23.08.15 - 26.08.15, Seminar 15352

Design of Microfluidic Biochips: Connecting Algorithms and Foundations of Chip Design to Biochemistry and the Life Sciences

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Advances in microfluidic technologies have led to the emergence of biochip devices for automating laboratory procedures in biochemistry and molecular biology. Corresponding systems are revolutionizing a diverse range of applications, e.g.air quality studies, point-of-care clinical diagnostics, drug discovery, and DNA sequencing–with an increasing market. For clinical diagnostics, it has been predicted that we will soon see 15 billion diagnostictests per year worldwide.

However, continued growth (and larger revenues resulting from technology adoption by pharmaceutical and healthcare companies) depends on advances in chip integration and design-automation tools.Thus, there is a need to deliver the same level of Computer-Aided Design(CAD) support to the biochip designer that the semiconductor industry now takes for granted.In particular, these CAD tools willadoptcomputational intelligence for the optimization of biochip designs.Also,the design of efficient CAD algorithms for implementing biochemistry protocols to ensure that biochips are as versatile as the macro-labs that they are intended to replace. This is therefore an opportune time for the software and semiconductor industry as well ascircuit/system designers to make an impact in this emerging field.

The goal of the seminar is to bring together experts in order to present and to develop new ideas and concepts for design automation algorithms and tools for microfluidic biochips. Areas ranging from architecture, synthesis, optimization, verification, testing, and beyond should be thereby covered. As possible results, we expect to see a better understanding of the respective areas, new impulses for further research directions, and ideas for areas that will heavily influence research in the domain of design automation on microfluidic biochips within the next years. The seminar will facilitate greater interdisciplinary interactions between researchers in chip designers, bioengineers, biochemists, and theoretical computer scientists.