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S.A. Hajimiri: 1+1=3 or How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love Holistic Circuits

THIS IS A NO-HOST EVENT.  Most of the modern day's technological marvels have come from putting apparently unrelated things together and creating something more than the sum of the parts. Silicon chips have come a long way from the days of first transistors. Today we can place billions of transistors operating at extremely high frequencies on a single chip. This has created a plethora of new opportunities in many areas that silicon chips could not address. In this talk, we will discuss a holistic approach to integrated circuits leading to yet further proliferation of such technologies into our daily lives. We will show you some of its exciting results, ranging from self-healing circuits that repair themselves, to low-cost tera-hertz imagers that can give your cell-phone X-ray (or T-ray) vision. We will also talk about additional applications for low-cost. diagnostic devices that fit in your pocket and offer early detection of various medical conditions, such as cancer, wherever you are. .

About Professor S. A. Hajimiri, :
Professor Hajimiri's group does research on integrated circuits and their applications in various disciplines. These applications span a wide range from high-speed and RF to low-frequency high-precision circuits. His research group is involved in both the theoretical analysis of the problems in integrated circuits as well as practical implementations of new systems in very large scale integrated circuits.

This is one of the nine lectures in Caltech's Watson Lecture Series named for the late Earnest C. Watson, who founded the series in 1922, featuring speakers from Caltech and JPL, speaking on cutting-edge research taking place at Caltech. Our gratitude to Earnest C. Watson, Richard C. Biedebach, and Arnold and Mabel Beckman for their contributions in making possible this free lecture to the public.

Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Doors open at 7:30pm.

For wheelchair seating services, call 626.395.4652.

Beckman Auditorium Seating Map:


Michigan Avenue south of Del Mar Boulevard, Pasadena., click on "Directions" located on left panel.

Location and Parking Map:

Beckman Auditorium at CalTech in Pasadena.

Parking is available in the lots south of Del Mar Boulevard between Wilson and Chester Avenues, as well as in the parking structures at 341 and 405 South Wilson Avenue, and 370 South Holliston Avenue.  Parking is free, with no permit required, after 5:00pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Early Dinner Together: 
For those of you who wish to take early dinner together, a suggestion is Burger Continental.  I suggest meeting at 5:30pm, so you can make your way back and be in line at around 7:15pm to ensure a seat.  If you are interested, you should post the time you wish to meet in the comments section.

Burger Continental
535 South Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Click on this link for their extensive menu:

Sitting Together:
Members are welcome and encouraged to hold up signs and/or make arrangements in the comments section to find each other in line or in the auditorium.  I suggest sitting on the ground level, right side, about 15 rows from the front and someone hold up a sign.

Enjoy the lecture!

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  • ellen

    Hi V et al...since I have not heard from even one person about dinner (Arden only said she will try) I am canceling my suggested dinner. Do not want to rush from my office and find no one there.

    January 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you so much Ellen, for letting me know - I've cancelled the dinner reservations. However, if you feel comfortable with this suggestion, if you do drop in for dinner there, perhaps you could ask the hostess which table are for the Beckman Lecture group and ask if you could join a table there. I'm sure they would love to have you! :D

      January 28, 2014

  • ellen

    Hi V....sounds like a good idea to make a reservation, but let's make it for 6 people. I will get there by 5:15. I have white hair am easy to recognize.

    January 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wonderful! The reservation is under "Ellen-Brain Group" for all of you who wish to have dinner. Please indicate here if you will be joining Ellen and Arden Rose so we can get an accurate head count for dinner reservations. Enjoy everyone!

      January 24, 2014

  • ellen

    Will meet folks at Burger Continental. Suggest we take a head count and reserve a table. Many people eat there on Cal Tech lecture nights. If we have a name for the reservation maker, then we can be directed to the meetup table.

    January 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Ellen, that's a great suggestion. Only two people have indicated an interest in dinner. Would you mind if I made a reservation for 5 under your name "Ellen - Brain Group" and you can take it from there. I don't want to overbook and waste tables at their dinner hour. How does that sound? Just let me know what time you'll be there. Thanks! :D

      January 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also, if you would be willing to hold up a meetup sign in the auditorium so members can sit together, that would be great! :D

      January 24, 2014

  • Parul

    looking forward to attend the lecture

    January 22, 2014

  • Arden R.

    Looking forward to this fascinating lecture, and will try to make dinner also.

    January 10, 2014

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