Computer Systems Laboratory Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, May 19, 2004
NEC Auditorium, Gates Computer Science Building B03

Nano-Architectures, Nano-Computing, Nano-Technologies, and the DNA Structure

S. Barbu, ST Microelectronics
M. Morf, Stanford University
A. E. Barbu, UC Davis
About the talk:

As we approach the nano-scale, advances in molecular biology, genomics, electrical engineering, computer science, super symmetry (SUSY) physics, and mathematics have begun to demonstrate a convergence of the underlying scientific mechanisms. By recognizing the interrelationships and similarities across disciplines, we believe it is possible to enhance the synergy between the domains and resolve different aspects related to chaos models.

This talk focuses on a few critical elements that give insight into the new nano-scale knowledge adventure that lies ahead. The DNA structure can be the embedding element for technologies at the nano-architecture and nano-computing levels.

In our talk we will:

About the speakers

Stephane Barbu has been with ST Microelectronics since 1997. Prior to that, he was with Philips Semiconductors and Rockwell Semiconductors. He has authored or coauthored 16 US patents and several publications on integrated circuits. From 1988 to 1996, he taught the Integrated Systems course on the future development of SoCs at ESIEE–Paris and ENSI–Caen, France. His fields of interest are wireless systems, networking, communication and information flows, algorithms, arithmetic and cryptography, DSP, mixed-mode systems, DNA nano-architectures, nonlinear dynamic systems, stochastic processes, and synchronous vs. asynchronous partitioning. He received his MS Degree from the Polytechnic Engineering School, Bucharest, Romania in 1977.

Martin Morf is Professor of Informatics at ETH-Zurich, now at Stanford University’s Center for Integrated Systems. Prior to that, he was Associate Professor of EE at Stanford; Senior Professor of EE and CS at Yale; Visiting Professor at ETH-Zurich (in bio-med, CS, and math), Stanford CIS, IBM T.J. Watson Research, Canon, Chevron, Xerox PARC, and NASA/Ames. He has also held positions in industry at Palyn Gould Group, CTO/CEO Antidote, RCA, Molecular Systems, and the VA Rehab Engineering Center. His research areas include reconfigurable, adaptive, and real-time computer architectures; algorithms and arithmetic; wireless systems; DSP; multimedia; communications; fluid-flow; high-performance, high-density, low-power low-cost technologies; photonics; nano-architectures and technologies; quantum computers and information theory; molecular, biological and DNA-based computing; analog logic; stochastic and symbolic processing; compilation for asynchronous, parallel, and concurrent systems; computation; and application-specific languages and systems. He received his MSEE from ETH-Zurich, his MA from Yale, and his MS and Ph.D. EE from Stanford.

A. E. Barbu is pursuing undergraduate studies in genetics and French at the University of California at Davis. In her free time, she participates in research activities at U.C. Davis.

Contact information:
S. Barbu Vox: 408-467-8477
M. Morf Email:
A. E. Barbu Email: