Brown University School of Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar From Circuits to Cancer Sani Nassif, Ph.D.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar From Circuits to Cancer Sani Nassif, Ph.D. IBM Austin Research Lab, Austin, Texas Abstract: The human race has invested about a trillion dollars in the development of semiconductor electronics, and our lives have been improved greatly as a result. Smart devices are now taken for granted and permeate every aspect of our daily lives. One of the important products of this huge investment was the development of sophisticated design optimization and simulation tools to allow the largely automated design and verification of integrated circuits. Sometimes we in the electronic design automation (EDA) community do not realize quite how advanced we are in this field, and just how applicable much of the Silicon R&D work is to other areas. This talk will be about one such area, namely that of Proton Radiation Cancer Therapy, where a team at IBM, working with researchers at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Research center, have been busy applying knowledge from the integrated circuit design area to this important problem. We will show examples of applying large scale analysis and optimization techniques to the treatment planning problem, and hopefully motivate other EDA researchers to seek applications of their deep knowledge in adjacent fields. BIO: Sani received his Bachelor’s degree with Honors from the American University of Beirut in 1980, and his Masters and PhD degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He then worked for ten years at Bell Laboratories in the general area of technology CAD. Since 1996, he has been with IBM Austin Research Laboratory. Dr. Nassif is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He has over 50 patents. Thursday April 25, 2013 3:00-4:00 P.M. B&H 190