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From circuits to cancer therapy

Tuesday 9 October 2018, 6.30PM to 7.30pm

Speaker(s): Dr Sani Nassif, Radyalis


The human race has invested about a trillion dollars in the development of semiconductor electronics, and our lives have been improved greatly as a result. Smart devices are now taken for granted and permeate every aspect of our daily lives. One of the important products of this huge investment was the development of EDA, sophisticated design optimization and simulation tools to allow the largely automated design and verification of integrated circuits. Sometimes we in the EDA community do not realize quite how advanced we are in this field, and just how applicable much of the Silicon R&D work is to other areas... This talk will be about one such area, namely that of Cancer Radiation Therapy, where the Radyalis team, working with researchers at the Mayo, Mass General, and St. Jude Hospitals successfully applied knowledge from the VLSI area to radically improve the speed and accuracy of beam dose calculation -a cornerstone of radiation therapy. The result is a commercially viable tool more than 100x faster than the comparably accurate alternative and currently being evaluated by a number of potential partners.

There will be a drinks reception afterwards with the opportunity to talk with the speaker.

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