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Pr. Mohamed Masmoudi
National Engineering School of Sfax (ENIS) - Tunisia

Pr. Jaouhar Mouine
Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University (PSAU) - KSA


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February 28th, 2019

DTS’19 Keynotes

Keynote 1

Energizing Miniaturized IoT Sensors

Keynote Summary: Networked wireless microsensors can not only monitor and manage power consumption in small- and large-scale applications for space, military, medical, agricultural, and consumer markets but also add cost-, energy-, and life-saving intelligence to large infrastructures and tiny devices in remote and difficult-to-reach places. Ultra-small systems, however, cannot store sufficient energy to sustain monitoring, interface, processing, and telemetry functions for long. And replacing or recharging the batteries of hundreds of networked nodes can be labor intensive, expensive, and oftentimes unworkable. This is why alternate sources are the subject of ardent research today. Except power densities are low, and in many cases, intermittent, so supplying functional blocks is challenging. Plus, tiny lithium-ion batteries and super capacitors, while power dense, cannot sustain life for extended periods. This keynote illustrates how emerging tiny electronic systems can draw energy from elusive ambient sources to power wireless microsensors.

Full name:Prof. Gabriel A. Rincón-Mora.
PhD, NAI Fellow, IEEE Fellow, and IET Fellow
Affiliation: School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Presenter Biography:
Gabriel A. Rincón-Mora has been a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) since 2001, a Visiting Professor at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan since 2011, was Director of the Georgia Tech Analog Consortium in 2001-2004, Director of the TI Analog Fellowship Program in 2001-2015, Adjunct Professor at Georgia Tech in 1999-2001, and Design Team Leader at Texas Instruments in 1994-2003. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He was inducted into Georgia Tech's Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni and named one of "The 100 Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business magazine. He received the National Hispanic in Technology Award from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Charles E. Perry Visionary Award from Florida International University, Three-Year Patent Award from Texas Instruments, Orgullo Hispano Award from Robins Air Force Base, Hispanic Heritage Award from Robins Air Force Base, and a Commendation Certificate from former Lieutenant Governor Cruz M. Bustamante of California. His scholarly products include 9 books, 5 book chapters, 42 patents, over 170 articles, over 25 commercial power-chip products, and over 140 international speaking engagements.


Keynote 2

Nanomaterials for biosensors

Keynote Summary: Biosensor development includes the deposition of (nano)materials onto a conductive electrode surface, which is a crucial step for obtaining improved performance from the constructed biosensors. Various methods have been used to create a successful matrix of (nano)materials that ensures proper contact between the material and electrode surface. The purpose of (nano)material deposition is to provide a high surface area to improve the electroanalytical performance of biosensors by supporting the stable immobilization of enzymes in a more significant quantity as well as enhancing the catalytic or bioaffinity features. For decades, researchers have been using increasingly advanced methods not only for improving sensing performance, but also for improving stability, reproducibility, and mass production. In this review, we summarized the methods used for (nano)material deposition onto an electrode surface for efficient biosensor fabrication. An enhanced and optimized (nano)material deposition method is crucial for the mechanical stability and fabrication reproducibility of electrodes when designing a suitable biosensing device. In addition, we discussed the problems faced during biosensor application as well as the present challenges and prospects for superior deposition methods.

Full name: Khaled Nabil Salama
Affiliation: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KSA

Presenter Biography:
Khaled N. Salama received the B.S. degree from the Department Electronics and Communications, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, in 1997, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, in 2000 and 2005, respectively. He was an Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA, between 2005 and 2009. He joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in January 2009, where he is now a professor, and was the founding Program Chair between 2009-2011. He is the director of the Sensor initiative a  a consortium of 9 universities (KAUST, MIT, UCLA, GATECH, MIT, UCLA, Brown University, Georgia Tech, TU Delft, Swansea University, the University of Regensburg and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)). His work on CMOS sensors for molecular detection has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), awarded the Stanford–Berkeley Innovators Challenge Award in biological sciences and was acquired by Ilumina Inc. He is the author of 250 papers and 20 issued US patents on low-power mixed-signal circuits for intelligent fully integrated sensors and neuromorphic circuits using memristor devices.


Keynote 3

Droplet-based microfluidics : a new approach to design and study smart digital microsystems

Keynote Summary: Microfluidics is a merger of many fields in physics, chemistry and biology. As a new science and technology, it is dedicated to the control, manipulation and study of fluids and flows at a sub-millimeter scale. It started two decades ago with the pioneering work of Georges Whitesides on PDMS polymer-based soft microlithography and thrived progressively with important and continuous contributions from Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology and (nano-bio)photonics. The dimensions of typical microfluidic systems are essentially in the range of few micrometers to hundreds of micrometers. The miniature size of microchannels favors a laminar flow and enables complex operations and manipulations to be easily performed on such microsystems. Another factor which contributed to the huge success of microfluidics is the large surface/volume ratio of such microsystems which enables the development of the so-called Lab-on-a-chip microsystems, as they allow for drastic reductions of the amounts of used reactants and the time needed for the reactions to be performed.
The introduction of multi-phasic flows in microfluidic channels in 2001, by the group of Stephen Quake, led to the development of a new sub-domain of microfluidics, namely droplet microfluidics (or digital microfluidics). This technology allows for the production and manipulation of highly monodisperse microdroplets of fluids with a high degree of control and reproducibility, each of which may be regarded as an independent micro-reactor, allowing thus for a high throughput parallelization and sophisticated analysis and assays at kHz rates. Microdroplets can be also solidified individually using suitable condensation or (photo)polymerization reactions to give rise to highly monodisperse solid of gel-like microspheres or microcapsules. We call such an approach Solidics, a contraction of the words ’solids’ and ’microfluidics’.
The prospects offered hence by droplet-based microfluidics are numerous and concern many fundamental and industrial fields in biology, physics, chemistry, material science, etc. In the first part of my presentation, I will give a general introduction on microfluidics. Then, in the second part, I will focus more particularly on droplet-based microfluidics and on some of the most relevant Lab-on-a-chip applications. The last part of my presentation will be dedicated to topics we developed in my group at ENS Paris Saclay, using the digital microfluidics

Full name: Abdel I. El Abed
Affiliation: Quantum and Molecular Photonics Laboratory (LPQM), Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris Saclay, Paris Saclay University, France.

Presenter Biography:
Abdel Illah El Abed received his MSc degrees in Polymer and Interface Science from Montpellier University (France) in 1987, and a PhD degree in Physics and Biophysics in 1992 from Paris Descartes University, where he was awarded, a year later, a permanent position as an assistant Professor. His early research works were related to the study of molecular self-organization of thin films made of Liquid-Crystals or biomolecules (peptides). In 2009, he began to develop research topics at the biology-physics interface droplet-based microfluidics to develop different lab-on-a-chip applications using droplet-based microfluidics. In 2013, he moved to the Quantum and Molecular Photonics Laboratory at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris Saclay to develop research topics dedicated to droplet-based optofluidics and nano-photonics.


Keynote 4

Broadband, Linear, and High-Efficiency Mm-Wave Power Amplifiers ― The Unreasonable Quest for “Perfect” 5G Mm-Wave Power Amplifiers and Some Reasonable Solutions

Keynote Summary: With 5G communication just around the corner, there is a rapidly increasing need for high-performance mm-Wave power amplifiers. However, these next-generation mm-Wave PAs are often expected to deliver nearly “perfect” performance. They should offer large output power to ensure sufficient link budget, broad bandwidth to support multi-standard communication or frequency reconfigurability/agility, high peak and back-off efficiency for energy saving, and also inherent linearity for Gbit/s complex modulations with minimum or even no digital pre-distortions (DPD). It is noteworthy that in conventional design notions a given PA design should typically take trade-offs among these performance aspects, instead of trying to achieve all of them. Interestingly, this somehow unreasonable quest for “perfect” mm-Wave PAs has recently stimulated a new wave of mm-Wave PA innovations at both circuit levels and architecture levels, which have substantially advanced the state of the art.
In this talk, we will review several recent mm-Wave PA designs that feature various design techniques and innovations at both circuit-level (nonlinearity compensation, continuous-mode operations, broadband harmonic tuning) and architecture-level (such as Doherty and outphasing PAs). We will also showcase several mm-Wave PA/antenna co-design examples that exploit new antenna structures as a new design paradigm to further enhance mm-Wave PA output power and efficiency.

Full name: Hua Wang
Affiliation: School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology

Presenter Biography:
Hua Wang (M’05‒SM’15) is an associate professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Georgia Institute of Technology and the director of Georgia Tech Electronics and Micro-System (GEMS) lab. Prior to that, he worked at Intel Corporation and Skyworks Solutions on mm-Wave integrated circuits and RF front-end modules. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 2007 and 2009, respectively.
Dr. Wang is interested in innovating mixed-signal, RF, and mm-Wave integrated circuits and hybrid systems for wireless communication, radar, imaging, and bioelectronics applications.
Dr. Wang received the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2018, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015, the IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award in 2017, the Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award in 2016, the Georgia Tech ECE Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award in 2015, and the Lockheed Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015. He held the Demetrius T. Paris Professorship from 2014 to 2018. His GEMS research group has won multiple best paper awards, including the IEEE RFIC Best Student Paper Awards (1st Place in 2014, 2nd Place in 2016, and 2nd Place in 2018), the IEEE CICC Outstanding Student Paper Awards (2nd Place in 2015 and 2nd Place in 2018), the IEEE CICC Best Conference Paper Award (2017), the 2016 IEEE Microwave Magazine Best Paper Award, the IEEE SENSORS Best Live Demo Award (2nd Place in 2016), as well as multiple best paper award finalists at IEEE conferences.
Dr. Wang is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters (MWCL) and a Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC). He is a Technical Program Committee (TPC) Member for IEEE ISSCC, RFIC, CICC, and BCICTS conferences. He is a Steering Committee Member for IEEE RFIC and CICC. He is a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) for the term of 2018-2019. He serves as the Chair of the Atlanta’s IEEE CAS/SSCS joint chapter that won the IEEE SSCS Outstanding Chapter Award in 2014.