ACM NanoCom 2022

Special Session: Catalan Nanotech Ecosystem Session

October 7th, 15:45 - 16:45
Edifici Vertex, Campus Nord UPC

The world of nanotechnology moves millions of dollars in groundbreaking research and development and touches upon uncountable application areas. However, its huge potential is also profoundly impacted by the multidisciplinarity that is required to develop some of the ideas involving technology, sensing, communications, and computation. Therefore, be it to advance further in this field or to move from research to industry, it could be argued that the different actors in the nanotech research ecosystem need to interact and collaborate perhaps tighter than in other fields.

In this special session, we will take a look into the state of the question in Catalunya, home of very competitive universities and research centers in this field including ICN2, UPC, UAB, BSC, ICFO, IMB-CNM, BIST, IDIBAPS, IBEC, and others. With the format of a moderated panel, active members of the catalan nanotechnology landscape will provide their experienced view on the state of the NanoCom research in the country and how it could be improved. We do hope that the audience will also reflect their views based on their experience in the local, EU/US, and worldwide scales.

The panel will be chaired by Stephan Roche, ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and have, as main panelists, Alba Cervera Lierta from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and Francesc Pérez-Murano from the National Center in Microelectronics (IMB-CNM).

Stephan Roche, ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)

Prof. Stephan Roche is a theoretician with more than 25 years’ experience in the study of transport theory in low-dimensional systems, including graphene, carbon nanotubes, semiconducting nanowires, organic materials and topological insulators. In 2009 Prof. Roche was awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander Von-Humboldt Foundation (Germany) and, since 2011, he has been actively involved in the European Graphene Flagship project as deputy leader of the Spintronics Work Package (WP). He is serving as leader of this WP since April 2020. He is also Division Leader of the Graphene Flagship.
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Alba Cervera Lierta, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)

Alba Cervera-Lierta is a Senior Researcher at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. She earned her PhD in 2019 at the University of Barcelona, where she studied her physics degree and a Msc in particle physics. After her PhD, she moved to the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral fellow at the Alán Aspuru-Guizik group. She works on near-term quantum algorithms and their applications, high-dimensional quantum computation, and artificial intelligence strategies in quantum physics. Since October of 2021, she is the coordinator of the Quantum Spain project, an initiative to boost the quantum computing ecosystem that will build a quantum computer at the BSC-CNS.
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Francesc Pérez-Murano, National Center in Microelectronics (IMB-CNM)

Professor Perez-Murano graduated for the Autonomous Unviersity of Barcelona (UAB) with a degree in Physics, and later he gained the PhD in Science for the same University in 1989. He has made post-doctoral stages at the Microelectronics Center in Denmark, NIST in USA and AIST in Japan. He has been associated professor at the Electronics Engineered department at UAB from 1995 to 2001, where he became vice-director of the Enginneering in school in 2000. In 2001, he joined IMB-CNM, CSIC, being promoted to research professor in 2007. Professor Perez-Murano got the Award of Catalan Government to young researchers (2001) for his pioneering work on nanofabrication.
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Eduard Alarcón, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)

Eduard Alarcón is a full professor at UPC, Telecom School, where he graduated MSc –national award- and PhD in 1999. He has been invited professor to the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden in 2011 and the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, 2003 and 2006. He was 2018-2019 Senior advisor at General Directorate R+D+i, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. ICREA Academia Award by the Generalitat de Catalunya 2019-2024. His scientific fields encompass on-chip energy management and RF circuits, energy harvesting, nanosatellites and satellite architectures for Earth Observation, nanotechnology-enabled wireless communications, molecular communications, AI chip architectures, and Quantum Computing, areas in which he has been participating in EU FET Open, DARPA, NSF, NASA and ESA projects, and projects and awards with companies as Google, Intel and Samsung, and in cooperation with colleagues at various departments of prestigious universities across the world.
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After the panel session, Mr. Daniel Marco, General Chair for Innovation and Digital Economy at the Generalitat de Catalunya (the highest Catalan government body), will conclude the panel and the conference.

Daniel Marco Pàrraga, Director General for Innovation and Digital Economy

He was born in Barcelona in 1974 and has an MEng in Electronic Engineering and a BEng in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He also has an MBA from ESADE Business School. He started his career as Communications Manager at Philips Consumer Electronics in Eindhoven. Later, joined Doxa Consulting Group, providing strategic business consulting in the technology, media and telecom (TMT) sector. In 2007 he joined the government of Catalonia as Head of Business Digitisation and ICT industry promotion, of the Directorate-General for the Information Society; in 2012, he was appointed Director of the Digital Agenda for Catalonia 2020; in 2014, Director of the SmartCatalonia strategy of the government of Catalonia; in June 2019, Director General for Innovation and Digital Economy. He gives lectures at the UPC and the Universitat de Barcelona; he also gives speeches in national and international congresses and debates related to digital transformation, and he is a mentor in technology entrepreneurship programmes.
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