NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Carver Mead will receive the Allen Newell Award from the Association for Computing (ACM) at a special reception at the National Academy of Engineering in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 5th. The award, to be presented by ACM President Charles House, is given to an individual selected for career contributions within the field of computer science, or for contributions bridging computer science and other disciplines. This award is supported by the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and by individual contributions. "Carver Mead has made many diverse and seminal contributions to the computing and semiconductor industries through the development of semiconductors, their design, and specific, archetypal chip designs. Mead's most important contribution enabled the design of digital chips through the concept of lambda scaling, and the first silicon compiler. This technology is the foundation that allows the modern semiconductor industry to design and build complex, VLSI chips." This work was followed by his acclaimed treatise and methodology for analog chip circuitry design. His talents are both broad and deep, and range from neuroscience in the form of various chips for the first artificial retina and cochlea, to original chip architectures, to the fundamental design of new semiconducting devices. His earliest work includes the first working GaAs MESFET. Most of these inventions were solely his, followed by co-work with graduate students. He has created a cadre of graduate students who have made the U.S. semiconductor industry great and unsurpassed. Similarly, he has worked with many companies in the startup phase, including Intel Corporation, the founding of Silicon Compilers (now part of Mentor Graphics), Actel, Synaptics, Aptix, Silerity (now part of Viewlogic Systems, Inc), and Sonix. Carver Mead is also known for his classic text, Introduction to VLSI Systems, which he co-authored with Lynn Conway, and which proposed design rules for developing complex, high-density integrated circuits, and which has been widely influential in engineering programs across the country. His current focus is on modeling and constructing electronic versions of human biological structures, which he calls "neuromorphic electronic systems." He graduated from Caltech with B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering. About Allen Newell The Newell award's namesake, Allen Newell, was a pioneer in artificial intelligence who developed the "rule-based" approach to problem solving. He taught at Carnegie-Mellon and played a key role in developing the computer science department there. Among his many awards are the ACM's Turing Award and the Franklin Institute's Louis E. Levy medal. With Gordon Bell, Newell wrote Computer Structures, a classic computer science text. Newell died in 1992. About the ACM The Association for Computing (ACM) is a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students. The ACM serves its global membership by delivering cutting edge technical information and transferring ideas from theory to practice. The ACM, with its world-class journals and magazines, dynamic special interest groups, numerous conferences, workshops, and electronic forums, is a primary resource to the information technology field. The ACM was founded in 1947, a year after the first successful electronic digital computer (ENIAC) was unveiled. It became the largest international scientific and educational computer society in the world. Its founders and first members were mathematicians and electrical engineers, one of them being John Mauchly, the coinventor of the ENIAC. They formed the Association as a forum for the exchange of information, knowledge and ideas that would advance the development of computing technology and its emergent industry. Over the years, ACM's membership has included most of the men and women who led the world into what is now called the Information Age. Their activities are honored both in ACM publications and in ACM awards for distinctive contributions to the field, such as the A.M. Turing Award and the Grace Murray Hopper Award. ACM members include computer practitioners, developers, researchers, educators, engineers and managers with a significant interest in the creation and application of information technologies. For additional information about the ACM, see http://www.acm.org on the World Wide Web.
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