ZuE 2015 - Zuverlässigkeit und Entwurf   


Tutorial am Montag, 14:40 h: "Microfluidics Meets Electronic Design Automation" 

In recent years, microfluidic biochips have revolutionized traditional biochemical experiments and diagnoses in application fields such as pharmacy, biotechnology and health care. Owing to their exact sample manipulation, economical reagent consumption and miniaturized dimensions, such lab-on-chips have enjoyed a vigorously growing market, reaching about 1.62 billion USD in Europe alone in 2015 according to Frost & Sullivan.

With the increasing system integration, however, microfluidic systems are facing a similar scenario as the semiconductor industry in 1980s and 1990s, when Electronic Design Automation (EDA) tools were introduced to deal with ever increasing circuit complexity. Consequently, biochips and microfluidics have become a field requiring intensive crossdisciplinary research, and the involvement of the EDA community in academia and industry plays a decisive role in fostering a continuing success of this potentially huge market.

In this tutorial, the status of the microfluidic biochip market and current design challenges will be analyzed first. Thereafter, architectures and design automation techniques for various microfluidic biochips will be discussed in detail. These architectures include flow-based biochips that drive fluid segments using micromechanical valves, digital biochips that move droplets with electrowetting force, and emerging architectures such as valve-arrays. The presentations will review the state-of-the-art research and also discuss unsolved problems in scheduling, synthesis, physical design and reliability optimization of such chips.

Ablauf (Pause ca. 16:00 h)

  • Opening and Introduction
  • Programming and Physical Design Methods for Flow-based Microfluidic Biochips
  • EDA for Digital Microfluidic Biochips
  • Architectural Exploration of Future Microfluidic Biochips



Prof. Ulf Schlichtmann, TU München is head of the Institue for Electronic Design Automation


Prof. Paul Pop is an Associate Professor at DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark. He published on design techniques for biochips.


Dr. habil. Robert Wille is with the German Research Center f. Artificial Intelligence. His interests are in the design of systems for emerging Technologies.

    Dr.-Ing. Bing Li is a researcher with the Institute for Electronic Design Automation, TUM with interest in (inter alia) the physical design of emerging Systems.




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