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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Look Out for Nervous Circuits

with
Paul R. Jay
Nortel Networks

Semiconductor technology has advanced at an impressive rate over the past 4-5 decades. Gordon Moore (now of Intel) observed over 30 years ago that silicon chip complexity was doubling every 18 months, a dependency now called 'Moore's Law'. This 'Law' has held constant since 1970 to the point where it becomes not only an observation of the past, but also a predictor of the future, but how long can this trend continue before market economies and the laws of physics conspire to disrupt it? This talk will discuss some of the factors that could upset this regular progression, probably before 2010. Find out how we might go from silicon to slime, from digital logic to neurons and thinking machines.

Dr. Paul Jay is Director of Global External Research at Nortel Networks, where his group manages Nortel's programme of more than 400 University collaborations. He has over 20 years experience in semiconductor R&D and manufacturing and has worked in the UK, France and Canada. He is a member of the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, and the British Printing Society. Dr. Jay is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, and a member of the Conseil d'Administration for La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa.

DATE: Thursday, May 27, 1999 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am