Olfactory technology (Qi - Wei): Chinese inspiration for ecotechnology

The specificity of Chinese technological thought has been the subject of recurrent philosophical debate since the early 20th century. This discussion highlights the originality of the sensory relationship with nature expressed in Chinese writing and culture. “Olfactory technology (Qi - Wei): a Chinese inspiration for ecotechnology” explores the hypothesis that a philosophy of technology, inspired by China but open to other cultures, can renew thinking on technology in its relationship to the environment, based on the paradigm of olfaction (Wei).
This approach is based on an analysis of traditional Chinese thought developed by contemporary Chinese philosophers, in particular Gong Huanan, and shows its influence on current Chinese technological thought. It also draws on the work of specialists in olfaction, as well as Western philosophers of technology, science and the imaginary (such as Gilbert Simondon, Gaston Bachelard and Dominique Lestel).
The primary scientific challenge is to restore the olfactory paradigm of Chinese technological thought in order to examine its relationship to the environment, and then to develop a transcultural ecotechnological reflection. In the light of these analyses, we will then reconsider the imaginaries of robotic and digital technologies in order to explore new avenues of innovation. Finally, from a science fiction prototyping perspective, speculative fictions will extend the analysis by examining the impact of imaginable technologies based on the olfactory paradigm.

Spintronics-based non-volatile FPGA development for space applications

In microelectronics, we can distinguish between two types of integrated circuit. ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) dedicated to only one application and FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) dedicated to digital electronics, on which we focus in this thesis. The main advantage of FPGAs is that they can be reprogrammed. These circuits are made up of several elementary logic cells, interconnected via a programmable interconnect system. This makes them particularly sensitive to radiation, since a fault in the memory permanently alters the operation of the FPGA. Traditional FPGAs are based on SRAM or Flash memories. The aim of this thesis is to evaluate the use of MRAM as a configuration and interconnect memory for FPGAs, and in particular as a means of improving/simplifying the implementation of standard hardening techniques for space applications, while reducing cost thanks to its density. The work will involve inserting multi-level magnetic components known as magnetic tunnel junctions, and assessing their value. To do this, we'll be using several simulation tools to inject particles present in space at different points in the circuit, and compare the results with a conventional version. In this way, it will be possible to measure the effectiveness of such a hardening process based on magnetic technology.

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