Title Speaker Time
Computing Beyond Processors Prof. Jason Cong May 20, Monday
Disposable Semiconductor Healthcare - From the bedside to point of care genetics Prof. Chris Toumazou May 21, Tuesday
Communications SoCs in 2028: Broadband Gateway, Connected Home, and Ubiquitous Multi-Platform Video Distribution Dr. Sherman (Xuemin) Chen May 22, Wednesday


Monday, May 20, 2013

Computing Beyond Processors

Prof. Jason Cong (UCLA Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Departments, UCLA/PKU Joint Research Institute and PKU Center for Energy Efficient Computing and Applications)


The classical von Neumann architecture allows efficient sharing of the same execution pipeline for different instructions, providing an elegant solution when the computing resource is scarce.  However, future computers are not limited by the available computing resources, but constrained by the power and energy. Therefore, a fundamental departure from the von Neumann architecture is likely required to achieve much higher energy efficiency. In particular, we believe that heterogeneity in the computer architecture is important, in terms of both space and time, so that one can efficiently adapt the architecture to different application workloads for better energy efficiency. In my talk, I shall discuss the need and progress of transition, highlight some recent results on supporting such customizable heterogeneous computing platforms at both the circuit level and the architecture/system level, and demonstrate how such customization techniques can be applied to different application domains to achieve much better energy efficiency.



Jason Cong received his B.S. degree in computer science from Peking University in 1985, his M.S. and Ph. D. degrees in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987 and 1990, respectively.  Currently, he is a Chancellor’s Professor at the Computer Science Department of University of California, Los Angeles, the director of Center for Domain-Specific Computing (CDSC), co-director of UCLA/Peking University Joint Research Institute in Science and Engineering, and co-director of the VLSI CAD Laboratory.  He served as the chair the UCLA Computer Science Department from 2005 to 2008.  Dr. Cong is also a distinguished visiting professor at Peking University and the director of PKU Center for Energy-Efficient Computing and Applications (CECA).  Dr. Cong’s research interests include synthesis of VLSI circuits and systems, programmable systems, novel computer architectures, nano-systems, and highly scalable algorithms.  He has over 380 publications in these areas, including 7 best paper awards and the 2011 ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electric Design Automation.  He was elected to an IEEE Fellow in 2000 and ACM Fellow in 2008.  He is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Circuits and System (CAS) Society Technical Achievement Award "For seminal contributions to electronic design automation, especially in FPGA synthesis, VLSI interconnect optimization, and physical design automation."

Dr. Cong has graduated 30 PhD students.  Many of them are now faculty members in major research universities, including Cornell, Georgia Tech., Peking University, Purdue, SUNY Binghamton, UCLA, UIUC, and UT Austin. Four of them were co-founders, together with Dr. Cong, of two startups originated from UCLA – Aplus Design Technologies (acquired by Magma in 2003, now part of Synopsys) and AutoESL Design Technologies (acquired by Xilinx in 2011). Others are in key R&D or management positions in various companies related to the information technologies, such as Bloomberg, Broadcom, Cadence, Google, IBM, Intel, Micron, Synopsys, and Xilinx.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Disposable Semiconductor Healthcare - From the bedside to point of care genetics

Professor Chris Toumazou (Chair in Biomedical Circuit Design, Director of the Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology, Founder and Chief Scientist for the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Imperial College, UK)


The global demographic trend towards ageing populations, coupled with less active lifestyles and fast-food diets, is leading to higher probability and earlier onset of chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The presentation will review some attempts to provide sensor processing solution stemming from the semiconductor CAS microchip industry. A revolution in genetics and molecular biology is currently being driven by the confluence of advances in life science and semiconductor technologies. The reduction in sequencing costs continues unabated, and one of the most promising approaches utilizes the Ion-Sensitive, Field-Effect Transistor technology. Toumazou was able to demonstrate for the first time label-free DNA amplification, detection and sequencing based upon principles well known to the semiconductor industry. His invention has resulted in the fasting growing DNA sequencing technology to date. Other disruptive technologies include a body worn wireless disposable 'digital' plaster which has  FDA approved  and  a silicon based artificial pancreas.  Technology trends and business models for such rapid lab free tests will be discussed.


Professor Chris Toumazou, FRS, FREng, FIET, FIEEE, FCGI, FRSM, DEng, PhD, BSc

Professor Chris Toumazou, Chair in Biomedical Circuit Design, Director of the Centre for Bio-Inspired Technology and Founder and Chief Scientist for the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College as well as Founder, Chairman and CEO of three Successful Medical Device Companies (Toumaz Technology, DNA Electronics and GeneOynx) is distinguished for his innovative silicon technology and integrated circuit design for electronic devices. In the field of devices for medical diagnosis and therapy, Professor Toumazou is pre-eminent amongst the global community of contemporary medical engineers. In 1994 Toumazou was appointed the youngest Professor ever to be appointed at Imperial College, at the age of 33.

Toumazou"s research include cochlear implants for born-deaf children, an artificial pancreas for type 1 diabetics, wireless heart monitors for personalised ambulatory health monitoring pre- and post- operatively, inventing semiconductor-based DNA sequencing and inventing an intelligent neural stimulator as a drug alternative for obesity. In this and many other areas he has published over 750 research papers, holds over 50 patents and employs over 250 people in his combined medical device companies and Institute of Biomedical engineering at Imperial College London.

He is the recipient of the 2005 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)  CAS Education Award for pioneering contributions to biomedical circuits and systems. In 2006 he founded (IEEE BIOCAS). He received the UK Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2007 for pioneering contributions to British industry and the UK Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) Premium best paper award and the IEEE CAS outstanding young author award.  He was elected in 2006 to Academia Europea. In 2008 he was appointed to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Fellowship of the Royal Society, which is the highest honour in UK science.

Chris received in 2009 the World Technology Award, sponsored by Time Magazine, for Health & Medicine, In 2011 he received the JJ Thompson IET Achievement Award for major contributions to the low power medical electronics industry. In 2010 Toumazou received the Times Higher Education Innovation Award for his founding of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College. The Institute was formally opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2009. In addition Toumazou previously created and founded one of the largest technology transfer laboratories in the field of radio frequency (RF) semiconductors for international collaboration. HRH Princess Ann formally opened the laboratory in 1996. In 2009 his commercial laboratories at DNA Electronics Ltd were used to launch the Government"s Life Sciences blueprint and were visited by a ministerial delegation led by the Prime Minister. In 2011 he was invited to speak at the prestigious TEDMED conference in San Diego. His lecture was entitled the "Biological IP Address".

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Communications SoCs in 2028: Broadband Gateway, Connected Home, and Ubiquitous Multi-Platform Video Distribution

Dr. Sherman (Xuemin) Chen ( Vice President of Broadcom)


40+ years of Moore"s law with innovations on digital communications and signal processing has enabled an exponential growth in computing, communications and storage. Today, SoCs are capable of integrating almost all available cost-effective technologies and smart functionalities for supporting new applications.  Integrated state-of-the-art innovations include technologies such as gigabits throughput Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) Codes with near Shannon limit performance, gigahertz Full Band Capture (FBC) communications frontend and High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) which literally digitize the entire transmission spectrum, process the ultra HDTV signal, and enable multi-platform video distribution everywhere.  The global demand on broadband access, multimedia content delivery and processing will soon produce more broadband devices than homes on the planet. What's next? What kind of communication chips will we be designing in the next 15 years? 

This presentation will highlight advances in several technology areas which will continue to accelerate communications SoCs development and deployment: from highly integrated CMOS radios to broadband access transceiver with "Green by Design" power efficiency, from universally connected mobile communication processor to heterogeneous connected home gateway processor with ubiquitous multi-platform video distribution,…  In next 15 years, communications SoCs will be 100"s times more powerful and energy efficient to provide universal services for home automation, security, health monitoring and secure commerce in addition to traditional multimedia and data services. Finally, the global broadband coverage will be achieved enabling seamless connectivity for virtually everyone on the planet. 



Sherman Chen (aka Xuemin Chen) is the Vice President of Technology at Broadcom’s Broadband Communications Group (BCG), responsible for the development and integration of new technologies into BCG System-on-Chips (SoCs), and driving the broadband technology roadmap to enable broadband media services to and throughout the home. 

Mr. Chen has a Ph. D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California.  He is an IEEE fellow and a Broadcom Fellow, and an inventor of more than 100 granted US patents and 300 published patent applications worldwide in digital communications architecture, system and signal processing.  He has published over 80 research articles, reports and book chapters, and three graduate-level textbooks on digital communications, entitled Error-Control Coding for Data Network, Transporting Compressed Digital Video and Digital Video Transcoding for Transmission and Storage.  

Mr. Chen has an extensive engineering career at companies such as General Instrument Corporation (currently Motorola Mobility’s home division) and Broadcom Corporation. He has led many projects of product research, design and development in the areas of broadband communications system architectures, digital video compression and communications over cable, satellite and IP networks, media-processor/DSP/ASIC architectures, and security for VLSI SoCs. He has also actively involved and led many digital communications standard developments.