Featuring Supratik Guha

How can sensors and cloud-based computing help us to coordinate agricultural and conservation practices in real time? Drawing upon advancements in nanomaterials, wireless networks, and data science, researchers are developing cyberphysical sensor networks—algorithmically controlled systems that respond to environmental conditions—to address just this question. Join Supratik Guha, from UChicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering to learn about the promises and challenges of this work, including the need for cheap, reliable, and scalable technologies.

Guha will discuss three projects at different stages of development: a pilot experiment fine-tuning the water delivery system for a major winery’s vineyards (a collaboration between E. & J. Gallo Wineries and IBM); a project mapping water quality over space and time in India’s 900-mile Godavari River; and UChicago’s Thoreau system, the first university-based, fully subterranean system for sensing soil conditions.

Contact harperlectures@uchicago.edu or 773.702.7788.

Event Details

6:00 p.m.  Registration and networking
6:30 p.m.  Presentation and discussion
7:30 p.m.  Reception

$10/recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Sciences Alumni Association philanthropic societies

Parking Information

Valet parking is available for $30.

Featured Faculty


Supratik Guha is the director of the Nanoscience and Technology Division and the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory, and a professor at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

Professor Guha came to Argonne in 2015 after spending 20 years at IBM Research, where he last served as the director of Physical Sciences. At IBM, he pioneered the materials research that led to the company’s high dielectric constant metal gate transistor, one of the most significant developments in silicon microelectronics technology. He was also responsible for initiating or significantly expanding IBM’s research and development programs in silicon photonics, quantum computing, and sensor-based cyberphysical systems.

Guha is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Materials Research Society and American Physical Society, and he is the recipient of the 2015 Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics. He received his PhD in materials science in 1991 from the University of Southern California, and a BTech in 1985 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His current interests are in the areas of sensing, cyberphysical sensing systems, and new materials and devices for information processing.

Learn about Supratik Guha’s work on UChicago’s Thoreau project.