EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Wednesday, October 29, 2003
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Professor Norman Tien

EECS Dept., UC Berkeley,
and ECE Dept., UC Davis


Beyond Smart Dust - Tinkerbell and Pixie Dust




Distributed wireless sensor networks as exemplified by the Prof. Pister's "Smart Dust" program at U.C. Berkeley is a "hot spot" in technology as there is continuous improvement in functionality and performance as well as a vast range of new applications to tackle. Advances in MEMS technology will allow expansive and rapid deployment of these sensors for all forms of environmental monitoring, and the resulting distributed networks will bring new challenges to systems and network design. But further out in the future, what will these sensor nodes look like? As we move toward adding more function and complexity for higher capability and performance, we will move away from simple sensors to advanced microinstruments at the nodes in the network. Enabling devices such as micro-actuator driven tunable structures and early work on an air particulate monitoring microsystem will be presented.


Dr. Norman C. Tien is Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California at Davis. His research is in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), particularly for application in information technology. He has a joint appointment as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at U.C. Berkeley and is also a co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC). Dr. Tien was on the faculty at Cornell University from 1996-2000, where he became an associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Tien is an editor of the IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems and a NSF CAREER award recipient. Dr. Tien received a B.S. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.S. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in from the University of California, San Diego.