Microfluidics and Biological Instrument Design as a Computing Discipline: An Overview / Prof. Philip Brisk
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The emerging field of microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip technology shares many principle similarities with the early days of the semiconductor industry; one key difference is that even after 20 years of progress, there are many competing microfluidic technologies, whereas, the integrated silicon transistor has dominated the semiconductor industry for the past 50 years. Regardless of which microfluidic technologies remain prevalent, there is an unquestioned need for software automation, ranging from microfluidic design tools to domain-specific programming languages and compilers.
? This talk will review several recent and ongoing efforts to adapt best practices from the semiconductor and software industry to microfluidics:
? A domain-specific programming language and compiler for droplet-based electrowetting microfluidic chips;
? Computer-aided design tools targeting passive continuous flow-based microfluidic devices;
? Computer-aided design tools targeting active continuous flow-based microfluidic devices based on integrated microvalves;
? Computer-aided design tools targeting paper microfluidic devices based on passive-flow substrates; and
? Multidisciplinary Evolutionary Components (MECs), which can be rapidly snapped together to assemble milli-fluidic scale biological instruments.