Feb. 5, 2018
funding

Simpetus has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project Automating the Design of Photonic Devices using Cloud-Based Computational Electromagnetics.

The following is the project abstract:

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project is to provide quick and cost-effective access to anyone seeking cutting-edge, electromagnetic, simulation tools for research and development. This will involve automating the most technically intensive tasks required to accurately, reliably, and efficiently design and prototype photonic and optoelectronic devices. Current simulation tools require everything to be set up by hand which, even for trained experts, is time consuming and error prone. Also, the computational design and prototyping of photonic devices involves too much trial and error. Our turn-key, on-demand, cloud platform will: (1) reduce design time by 50%, (2) lower the unit cost of simulations by an order of magnitude, and (3) enable first-time users with no prior training in electromagnetic simulations to get up and running with manufacturing-ready designs in a matter of weeks not months. Our advanced simulation tools will facilitate enterprises and entrepreneurs with bringing products to market in a variety of industries critical to national security, health, and education. Easy-to-use and affordable design tools will also reduce the need to fabricate and test as many iterations thereby conserving environmental resources. This is the next generation of computer-aided design (CAD) tools to accelerate photonics innovation and discovery.

The proposed project involves the development of a turn-key, electromagnetic, simulation platform which automates complex, multi-step tasks involved in the design and prototyping of photonic and optoelectronic devices. Photonics, the science of light, underlies critical technologies in telecommunications, networking, photovoltaics, biomedicine, photolithography, imaging, displays, and solid-state lighting. Phase II involves automating the deployment of finite difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations in four key areas: (1)large-scale shape optimization for devices involving tens to hundreds of degrees of freedom, (2) sensitivity analysis to assess the impact on device performance of manufacturing errors and predicting manufacturing yields, (3) launching simulation jobs using on-demand, scalable, high-performance computing (HPC) in the public cloud, and (4) seamlessly importing and exporting planar device geometries based on the standard Graphic Database System (GDSII) file format widely supported by electronic design automation (EDA) tools and semiconductor foundries. This will be made possible by combining advances in machine learning, nonlinear optimization, and computational electromagnetics.

Jan. 21, 2018
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting an invited seminar to the IEEE Photonics Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter on Tuesday February 6, 2018 from 5:30-8:00pm at Intel (Building SC-12, 3600 Juliette Lane, Santa Clara, CA, 95054). The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. [seminar slides]

Jan. 16, 2018
workshop

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be an invited participant at the 2018 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium to be held in Tsukuba, Japan from June 18-20, 2018.

Jan. 15, 2018
workshop

Simpetus will be presenting an invited hands-on workshop as part of the Lab Automation Hackathon at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference (OFC) in San Diego, CA on Sunday March 11, 2018.

Oct. 14, 2017
workshop

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be an invited speaker at the topical workshop Computational Aspects of Time Dependent Electromagnetic Wave Problems in Complex Materials hosted by the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) from June 25-29, 2018 at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Aug. 2, 2017
workshop

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO, and Dr. Homer Reid, Technical Consultant, of Simpetus will be presenting a joint seminar on Thursday September 7, 2017 from 12-1pm in room 303 of the Electrical Engineering building at the University Washington in Seattle, WA. Lunch will be provided. [photo]

May 25, 2017
workshop

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting a workshop on MEEP at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on Thursday June 15th from 9am-12pm. Lunch will be provided. The workshop is free and open to the public. [photo]

May 9, 2017
workshop

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting a workshop on MEEP at the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday May 25th from 9am-12pm. Lunch will be provided. The workshop is free and open to the public. [photo]

Apr. 3, 2017
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting a seminar at the MIT Center for Computational Engineering on Thursday May 4 at 12pm in room 2-105 on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA. Lunch will be provided. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Feb. 6, 2017
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting a seminar at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD on Thursday March 16.

Jan. 12, 2017
funding

Simpetus will be participating in the 2017 NSF SBIR/STTR Phase I Grantee Spring Workshop from March 13-15 in Arlington, VA.

Dec. 15, 2016
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO, and Dr. Homer Reid, Technical Consultant, of Simpetus will be presenting a joint seminar on Tuesday January 10, 2017 at the University of Tokyo in Japan. [photos]

Dec. 1, 2016
funding

Simpetus has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project Automating the Design of Photonic Devices using Cloud-Based Computational Electromagnetics.

The following is the project abstract:

This SBIR Phase I project involves the development of a turn-key simulation platform to automate electromagnetic design and modeling. This involves the integration of state-of-the-art open-source simulation engines with intelligent control software and cloud-based high-performance computing (HPC). Its three main benefits are to: (1) cut design time by at least 50%, (2) reduce operating costs by an order of magnitude via savings in labor and capital-equipment expenses, and (3) improve device performance, form factor, and energy efficiency by more than 10%. This tool enables the advanced manufacturing of new kinds of photonic and optoelectronic devices in critical industries including telecommunications, photovoltaics, biomedicine, photolithography, imaging, displays, and solid-state lighting. Its impact is to help propel US manufacturing competitiveness to the forefront of the $180B global photonics industry. This is the next generation of computer-aided design (CAD) tools.

Nov. 8, 2016
workshop

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting a workshop on MEEP and MPB on Wednesday November 16 to the Dallas IEEE Photonics Society at the University of Texas at Arlington. The event is free and open to the public.

Nov. 2, 2016
workshop

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting a workshop on MEEP and MPB on Wednesday November 9 at Stanford University hosted by the OSA/SPIE student chapter. The event is free and open to the public.

Oct. 17, 2016
workshop

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO, and Dr. Homer Reid, Technical Consultant, of Simpetus will be presenting a two-day symposium on open-source computational electromagnetics on Monday October 24 and Tuesday October 25 at the Boston University Photonics Center in Boston, MA. The event is free and open to the public. More information is on the symposium homepage.

Jun. 15, 2016
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting an invited seminar on Tuesday June 16 to the Columbus IEEE Photonics Society at the Electroscience Laboratory of Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

Jun. 14, 2016
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) seminar on Friday June 17 at Boston University. More information is in the event flyer.

Jun. 11, 2016
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting an invited seminar on Thursday June 16 to the Boston IEEE Photonics Society at Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA.

Apr. 15, 2016
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting the Physics department colloquium on Tuesday April 19 at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.

Feb. 7, 2016
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting an invited seminar on Friday March 4 at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM.

Feb. 6, 2016
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting an invited seminar on Thursday March 3 at the Center for High Technology Materials at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.

Feb. 5, 2016
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting an invited seminar on Wednesday March 2 at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM.

Feb. 4, 2016
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting a colloquium on Thursday February 11 at the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. A video recording is available on YouTube.

Oct. 30, 2015
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting the iOptics seminar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Wednesday November 4.

Oct. 28, 2015
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting a seminar on Tuesday November 3 at the Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, IL.

Oct. 23, 2015
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) seminar on Thursday October 29 at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Oct. 19, 2015
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting the Solid State Technology and Devices seminar on Friday October 23 at the University of California, Berkeley.

Oct. 11, 2015
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting the School of Engineering seminar on Friday October 16 at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

Sep. 15, 2015
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting the Applied Physics and Materials Science seminar on Friday September 18 at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Sep. 12, 2015
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting the Electrical Engineering seminar on Thursday September 17 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Sep. 9, 2015
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting the Electrical and Computer Engineering seminar on Wednesday September 16 at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Aug. 21, 2015
seminar

Dr. Ardavan Oskooi, CEO of Simpetus, will be presenting a seminar on Tuesday August 25 at Stanford University hosted by the OSA/SPIE student chapter.