven track records in patent technology innovation, scientific publications and product commercialization. Such diverse and yet synergistic capabilities from all team members have made the MoboSens team unique and well-suited for the competition.
About Team Leader
Prof. Dr. Logan Liu obtained his Ph.D. degree in bioengineering from University of California-Berkeley and UC-San Francisco in 2006. From 2006 to 2008, he finished his postdoctoral training in the Helen Diller comprehensive cancer center at San Francisco as well as Lawrence Livermore national lab in Livermore, CA where he was a Department of Energy Lawrence fellow. In 2008 he joined University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Bioengineering. He is also a faculty fellow of National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).
He has published over 80 journal and conference papers as well as several book chapters. His research focuses on designing and developing integrative bionano and microfluidic technologies and devices for the applications of advanced nanomanufacturing, bioimaging, cancer diagnostics and therapy, environmental sensing and mobile health.