MEST Talk & Drinks:Measuring is knowing ...... or is it

Title: Measuring is knowing ...... or is it?

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ir. Jacob T. Fokkema, Applied Physics, TU Delft

Date: Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Time: 16:00 – 16:30

Venue: Collegezaal D, EWI

Free Mest drink follows: 16:45 – 19:00, /Pub



It is a conventional wisdom that Measuring is Knowing. In fact it is one of the oldest dicta of the engineer. In general it is not true. You need a theory to convert your measurement into knowing.

The Earth sends out more signals and we monitor them from all sides. The last years we got
alarming messages: Global temperature rise, CO2 level and sea-level rise, etc. The numbers are
differently interpreted depending on the case where they are used. Although observations are
interpreted in their own right that does not mean that they can be understood together in an
extended context. What we need is an encompassing theory that hosts the complementary
input of the different observations as different aspects of the same “reality”. This would be
helpful in accessing the realistic state of our vulnerable Earth.

Where do we stand as responsible engineers and how do we formulate our challenge in our
expectation of a successful career in the present day economic situation? Is there still a way to


Jacob Tjeerd Fokkema received the degree in electrical engineering from the
polytechnic school of Leeuwarden in 1969 and M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and the
Ph.D. degree in technical sciences from Delft University of Technology in 1976 and 1979,
respectively. In 1982, he was appointed as scientific staff member in the section of Applied
Geophysics of the present Department of Applied Earth Sciences. In 1993, he was appointed
Full Professor of Applied Geophysics at the Applied Earth Science Department and in 1995 he
accepted a co-appointment in geophysics at the Faculty of Applied Physics of Delft University
and in 2001 he was appointed as special professor of applied geophysics at the Free University
of Amsterdam. He is board member of directors of the research school Integrated Solid Earth
Sciences. He was Rector Magnificus of the TU Delft from 2002 till 2010. Since 2010 he is the
chairman of ALW of NWO and Professor of Applied Geophysics in TU Delft. His research
interests are inversion of acoustic and electromagnetic geophysical measurements.



2010 MEST Symposium on Smart Medical Systems

Today’s medical care requires a rapid adoption of new technologies. In particular, we see increasing use of micro-electronics in diagnostics, surgery, implants, pacemakers and other applications. Through micro-electronic systems, it is possible to make tools smaller and more accurate. Therefore, to be informed about new technologies and practical medical applications of Micro- Electronics and Computer Engineering, MEST (Micro-Electronic Systems and Technology Association) kindly invites you to participate in Symposium on Smart Medical Devices on October 6, 2010 in Delft, The Netherlands

Title : MEST Symposium on Smart Medical Systems
Date :                  
October 6, 2010
Place :
Dept. of Architecture,

Building number 8,

Julianalaan 134, Delft
Delft University of Technology
Registration is possible from the 3rd of September via


Fee:                             MEST members                                  Free

TUDelft students or employees          €10

Non- TUDelft                                     €20

Lunch, Coffee, and Booklet are included in the registration fee.


Time                           Description

08:30-09:15                 Registration / Coffee

09:15-09:30                 Welcome and Opening

dr. Ronald Dekker , TUDelft

09:30-10:10                 Fractional Flow Reserve: Integrating Physiology, Technology
and Clinical Cardiology.
Dr. Jan Willem Sels, Catharina Ziekenhuis Eindhoven
10:10-10:25                 Coffee Break

10:25-11:05                 Corporate Venturing: >From Research to Product Development:

Developing a Rapid   and Sensitive Magnetic Biosensor.
André  Immink, Philips Healthcare Incubator

11:10-11:50                 Past, Current & Future X-ray Detectors for Medical Imaging
Tim Poorter, Philips Medical

12:00-13:30                 Lunch

13:30-14:10                 Implantable Hearing Prosthesis: How Interdisciplinary

Research and Development Revolutionize Hearing
Carl van Himbeeck, Cochlear Technology Centre

14:15-14:55                 Wireless Body Networks
Guido Dolmans, IMEC Holst Centre

15:00-15:15                 Coffee Break

15:15-15:55                 Panel discussion

Electronics in Healthcare: “Clinical Pull or Technological Push”
Moderator: dr. Wouter Serdijn

16:00-17:00                 Refreshments

With best regards,

On behalf of MEST

MEST Talk & Drinks: From Atoms to Planets - Both are in Focus of MEMS Instruments! - 06 May 2010

Talk: From Atoms to Planets - Both are in Focus of MEMS Instruments! (Link to Poster)

Speaker: Prof. dr. Urs Staufer

When? Thursday, 06 May 2010

Time: 16:30 - 17:10

Where? Snijderzaal, 1st Floor, EEMCS

Free drinks and snacks as well as an opportunity to interact with the speaker will be provided to all the attendees at EEMCS /PUB after this talk.

When? 17:10 - 19:00

Where? /PUB, Basement, EEMCS



Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems or MEMS are interesting elements for scientific instrumentation. They form a natural interface between the micro- and macro-world. They allow me to work for applications ranging from physics, biology, to medicine and even planetology, which nicely accommodates my curiosity. On the other hand, working in different fields requires a lot of flexibility and frustration tolerance. I will try to explain this by reporting on the Mars MissionPhoenix”, for which I worked during the last 10 to 12 years. For the first time and thanks to our instrument, an upper time limit for the exposure of Martian soil to liquid water could be foundabout 10,000 years in the last 500 million years. Why is this important? It is too short for supporting the evolution of life!


Speaker Biography:

Urs Staufer studied Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Basel, Switzerland, where he graduated in Experimental Solid State Physics in 1986. He received his PhD summa cum laude for a thesis on applying the scanning tunneling microscope for surface modifications in 1990. He then joined the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, USA as a post-doc for working on a microfabricated electron column for electron beam lithography applications. After having returned to Switzerland, he stayed at the Univ. of Basel, IBM Rüschlikon Research Laboratory and the Univ. of Neuchatel, where he was appointed as Associate Professor in 2003. Prof. Staufer was leading the group “Tools for Nanoscience” in the Sensors and Actuators and Microsystems Laboratory until 2007, when he was appointed as Full Professor at the 3mE Faculty of the Delft University of Technology. His current interest is in applying fundamental knowledge from Nanoscience in engineering research.

MEST Lunch Lecture: Industry vs. Academia i.e. Electrons vs. Photons - 28 April 2010

Talk: Industry vs. Academia i.e. Electrons vs. Photons (Link to Poster)

Speaker: Prof. dr. Edoardo Charbon

When? Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Time: 12:45 - 13:45

Free Lunch: 12:30 - 12:45

Where? Lecture Room B, EWI



The industry vs. academia dilemma is one that characterizes most careers in technical disciplines. They are two distinct worlds, often light-years apart, sometimes on a direct collision course, especially when it comes to culture, funding, and economics. In this talk, I will offer my experience and my career path as a humble answer to the dilemma, while not trying to establish specific trade-offs or recipes for success. I will also give an overview of my research activities and how they relate to my choices.


Speaker Biography:

Edoardo Charbon (M’00) received the Diploma from ETH Zurich in 1988, the M.S. degree from UCSD in 1991, and the Ph.D. degree from UC-Berkeley in 1995, all in Electrical Engineering and EECS. From 1995 to 2000, he was with Cadence Design Systems, where he was the architect of the company’s initiative on information hiding for intellectual property protection purposes. In 2000, he joined Canesta Inc. as its Chief Architect, leading the development of wireless 3-D CMOS image sensors. Since November 2002, he has been a member of the Faculty of EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, working in the field of CMOS sensors, biophotonics, and ultra low-power wireless embedded systems. In Fall 2008 he has joined the Faculty of TU Delft, as full professor in VLSI design, succeeding Patrick Dewilde.

Prof. Charbon has consulted for numerous organizations, including Texas Instruments, Hewlett-Packard, and the Carlyle Group. He has published over 150 articles in technical journals and conference proceedings and two books, and he holds 12 patents. His research interests include high-performance imaging, quantum integrated circuits, and design automation algorithms.

Prof. Charbon has served as Guest Editor of the TRANSACTIONS ON COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS and SYSTEMS and the JOURNAL OF SOLID STATE CIRCUITS and as Chair of technical committees in ESSCIRC, ICECS, ISLPED, and VLSI-SOC.