5/11/2005 - IMEC has formed the Center for Advanced Learning in Information Technologies (CALIT) to provide a platform for high-level events and training programs that focus on visionary and interdisciplinary themes. IMEC's goal is to create an authoritative international school where executives, policy-makers, scientists and engineers can meet to exchange views on topics of future interest to the global community.
The Center for Advanced Learning in Information Technologies is a new initiative from IMEC's Microelectronics Training Center (MTC). CALIT will create events and courses - such as one-day visionary symposia, brainstorm sessions and schools - in which societal-relevancy and cross-disciplinarity are central themes. CALIT is structured for attendees from around the world who will gather to lead high-level discussions on specific themes.
IMEC launched a pilot program of events in 2004 to examine the convergence between nano- and biosciences. Following a visionary seminar and workshop, a summer course was organized on biosensor technology for engineers.
The CALIT International School has already planned three events for this year. The structure for these three visionary events is a one-day symposium open to the community followed by a day during which brainstorm meetings are held with invited members. The first symposium, scheduled for May 19, will address information security. The topic was selected because of the rapid evolution of 'ambient intelligence' and 'ubiquitous computing', which allow miniscule computers to be integrated into everyday objects. The brainstorm meetings will be held on May 20.
The heterogeneous integration seminar will be held on May 30 to discuss memory technologies for future system design. This will be followed on 31 May by the brainstorm meeting on the same subject.
The third symposium, scheduled for September 1, will address the convergence of nanometer-scale sciences and the methods needed to bridge the gap between manmade and biological systems through nanotechnology. At this event, experts will discuss what can be realistically expected from this convergence and how society should prepare for the impact of this new technology.
More information on CALIT and this year's sessions can be found at www.imec.be/mtc/CALIT.htm
IMEC is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Its research focuses on the next generations of chips and systems, and on the enabling technologies for ambient intelligence. IMEC's research bridges the gap between fundamental research at universities and technology development in industry. Its unique balance of processing and system know-how, intellectual property portfolio, state-of-the-art infrastructure and its strong network of companies, universities and research institutes worldwide, position IMEC as a key partner with which to develop and improve technologies for future systems.
IMEC is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and has representatives in the US, China and Japan. Its staff of more than 1300 people includes over 400 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2004, its revenues were EUR 159 million. Further information on IMEC can be found at www.imec.be.
Training is of utmost importance in the rapidly evolving high-tech industry. That 's why IMEC has set up in 1999 a Microelectronics Training Center (MTC) to concentrate and expand its activities in dedicated training for the industry. MTC is based on IMEC 's long-standing experience in industrial training. Its courses cover the whole spectrum of microelectronics and ICT, from integrated system design to processing and packaging. The courses are available to companies, institutes and universities worldwide.
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