Talk: Industry vs. Academia i.e. Electrons vs. Photons (Link to Poster)

Speaker: Prof. dr. Edoardo Charbon

When? Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Time: 12:45 - 13:45

Free Lunch: 12:30 - 12:45

Where? Lecture Room B, EWI



The industry vs. academia dilemma is one that characterizes most careers in technical disciplines. They are two distinct worlds, often light-years apart, sometimes on a direct collision course, especially when it comes to culture, funding, and economics. In this talk, I will offer my experience and my career path as a humble answer to the dilemma, while not trying to establish specific trade-offs or recipes for success. I will also give an overview of my research activities and how they relate to my choices.


Speaker Biography:

Edoardo Charbon (M’00) received the Diploma from ETH Zurich in 1988, the M.S. degree from UCSD in 1991, and the Ph.D. degree from UC-Berkeley in 1995, all in Electrical Engineering and EECS. From 1995 to 2000, he was with Cadence Design Systems, where he was the architect of the company’s initiative on information hiding for intellectual property protection purposes. In 2000, he joined Canesta Inc. as its Chief Architect, leading the development of wireless 3-D CMOS image sensors. Since November 2002, he has been a member of the Faculty of EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, working in the field of CMOS sensors, biophotonics, and ultra low-power wireless embedded systems. In Fall 2008 he has joined the Faculty of TU Delft, as full professor in VLSI design, succeeding Patrick Dewilde.

Prof. Charbon has consulted for numerous organizations, including Texas Instruments, Hewlett-Packard, and the Carlyle Group. He has published over 150 articles in technical journals and conference proceedings and two books, and he holds 12 patents. His research interests include high-performance imaging, quantum integrated circuits, and design automation algorithms.

Prof. Charbon has served as Guest Editor of the TRANSACTIONS ON COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS and SYSTEMS and the JOURNAL OF SOLID STATE CIRCUITS and as Chair of technical committees in ESSCIRC, ICECS, ISLPED, and VLSI-SOC.