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Homo Technologicus
Prof Jan M Rabaey, Donald O Pederson Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California at Berkeley
Date : 26 Feb 2018 (Monday)
Time : 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Venue : CMA Lecture Theater (LT-L), Cheng Yu Tung Building, HKUST
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Some of most compelling questions regarding the Internet of things (IoT) and associated Swarm concepts relate to how humans will interact with the smart world around them and the cyberworld beyond. While the proliferation of communication and data processing devices already has profoundly altered our interaction patterns, little has been changed in the way we process inputs (sensory) and outputs (actuation). The combination of IoT Swarms and wearable devices offers the potential to change all of this.

The Human Intranet proposes an open scalable platform that seamlessly integrates an ever-increasing number of sensor, actuation, computation, storage, communication and energy nodes located on, in, or around the human body acting in symbiosis with the functions provided by the body itself. This opens the door for us to augment our traditional set of senses and interactions by a set of new capabilities, some of which might be hard to even imagine today. With these new capabilities undoubtedly comes a whole set of concerns, some of which need to be addressed early on.


About the speaker

Prof Jan M Rabaey received the EE and PhD degrees in Applied Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in 1978 and 1983 respectively. From 1983-1985, he was a Visiting Research Engineer at UC Berkeley. After working in IMEC Belgium, he joined UC Berkeley again in 1987. He is now the Donald O Pederson Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Prof Rabaey has authored and co-authored a wide range of papers in the area of signal processing and design automation. He is the author of Digital Integrated Circuits: A Design Perspective, a state-of-the art textbook on digital circuit. He is also the editor/author of Low Power Design Methodologies and Power Aware Design Methodologies, that present an in-depth coverage on low-power design ranging from the technology up to the system level. His current research interests include the conception of the next-generation distributed systems, as well as the exploration of the interaction between the cyber and the biological world.

Prof Rabaey is the recipient of major awards, such as the SRC Aristotle Award (2017), the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award (2010), the European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement Award (2009) and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Mac Van Valkenburg Award (2008). Besides, he is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium, and has received honorary doctorates from Lund University (Sweden), University of Antwerp (Belgium) and Tampere University of Technology (Finland). He has been involved in a broad variety of start-up ventures, including Cortera Neurotechnologies, of which he is a co-founder.

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  The lecture is free and open to all. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.



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