Lec 29 - TEDxCaltech - Michael Roukes - Embracing Biocomplexity: Plenty of Room in the Middle. Michael Roukes, TEDxCaltech co-organizer, is the Robert M. Abbey Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering at Caltech. He was founding Director of Caltech's Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI), and currently serves as its co-Director. Michael co-founded and is co-Director of the Alliance for Nanosystems VLSI (very-large-scale integration), a vital collaboration between KNI researchers and counterparts at CEA/LETI in Grenoble, France -- the site of a $B-scale semiconductor research foundry. He holds a Chaire d'Excellence in Nanoscience from the RTRA, a multi-university/institution Grenoble consortium. Michael's scientific interests range from quantum measurement to applied biotechnology -- with a unifying theme of nanosystems VLSI and applications. In the early '90s he founded the field of nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), and has since published broadly on nanoscience, lectured at most major research centers worldwide, and is active on many national and international committees promoting these fields. In 2010, Michael received a National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award, reflecting the evolution of his research toward the life sciences. About TEDx, x = independently organized event: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) On January 14, 2011, Caltech hosted TEDxCaltech, an exciting one-day event to honor Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate, Caltech physics professor, iconoclast, visionary, and all-around "curious character." Visit TEDxCaltech.com for more details.
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