Mihai Adrian Ionescu
Mihai Adrian Ionescu is an Associate Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland. He received the B.S./M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania and the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France, in 1989 and 1997, respectively. He has held staff and/or visiting positions at LETI-CEA, Grenoble, France, LPCS-ENSERG, Grenoble, France and Stanford University, USA, in 1998 and 1999. Dr. Ionescu has published more than 250 articles in international journals and conferences. He is director of the Laboratory of Micro/Nanoelectronic Devices (NANOLAB - http://nanolab.epfl.ch/) and head of the Doctoral School in Microsystems and Microelectronics of EPFL. He is appointed as national representative of Switzerland for the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) and member of the Scientific Committee of CATRENE. Dr. Ionescu is the European Chapter Chair of the ITRS Emerging Research Devices Working Group and he is the chair of the EU's FET flagship pilot Guardian Angels (http://www.ga-project.eu/). The research activities of Dr. Adrian Ionescu fall in the areas of beyond CMOS technology and devices, more-than-Moore devices and circuits, and non-silicon devices and circuits.
The goal of the FET Flagship Guardian Angels (GA) for a Smarter Life is to develop enabling technologies for personal assistants envisioned as energy efficient, intelligent, autonomous systems-of-systems featuring sensing, computation, and communication with characteristics well beyond human capabilities. It is intended that these personalized Guardian Angels will provide assistance from infancy right through to old age. The GA will enlarge the cognitive abilities of individuals and will provide access to a useful augmented reality while preserving full control by the individuals of their Guardian Angels and a high degree of security of the information. Some of the main features of Guardian Angels will be centered on concepts of prevention (in fields like quality of life, bio-medical, security, etc.) and smart advice based on sensor fusion and interdevice communication. In this presentation we concentrate on the scientific and technological challenges related to the development of a full ultra low energy innovation chain: from materials and devices, to the heterogeneous system integration, and software and communication techniques enabling energy consumption by up to three orders of magnitude compared to existing state-of-the-art technologies.