Rising Stars Workshop 2024

The IEEE SSCS Women in Circuits, together with ISSCC, is sponsoring the “Rising Stars 2024 Workshop” for outstanding students and young professionals in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. We will be hosting 24 bright minds from both academia and industry, with a holistic approach to diversity. The workshop includes a special dinner, keynote from IEEE Fellow Prof. Ingrid Verbauwhede, and a poster session with lightning talks.

Additionally, established members of academia and industry will talk about their unique journeys in a career panel: “Sharing our Paths to Success”, touching upon educational choices, research pursuits, skill development, networking, work-life balance, effective transitioning between academia and industry, and more. The panel is open to all ISSCC 2024 attendees and the public.

Workshop Schedule (February 19, 2024)

Time Rising Stars 2024 Location
6:00 – 6:30 PM Welcome Remarks, Dinner SoMa room
6:30 – 6:50 PM Distinguished Speaker Talk SoMa room
6:50 – 8:00 PM Pitch and poster presentations SoMa room
8:00 – 9:00 PM Career Panel (open to public) Ballroom
9:00 – 9:30 PM Photos & Award Certificates Ballroom

Rising Stars 2024 Distinguished Speaker

Ingrid Verbauwhede

Ingrid Verbauwhede

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Ingrid Verbauwhede’s main expertise includes system and architecture design, embedded system, ASIC and FPGA design and design methodologies for real-time, low power embedded systems and more specifically embedded security systems. She has experience in interdisciplinary research linking design for security with novel technologies and circuits, and investigating the requirements of novel cryptographic algorithms and software security requirements on secure hardware and HW/SW co-design. Her ability to cross the gap between algorithm and protocol development and actual implementation in hardware, software and embedded systems has been widely recognized. Ingrid Verbauwhede has experience in running small and large research projects, fundamental ones (sponsored by NSF or FWO), basic research (funded by EU) and applied (in collaboration with industrial partners). Ingrid Verbauwhede is a fellow of IEEE and a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts.

In 2016 she received an advanced ERC grant and in 2017 a IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award for pioneering contributions to design methodologies for tamper-resistant and secure electronic systems. In 2021, she received a second ERC grant to work on hardware acceleration for computing on encrypted data. In 2023, Professor Verbauwhede received the IEEE Donald O. Pederson Solid-State Circuits Award “for pioneering contributions to energy-efficient and high-performance secure integrated circuits and systems”.

Special Evening Event “Career Trajectories: Sharing Our Paths to Success”

In conjunction with ISSCC 2024, the IEEE SSCS Women in Circuits is organizing a Special Evening Event on Career Trajectories. This career panel event aims to provide a broader perspective on the potential career options available in academia and industry. The panelists will share their experiences, including the pivotal decisions they made, obstacles they encountered, and lessons they learned along the way. They will address critical topics such as educational choices, research pursuits, skill development, networking, work-life balance, and effective transitioning between academia and industry. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualifications, and experiences necessary to excel in each domain, enabling them to make more deliberate choices and develop effective career strategies.

Speakers will present opening statements, which will be followed by a moderated panel on paths to success in deciding career trajectories.

Xiaolin Lu

Xiaolin Lu

TI, Dallas, TX

Xiaolin is Fellow and director of Texas Instruments Kilby Labs Sensing, Processing, and Innovation Group responsible for R&D on connected sensors, embedded AI, Signal Processing in sensing and communication for industrial internet and automobile applications. She is chartered to drive various semiconductor system level solutions using TI differentiated analog and embedded processors, connectivity, mixed signal components and power management devices. Xiaolin has worked on various embedded processing and communication system programs, including Smart Sensing with edge computing, Intelligent Industrial Internet Sensor Network systems, embedded AI hardware acceleration, Real-Time Locationing Service with wireless, Narrow Band Power Line Communication for Smart Grid, Wireless and Wired Communication Technologies, Smart Power IPs, Universal MAC for broadband IP, Multi-radio co-existence and digital mobile TV SoC, etc.

Xiaolin is well-known as an embedded system and software expert inside and outside TI and has given keynote and plenary talks at numerous technical conferences. In addition, she is the author/co-author of more than 60 U.S. issued patents and the recipient of the special recognition awards: 2021 Women Changing the Face of Dallas, 2016 Asian American Engineer of the Year, Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and National Women of Color award in the Technical Innovation. Xiaolin is United Way Tocqueville member for community services. In her free time, Xiaolin enjoys yoga practice, playing piano, and leisure travel.

Kofi Makinwa

Kofi Makinwa

TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands

Kofi Makinwa holds degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (B.Sc., M.Sc.), Philips International Institute, Eindhoven (M.E.E.), and Delft University of Technology, Delft (Ph.D.). From 1989 to 1999, he was a research scientist at Philips Research Laboratories. In 1999, he joined Delft University of Technology, where he is currently an Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor and the Head of the Microelectronics Department. His research interests include the design of mixed-signal circuits, sensor interfaces, and smart sensors. This has resulted in 20+ books, 350+ technical articles and 30+ patents.

Dr. Makinwa is an IEEE fellow and a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a co-recipient of 18 best paper awards, including two from the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC) and five from the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). At the 70th anniversary of ISSCC, he was recognized as its top contributing author. Dr. Makinwa has been on the program committees of several IEEE conferences, and has served the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society as an AdCom member, a Distinguished Lecturer and a Guest Editor of the JSSC. He has also been the Analog Subcommittee Chair of ISSCC and a member of the editorial board of the Proceedings of the IEEE. He is currently a member of the VLSI ExCom, and a co-organizer of the Advances in Analog Circuit Design (AACD) Workshop and the Sensor Interfaces Meeting.

Kofi Makinwa

Kathleen Philips

IMEC, Eindhoven, Belgium

Dr.ir. Kathleen Philips is Vice President R&D at imec, and General Manager of imec at Holst Centre in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Kathleen has close to three decades of experience in micro- and nano-electronics R&D in world-class research facilities as imec, and Philips Research. At imec, she has held positions as director IoT, as program manager for Low Power Wireless and as a principal scientist. At Philips research, she has worked as a researcher on analog design in various European locations. Her technical background is in analog and RF design for ultra-low power wireless transceivers, timing generation and CMOS audio. Kathleen holds a Ph.D. from TU/E, The Netherlands and a MSc. degree in EE from KU-Leuven, Belgium.

Heein Yoon

Heein Yoon

UNIST, Ulsan, South Korea

Heein Yoon (Member, IEEE) received the B.S. (summa cum laude), and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan, South Korea, in 2014 (early graduation), and 2019, respectively. Since 2019, she has been with Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, CA, USA, where she was involved in designing and developing the next-generation cellular transceivers for Snapdragon Flagship. Since 2022, she has been an Assistant Professor with UNIST. Her current research interests include small area, low-power, and high-performance analog, mixed-signal, and RF-integrated circuits for emerging wireless/wired standards. Dr. Yoon was a recipient of the Nine Bridge and Star Fellowship from UNIST in 2014, the Korean Government Scholarship (GPF) from 2015 to 2019, the IEEE SSCS Student Travel Grant Award (STGA) in 2017, the IEEE Student Research Preview (SRP) Award winner for the outstanding poster at International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in 2018, the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Predoctoral Achievement Award winner for the period 2019 and 2020, and the Bronze Prize, the Honorable Mention, and the Bronze Prize at the 23rd, 24th, and 25th HumanTech Paper Award hosted by Samsung Electronics in 2017, 2018, and 2019, respectively. Since 2023, Dr. Yoon has been a TPC Member of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), DTC Subcommittee, and she served as the Chair for the 2022 IEEE International Symposium on Radio-Frequency Integration Technology (RFIT) Frequency Generation Subcommittee.