Distinguished Department Seminar with Masud Chowdhury: Sustainable, Humane, and Ecofriendly Technologies and Lifestyles Enabled by Intelligent and Pervasive Computing and Informatics


November 15, 2022    
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


3043 ECpE Building Addition
Coover Hall, Ames

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Title: Sustainable, Humane, and Ecofriendly Technologies and Lifestyles Enabled by Intelligent and Pervasive Computing and Informatics

Abstract: Extension of Moore’s curve down to sub-nanoscale dimensions would lead to the anticipated delivery of over 100 Billion transistors with hundreds of optimized cores on a single chip. However, CMOS technologies are moving towards the fundamental limits of performance, energy efficiency, and physical and material reliability. In Von Neumann computing architecture, the physical and functional separation of the central processing and memory units limits execution speed and imposes massive energy overheads. CMOS technology is, therefore, confined in the medium-performance and medium-power range due to the conflicting impacts of supply and frequency scaling on performance and energy efficiency. There has been a very high demand to study the two extreme ends of the design spectrum, namely, the ultra-low-power (ULP) with acceptable performance at one end and extremely high-performance with manageable power at the other. A third direction is emerging that would require very high-performance applications with very low power consumption. In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) the most critical aspects of all micro and nanoelectronic systems in the ULP domain are portability, reliability, longer lifetime, energy efficiency and rapid charging rate. Meeting these needs require research and development in two different fronts – (1) finding improved technologies that to ensure faster information processing speed and higher memory capacity at lower power consumption, and (2) identifying technologies and techniques to generate, store and manage energy at lower cost using eco-friendly but economically viable process. However, a more critical need is to engage in the promotion of socially conscious, student-focused, innovation-driven, and globally-engaged academic program and research to support more humane technologies and a Circular Economic Vision to address socioeconomic issues like poverty and climate change.Circular Economy would rely on regenerative processes to reuse, share, repair, refurbish, remanufacture, and recycle most of the physical and natural resources we use.

Bio: Dr. Masud H Chowdhury received a B.S. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, in 1998 and a Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA, in 2004. Currently, he is serving as the Founding Division Director of the Division of Energy, Matter, and Systems (EMS) under the newly formed School of Science and Engineering (SSE) at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC). The new EMS Division offers 19 graduate and undergraduate degrees in natural sciences and engineering. Previously, he served as the Associate Dean of the School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) for five years. He also served as the Department Chair and Professor of the Department of Computer Science Electrical Engineering at UMKC. Dr. Chowdhury has also been very active in professional society activities. For example, he served as the Chair and Chair-Elect of the IEEE VLSI Systems and Applications Technical Committee from 2012 to 2016.

Dr. Chowdhury’s research interests include post-silicon and beyond-binary computing technologies; micro and nanodevices and circuits for flexible, transparent, and wearable electronics; and nanotechnologies for biodegradable electronics, sensing, biomedical, and energy applications. He published 2 books, 2 book chapters, and 183 journal and conference papers and supervised 15 Ph.D., 11 M.S. (Thesis), 36 M.S. (Project), 25 Undergraduate Research and Senior Design, and 5 high school students. Dr. Chowdhury has been a designated mentor for young and early career faculty members at UMKC. He mentored 9 Assistant Professors and 1 Postdoctoral Fellow. He received the Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) Award 2017 from the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) for demonstrating mentoring abilities that inspire engineering students and young professionals to pursue leadership roles.