The Engineering to Medicine Metamorphosis 10/10/18 KB L.T1.4 14:00Published: Wednesday, 26 September 2018
The Engineering to Medicine Metamorphosis by Dr. Sani Nassif 10/10/18 KB L.T1.4 at 14:00 Abstract: We computer engineers are justifiably proud of the tremendous success that integrated electronics has enjoyed over the last 50 years.
The Engineering to Medicine Metamorphosis by Dr. Sani Nassif 10/10/18 KB L.T1.4 at 14:00
We computer engineers are justifiably proud of the tremendous success that integrated electronics has enjoyed over the last 50 years. After all the world has been irrevocably changed by the pervasive connectivity and computing capability we have enabled. Today’s smart devices are just the beginning of an avalanche of “intelligence” that will be enabled by the internet of things and further change our lives for the better. But it can sometimes be difficult to explain to a layperson what part we have played in this narrative, somehow a 2% improvement in device density or circuit noise immunity sounds quite far from “the next iPhone”.
As technology slows down, matures, and the industry consolidates, we are presented with opportunities for applying our talents for the analysis, modeling, optimization and solution of difficult large scale problems in adjacent fields. This talk is about one such opportunity in the area of radiation therapy, where Medical Physicists work hand-in-hand with Oncologists to provide life-saving treatments for Cancer. Making the transition from EDA to Medicine required some significant sacrifices and humility -but the end result is a commercial and scientific success and a far greater level of relevance to people’s lives.
Sani received his Bachelors degree from the American University of Beirut in 1980, and his Masters and PhD degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1981 and 1986 respectively. He worked at Bell Laboratories until 1996, then joined the IBM Austin Research Laboratory where he had various technical and management positions. In 2014 he formed the Radyalis company which is focused on applying electronic design automation techniques to the area of Cancer Radiation Therapy. He has authored one book and numerous conference and journal publications, received many Best Paper awards (IEEE Trans. CAD, ICCAD, DAC, ISQED, ICCD, SEMICON) and given Keynote and Plenary presentations at DATE, ESSCIRC, ASPDAC, SISPAD, SEMICON, PATMOS, VLSI-SOC, GLVLSI, and ASAP. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (2008), was president of IEEE-CEDA, was a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, a member of the ACM and AAAS, and is an IBM Master Inventor with more than 75 patents.