[FoRK] HP's Stan Williams on nanoscale computing (SFBay FoRKs)

Jim Whitehead <ejw at soe.ucsc.edu> on Mon Oct 15 09:32:04 PDT 2007

>

Of possible interest to SF Bay FoRKs.

- Jim

> *HP researcher Stanley Williams to discuss nanoscale computing, in
> public lecture at UCSC's Silicon Valley Center on Thursday, October 25
>
> SANTA CRUZ, CA--R. Stanley Williams, a senior fellow at Hewlett- 
> Packard
> Laboratories and founding director of HP's Quantum Science Research
> group, will discuss nanoscale computing in a free public lecture on
> Thursday, October 25, hosted by UC Santa Cruz's Baskin School of
> Engineering and Silicon Valley Center. Williams's talk, titled
> "Computing at the nanoscale will employ different physics and logic
> operations," will take place at 4 p.m. in the World Room, Building  
> 943,
> NASA Ames Research Center.
>
> This will be the final event in the Distinguished Lecture Series  
> marking
> the 10th anniversary of UCSC's Baskin School of Engineering. Williams
> will describe several new results that have been achieved in the past
> year by his Quantum Science Research group, which is exploring new
> electronic-device concepts and logic operations.
>
> According to Williams, as the size of electronic-device components
> continues to shrink to the scale of a few nanometers, the fundamental
> physics governing the properties of the electrons is becoming more
> quantum mechanical. Therefore, present-day circuit designs and  
> concepts
> that implicitly regard electrons as classical objects are becoming  
> less
> valid. Eventually, continued increases in computing capacity at fixed
> cost will require new device and logic concepts that explicitly
> incorporate quantum mechanics.
>
> Established in 1994, the Quantum Science Research group is focused on
> preparing HP for the challenges and opportunities ahead in electronic,
> photonic, and mechanical device technology as features continue to
> shrink to the nanometer scale, where quantum mechanics becomes  
> important.
>
> Williams is one of just five active Senior Fellows at HP. For the past
> 30 years, his primary scientific research has been in the areas of
> solid-state chemistry and physics, and their applications to  
> technology.
> This research has evolved into the areas of nanostructures and
> chemically assembled materials, with an emphasis on the thermodynamics
> of size and shape. Most recently, he has examined the fundamental  
> limits
> of information and computing, which has led to his current research in
> nanoelectronics and nanophotonics.
>
> Williams has received numerous awards for business, scientific, and
> academic achievement, including the 2004 Joel Birnbaum Prize (the
> highest internal HP award for research), the 2003 Herman Bloch  
> Medal for
> Industrial Research, the 2000 Julius Springer Award for Applied  
> Physics,
> the 2000 Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
> Award, and a Sloan Foundation Fellowship. He was named to the  
> inaugural/
> Scientific American/ 50 Top Technology leaders in 2002 and then  
> again in
> 2005 (the first to be so named twice).
>
> Williams has been awarded more than 50 U.S. patents and has published
> more than 280 papers in reviewed scientific journals. In 2005,/ Small
> Times/ magazine named the U.S. patent collection he has assembled  
> at HP
> as the world's top nanotechnology intellectual property portfolio.
>
> Williams received a B.A. in chemical physics from Rice University and
> Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1978. He worked at  
> AT&T
> Bell Labs from 1978 to 1980 and was a faculty member in the Chemistry
> Department at UCLA from 1980 to1995.
> Building 943 is located next to the NASA Exploration Center at NASA
> Ames. For directions, see
> http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/directions.html.
> For more information about this lecture, call (831) 459-2158 or e-mail
> drecept at soe.ucsc.edu. Information about this and other events at the
> Baskin School of Engineering is also available online at
> http://www.soe.ucsc.edu/events/tenth/calendar.html.
>


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