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Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor David Cumming, Professor Steve Furber CBE FREng FRS and Professor Douglas Paul
Moore’s Law of scaling has driven microelectronics to revolutionise computer and communication technologies. In the 21st Century, microelectronics will deliver integration of new and non-electronic functionality for optical, chemical and biological systems. In this scientific meeting international leaders will be brought together to discuss the diverse opportunities and methodologies that will define this exciting field in the next 20 years.
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Biographies of the organisers and speakers are available below and recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the event. Papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions A.
This meeting is immediately followed by a related satellite meeting at the Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre.
This event is intended for researchers in relevant fields and is free to attend. There are a limited number of places and registration is essential. An optional lunch is offered and should be booked during registration (all major credit cards accepted).
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Professor David Cumming, University of Glasgow, UKChair: Sessions 1 and 4
David Cumming is the Professor of Electronic Systems at Glasgow University. He has B.Eng. (Glasgow, 1989) and Ph.D. (Cambridge, 1993) degrees and previously worked for STMicroelectronics and the University of Canterbury, NZ. He has held 1851 and EPSRC Research Fellowships. He is Head of Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering, a research unit of 25 academic staff, and leads the Microsystem Technology Group in the School of Engineering at GU. His research focuses on the design and implementation of highly integrated microsystems for applications including biomedical diagnostic sensing and imaging technologies. There is a considerable emphasis on VLSI design, photonics and micro/nanofabrication. He has published extensively in leading journals and conferences, giving invited talks world-wide. He is C.Eng, FIET and holds a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award. He is Chair of the IEEE-EDS Scotland Chapter, an AE for IEEE Trans. BioCAS and is a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council.
Professor Steve Furber CBE FREng FRS, University of Manchester, UKChair: Session 2
Steve Furber CBE FRS FREng is the ICL Professor of Computer Engineering in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. He received his B.A. degree in Mathematics in 1974 and his PhD in Aerodynamics in 1980 from the University of Cambridge. From 1980 to 1990 he worked in the hardware development group within the R&D department at Acorn Computers Ltd, and was a principal designer of the BBC Microcomputer and the ARM 32-bit RISC microprocessor. He moved to his present position at Manchester in 1990, where he leads the Advanced Processor Technologies research groups with interests in many-core architecture, low-power and asynchronous digital design, and neural systems engineering.
Professor Douglas Paul, University of Glasgow, UKChair: Session 3
Douglas Paul has a MA and a PhD from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Institute of Physics, and was an EPSRC Advanced Fellow in the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge before moving to the University of Glasgow in 2007. Prof Paul presently sits on a number of U.K. government department committees including the MOD Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC), the Home Office CBRN Scientific Advisory Committee, Government Office of Science and previously sat on DTI Foresight Committees. He was one of the editors for the 1st Technology Roadmap on European Nanoelectronics, a significant part of which is now in the ITRS Roadmap Future Emerging Technology section. He sits on the scientific advisory committees of 5 international meetings. His research interests include nanofabrication, Si/SiGe heterostructures, nanoelectronics, quantum devices, silicon photonics, terahertz systems, sensors and thermoelectrics.
Dr Jo De Boeck, SVP & CTO IMEC InternationalGame changing technologies for life sciences
Jo De Boeck received his engineering degree in 1986 and his PhD degree in 1991 from the University of Leuven. Since 1991 he is a staff member of imec (Leuven). He has been a NATO Science Fellow at Bellcore (USA, 1991-92) and AST-fellow in the Joint Research Center for Atom Technology (Japan, 1998). In his research career, he has been leading activities on integration of novel materials at device level and new functionalities at systems level. In 2003 he became Associate Vice President at IMEC for the Microsystems division and in 2005 started Holst Centre (Eindhoven) and became CEO of IMEC-Netherlands. From 2009 to 2011 he headed imec’s unit Smart Systems and Energy Technology as Senior Vice President in the imec group. In 2011 he was appointed CTO of imec corporate. He is part-time professor at the KU Leuven and visiting professor at the TU Delft.
Dr Andrew Mason, Michigan State University, USALab-on-CMOS bioelectrochemical microsystems
Andrew J Mason received the BS in Physics with highest distinction from Western Kentucky University in 1991, the BSEE with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992, and the MS and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1994 and 2000, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. His research explores mixed-signal circuits and microfabricated structures for integrated microsystems in biomedical and environmental monitoring applications. Current projects include wearable/implantable electrochemical and bioelectronic sensors systems, microfabricated electrochemical sensor arrays, array signal processing algorithms and hardware, and post-CMOS integration of sensing, instrumentation, and microfluidics. Dr. Mason is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), an Associate Editor for two professional journals, and was co-General Chair of the 2011 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference. He is a recipient of the 2006 Michigan State University Teacher-Scholar Award and the 2010 Withrow Award for Teaching Excellence.
Professor Kazuo Nakazato, Nagoya University, JapanChemistry integrated circuit - integration of chemical system on CMOS integrated circuit
Nakazato was born in Japan on 18 October, 1952. He received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Tokyo in 1975, 1977, and 1980, respectively. In 1981 he joined the Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo, working on high-speed silicon self-aligned bipolar devices SICOS (sidewall base contact structure), which were adopted in main frame computer Hitachi M-880/420. In 1989 he moved to Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory, Hitachi Europe Ltd., Cambridge, England, as a senior researcher and a laboratory manager, working on experimental and theoretical study of quantum electron transport in semiconductor nano structures, including single-electron memory. Since 2004, he has been a professor of intelligent device in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan. His main concerns are BioCMOS technology, single molecule-CMOS hybrid devices, and CMOS analog circuits for integrated sensors.
Professor Chris Toumazou FRS, Imperial College London, UKDisposable semiconductor healthcare devices: from digital plasters to DNA sequencing
Chris is currently the Founding Director and Chief Scientist at The Institute of Biomedical Engineering Imperial College, London. Founder and Executive Chairman of Toumaz Technology and Chairman and CEO of DNA Electronics. Director of the Winston Wong Centre for BioInspired Technology.
He has published over 700 research papers and holds 40 patents in the field od semiconductors and healthcare many of which are now fully granted PCT. Christofer Toumazou is distinguished for his groundbreaking innovations in silicon technology and integrated circuit design. His career began with the invention and development of entirely novel concept of current-mode analogue circuitry for ultra-low-power electronic devices. For this, at 33, Chris became one of the youngest ever Professors at Imperial College, London. However, it has been his success in applying silicon chip technology to biomedical and life-science applications, most recently to DNA analysis, that is leading to new innovations in the field of genetics, molecular biology and Personalised medicine. Amongst his key inventions was that of semiconductor based DNA sequencing. Chris is the founder of three technology based companies with applications spanning ultra low-power mobile technology and wireless glucose monitors (Toumaz Technology Ltd, UK), Digital Audio Broadcasting (Future-Waves Pte Taiwan) and DNA Sequencing (DNA Electronics Ltd, UK). He has received many awards including: The Royal Society Clifford Patterson prize Lecture, entitled "The Bionic Man", for which he received The Royal Society Clifford Patterson bronze medal in 2003. He is the recipient of the 2005 IEEE CAS Education Award for pioneering contributions circuits and systems for biomedical applications. He received the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2007 for pioneering contributions to British industry. The IET Premium best paper award and the IEEE CAS outstanding young author award. Elected in 2006 to Academia Europea. Chris is also the recipient of 2007 Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal. In 2008 was appointed the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Fellowship of the Royal Society, which is the highest honour in UK science. Chris received the 2009 World Technology Award sponsored by Time Magazine for the Health & Medicine category.
Professor Giovanni De Micheli, Director of the Institute of Electrical Engineering, EPFL, SwitzerlandNanosystems: technology, architectures and applications
Giovanni De Micheli is Professor and Director of the Institute of Electrical Engineering and of the Integrated Systems Centre at EPF Lausanne, Switzerland. He is program leader of the Nano-Tera.ch program. Previously, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He holds a Nuclear Engineer degree (Politecnico di Milano, 1979), a MS and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (University of California at Berkeley, 1980 and 1983).
Professor De Micheli is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE and a member of the Academia Europaea. His research interests include several aspects of design technologies for integrated circuits and systems, such as synthesis for emerging technologies, networks on chips and 3D integration. He is also interested in heterogeneous platform design including electrical components and biosensors, as well as in data processing of biomedical information. He is author of: Synthesis and Optimization of Digital Circuits, McGraw-Hill, 1994, co-author and/or co-editor of eight other books and of over 500 technical articles. His citation h-index is 75 according to Google Scholar. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of IMEC and STMicroelectronics.
Professor De Micheli is the recipient of the 2012 IEEE/CAS Mac Van Valkenburg award for contributions to theory, practice and experimentation in design methods and tools and of the 2003 IEEE Emanuel Piore Award for contributions to computer-aided synthesis of digital systems. He received also the Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to the IEEE CAS Society in 2000, the D. Pederson Award for the best paper on the IEEE Transactions on CAD/ICAS in 1987, and several Best Paper Awards, including DAC (1983 and 1993), DATE (2005) and Nanoarch (2010 and 2012).
He has been serving IEEE in several capacities, namely: Division 1 Director (2008-9), co-founder and President Elect of the IEEE Council on EDA (2005-7), President of the IEEE CAS Society (2003), Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on CAD/ICAS (1987-2001). He has been Chair of several conferences, including DATE (2010), pHealth (2006), VLSI SOC (2006), DAC (2000) and ICCD (1989). He is a founding member of the ALaRI institute at Universita' della Svizzera Italiana (USI), in Lugano, Switzerland, where he is currently scientific counselor.
Professor Rahul Sarpeshkar, MIT, USAUltra energy efficient systems in biology, engineering, and medicine
Rahul Sarpeshkar obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics at MIT. After completing his PhD at CalTech, he joined Bell Labs as a member of the technical staff in their department of biological computation. He is currently on the faculty of MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, where he heads a research group on Analog Circuits and Biological Systems (http://www.rle.mit.edu/acbs/). He holds over 30 patents and has authored more than 120 publications, including one that was featured on the cover of Nature. His recent book, Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics: Fundamentals, Biomedical Applications, and Bio-inspired Systems has pioneered a unique ‘cytomorphic’ approach for advancing systems and synthetic biology through the universal language of analog circuits. It also provides a broad and deep treatment of the fields of ultra low power electronics and bioelectronics with applications to medical devices for the deaf, blind, paralyzed, and for cardiac monitoring. He has won several awards for his interdisciplinary bioengineering research including the NSF Career award, the ONR Young Investigator award, and the Packard Fellow award given to outstanding faculty. He was a speaker at the 2011 ‘Frontiers of Engineering’ conference hosted by the National Academy of Engineering. His recent work on a glucose fuel cell for medical implants was featured by BBC Radio, the Economist, and Science News.
Professor Florin Udrea, University of CambridgeCMOS - the future in gas sensors
Florin Udrea is Professor of Semiconductor Engineering at Cambridge University with over 20 years experience in smart technologies, micro-sensors, MEMS and power semiconductor devices. He is one of the two founding members of CamSemi; a company dedicated to power ICs and power management. CamSemi has sold over 500 million units to date and has been recently awarded the prestigious Carbon Trust Innovation Award. He is also the CEO and the founder of CCMOSS (Cambridge CMOS Sensors Ltd), a company dedicated to CMOS-based Infra-red solutions for gas sensors. CCMOSS has recently closed an A round investment and was awarded the Cleantech company of the year for 2103 by the Business Weekly. Finally, he is a co-founder and the CTO of Camutronics - a new spin-off company dedicated to power semiconductor devices. Prof. Florin Udrea is an inventor of over 50 patents and has over 300 publications in journals and international conferences. For his ‘outstanding contribution to British Engineering’ he has received the Silver Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering for 2012.
Professor Richard Soref, The University of Massachusetts at Boston, USASilicon-based silicon-germanium-tin heterostructure photonics
Richard Soref attained the Ph.D. in E.E. from Stanford University in 1963 and is currently a Research Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He held positions at MIT Lincoln Lab, Sperry Research Center and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory where he received the AF Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award for 27 years of scientific achievement. For the past 50 years, he has engaged in basic and applied research, mainly in the areas of: photonics, semiconductor physics (IV-IV, III-V and II-VI materials), nonlinear optical effects and liquid crystals. For his pioneering and comprehensive work on “group four photonics” he received in 2006 the Lifetime Achievement Award from the IEEE Group IV Photonics Conference. Prof. Soref is a Fellow of IEEE, OSA, AFRL and the IOP UK.
Professor Donhee Ham, Harvard University, USASolid-state and biological systems interface
Donhee Ham is Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and EE at Harvard University. Ham earned a B.S. degree in physics from Seoul National University, where he graduated summa cum laude with the Presidential Prize and the Physics Gold Medal. Following a 1.5 years of mandatory service in the Republic of Korea Army, he went to Caltech for graduate training in physics. There he worked on gravitational astrophysics under Prof. Barry Barish, and later obtained a Ph.D. in EE winning the Charles Wilts thesis Prize. His doctoral work examined the statistical physics of electrical circuits. His recognitions include MIT TR35 and Harvard Yearbook favorite professor. His work experiences include Caltech-MIT LIGO, IBM T.J. Watson, Consulting Visiting Professorship at POSTECH, various IEEE conference/journal TPCs and guest/associate editorship (e.g., ISSCC, JSSC, TBioCas), and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. His current research works include solid-state and biological systems interface and plasmonic circuits in reduced dimensions.
Dr Thomas Kazior, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, USABeyond CMOS: heterogeneous integration of III-V devices, RF MEMS and other dissimilar materials/devices with Si CMOS to create intelligent microsystems
Thomas Kazior received a Ph.D. from the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1982 Dr. Kazior joined Raytheon where he is presently a Principal Engineering Fellow and Technical Director of Advanced Microelectronics Technology. His research focuses on the development of compound semiconductor technology for microwave and millimeter wave applications, and the 3D and heterogeneous integration of this technology with silicon. Dr. Kazior is currently the principal investigator for the DARPA COSMOS and DAHI Programs. He has authored or coauthored over 100 papers, review articles, conference presentations, invited talks, and a book chapter and holds numerous patents on process technology innovations. Dr. Kazior is a 2001 recipient of Raytheon’s Excellence in Technology Award. He serves on the ITRS (International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors) subcommittee for III-V device technology and on the science advisory board for the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Focus Center Research Program (FCRP).
Dr François Simoens, Imaging Strategy Program Manager, CEA-Leti, FranceAn innovative design of uncooled antenna and resonant cavity coupled bolometer array for terahertz real-time imaging
François Simoens received his PhD degree in electronics from the French Pierre & Marie CURIE University (Paris 6) in 2002 in the field of particle accelerating cavity.
He first got involved in electromagnetic compatibility modeling at ONERA, radar prototyping in ESCPI (Paris High school) and optoelectronics for phased-array antennas in Dassault Electronique. After seven years of research in the accelerator field at CEA Saclay, he joined CEA-Leti in Grenoble in 2003, where he was involved in the development of the sub-millimeter PACS focal plane array (for the ESA Herschel satellite) and in uncooled infrared bolometer technology. Since 2005, he has been acting as project manager (FP7, Euripides projects). Currently, he is manager of Strategic Programs for Imaging at Leti, and is expert in infrared and THz detection where bolometer and CMOS technologies are applied.
Professor David Miller FRS, Stanford University, USAWhy interconnects are more important than logic
David A. B. Miller received his PhD from Heriot-Watt University in Physics in 1979. He was with Bell Laboratories from 1981 to 1996, as a department head from 1987. He is currently the W. M. Keck Professor of Electrical Engineering, and a Co-Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center at Stanford University. His research interests include physics and devices in nanophotonics, nanometallics, and quantum-well optoelectronics, and fundamentals and applications of optics in information sensing, interconnection, and processing. He has published more than 250 scientific papers and the text “Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers”, holds 69 patents, has received numerous awards, is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE, APS, the Royal Society of London, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, holds two honorary degrees, and is a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the US National Academy of Engineering.
Professor Michal Lipson, Cornell University, USAUltra high speed photonics on – chip
Michal Lipson is an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca NY. Prior to this appointment, she was a postdoctoral associate at the Department of Material Science and Engineering at MIT, following her Ph.D. in Physics at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on novel on-chip Nanophotonics devices. She holds several patents on novel micron-size photonic structures for light manipulation, and is the author of over 100 technical papers in journals in Physics and Optics. Professor Lipson’s honors and awards include MacArthur Fellow, OSA Fellow, IEEE Senior Member, IBM Faculty Award, and NSF Early Career Award. More information on Professor Lipson can be found at nanophotonics.ece.cornell.edu.
Professor Edoardo Charbon, TU Delft, The NetherlandsIntegrated photon counting technologies: CMOS and beyond
Edoardo Charbon (SM’10) received the Diploma from ETH Zurich in 1988, the M.S. degree from UCSD in 1991, and the Ph.D. degree from UC-Berkeley in 1995, all in Electrical Engineering and EECS. From 1995 to 2000, he was with Cadence Design Systems; from 2000 to 2002, he was Canesta Inc.’s Chief Architect; Canesta was sold to Microsoft Corp. in 2010. Since November 2002, he has been a member of the Faculty of EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland and in Fall 2008 he joined the Faculty of TU Delft, Chair of VLSI Design, succeeding Patrick Dewilde. Dr. Charbon is the initiator and coordinator of MEGAFRAME and SPADnet, two major European projects for the creation of CMOS photon counting image sensors in biomedical diagnostics. He has published over 200 articles in technical journals and conference proceedings and two books, and he holds 14 patents. Dr. Charbon is the co-recipient of the European Photonics Innovation Village Award and has served as guest and associated editor in over a dozen journals.
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