CS700:Graduate Seminar in Computer Science & Informatics

Scalable distributed computing with distributed intelligent MEMS
Prof. Julien Bourgeois, UFC/FEMTO-ST, France


Abstract: MEMS research has until recently focused mainly on the engineering process, resulting in interesting products and a growing market. To fully realize the promise of MEMS, the next step is to add embedded intelligence. With embedded intelligence, the scalability of manufacturing will enable distributed MEMS systems consisting of thousands or millions of units which can work together to achieve a common goal. However, before such systems can become a reality, we must come to grips with the challenge of scalability which will require paradigm-shifts both in hardware and software. Furthermore, the need for coordinated actuation, programming, communication and mobility management raises new challenges in both control and programming. Programming such scalable systems is only achievable through distributed paradigm. The objective of this talk is to report the progresses made by taking the example of two research projects and by giving the remaining challenges and the perspectives of distributed intelligent MEMS with an highlight on distributed programming of these systems.

Bio: Julien Bourgeois is professor of computer science at the University of Franche-Comté (UFC) in France. He is part of the FEMTO-ST institute (UMR CNRS 6374) where he leads the complex networks team. His research interests are in distributed intelligent MEMS, P2P networks and security management for complex networks. He has been invited professor at Emory University (US) in 2011 and in Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2010 and 2011. He is co-leading the distributed sensor/actuators MEMS network topic in the CNRS PPF Distributed Intelligent Microsystems. He created and then co-led the Smart Surface project. In 2011, he created the Smart Blocks project which aims at building a self-reconfigurable conveying modular plate-form composed of MEMS sensors and actuators. Both projects are funded by the French national agency for reseach. He has also worked in the Centre for Parallel Computing at the University of Wetsminster (UK) and in the main research institution in Italy, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (CNR) in Genova. He collaborated with several other institutions (Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, etc.). He has worked for more than 10 years on these topics has co-authored more than 50 international publications and communications and has served as PC members and chaired various conferences. Appart from its research activities, he acts as a consultant for the french government and for companies.