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Tufts Hosts Engineering Conference

The Midwest Circuits and Systems Symposium is expected to draw more than 500 engineers to the Medford/Somerville campus August 6-9
July 28, 2017

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Tufts University is academic host and co-sponsor of the 2017 IEEE Midwest Circuits and Systems Symposium, to be held Aug. 6-9. The symposium will include oral and poster sessions, a student paper contest, tutorials by experts in circuits and systems topics, and special sessions. All areas of electronic circuits and systems will be covered, including the latest innovations in the field.

The three keynote speakers are Linton Salmon, Jesse Wheeler and Donhee Ham. Salmon, a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, will give a keynote titled “Microelectronics: Challenges and Opportunities” on Aug. 7; Wheeler, the neurotechnology business lead at Draper Laboratory, will speak on “Neurotechnology: Biomedical, Biomimetic, and Beyond” on Aug. 8; and Ham, the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Harvard University, will speak on “CMOS Electronics See Inside Biological Cellular Networks” on Aug. 9.

Associate Professor Valencia Joyner Koomson, right, is technical program co-chair of the event. Tufts’ Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is well represented at the symposium. Associate Professor Valencia Joyner Koomson is technical program co-chair; Professor Sameer Sonkusale is publications co-chair; professor and department chair Eric Miller is advisory committee co-chair; and associate professors Mark Hempstead and Thomas Vandervelde are on the technical program committee.

Tufts undergraduate and graduates students will be presenters at the conference. Among them is Joel Dungan, a doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering, who has been selected as a finalist in the student paper contest. He will present research work on the development of a platform to study intercellular communication in non-neural cells as it relates to developmental biology and morphogenetic bioengineering. Co-authors on the paper are Koomson, biology postdoctoral scholar Juanita Mathews, and biology professor Michael Levin. 

Other Tufts students presenting their research will be doctoral candidates Meera Punjiya, Yun Miao, Abigail Licht, John Chivers, Emily Carlson and Jun Jadormio, along with former undergraduate student Andrew Bourhis, E17.

For more information, and to register, go to the 2017 IEEE Midwest Circuits and Systems Symposium website.