System-level Design Technologies for Heterogeneous Distributed Systems

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Giovanni De Micheli (EPFL)


The ongoing scaling and hybridization of manufacturing technologies enables us to attain unprecedented levels of performance as well as to integrate electronic and fluidic circuits with sensors and actuators.

Smart micro/nano systems will be the building blocks of wearable and ambient systems, that gather and integrate heterogeneous data in real time and operate and communicate in a wireless and ultra low power mode.

These systems will foster a revolution in health and environmental management, with the final objective of improving security and quality of life. At the same time, they will create a large market of components and systems, and a renewed perspective for electronic design and manufacturing companies.

To accomplish such an ambitious goal, new technologies and architectures must be matched and tailored to the operational environment by solving novel and challenging design and optimization problems, through the creation of novel design methodologies and tools.

Curriculum Vitae:

Giovanni De Micheli Giovanni De Micheli is Professor and Director of the Institute of Electrical Engineering and of the Integrated Systems Centre at EPF Lausanne, Switzerland. He also chairs the Scientific Committee of CSEM, Neuchatel, Switzerland. Previously, he was Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University.

His research interests include several aspects of design technologies for integrated circuits and systems, such as synthesis, hw/sw codesign and low-power design, as well as systems on heterogeneous platforms including electrical, micromechanical and biological components. He is author of: Synthesis and Optimization of Digital Circuits, McGraw-Hill, 1994. Prof. De Micheli is the recipient of the 2003 IEEE Emanuel Piore Award for contributions to computer-aided synthesis of digital systems. He is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE. He is currently Division I Director of IEEE.