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Introduction to the Special Section on Nano Systems and Computing

André DeHon, IEEE
Craig S. Lent
Fabrizio Lombardi, IEEE

Pages: pp. 145-146


About the Authors

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André DeHon received the SB, SM, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990, 1993, and 1996, respectively. From 1996 to 1999, he co-ran the BRASS group in the Computer Science Department at the University of California at Berkeley. From 1999 to 2006, he was an assistant professor of computer science at the California Institute of Technology. Since 2006, he has been an associate professor of electrical and systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He is broadly interested in how we physically implement computations from substrates, including VLSI and molecular electronics, up through architecture, CAD, and programming models. He places special emphasis on spatial programmable architectures (e.g., FPGAs) and interconnect design and optimization. He is a member of the IEEE.
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Craig S. Lent received the bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and the doctorate in solid state physics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1986.
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Fabrizio Lombardi graduated in 1977 from the University of Essex (United Kingdom) with the BSc (Hons.) degree in electronic engineering. In 1977, he joined the Microwave Research Unit at University College London, where he received the master's degree in microwaves and modern optics (1978), the Diploma in microwave engineering (1978), and the PhD degree from the University of London (1982). He is currently the holder of the International Test Conference (ITC) Endowed Chair Professorship at Northeastern University, Boston. At the same institution, during the period 1998-2004, he served as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to joining Northeastern University, he was a faculty member at Texas Tech University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Texas A&M University. Dr. Lombardi has received many professional awards: the Visiting Fellowship at the British Columbia Advanced System Institute, University of Victoria, Canada (1988), the Texas Experimental Engineering Station Research Fellowship twice (1991-1992, 1997-1998) the Halliburton Professorship (1995), the Outstanding Engineering Research Award at Northeastern University (2004), and an International Research Award from the Ministry of Science and Education of Japan (1993-1999). Dr. Lombardi was the recipient of the 1985/86 Research Initiation Award from the IEEE/Engineering Foundation and a Silver Quill Award from Motorola-Austin (1996). Since 2000, he has been an associate editor of IEEE Design and Test. He also serves as the chair of the Committee on "Nanotechnology Devices and Systems" of the Test Technology Technical Council of the IEEE (2003- ). In the past, he was an associate editor (1996-2000) and the associate editor-in-chief (2000-2006) of the IEEE Transactions on Computers and was a Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE-CS twice (1990-1993 and 2001-2004). Since 1 January 2007, he has been the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Computers. Dr. Lombardi has been involved in organizing many international symposia, conferences, and workshops sponsored by professional organizations as well as a guest editor of special issues in archival journals and magazines such as the IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Micro, and IEEE Design & Test. He is the founding general chair of the IEEE Symposium on Network Computing and Applications. His research interests are testing and design of digital systems, bio and nano computing, emerging technologies, defect tolerance, and CAD VLSI. He has extensively published in these areas and coauthored/edited seven books. He is a senior member of the IEEE.
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