Forum 1: New Era of Technology


Dr. Mona E. Zaghloul


Dr. S. Basu (Opening Statement/Bio)
Dr. P. D. Franzon (Opening Statement/Bio)
Dr. Y. Leblebici (Opening Statement/Bio)
Dr. W. Porod (Opening Statement/Bio)
Dr. P. Wu (Opening Statement/Bio)

Time & Location

Sunday, May 23 2004, 16:30 - 18:00, Location: Junior Ballroom


The convergence of nanoscience, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive based systems creates tremendous opportunities for the improvement of industrial productivity and the quality of human life. Nanotechnology and its nanoscience foundations offer such prospects and the promise of exciting new products capable of transforming and redefining many industries.

This is a multidisciplinary research area which offers growing needs for engineers to explore the new applications. Recently, the IEEE Transactions on VLSI arranged for a special issue on nanoelectonics and gigascale circuits. In this forum lead researchers in these areas will speak to the Circuits and Systems audience about those new developments and their impacts on the industry and the progress of the field.

Panelist Information

Dr. S. Basu

The projected slowdown of Moore's law advances in computing technology has in recent years caused researchers in academia as well as in industry to reconsider the basic paradigms. Advances are being made in many frontiers ranging from devices to architectures to algorithms. In this brief introductory talk, a couple of fragments of this emerging larger picture will be presented.

Sankar Basu is a program director at the Computing & Communications Foundations (CCF) Division of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF his program responsibilities include design automation of micro and nano-systems. Prior to joining NSF in October'02, he was with IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, where he was involved in signal processing and multimedia research. He has a longstanding interest in various aspects of theory and applications of circuits, systems and signal processing. At present, he serves as the Editor in Chief of the Transactions of Circuits of Systems: Part-II. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to theory and application of multidimensional circuits, systems, and signal processing.

Dr. P. D. Franzon

Does the exponential growth in computing technology have to end with the end of the exponential growth in CMOS performance? A number of nanoelectronic alternatives are under investigation so as to ensure the answer is "No". In this talk, a review of the challenges and some of the potential solutions will be given, with an emphasis on devices, circuits, and integration approaches with Molecular electronics.

Paul D. Franzon is currently a Distinguished Alumni Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia in 1988. He has also worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, DSTO Australia, Australia Telecom and two companies he cofounded, Communica and LightSpin Technologies. His current interests center on the technology and design of complex systems incorporating VLSI, MEMS, advanced packaging and molecular electronics. Application areas currently being explored include novel advanced packaging structures, Network Processors, SOI baseband radio circuit design for deep space, on-chip inductor and inductance issues, RF MEMS, and moleware circuits and characterization. He has lead several major efforts and published over 120 papers in these areas. In 1993 he received an NSF Young Investigators Award, in 2001 was selected to join the NCSU Academy of Outstanding Teachers, and in 2003, selected as a Distinguished Alumni Professor.

Dr. Y. Leblebici

The emergence of various novel nanoelectronic device architectures as well as aggressive scaling of classical MOSFET dimensions to the near-10-nanometer level are expected to result in fundamental reliability problems and lead to unpredictable device behavior. These issues will need to be addressed from the system design point-of-view in order to ensure the feasibility of the future systems built with nanometer-scale technologies, while preserving a certain degree of compatibility with the well-established and widely used design paradigms. This talk will outline some of the challenges and possible solutions for building highly robust and fault-tolerant systems with improved immunity against device failues and parameter fluctuations.

Yusuf Leblebici is chair professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and director of Microelectronic Systems Laboratory. He received the PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1990. Prior to EPFL, he worked as a faculty member at UIUC, Istanbul Technical University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His research interests include design of high-speed CMOS digital and mixed-signal integrated circuits, computer-aided design of VLSI systems, intelligent sensor interfaces, modeling and simulation of semiconductor devices, and VLSI reliability issues. He is coauthor of two textbooks on digital IC design, as well as numerous scientific articles published in international journals and conferences.

Dr. W. Porod

One of the most exciting aspects of the convergence of nano- and information technologies is the possibility to bring together in close proximity nanoscale sensing devices with significant processing power. This, coupled with new understanding of neural functions, promises new classes of biologically-inspired hand-held systems for real-time applications. We will discuss in more detail a concrete example of this approach, which is a project on biologically-inspired CNN image processors with dynamically-integrated nanoantenas as mutispectral photodetectors.

Wolfgang Porod currently is Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Diplom (M.S.) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Graz, Austria, in 1979 and 1981, respectively. After appointments as a postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University and as a senior research analyst at Arizona State University, he joined the University of Notre Dame in 1986 as an Associate Professor. He now also serves as the Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology. His research interests are in the area of nanoelectronics, with an emphasis on new circuit concepts for novel devices. He has authored some 300 publications and presentations.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE and he currently serves as the Vice President for Publications on the IEEE Nanotechnology Council. He also has been appointed an Associate Editor for the new IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology. He is a Founding Member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society’s Technical Committee on Nanoelectronics and Gigascale Systems, and he has been active in organizing Special Sessions and Tutorials, and as a speaker in IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Programs.

Dr. P. Wu

As CMOS technology is scaled down to the 90 nm node, the nanoelectronics era begins. There are new challenges and opportunities in the general circuits and systems research field. Innovative circuits design using nano-CMOS and/or nano-structures will enable intelligent and cognitive giga-scale integrated systems. The researchers and engineers in circuits and systems, bio-tech, brain/neural science, atomic/molecular physics, material science, etc will work closely together to advance future research excellence. This talk will highlight current key achievement and future directions/effort.

Peter (Chung-Yu) Wu is the 2004/05 Vice President for Conferences of Circuits and Systems Society. He is the Guest Editor of the 2004 Nanoelectronics Special Issue for IEEE TVLSI and the 2003 Nanoelectronics Special Issue for Proceedings of the IEEE. Dr. Wu was an Associate Professor at NCTU during 1980 - 84. He joined the faculty in EE at Portland State University, Oregon, during 1984 - 86. Since 1987, he has been a Full Professor at NCTU. At present, he is Centennial Distinguished Professor also serving as Dean of EECS College. He received numerous research awards in Taiwan, and awards recognition from IEEE. During 1991 to 95, he served as Executive Director of Engineering Division at National Science Council (counterpart to U.S. NSF). Dr. Wu has published more than 250 technical papers. He also holds 18 patents including 9 U.S. patents. His research interests include nanometer integrated circuits and giga-scale systems, nano-bio circuits, sensor chips, wireless communication circuits, and CAD analysis. In Fall 2003 semester, Prof. Wu taught an undergraduate microelectronics course in ECE Department at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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