System Design Tools for Medical Devices and Life Science Instrumentation-Giacomo Vacca, Ph. D.-06/05/2012 - 8:30am

Event Information
Event Topic: 
System Design Tools for Medical Devices and Life Science Instrumentation
Event Date: 
06/05/2012 - 8:30am
Event Location: 
Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, 456 W. Olive, Sunnyvale, CA
Speaker Information
Event Speaker: 
Giacomo Vacca, Ph. D.
Event Speaker Title: 
Founder and President
Event Speaker Company: 
Kinetic River Corporation
Event Speaker Bio: 

Giacomo Vacca
Giacomo Vacca earned his B.A. and M.A. in Physics from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. His dissertation, under the guidance of Nobel Prize winner Bob Laughlin, introduced a new ultrafast optical technique for investigating microscopic fluid phenomena. His work experience spans the energy sector, telecommunications, lasers, microfluidics, and medical diagnostic devices; in these fields, he has taken on positions in Research and Development as well as in Marketing and Business Development. He has set up whole laboratories from scratch, started and led development programs, generated intellectual property (5 awarded U.S. patents, 8 pending U.S., 9 pending internationally), managed groups of more than a dozen people, and managed IP portfolios. He is an expert LabVIEW programmer and has created a wide range of algorithms for the biomedical, laser, and telecom industries. His most recent honors are having been elected to Senior Member of the Optical Society of America and to Research Fellow of the Volwiler Society at Abbott Laboratories.

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Topic Description

Have you ever iterated? You're in good company. No product design is born perfect and complete. However, as development goes on, design changes and bug fixes become more and more costly—and time-consuming. One of the most cost-effective ways to reduce these costs is to execute comprehensive system modeling early on. While many specialized solutions exist to model certain subdomains (e.g., optical propagation software, CAD packages, etc.), they typically don’t tell the designer how the system as a whole will behave in response to design choices. Our design approach at Kinetic River can drastically reduce trial-and-error by providing interactive and intuitive system modeling tools. We build the critical parameters of a system into a live, hands-on simulation tool that can be used to explore a wide range of design choices—and to trigger system decisions with confidence. I will showcase our approach for reducing development risks—while making the design process a lot more fun.