From Connecting Every-body to Connecting Every-thing: Why, When and How?

Speaker: Rudy Lauwereins

Company/ Institute: Imec

Event: 7th work meeting

Date: 24 March 2011


Over forty years of happy CMOS scaling brought the room-sized supercomputer for the nerds into everyone’s pocket, literally connecting everybody on earth. In an economy which is based on double digit growth, the obvious next step is to connect every-thing on earth. This move redirects the focus from electronics-for-infotainment to electronics helping to solve the mounting societal problems our earth faces: better and more affordable health care for everyone, safer and more efficient transportation, cleaner and more sustainable environment, etc. Realizing this requires abandoning the traditional keyboard/screen user interface to make the electronic devices autonomous, independent from a human in the loop, and to provide its services hidden in the background. In this presentation, I will zoom into the various challenges we need to tackle to make electronics truly hidden and autonomous. I will use preventive personalized health care as an application driver.

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