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Control and Observation of Quantum Mechanical Systems

In the last few decades, a silent revolution is taking place. The exponential growth in microelectronic processing power has been achieved by ever decreasing the size of integrated circuits. These circuits which integrate electrical, mechanical, and sometimes optical devices, have evolved from silicon revolution. It replaced big complex, costly systems with small, affordable, high performance microsystems. Microsystems are expected to further enable silicon chips to sense, "think", act, and communicate. In essence, to become intelligent machines. Structures of current microsystems are approaching fundamental limits and the next generation of devices might show unexpected properties due to quantum effects and fluctuations. A new research field is developing in which we pursue understanding of basic physics associated with such quantum structures, explore their controllability, and propose new devices. In this talk, we will begin with a summary of engineering problem solving and proceed to discuss the impact of technology on the development of newly emerging discipline of soft computing and computational intelligence. Following an introduction of the historical development of the optical communication system-the photo phone, the evolution of quantum computing will be discussed. The difference between quantum mechanical control systems and classical control systems will be pointed out and the enabling technology of the 21st century: control and sensing of quantum mechanical systems will be introduced to facilitate the design of sensors and actuators of quantum mechanical systems.

Type of Seminar:
Public Seminar
Prof. Tzyh-Jong Tarn
Cupples 2, Room 103 Campus Box 1040 Washington University St. Louis, Missouri 63130/ USA
Jan 25, 2001   17:15

ETH Zurich, Building ETZ, room E6, Gloriastrasse 35, 8006 Zurich
Contact Person:

Dr. Bemporad
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Biographical Sketch:
DR. TZYH-JONG (T.J.) TARN is a Professor in the Department of Systems Science and Mathematics and the Director of the Center for Robotics and Automation at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He has held visiting professor positions at Imperial College, England; University of Rome, Italy; Nagoya University, Japan; Ecole Nationale Superieure de Mecanique, France; and the Academy of Sciences, Russia. He also has awarded the title of Honorary Professor at several Chinese universities, including Xichuan University and Tsinghua University. Dr. Tarn is a member of IEEE, SIAM and Sigma Xi. An active member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Dr. Tarn served as the President of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, 1992-1993, the Director of the IEEE Division X (Systems and Control), 1995-1996, and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors, 1995-1996. He received many awards. In particular, he is the recipient of the prestigious Joseph F. Engelberger Award of the Robotic Industries Association in 1999 for contributing to the advancement of the science of robotics and the Auto Soft Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 in recognition of his pioneering and outstanding contributions to the fields of Robotics and Automation. He was featured in the Special Report on Engineering of the 1998 Best Graduate School issue of US News and World Report and his recent research accomplishments were reported in the "Washington Times", Washington D.C., the "Financial Times", London, "Le Monde", Paris, and "Chicago Sun-Times", Chicago, etc. Dr. Tarn is a Fellow of IEEE.