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WORLDCOMP'09 Featured Keynote - Dr. K. Eric Drexler

Last modified 2009-07-03 11:31

Advanced Nanotechnology: Advanced Computing on the Critical Path
Dr. K. Eric Drexler
Father of Nanotechnology
Chief Technical Advisor, Nanorex, Inc.
Bloomfield Hills, MI USA

Date: July 13, 2009
Time: 9:45 - 10:40 AM
Location: Lance Burton Theatre

"Some seminal works stand out like beacons in the history of science. Newton's "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica" and Watson and Crick's "A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid" come quickly to mind. In recent decades we can add Eric Drexler's "Engines of Creation," which established the revolutionary new field of nanotechnology."

-- Ray Kurzweil, inventor, and author of The Singularity is Near, When Humans Transcend Biology


    The long-standing objective for advanced nanotechnology is to enable the fabrication of atomically precise, highly functional products on a practical basis. Laboratory research is laying the foundations for the necessary series of advances in nanofabrication, but inadequate computational tools hinder progress. As nanotechnology evolves into nanosystems engineering, there is an increasingly urgent need for domain-specific design-oriented software. Among the requirements for this are multi-scale modeling to unify the design of molecular and macroscale systems, and in particular, expansion and unification of diverse tools at the molecular end of the spectrum. This will require the integration and invention of diverse software tools, and some problems will require massive computational power. In the coming years, scientific investigation and discovery will remain crucial, but the pace of progress will increasingly be set by the power and limitations of computational tools for nanosystems engineering.


    Often described as “the father of nanotechnology,” Eric Drexler set the technical direction for the field in his seminal 1981 paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which established fundamental principles of molecular engineering and development paths to advanced nanotechnologies. In his 1986 book, Engines of Creation, he introduced a broad audience to the fundamental technology objective: using machines that work at the molecular scale to restructure matter from the bottom up. Drexler’s research in this field has been the basis for numerous journal articles and a comprehensive, physics-based analysis in his textbook Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation. In his publications and lectures, Dr. Drexler describes the implementation and applications of advanced nanotechnologies and shows how they can be used solve, not merely delay, large-scale problems such as global warming.

    Dr. Drexler serves as Chief Technical Advisor to Nanorex, a company developing design software for molecular engineering. In addition, he writes about nanotechnology and other topics on his blog, He is currently working in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund of Sweden to explore advanced nanotechnology solutions to global issues such as energy and climate change. Recently, Drexler served as Chief Technical Consultant to the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems, a project of the Battelle Memorial Institute and its participating US National Laboratories.

    Drexler was awarded a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Molecular Nanotechnology (the first degree of its kind).
Academic Co-Sponsors

United States Military Academy, Network Science Center

Biomedical Cybernetics Laboratory, HST of Harvard University and MIT, USA

Argonne's Leadership Computing Facility of Argonne National Laboratory

Functional Genomics Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, University of Minnesota, USA
Intelligent Data Exploration and Analysis Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
Harvard Statistics Department Genomics & Bioinformatics Laboratory, Harvard University, USA

Texas Advanced Computing Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas

Center for the Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Bioinformatics & Computational Biology Program, George Mason University, Virginia, USA

Institute of Discrete Mathematics and Geometry, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

BioMedical Informatics & Bio-Imaging Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Knowledge Management & Intelligent System Center (KMIS) of University of Siegen, Germany

National Institute for Health Research, UK

Hawkeye Radiology Informatics, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA

Institute for Informatics Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia.
Medical Image HPC & Informatics Lab (MiHi Lab), University of Iowa, Iowa, USA
SECLAB An inter-university research group (University of Naples Federico II, the University of Naples Parthenope, and the Second University of Naples, Italy)
The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
Intelligent Cyberspace Engineeing Lab., ICEL, Texas A&M; University (Com./Texas)

International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine

World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies

Corporate Sponsor

Other Co-Sponsors
European Commission
High Performance Computing for Nanotechnology (HPCNano)

HoIP - Health without Boundaries

Hodges' Health

The International Council on Medical and Care Compunetics

GridToday - enewsletter focused on Grid, SOA, Virtualization, Storage, Networking and Service-Oriented IT

HPCwire - The Leading Source for Global News and Information Covering the Ecosystem of High Productivity Computing

The UK Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform
VMW Solutions Ltd.
Scientific Technologies Corporation

Bentham Science Publishers


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