Quantum Engineering Colloquium


1. Augusto Carimatto,  TU Delft, The Netherlands -- 15-03-2017

2. Jian Fang, TU Delft, The Netherlands -- 15-03-2017


1.    IC Design applied for Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

PET is a technique to study metabolic processes in the body. In this way, doctors can evaluate the behavior of different organs and the existence of tumors or other anomalies.

A radio-tracer with a molecule is injected to the patient and absorbed by different tissues that start irradiating to all directions. A ring of detectors is placed around the body to sense said radiation and to process all the information from it in order to obtain an image that represents the metabolic activity.

This work is focused on the detector itself, making use of 3D 40nm CMOS technology and IC Design techniques, an integrated system was designed, fabricated and tested in order to improve the main characteristics of PET detector modules.

Recent designs aimed to implement more characteristics and more complex processing than state-of-the-art detectors which will lead into a better image and less radiation exposure to the patient.

Additionally, the detector was modified to make it suitable for different Time-Of-Fly applications like 3D vision or 2D fast cameras

 2.    Using FPGAs to Accelerate Database Operations

 Due to the slowing down of frequency increasing and the increase of power consumption, database communities seek for special hardware to improve the performance of the databases. The FPGA, which contains programmable logic and can be reconfigured to run various functionality, is a potential accelerator that can boost the database systems. This talk will introduce some database concepts, give an overview of the current research, explain why the database communities need FPGAs and how they can use it. 



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