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In the XXI century, microelectronics is pursuing the new More-Than-Moore strategy, where the number of different functionalities integrated in a chip is the added value, rather than the number of integrated bits. Zero-power, intelligent, autonomous systems featuring energy efficient sensing, computation and communication are fundamentals in the Internet-of-Things and Trillion-of-Sensors planets.

Come and learn about the evolution and revolution of energy efficient wearables that exploit autonomous systems with embedded wireless low power bio- and environmental- sensors for preventive life-style and healthcare.

Fernanda Irrera, Professor at the Electronics Department of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, will talk about a smart wearable sensing system for the detection of motion symptoms of the Parkinson’s disease.

So, hear about wearable sensing system in action and then decide for yourself whether it is the transformative technology promised.

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The utility of wearable sensors in the patient care, assistance and rehabilitation consists in new and still not fully explored opportunity offered by the generation of big amount of data which can be shared on Internet. Sensors can help monitor and mitigate the effects of disorders, customize the therapy and eventually activate feedback to patients and care-givers.

The health cost is dramatically increasing and remote home care emerges as a tornado in making to reduce health care cost. In the US, health cost reached $2.5 trillion in 2009, representing 18% of the GDP (EE Times 12/9/09). The market of wearable systems for healthcare today is approximately $12 billion.

Professor Irrera will talk about the latest technological advancements in the field of motion sensing for treatment of neurological patients affected by the Parkinson's Disease.

About Fernanda Irrera:

Fernanda Irrera is full Professor at the Electronics Department of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy. Her research interests are in high-k oxides, non-volatile memory devices, neuromorphic circuits, body sensor networks. She teaches the courses of Integrated Electronic Components and Innovative Nanoelectronic Devices, and was the Director of the Master course “Technologies for Micro and NanoElectronics” (2007-2008). She published over 100 scientific papers and is an author of a University book on Ultralarge CMOS Integration. Professor Irrera is Editor of the Special Issue of Microelectronics Journal on the IEEE International MOS-AK/GSA Workshop on Compact Modeling 2010 (MOS-AK/GSA Rome 2010) and Editor of International Journal of Neurological Disorders & Interventions. She is the Coordinator of the IEEE Electron Device Society Italy Chapter. She has been recipient of several awards by: Philip Morris (Milano, 1995) for the project “Portable Colour Fax”; Sapienza University for Excellence in Research, (Roma, 2009) for the project “Reliability of nanoelectronics nonvolatile memories”; the Italian Women for Invention and Innovation Society (Milano, 2009) for the project “Integrated image sensors with high resolution”; the Review “Nuova Elettronics” during the Innovation Design Contest, (Milano, 2015) for the project “Sensing network for recognizing specific motion features”.

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