Design Automation Methods for Digital Microfluidic Biochips
Professor Krishnendu Chakrabarty (Duke University, USA)

Although a decade has passed since prominent visions of wireless sensor networks were put forth by Estrin, Pister and others designing such systems today is more an art dominated by experience than a coordinated process yielding predictive results. In this lecture, we will review the current state-of-the-art and define what is actually hard (and new) about this (new?) class of systems. For this purpose we will learn about the PermaSense project, a sensor network deployed in an extremely hazardous environment on glaciated peaks in the Swiss Alps. The main characteristics of the design and testing strategies used in the development of the PermaSense application will be presented and discussed in the light of a holistic system design goal. We will continue to discuss recent achievements in the area of multi-contextual and automated test and validation tools developed at ETH Zurich. The talk will end with a look ahead at a proposed future system design methodology that should allow a tighter integration of virtual and real-world design spaced, which we feel is a necessity for a successful adoption of larger and more complex networked embedded systems.

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