Over the past few decades, the transistors in computer chips have become progressively smaller and faster, allowing upwards of a billion individual transistors to be packed into a single circuit, thus shrinking the size of electronic devices. But these circuits have an intractable design flaw: if just a single transistor fails, the entire circuit also fails. One novel way around the problem is a so-called self-healing circuit. Such circuits are "inspired by biological systems that constantly heal themselves in the presence of random and intentional failures," says Caltech professor Ali Hajimiri.
- September 24, 2014, 10:00 AM TCS+ talk: Ran Raz, Weizmann Institute Annenberg 308
- September 26, 2014, 9:10 AM Reflection and Outlook of Engineering Sciences Beckman Institute Auditorium
- October 1, 2014, 4:00 PM Materials Research Lecture Spalding Laboratory 106 (Hartley Memorial Seminar Room)