Progress in Nanotechnology

The Conference is a combination of keynotes, panels, posters, program information sessions, discussions of research trends, and principal investigator meetings with NSF program directors.

Draft agenda September 14, 2017

Day 1: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Progress in Foundational Nanotechnology and Infrastructure

Plenary Conference Room, Westin Hotel, Arlington
7:30Coffee and continental breakfast
8:30Conference welcome and purpose of the meeting
Gerhard Klimeck, bio, Purdue University
Academic Chair of Conference
8:40Welcome at NSF
8:50Nanoscale Science and Engineering at NSF
Mike Roco, bio, NSF
9:10Nanoscale modeling and simulation
Moderator: Lynn K. Zentner, bio, Purdue University
Keynote: Gerhard Klimeck, bio, Purdue University
9:40Refreshment Break and Poster Visitation
Note: all posters will be available in Ernest Hemingway Salon Dec 12 and Dec 13
10:00Panel 1: Nanoscale modeling and simulation and use of big data
  • Lynn K. Zentner, bio, Purdue University
  • Daryl Hess, NSF/DMR
3 Panelists (15+5 min each):
  • Sharon Glotzer, bio, University of Michigan, (Nanoscale simulations and large data)
  • Ian Foster, bio, University of Chicago (new concepts in modeling)
  • (on the use of large data for nanoscale research and design)

Discussion Topics: What are the unique contributions that Nanotechnology can make to water-food-energy? What are current grand challenges that can be accomplished in the next decade? How do we handle the gap between basic discovery and translation to applications?
11:30Nanotechnology based devices and systems by design
  • Khershed Cooper, NSF/CMMI
  • Usha Varshney, NSF/ECCS
Keynote: Placid Ferreira, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
"Nanomanufacturing NCN center”
12:00Working Lunch
12:30International NSE opportunities at NSF (15 min)
Graham Harrison, bio, NSF/OISE
1:00Two-dimensional materials and quantum phenomena in nanoscale systems
  • Linda S. Sapochak, NSF/DMR
  • Dimitris Pavlidis, NSF/ECCS
Keynote: James Hone, Columbia University
1:30Panel 2. Two-dimensional materials and quantum phenomena in nanoscale systems
  • Dimitris Pavlidis, NSF/ECCS
  • Linda S. Sapochak, NSF/DMR
3 Panelists (15+5 min each):
  • Vince Crespi, Penn State University
  • TBD
  • TBD
Discussion Topic (30 min): What are current grand challenges that can be accomplished in the next decade?
3:00Refreshment Break and Poster Viewing
3:30Panel 3. Nano Centers (NNCI, MRSECs, NERCs, new STCs)
  • Larry Goldberg, bio, ENG/ECCS
  • Guebre Tessema, bio, NSF/DMR
4 Panelists (15+5 min each):
  • NNCI: Mark G. Allen, University of Pennsylvania
  • STCs: Margaret Murnane, abstract/bio, STC on Real-Time Functional Imaging (STROBE): New Approaches for Probing Functional Nanosystems
  • NERCs: David Bishop, bio abstract, Boston University
    Nanotechnology Engineering Research Center: Directed Multiscale Assembly of Cell Building Blocks

Discussion Topics: National network of available centers and facilities in nanotechnology
5:00Panel 4. nanoHUB Tutorial. User Session
Gerhard Klimeck bio and Alejandro Strachan bio, Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN)
“Hands on with nanoHUB”
5:45Wrap up for Day 1

Day 2: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Progress in grand challenges and convergence

7:30Coffee and Continental Breakfast
8:00Conference welcome and outline
Gerhard Klimeck, bio, Purdue University
Academic Chair of Conference
8:05Welcome at NSF
Dawn Tilbury, bio, AD/ENG
8:15Keynote: Manufacturing USA network and nanotechnology
Moderators: Mike Roco, NSF
Keynote: Robert Rudnitsky, NIST
8:45Panel 5. Advanced nano-biomanufacturing (convergence with bio, cogno, cyber, AI)
  • Susan Daniel, bio abstract, Cornell University
  • Usha Varshney, NSF/ECCS
  • Khershed Cooper, bio, NSF/CMMI
2 Panelists (20 min each):
  • Paul Rothemund, bio abstract, CalTech
    Unifying concepts in nanomanufacturing
  • Susan Daniel, Cornell University
    The Challenges and Potential of Bio-nanomanufacturing of “Humanized” Proteins
9:45Keynote: Brain-like cognitive engineering systems
  • Dimitris Pavlidis, bio, NSF/ENG
  • Sankar Basu, bio, NSF/CISE

Keynote speaker: Philip Wong, bio, Stanford University
10:15Refreshment Break
10:30Panel 6. Brain-like cognitive engineering systems
  • Philip Wong, bio, Stanford University
  • Sankar Basu, bio, NSF/CISE
  • Usha Varshney, NSF/ECCS
Panelists (15+5 minute each)
  • Naresh Shanbhag, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
    Emerging nanodevices for cognitive computing
  • Suman Datta, Notre Dame University
    Nano devices that implement neural and synapse functions
  • Shimeng Yu, abstract/bio, Arizona State University
    Nano-Device and Architecture Interaction in Machine/Deep Learning

Discussion Topics: Highlight how nanotechnology contribute to brain-like computing; visionary ideas for the next 10-20 years
12:00Panel 7A. Portraying Nanotechnology R&D on Video and Web
(Working Lunch)
  • Sarah Bates, bio, NSF/OLPA
  • Al DeSena, bio, NSF
  • 12:30 - Sarah Bates, bio abstract, NSF Framework
    “Public image of nanotechnology”
  • 12:45 - Screening: movie
1:00Panel 7B. Nanotechnology immersion in public perception of science
  • Larry Bell, bio, Museum of Science, Boston
  • Al DeSena, bio, NSF
1:00-1:20 Keynote: Larry Bell, abstract, Museum of Science
"Involving the public in science and engineering understanding and vision"
1:20-1:40 Panelists (10 min each):
  • Elizabeth Kunz Kollmann, bio abstract, Museum of Science, Boston
    “Stimulating public interest, sense of relevance, and feelings of self-efficacy with respect to nanoscience and chemistry"
  • David Sittenfeld, abstract, Museum of Science, Boston
    “Engaging scientists and publics in dialogue about the societal issues of nanotechnology and synthetic biology"
1:45 Q&A
1:45Panel 8. Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies
Presentations from individual researcher, centers CNS, NISE Moderators:
  • Fred Kronz, bio, NSF/SBE
Presenters (20 min each):

Discussion Topics: Role of social sciences in governance of nanotechnology and converging technologies; Scenarios; Convergence Grand Challenges
3:15Refreshment Break
3:30Panel 9. Convergence in Education
  • James Murday, University of Southern California
  • Dean Evasius, NSF/E.H.R.
Panelists (20 min each):
  • Lisa Friedersdorf, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)
    "Current US commitment to S&T Education (vs. other countries), with some emphasis of the challenges presented by convergence"
  • Robert Chang, abstract, Northwestern University
    "How to use curricula and digital teaching aides to facilitate the inclusion of convergence"
  • James Murday bio, University of Southern California
    "Summary of recommendations from the Global Workshop"

Discussion 30 minutes
5:00Summary of the Conference and Adjourn