Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Ali Hajimiri - 1+1=3 or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Holistic Circuits
Most of the modern day's technological marvels have come from putting apparently unrelated things together and creating something more than the sum of the parts. Silicon chips have come a long way from the days of first transistors. Today we can place billions of transistors operating at extremely high frequencies on a single chip. This has created a plethora of new opportunities in many areas that silicon chips could not address. In this talk, we will discuss a holistic approach to integrated circuits leading to yet further proliferation of such technologies into our daily lives. We will show you some of its exciting results, ranging from self-healing circuits that repair themselves, to low-cost tera-hertz imagers that can give your cell-phone X-ray (or T-ray) vision. We will also talk about additional applications for low-cost diagnostic devices that fit in your pocket and offer early detection of various medical conditions, such as cancer, wherever you are.
Presented by: Caltech Committee on Institute Programs