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Swiss Research Program Engineering Multi-Scale Systems in Health and the Environment

Engineering the Future

Giovanni De Micheli

Program Leader
A very successful Swiss research program

funding large collaborative multi-discipline projects

aiming at the engineering of complex systems for applications in the domains of Health and the Environment

Research, Design & Engineering of complex tera-scale systems using nano-scale devices and technologies Foster research and crossbreeding of technologies Main application domains are Health and Environment, with Energy and Security as transversal support areas
Develop new markets Improve living standards Better the quality of health and environment Foster a vision of engineering with social objectives Promote related educationl programs

Why ?
Major innovation is likely to happen at the intersection of disciplines
Need large research groups Need multi-discipline competence

Collaborative research is effective in Switzerland also because distances are small

Leverage combined expertise of the Polytechnics, Universities, Research Centers and Hospitals

Funding size and long-term objectives enable challenging projects

Unique opportunity in Switzerland Interaction with industry and end-users
4 evolution
First phase: 2008-2012
Research and develop enabling technologies and experimental systems

Second phase: 2013-2016

Integrate new technologies into systems, demonstrating the possibilities of new products and markets

Third phase: 2017-2020

Consolidation of results and deliverables of those projects that have a strong societal and industrial impact key figures 2008-12

75 projects 15 MCHF/year in cash + ~15 MCHF/year institutional matching 31 Swiss research institutions involved 155 research groups ~700 researchers ~180 PhD thesis supported ~ 575 papers published ~ 1000 presentations
Current reporting period (2012)
Journals, books Conf. Proceedings Total

TOTAL since beginning of the program

Journals, books Conf. Proceedings Total

RTD 2009 RTD 2010 RTD add-on NTF SSSTC

48 44 1 6 6

69 77 3 10 9

117 121 4 16 15

144 82 1 14 6

133 147 3 36 9

277 229 4 50 15







Large projects by theme

19 RTD projects 3-4 years

NanowireSensor NutriChip i-IronIC

SImOS IrSens Nexray TecInTex




CabTuRes ISyPeM

QCrypt PlaCiTUS X-Sense

CMOSAIC LiveSense GreenPower


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31 Swiss participating institutions



Distribution of research groups

155 research groups 31 institutions

Distribution of research groups

Node size ~ Nb. of involved research groups

9 Line size ~ Nb. of collaborations

Distribution of research groups

155 research groups 31 institutions

Distribution of research groups

Node size ~ Nb. of involved research groups

10 Line size ~ Nb. of collaborations

Partnership with China (2011-2012)

Nano-Tera strategic action to foster Sino-Swiss research collaborations within thematic areas

November 2010: Exploratory phase

Peking University Great interest for the Nano-Tera concept from major Chinese research institutions in the fields covered by the program

Chinese Institutions

Shenzhen institute of Advanced Technologies, University of Science and Technology Shanghai Institute of Microsystem of China, Suzhou and Information technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Fudan University, Wuxi Center of Internet of Things

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics

Spring 2011: Joint call with SSSTC

(Sino-Swiss Science & Technology Cooperation)

for Sino-Swiss collaborative projects (Pilot Grants) Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology

6 projects selected for about 1.5 MCHF

October 2011 September 2012 for Computational Biology, Partner Institute
Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences

11 key figures 2013-16

18 large projects (+ ~5 large projects to be allocated) 4 small projects (+ ~4 small projects to be allocated) 13 MCHF/year in cash + ~13 MCHF institutional matching

28 research institutions involved as Co-PIs

>100 research groups 3 strategic actions:
Increasing usability of sensor-generated data

Pervasive Health
Thermal-aware design for energy-minimal datacenters

2 transversal actions:
International collaboration Technology transfer


28 Swiss participating institutions

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Federal Institute of Metrology METAS


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Distribution of research groups (Phase 2)

Distribution of research groups

Node size ~ Nb. of involved research groups


Topic distribution
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Second Phase


Conclusions is a very successful research program
It integrates most of the Swiss top researchers Provides framework for large collaborative projects Tangible high impact results in the fields of Health, Energy and the Environment

We look forward to the next four years of success!


Mark your calendars!

Nano-Tera Annual Meeting 2014:

May 20, 2014 Swiss Convention Center, EPFL


Thanks for your attention !