IEDM Luncheon

The IEDM luncheon will be held on Tuesday, December 6 12:20 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Prof. Robert Cingolani

This year’s distinguished speaker is Prof. Roberto Cingolani from the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genoa, Italy who will give a presentation titled “Translating evolution into technology: from biochemical robots to autonomous anthropomorphic machines”.

Nature has developed  a number of smart solutions  to make very  efficient  living machines over billions of years: from antibodies, to plants to humans.  Reproducing the characteristics of  these systems in  a machine is the way  of choice to  create robots  which  integrate perfectly  inside our body and/or  around ourselves,  up to the ultimate challenge of reproducing the unique mind-body nexus of humans.

In this  frame, the discussion  will preliminarily address a general comparison between living and  artificial systems today.  Artificial antibodies,  plantoid robots,  animaloids and humanoids  will be presented, addressing  the main technological topics, namely: New materials and biodegradability,  Sensing, Power Sources, Manufacturing, Mind and Computation and  Human-robot  interaction.


Awards to be Presented:

2016 IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award

To:          Akira Toriumi

“For contributions to CMOS device design from materials engineering to device physics.”

 2016 IEEE Andrew S. Grove Award

To:          Carlos H. Díaz

“For sustained contributions to and leadership in foundry advanced CMOS logic transistor technology.”

 2016 IEEE Frederik Philips Award

To:          Kelin J. Kuhn

“For technical leadership in the development and implementation of breakthrough CMOS technology.”

2016 IEEE David Sarnoff Award

To:          Hiroyuki Matsunami

“For contributions to the development of silicon carbide (SiC) crystals and devices for advanced power electronics.”