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SSCS Webinars for Young Excellence Presents - "Choosing the Next Big Thing" with Panelists Alison Burdett, Alicia Klinefelter, and Tom Lee

11:00 AM ET
Webinar - Online
Abira Altvater –
Alison Burdett, Alicia Klinefelter, and Tom Lee


Abstract: Change is the only inevitable in high tech. With non-stop revolutions disrupting the electronics industry at a frenetic pace, how do you adapt and position yourself toward a fruitful and engaging career? What should you explore given the slowdown in transistor scaling? How long will AI/ML continue to outshine sliced bread? Many promising opportunities surround us; to name a few, heterogeneous integration, system/technology co-optimization, hardware/software co-design, brain/machine interfaces, and autonomous driving. Which is the real game-changer and which is just hype? What can a circuit designer do to catch the right wave? In this webinar, a panel of outstanding experts attempts to address these questions. The panelists will probe into their crystal balls to offer perspectives, more valuable than stock picks, on the next big thing in the solid-state circuits arena and take audience questions.

Speaker Bios:
Alison Burdett
Alison has over 30 years of experience in electronic engineering and semiconductor design, particularly in the field of ultra-low power wireless communication for medical applications. She splits her time between two roles, as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) at Sensium Healthcare, and VP of Clinical Engineering at DnaNudge. Dr. Burdett is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET) and a Senior Member of the IEEE. She was as a member of the Technical Programme Committee for the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) from 2009 – 2018, serving as European Regional Chair 2012 – 2014 and Technical Program Chair for ISSCC 2018. She has been an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (TBioCAS) since 2008, and is Associate Editor in Chief of the IEEE Open Access Journal of Circuits and Systems (OJ-CAS).

Tom Lee
Tom Lee's MIT thesis described the first CMOS wireless receiver. After working for Analog Devices and Rambus, he joined Stanford in 1994, to make wireless technology ubiquitous. He's helped design circuitry for microprocessors at AMD and DEC, and has founded several companies, including Matrix Semiconductor, the first to commercialize 3D memory. He's written several textbooks, is an IEEE and Packard Foundation Fellow, was awarded the 2011 Ho-Am Prize in Engineering, and is the recipient of the 2021 IEEE Gustav Kirchhoff Award. He is a past Director of DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office, work for which he received a U.S. Secretary of Defense medal, serves on the board of Xilinx, and owns about 200 oscilloscopes, thousands of vacuum tubes, and kilograms of obsolete semiconductors. No one, including himself, quite knows why.

Alicia Klinefelter
Alicia Klinefelter joined NVIDIA in 2017 and is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the ASIC and VLSI research group. She completed her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, in 2015. Her research interests include low-power circuit design, high-level design methodologies, and machine learning for EDA. She currently serves on the technical program committee for ISSCC.