Monday, February 11, 2013 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
KEC 1001

Speaker Information

Barrie Gilbert
ADI Fellow
Analog Devices Inc., NW Labs


This talk takes you for a romp through the history of analog computing, and is in no way useful to the advancement of your career, unless... unless, that is, it inspires you to think again about what can be done of a computation sort by staying in the analog domain. You may be surprised to see examples of significant "sums" being performed today by a few
pennies-worth of silicon.

Speaker Bio

Barrie Gilbert (IEEE Life Fellow) has had a severely deprived life experience. He has spent all of it doing nothing but dabbling in analog circuits, more or less seriously, while tipping his toe into digital waters only rarely. He has contributed several of the basic cells and terms now in common use throughout the industry. Of special value has been the concept the Translinear Principle, allowing rudimentary and arcane algebraic functions to be accurately implemented with ease.

In 1979 he founded the first remote design center of Analog Devices Inc., located in Oregon, and now directs most affairs there, as a sort of ancient inventor emeritus, urging his team to practice freewheeling rebellion in the pursuit of invention against the tide of received wisdom. Over the years, he has received a number of IEEE and industry awards. He was elected as Oregon Researcher of the Year in 1990, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Oregon State University in 1997. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2009. He’s written a lot of papers, too. And poetry.