Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) represents a modern field in engineering with a significant impact on industrial applications. By combining together electrical, mechanical, thermal and optical elements, MEMS revolutionize the market of sensors and actuators. Clearly, each discipline mentioned above is a long-established and thoroughly researched field. However, there are still many MEMS phenomena left to be explored. The reason is twofold:
- MEMS are fabricated in the micrometer scale and microscale-related phenomena have not yet been fully researched
- MEMS allow merging many disciplines together and, therefore, mutual dependencies in the microscale between previously unrelated domains are created. Thus, it leads to appearing new research areas when two or more domains meet.
The complexity, multi-domain character and diversity of MEMS devices require the designers to specialize in several interdisciplinary domains in order to create a successful design. Currently, there are many research groups across Europe involved in one particular discipline. However, only few of them may have researchers specializing in all of them, which may limit or even impede MEMS research in Europe.
Therefore, the primary objective of the project is to combine efforts of European research teams for the purpose of forming an international interdisciplinary group working on a project of a MEMS device (EduMEMS), which incorporates multi-domain phenomena. Each partner involved in the project specializes in at least one research field related to MEMS. The researchers from each domain will be sent to other partners to work on the project and organize courses and lectures related to their specialization. Each partner will then gain knowledge about the domain, which previously he has not specialized in. As a result, each partner should expand their narrowly-specialized research to other disciplines and become capable of performing multi-domain MEMS research independently.
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