Much of our economy and way of living will be affected by nanotechnologies in the decade to come and beyond. Mastering materials at the molecular level and their interaction with living matter opens up unforeseeable horizons. The core of this talk deals with how we will conceive, design and use cyberphysical systems, exploiting devices at the edge of the scaling limits, thus creating unprecedented ways of understanding cooperation between living organisms and computing machinery.
Whereas switching circuits and microelectronics have been the enablers of computer and communication systems, new nano-devices have the potentials to realize innovative computational fabrics whose applications require broader hardware abstractions, and possibly new computation paradigms. Indeed, the first part on my talk will deal with a new type of electronic devices that act as atomic comparators, rather than switches. On this basis, a new flavor of circuit and logic synthesis is possible and effective.
In the second part of my talk I will address scaling of computing systems, and the current trend to manycore systems. Design complexity and usability will depend much on the interconnection schemes among computational elements. The technological feasibility envelope and the related multivariate design optimization problems find solutions in the network-on-chip choice as a general paradigm for processor core interconnection.
Last I will describe cyberphysical system applications within the frame of the Swiss nano-tera.ch program. I will address the opportunities and limitations of current computing and communication systems toward addressing problems related to health management
and environmental protection.
Biografía: 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 M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (University of California at Berkeley, 1980 and 1983).
Prof. 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 76 according to Google Scholar. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of IMEC and STMicroelectronics.
Prof. 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).