Principal Research Staff Member
IBM Research - Zurich
Abu Sebastian was born in Kerala, India. He received a B. E. (Hons.) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS Pilani, India and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering (minor in Mathematics) from Iowa State University. Since 2006, he is a Research Staff Member at IBM Research - Zurich in Rüschlikon, Switzerland.
His research has spanned several topics broadly related to dynamics and control at the nanometer scale. He was a contributor to several key projects in the space of storage and memory technologies. Most recently, he is actively researching the area of non-von Neumann computing with the intent of connecting the technological elements with applications such as cognitive computing. He has published over 150 articles in journals and conference proceedings. He also holds over 40 granted patents.
Dr. Sebastian is a co-recipient of the 2009 IEEE Control Systems Technology Award and the 2009 IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology Outstanding Paper Award. In 2013 he received the IFAC Mechatronic Systems Young Researcher Award for his contributions to the field of mico-/nanoscale mechatronic systems. In 2015 he was awarded the European Research Council (ERC) consolidator grant. In 2016 he was named an IBM Master Inventor and in 2018, he was named a Principal Research Staff Member. Dr. Sebastian served on the editorial board of the journal, Mechatronics from 2008 till 2015. He served on the memory technologies committee of the IEDM from 2015-2016. He currently serves on the Technical Program Committees of European symposium on Phase-Change and Ovonic Sciences (E\PCOS) and Non-volatile memory technology symposium (NVMTS).
IBM Research, Switzerland
Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Prof. Lal obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 1990. He obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. He conducted his doctoral research at the Berkeley Sensors and Actuators Center in the area of ultrasonic MEMS. After working at University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor, he is now a professor at Cornell University, in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds more than 30 patents and has published more than 190 research papers in the area of microsystem engineering. He has served as a Program Manager at DARPA in the Microsystems Technology Office, from 2005-2009. At DARPA he managed ten and started six new programs in the area of navigation, low-energy computation, bio-robotics, and atomic microsystems. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, and the Whitaker Foundation Award. With his students he has won several best paper awards at the IEEE Ultrasonics and Frequency Control Symposium, and IEEE NEMS conferences. He is also a recipient of the Department of Defense Exceptional Service Award, and a Best Program Manager Award for his work at DARPA.
In addition to School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Prof. Lal is a field member of Biomedical Engineering, Applied Engineering Physics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments. He is a member of Cornell CCMR, NBTC, and KAUST-CU Centers.
Professor Lal's interests are in developing concepts and technologies leading to integrated microsystems using micro and nanoscale fabrication techniques. He directs the SonicMEMS Laboratory, which works on very diverse topics aimed at transforming the way world can be viewed.
The current focus of his research is on: (1) Gigahertz Ultrasonic for chip-scale communications, sensing, and computation, (2) Near zero power sensors for long-lifetime IoT, (3) Ultrasonic inertial sensors based on surafce acoustic waves, (4) Long term stable sensors that utilize laser locked to optical transitions of alkali metals as Constant-of-Nature on chip, (5) Bulk PZT sensors and actuators, and (6) Chip-scale manipulation of electron and ion beams.
Cornell University, USA
Roel Baets is full professor at Ghent University (UGent) and is associated with IMEC. He received an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from UGent in 1980 and a second MSc degree from Stanford in 1981. He received a PhD degree from UGent in 1984. From 1984 till 1989 he held a postdoctoral position at IMEC. Since 1989 he has been a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of UGent where he founded the Photonics Research Group. From 1990 till 1994 he has also been a part-time professor at Delft University of Technology and from 2004 till 2008 at Eindhoven University of Technology.
Roel Baets has mainly worked in the field of integrated photonics. He has made contributions to research on photonic integrated circuits, both in III-V semiconductors and in silicon, as well as their applications in telecom, datacom, sensing and medicine. Web of Science reports over 600 publications with an h-index over 60.
As part of a team of 8 professors Roel Baets leads the Photonics Research Group. With about 90 researchers this group is involved in numerous (inter)national research programs and has created four spin-off companies. The silicon photonics activities of the group are part of a joint research initiative with IMEC.
Roel Baets has led major research projects in silicon photonics in Europe. In 2006 he founded ePIXfab, the globally first Multi-Project-Wafer service for silicon photonics. Since then ePIXfab has evolved to become the European Silicon Photonics Alliance. Roel Baets is also director of the multidisciplinary Center for Nano- and Biophotonics (NB Photonics) at UGent, founded in 2010. He was co-founder of the European MSc programme in Photonics.
Roel Baets is an ERC grantee of the European Research Councile and a Methusalem grantee of the Flemish government. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, of the European Optical Society (EOS) and of the Optical Society (OSA). He is also a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts.
Ghent University (UGent), Belgium
David Cahen, born in the Netherlands, is a professor in the Materials and Interfaces department at the Weizmann Institute of Science, WIS, which he chaired between 2007-2012. Born and raised in the Netherlands, he completed a B.Sc. in chemistry & physics at the Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem (HUJI), a Ph.D. in materials chemistry at Northwestern Univ., and did postdoctoral research in biophysics of photosynthesis at HUJI and WIS. He then joined the WIS, starting work on photoelectrochemical and solid-state solar cells. This expanded into studying chemical aspects of electronic materials and devices, including fundamental chemical limits to device miniaturization and device stability. The latter provided significant scientific bases for practical development of 2nd generation solar cells. In parallel he explored how and when defects in materials can actually improve material quality and device performance. His solar cell interests led to work on hybrid molecular/non-molecular materials and interfaces, which evolved into other present activities, proteins as “dopable” electronic materials. Recent honors include the 2008 Landau Prize for Chemistry and the 2012 Israel Chem, Soc. Prize for excellence, for research on alternative energy sources. A fellow of the AVS and the MRS, he serves on various advisory committees on science and science education, and advises several energy-related companies and initiatives. He directs the WIS’ campus-wide Alternative Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and holds the Rowland and Sylvia Schaefer Professorial Chair in Energy Research. With D. Ginley he edited the MRS/Cambridge Un. Press textbook on Fundamentals of Materials for Energy and Environmental Sustainability.
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Distinguished Chancellor’s Professor &
Charles P. Reames Endowed Chair
Primary Area: Physical and Wave Electronics
Secondary area: Circuits and Systems
Research and Teaching Interests:
System Scaling Technology, advanced packaging and 3D integration, technologies and techniques for the memory subsystem integration and neuromorphic computing
Awards and Recognitions
2012 -IEEE Daniel Noble award for Emerging Technologies
2011 -Asian-American Engineer of the Year (awarded by the Society of Chinese Engineers in 2011)
2010 -IBM Fellow
2009 -IBM Master Inventor
2004 -Distinguished Alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
2002 -IBM Distinguished Engineer
Two IBM Corporate awards for the development of embedded DRAM and electrical Fuses
Four IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement awards for development of the first SiGe base HBT, “Salicide”, eDRAM and eFUSES
30 Invention Plateaus at IBM.
1995 -IEEE Fellow
Andrea Ferrari is Professor of Nanotechnology. He is the Director of the Cambridge Graphene Centre and of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology. He is Professorial Fellow of Pembroke College.
University of Cambridge, UK
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