Distinguished Lecturer Roster
"Everyone has been impressed by the vibrant and informative presentations of these renowned distinguished lecturers and valued the unique opportunity of having intimate technical discussions and exchanging ideas with such internationally recognized experts."
- Shahriar Mirabbasi, Chapter Chair of Vancouver SSCS, CPMT, and CESOC Joint Chapter, May 2015.
Terms through 31 December 2020
Keith A. Bowman is a Principal Engineer and Manager in the Processor Research Team at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. in Raleigh, NC, USA. He is responsible for researching and developing circuit technologies for enhancing the performance and energy efficiency of Qualcomm processors. He pioneered the invention, design, and test of Qualcomm’s first commercially successful circuit for mitigating the adverse effects of supply voltage droops. He received the B.S. degree from North Carolina State University in 1994 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1995 and 2001, respectively, all in electrical engineering. From 2001 to 2013, he worked in the Technology Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Group and the Circuit Research Lab at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, OR, USA. In 2013, he joined Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Bowman has published over 80 technical papers in refereed conferences and journals, authored one book chapter, received 19 patents, and presented 38 tutorials on variation-tolerant circuit designs. He received the 2016 Qualcomm Corporate Research and Development (CRD) Distinguished Contributor Award for Technical Contributions, representing CRD’s highest recognition, for the pioneering invention of the auto-calibrating adaptive clock distribution circuit, which significantly enhances processor performance, energy efficiency, and yield and is integral to the success of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 and future processors. He was the Technical Program Committee (TPC) Chair and the General Conference Chair for ISQED in 2012 and 2013, respectively, and for ICICDT in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Since 2016, he has served on the ISSCC TPC.
|Adaptive and Resilient Circuits for Processors||Read Abstract|
Meng-Fan Chang received the M.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University, US, and the Ph.D. degree from the National Chiao Tung University, Hisnchu, Taiwan, respectively. Currently, he is a Full Professor at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan. Before 2006, he has worked in industry over 10 years.
From 1996 to 1997, he designed memory compilers in Mentor Graphics, New Jersey, US. From 1997 to 2001, he designed embedded SRAMs and Flash in Design Service Division (DSD) at TSMC, Hsinchu, Taiwan. During 2001–2006, he was a co-founder and a Director in IPLib Company, Taiwan, where he developed embedded SRAM and ROM compilers, Flash macros, and Flat-cell ROM products. His research interests include circuit designs for volatile and nonvolatile memory, ultra-low-voltage systems, 3D-memory, circuit-device interactions, spintronics circuits, memristor logics for neuromorphic computing, and computing-in-memory for Artificial Intelligence.
Dr. Chang has been serving as an associate editor for IEEE TVLSI, IEEE TCAD, and a guest editor of IEEE JSSC. He has been serving on technical program committees for ISSCC, IEDM (Ex-com and MT chair), DAC (sub-com chair), ISCAS (track co-chair), A-SSCC, and numerous international conferences. He has been a Distinguished Lecture (DL) speaker for IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) and Circuits and Systems Society (CASS), technical committee member (Chair-Elect of NG-TC) of CASS, and the administrative committee (AdCom) member of IEEE Nanotechnology Council. He has also been serving as the Program Director of Micro-Electronics Program of Ministry of Since and Technology (MOST) in Taiwan during 2018-2020, Associate Executive Director for Taiwan’s National Program of Intelligent Electronics (NPIE) and NPIE bridge program during 2011-2018. He is the recipient of several prestigious national-level awards in Taiwan, including the Outstanding Research Award of MOST-Taiwan (2018), Outstanding Electrical Engineering Professor Award (2017), Academia Sinica Junior Research Investigators Award (2012) and Ta-You Wu Memorial Award (2011). He is an IEEE Fellow.
Timothy O. (Tod) Dickson received dual B.Sc. degrees in electrical and computer engineering with highest honors from the University of Florida in 1999. He completed the M. Eng degree at the University of Florida in 2002 and the Ph.D. degree at the University of Toronto in 2006, both in electrical engineering.
In 2006, he joined the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y where he is currently a Research Staff Member. His research focuses on the design of high-speed, low-power serial transceivers for electrical and optical links. Since 2014, he has served on the Technical Advisory Board of the Semiconductor Research Corporation Analog-Mixed Signal Circuits, Systems, and Devices (AMS-CSD) thrust, which he chaired in 2015 and 2016. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in New York, NY, where he has taught graduate level courses in analog and mixed-signal circuit design since 2007.
Dr. Dickson has been a recipient or co-recipient of several best paper awards, including the Best Paper Award for the 2009 IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, the Beatrice Winner Award for Editorial Excellence at the 2009 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), the Best Paper Award at the 2015 IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC), and the Best Student Paper Award at the 2004 Symposium on VLSI Circuits. From 2007-2009, he served as a member of the Technical Programming Committee (TPC) of the IEEE Compound Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Symposium. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Letters, and as a TPC member for the wireline subcommittee of the IEEE CICC. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
|High-Speed CMOS Serial Transmitters for 56-112Gb/s Electrical Interconnects||Not yet available.|
|Power Efficient Parallel Interfaces for High-Density Short Reach Interconnects||Not yet available.|
Patrick Mercier is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and co-founder/co-director of the Center for Wearable Sensors at UC San Diego. He received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, in 2006, and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Prof. Mercier has received numerous awards, including the NSF CAREER Award in 2018, the Biocom Catalyst Award in 2017, the UCSD Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016, the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2015, the Beckman Young Investigator Award in 2015, The Hellman Fellowship Award in 2014, the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) Jack Kilby Award in 2010, amongst others. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers in venues such as Nature Biotechnology, Nature Communications, ISSCC (13 papers in the last six years), Advanced Science, and others. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems and the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Letters, is a member of the ISSCC, CICC, and VLSI Technical Program Committees, and has co-edited two books: Power Management Integrated Circuits (CRC Press, 2016), and Ultra-Low-Power Short-Range Radios (Springer, 2015). His research interests include the design of energy-efficient mixed-signal systems, RF circuits, power converters, and sensor interfaces for wearable, medical, and mobile applications.
Kenichi Okada is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Communications and Computer Engineering from Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, in 1998, 2000, and 2003, respectively. From 2000 to 2003, he was a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in Kyoto University. From 2003 to 2007, he was an Assistant Professor at the Precision and Intelligence Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan. Since 2007, he has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Electronics and then the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 journal and conference papers. His current research interests include millimeter-wave CMOS wireless transceivers for 20/28/39/60/77/79/100/300GHz for WiGig, 5G, satellite and future wireless system, digital PLL, synthesizable PLL, atomic clock, and ultra-low-power wireless transceivers for Bluetooth Low-Energy, and Sub-GHz applications.
Prof. Okada is a member of the IEEE, the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ), and the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP). He received the Ericsson Young Scientist Award in 2004, the A-SSCC Outstanding Design Award in 2006 and 2011, the ASP-DAC Special Feature Award in 2011 and Best Design Award in 2014 and 2015, JSPS Prize in 2014, Suematsu Yasuharu Award in 2015, MEXT Prizes for Science and Technology in 2017, and more than 40 other international and domestic awards. He is/was a member of the technical program committees of ISSCC, VLSI Circuits, and ESSCIRC, and he also is/was Guest Editors and an Associate Editor of IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits.
Dr. Sudhakar Pamarti is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received the Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1995, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 1997 and 2003 respectively. He has either worked for, consulted with, or advised both software and hardware companies such as Hughes Software Systems, Rambus Inc., SiTime, Texas Instruments, Alterra, FemtoDX etc. on various aspects of wireless and wireline communications, and analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuit (IC) design.
His research focuses on developing various techniques, especially signal processing ones, to overcome common impairments in ICs. This includes both establishing the theoretical basis of such techniques as well as demonstrating their efficacy using record setting prototype ICs. Dr. Pamarti is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award. He currently serves on the technical program committees of IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference and IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference, and has, in the past, served as an Associate Editor for both Parts I and II of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems.
Yogesh Ramadass received his B. Tech. degree from IIT-Kharagpur and the S. M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT all in Electrical Engineering. He is currently the director of power management R&D at Kilby Labs, Texas Instruments, where he is involved in research and product development efforts looking into high power density automotive and industrial switching converters, small form-factor power management solutions for consumer electronics, nano-power IoT designs and high voltage power systems.
Dr. Ramadass was awarded the President of India Gold Medal in 2004, the EETimes ‘Innovator of the Year’ award in 2013 and the ‘Young Alumni Achiever’ award by IIT-Kharagpur in 2018. He was a co-recipient of the best paper awards at CICC 2018 and ISSCC 2009 and the Beatrice Winner award for editorial excellence at ISSCC 2007. He is a senior member of the IEEE and serves as the chair of the ‘Power Management’ sub-committee at ISSCC. He served as an associate editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits from 2015-2018 and on the Technical Program Committee for the IEEE Symposium on VLSI Circuits from 2016-2018.
Patrick Reynaert was born in Wilrijk, Belgium, in 1976. He received the Master of Industrial Sciences in Electronics (ing.) from the Karel de Grote Hogeschool, Antwerpen, Belgium in 1998 and both the Master of Electrical Engineering (ir.) and the Ph.D. in Engineering Science (dr.) from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium in 2001 and 2006 respectively.
During 2006-2007, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences of the University of California at Berkeley, with the support of a BAEF Francqui Fellowship. During the summer of 2007, he was a visiting researcher at Infineon, Villach, Austria.
Since October 2007, he is a Professor at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT-MICAS). His main research interests include mm-wave and THz CMOS circuit design, high-speed circuits and RF power amplifiers.
Patrick Reynaert is a Senior Member of the IEEE and chair of the IEEE SSCS Benelux Chapter. He serves or has served on the technical program committees of several international conferences including ISSCC, IEDM, ESSCIRC, RFIC, ICECS and PRIME. He has served as Associate Editor for Transactions on Circuits and Systems – I, and as Guest Editor for the Journal of Solid-State Circuits.
He received the 2011 TSMC-Europractice Innovation Award, the ESSCIRC-2011 Best Paper award and the 2014 2nd Bell Labs Prize.
|Millimeter-scale Nano-Optical Systems for Future Diagnostics and Sensing: Merging Nanophotonics in Embedded Electronics in the Visible Range||Read Abstract|
|Multi-port mm-Wave Transceivers and Antenna Interfaces: Towards Programmable mm-Wave Front-ends||Read Abstract|
|Towards Universality in Chip-scale Terahertz Systems: Bridging the ‘THz’ and ‘Application’ gap in the Next Ten Years||Read Abstract|
Makoto Takamiya (S'98-M'00-SM'14) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1995, 1997, and 2000, respectively. In 2000, he joined NEC Corporation, Japan, where he was engaged in the circuit design of high speed digital LSI's. He joined University of Tokyo, Japan in 2005, where he is now a Professor of Institute of Industrial Science. From 2013 to 2014, he stayed at University of California, Berkeley as a visiting scholar. His research interests include the integrated power management circuits for wireless powering and energy harvesting for wearable and IoT applications, and the digital gate driver IC for power electronics. He is a member of the technical program committee of IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) and is a Far East Regional Chair in ISSCC 2020. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. He formerly served on the technical program committees of IEEE Symposium on VLSI Circuits from 2009 to 2017 and IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference from 2006 to 2011. He received 2009 and 2010 IEEE Paul Rappaport Awards and the best paper award in 2013 IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference.
|Injecting Digital into Power Electronics: Programmable Digital Gate Driver IC for Power Transistors||Read Abstract|
|Integrated Power Management Circuits for Energy-Efficient IoT Systems||Read Abstract|
|Power delivery to Ultra-Thin Flexible Electronics for Wearable Healthcare Applications||Read Abstract|