At the Metasonics Lab, we use sound to sense the world in new ways

Our research areas include

Acoustics for the Internet-of-Things

We use ultrasound to power & communicate with battery-free sensors in challenging environments. For example, our underwater sensors can operate with the tiny power harvested from sound. Our sensors also use sound to wirelessly transmit their readings eliminating the need for any batteries. Our vision is to deploy these sensors at scale in rivers and oceans to monitor underwater circulation and water quality.

Acoustic Metamaterials

We translate cutting-edge theoretical concepts in physics and material science into practical solutions. Using 3D-printing, we created new materials and structures that guide sound in new ways beyond natural materials. Our materials can guide acoustic & ultrasonic waves underwater and in-air to make them more directional and focus their power at smaller spots for harvesting energy efficiently.

Ultrasonic Imaging

We love crossing disciplines to build systems that solve real-world problems. We build systems and develop algorithms to push the imaging resolution of ultrasound and enable new applications. Our most recent technology captures microscale defects in additively manufactured aerospace components of different shapes and sizes. Using our technology, aerospace manufacturers will soon build critical aircraft parts rapidly using additive manufacturing without sacrificing safety.

IoT Transducers

We model, design, and build acoustic transducers (ultrasonic probes, hydrophones, communication transducers) to generate and capture ultrasonic waves in multiple domains (water/tissue/metals/air). We tailor them for new applications including  smart health, ocean IoT, and imaging 3D-printed metals. 

Our inventions impacts a wide range of applications

Biomedical Implants & Imaging

Underwater Communication & Sensing

Industrial NDT, Automation, & Monitoring

Our Tools

Electro-Piezo-Acoustic Modeling

Our work is at the forefront of acoustic materials & system designs. We use theory to develop models & equations that guide our understanding of ultrasonic systems and help us identify bottlenecks in our implementations

High-Fidelity Multiphysics Simulations

We use numerical simulations such as FEM & raytracing to visualize acoustic wave propagation and characterize complex ultrasonic transducers & systems

Multi-Domain Acoustic Testing & Automation

In our lab, theory and experiments go hand in hand. We develop and visualize new concepts in the morning & build rigorous experiments to validate them in the afternoon. 

Interdisciplinary Integration & System Design

Our goal is to develop technologies that solve real-world problems. We take our ideas from basic concepts to functional systems and prototypes by integrating solutions across domains

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