Julien Bourgeois and Seth Copen Goldstein

Scalable distributed computing with distributed intelligent MEMS

MEMS research has until recently focused mainly on the engineering process, resulting in interesting products and a growing market. To fully realize the promise of MEMS, the next step is to add embedded intelligence. With embedded intelligence, the scalability of manufacturing will enable distributed MEMS systems consisting of thousands or millions of units which can work together to achieve a common goal. However, before such systems can become a reality, we must come to grips with the challenge of scalability which will require paradigm-shifts both in hardware and software. Furthermore, the need for coordinated actuation, programming, communication and mobility management raises new challenges in both control and programming. Programming such scalable systems is only achievable through distributed paradigm. The objective of this talk is to report the progresses made by taking the example of two research projects and by giving the remaining challenges and the perspectives of distributed intelligent MEMS with an highlight on distributed programming of these systems.


Julien BourgeoisJulien Bourgeois
University of Franche-Comté (UFC), France
Seth Copen GoldsteinSeth Copen Goldstein
Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Julien Bourgeois is professor of computer science at the University of Franche-Comté (UFC) in France. He is part of the FEMTO-ST institute where he leads the complex networks team. His research interests are in distributed intelligent MEMS, P2P networks and security management for complex networks. He has been invited professor at Emory University (US) in 2011 and in Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2010 and 2011. He is co-leading the distributed sensor/actuators MEMS network topic in the CNRS PPF Distributed Intelligent Microsystems. He created and then co-led the Smart Surface project. In 2011, he created the Smart Blocks project which aims at building a self-reconfigurable conveying modular plate-form composed of MEMS sensors and actuators. Both projects are funded by the French national agency for reseach. He has also worked in the Centre for Parallel Computing at the University of Wetsminster (UK) and in the main research institution in Italy, the Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (CNR) in Genova. He collaborated with several other institutions (Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, etc.). He has worked for more than 10 years on these topics has co-authored more than 50 international publications and communications and has served as PC members and chaired various conferences. Appart from its research activities, he acts as a consultant for the french government and for companies.

Since becoming a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon, Seth Copen Goldstein has been working on compilers and architecture related to distributed systems, reconfigurable computing, and molecular electronics. Over the last five years he has been working on architecture, programming languages, and compilers for programmable matter. He has been a Co-PI on several research projects funded by DARPA in the areas of Adaptive Computing Systems and Molecular Electronics. He was a member of the Darpa sponsored study Computer Science Futures: Engaging Young Scholars in Computer Science which show is interest and experience in training. He has been a member of ISAT where he was a study leader or co-leader on several studies (2007: "Engineering Ensemble Effects", 2006: "Realizing Programmable Matter", 2002: "Nanometer Computing"). He participated in a recent ISAT study, "Manycore Abstractions for Machine Learning". Work related to his work has appeared in AAAI, AI Magazine, APL, ASAP, ASPLOS, CGO, Computer, EUROPAR, FCCM, FPL, GOMAC, HLDVT, ICRA, IEEE/RSJ, IPSN, IROS, ISCA, ISPASS, ISSCC, ITC, JAST, Langmuir, MICRO, NIPS, NSC, PASS, RSS, Sensys, and is relevant to the programming of ensembles and the programming of fine-grained distributed systems. He has published more than 100 articles in these journals/conferences. He is leading a joint funded international research work with the "CMU in Qatar".