In the event, held on Tuesday, 15 March 2022, 16:00-19:00, the ten teams that had gone through the training at the Startup Camp and developed their company ideas, pitched their companies on stage to a panel of entrepreneur experts, the other nine teams, and all business coaches at Chalmers Ventures. DeepTrack obtained the first place among the ten participants. Congrats!
Here a few pictures from the final pitching event of the Startup Camp.
The two complementary posters focused on the experimental and theoretical/numerical aspects of a system constituted by a micron-sized gold flake suspended in a solution of water-lutidine at critical concentration above a gold-coated substrate. The dynamic of such a system is driven by the interplay of Casimir-Lifshitz forces and critical Casimir forces, which, under convenient circumstances, are the keystone to prevent stiction.
The other two Poster Prizes were awarded to Ariane Soret ( University of Luxembourg, with the poster: Forces Induced by Quantum Mesoscopic Coherent Effects) and Fred Hucht (University of Duisburg-Essen, with the poster: The Square-Lattice Ising Model on the Rectangle).
The Poster Prizes recipients’ names were announced during the closing session on 17 February. Each prize consisted in 100 EUR, which in the case of Agnese and Falko will be shared equally between the two. Andrea Gambassi, who made the announcement on the behalf of the organizers, amusingly mentioned the custom of equally sharing the Nobel Prize.
The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation is a private institution that supports scientific research and education with an emphasis on physics. It was established in 1963 by Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Heraeus and his wife Else Heraeus. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation is Germany’s most important private institution funding physics.
The Soft Matter Lab is involved in six presentations at the OSA Biophotonic Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences 2021, topical meeting of Optical Manipulation and its Applications.
Moreover, three of the presentations were selected as finalists for the best student paper in the topical meeting of Optical Manipulation and its Applications.
Giovanni Volpe has been awarded a new European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant on Wednesday, December 9th 2020.
The title of his project is “Microscopic Active Particles with Embodied Intelligence”.
Active particles and active matter research tries to understand and replicate the characteristics of living microorganisms in artificial systems. Over billions of years of evolution, living organisms have developed complex strategies to survive and thrive. The artificial active particles are still incapable of autonomous information processing.
Giovanni Volpe’s project aims to address three main challenges in the current research on active matter:
Make active particles capable of autonomous information processing.
Optimize the behavioral strategies of individual active particles.
Optimize the interactions between active particles.
Aykut Argun (Soft Matter Lab) and Stefano Bo (MPI Dresden) participated in the AnDi Challenge, the Anomalous Diffusion challenge, in all the nine categories.
The challenge consisted of different tasks, specifically:
Task 1 – Inference of the anomalous diffusion exponent α.
Task 2 – Classification of the diffusion model.
Task 3 – Segmentation of trajectories.
Each task included modalities for different number of dimensions (1D, 2D and 3D), for a total of 9 subtasks.
Approximately 20 teams from all the world participated in the challenge.
Aykut’s and Stefano’s team, eduN, ranked in the first three positions in all the categories. EduN won the 1st place in 4 of the categories, i.e., Task 2 (1D and 2D), and Task 3 (1D and 3D), the 2nd place in another 4 categories, and 3rd in the remaining category.
The details and the information about the final results can be found on ANDI Challenge final results page: http://www.andi-challenge.org/ (select: Learn the Details and then Final Results)
Giovanni Volpe has been awarded with the ERC Proof of Concept Grant for the research project LUCERO: Smart Optofluidic micromanipulation of Biological Samples.
The grant, consisting of 150k EUR, is meant to commercialize the research project LUCERO, providing an innovative method that combines artificial intelligence and optical tweezers to analyze cells easily and inexpensively.
The current technologies for cell analysis have many limitations: they require access to a large number of cells and considerable expertise. The available methods are also labor-intensive and in some cases the cells are destroyed.
The new method developed in LUCERO simplifies the work and lowers the costs of biomedical research by allowing ordinary standard microscopes, which are already in use in biomedical laboratories, to be used to perform the cell analysis.
The method of LUCERO can be used in several areas, from artificial insemination to forensic medicine. It has potentially a large commercial market.
Giovanni Volpe expects that LUCERO will provide around 20 jobs for university-trained experts and researchers within the next five years.
The project LUCERO has already received initial funding and support from two different organizations (Venture Cup and SPIE). Two doctoral students, Falko Schmidt and Martin B. Mojica, are part of LUCERO’s contributors team.
In addition, Lucero was awarded one of the three Early Stage Entrepreneurship Travel Grants to attend the semi-final.
The start-up is aiming to make cutting-edge laser technology easy to use and available to anyone by combining it with commercial microscope. The product and software combo utilizes optical tweezers in a brand-new way – and bridges the gap between physics and other scientific fields that would greatly benefit from easier access to this tool.