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Lunch Lecture - Ilia Polian (Computer Science): Paradigm Shifts in Electronics

When May 12, 2016
from 02:15 PM to 03:00 PM
Where Freiburg University, KG I, Lecture Hall 1015
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Contact Phone +49 (0)761 203-97398
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The word “Electronics” refers to both: a scientific discipline between Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, and its products, ranging from tiny silicon chips able to perform unbelievably complex calculations to huge power stations and energy-distribution networks. This presentation will focus on micro and nanoelectronics, a field where scientific progress is pushed forward not only by research labs but also by the semiconductor industry with a global turnover of $377 billion in 2015 and with the highest share of research and development expenditures among all sectors. This implies that scientific curiosity must coexist with both short-term and long-term market success, and competition must coexist with cooperation. We will review paradigm shifts that happened in the past both in microelectronics technology and in circuit design and identify technological, economic and societal driving forces behind them. Finally, we will attempt to make – necessarily speculative – predictions about the further development of this discipline in the world where, on the one hand, any modern society totally relies on microelectronics-based devices and, on the other hand, market forces are increasingly dominated by strategic thinking and political raison.

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