The Grand Finals showcases winners from each of the ACM special interest groups (SIGs) in competition and included more than 381 student participants.
The Integrated Circuits and Systems Group (ICSG) is one of the most active circuit design groups in the country with a young and creative faculty who are world leaders in their respective fields. There are 10 full-time faculty in the area and many more adjuncts from industry. Research areas include digital, analog, mixed-signal, and RF CMOS ICs for a variety of applications, verification and testing techniques for analog, digital and RF ICs, CAD tools for design and analysis, and biochips, as well as interdisciplinary research projects.
The award will be presented at the 15th International Conference on Synthesis, Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Methods and Applications to Circuit Design (SMACD) July 2nd-5th in Prague, Czech Republic.
Texas ECE alumnus Dr. Xiaoqing Xu was selected for the ACM Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation for his dissertation “Standard Cell Optimization and Physical Design in Advanced Technology Nodes."
Texas ECE PhD student Meng Li won the First Place Gold Medal at the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM/SIGDA) Student Research Competition held at the 2017 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD). His research competition title is "Design-for-Security Techniques for Hardware IP Supply Chain Protection”.
Deji Akinwande, associate professor at Texas ECE, has been elected a 2017 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Prof Akinwande is being recognized for “contributions to the physical study and development of scalable uniform monolayer graphene synthesis on wafer scale substrates, and the realization of gigahertz flexible and wearable two-dimensional devices, circuits and systems.”
Texas ECE professor Jacob Abraham, has received the IEEE Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC) Lifetime Contribution Medal. The IEEE TTTC Lifetime Contribution Medal is presented to a prominent individual for outstanding technical contributions that have made a fundamental impact on test technology.
Since 2012, the award has been given annually by the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance, in honor of the late Jean-Claude Laprie.
Deji Akinwande, Texas ECE Associate Professor, has received the Friedrich Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award is presented to internationally renowned academics from outside Germany in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in research to date and their exceptional promise for future endeavors.
Wuxi Li has placed first in the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) Contest with his project Clock-Aware FPGA Placement. The ISPD provides a premier forum to exchange ideas and promote research on critical areas related to the physical design of VLSI systems. The contest is sponsored and organized by Xilinx, the largest FPGA company in the world. It uses industry-strength benchmarks and specifications, thus making it highly challenging. Compared to many other teams which have multiple students in each team, Li made it as the single student member in the UT team.
Xiaoqing Xu, Texas ECE PHD candidate, has received the Gold Medal at the ACM/SIGDA Student Research Competition (SRC) in the Graduate category. The SRC is sponsored by Microsoft and offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research before a panel of judges and other students. The ceremony was held at the 2016 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD). As the first place winner of SRC, Xu will advance to the ACM-wide SRC Grand Finals, where he will compete with first place winners from other ACM SIGs.
Deji Akinwande, Texas ECE associate professor, was selected as one of five inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows. This new fellowship program recognizes early-career innovators at U.S. universities with a high potential to accelerate progress in scientific research, environmental conservation and patient care. Akinwande is creating an atomically thin 2D-silicon structure known as silicene, which could provide a tenfold increase in energy efficiency for integrated circuits such as computer chips.
Prof. Gerstlauer received the grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his research project titled, “Resilient hardware design using controlled fault acceptance."
Prof. David Pan and his students Wuxi Li and Shounak Dhar for won 1st Place in the CAD Contest on FPGA Placement at the ACM International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD). The contest was run by Xilinx and involved a challenging industry-style benchmarks and evaluating scripts. Nineteen teams from around the world participated. The top five teams were invited to ISPD 2016. ISPD is the premier symposium dedicated to IC physical design and related areas.
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Texas ECE PhD student Yibo Lin received the Franco Cerrina Memorial Best Student Paper Award at SPIE Advanced Lithography 2016, held on February 21-25, 2016 in San Jose, California. SPIE Advanced Lithography has been a premier conference for the lithography community for 40 years. Lin was recognized for the paper "Triple/quadruple patterning layout decomposition via novel linear programming and iterative rounding," co-authored by Xiaoqing Xu, Texas ECE alumnus Bei Yu of The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, and Texas ECE professors Ross Baldick and David Z. Pan.
ACS spoke to Prof. Akinwande on his development of electronic devices that rely on atom-thin sheets known as two-dimensional (2-D) materials.
Texas ECE graduate student Xiaoqing Xu has received the Best in Session Award at the 2015 SRC TECHCON Conference held in Austin, Texas on September 21-22.
Six student teams in Prof. Nan Sun's EE 338L/382M Analog IC Design Course won TI Outstanding Student Designer Awards for their excellent performance in the final project.
Prof. Michael Becker of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT Austin (UT ECE) and Prof. Desiderio Kovar of UT Mechanical Engineering have received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award for work on "A Manufacturing Process for Producing Thick Films with Controlled Microstructures."
Prof. Ranjit Gharpurey, along with a colleague, Prof. J. C. Rudell from the University of Washington, has received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation.
UT ECE Graduate Student Bei Yu won the Silver Medal at the ACM Student Research Competition – Graduate Track, held at the 32nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD). Bei Yu is supervised by Prof. David Z. Pan.
The ACM Student Reserach Competition is sponsored by Microsoft Research, and is an internationally recognized competition involving research orojects from all areas of design automation.
UT ECE graduate students Jhih-Rong Gao, Bei Yu, Xiaoqing Xu, and their advisor Prof. David Z. Pan won the 2nd Place Award at the ICCAD'13 CAD Contest in Mask Optimization. There are 87 teams from 9 regions around the world participated in the ICCAD'13 CAD Contest, which has three distinct contest problems. This mask optimization problem and benchmarks are provided by IBM, to advance the state-of-the-art of IC design for manufacturing (DFM).
UT ECE students Bei Yu, Xiaoqing Xu, Jhih-Rong Gao and their advisor Prof. David Z. Pan received the William J. McCalla Best Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD). The title of the paper that received the award is “Methodology for Standard Cell Compliance and Detailed Placement for Triple Patterning Lithography.” The award will be presented at the opening session for ICCAD 2013, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. ICCAD is the premier conference devoted to technical innovations in electronic design automation.
UT ECE graduate student Zhuoran Zhao has won a Best in Session Award at the 2013 SRC TECHCON Conference held in Austin, Texas on September 9-10, 2013. Zhao won for his submission "Automated, Retargetable Back-Annotation for Host Compiled Performance and Power Modeling." TECHCON 2013 highlights the best of SRC-sponsored research, while showcasing the students performing the research.
Zhuoran is a graduate student in UT ECE studying under Dr. Andreas Gerstlauer in the Integrated Circuits and Systems area.
Professor David Pan of UT ECE received the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) 2013 Technical Excellence Award at the SRC Annual TECHCON conference, held in Austin, Texas on Sept. 9-10. SRC is the world’s leading technology research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies.
ECE graduate students Bei Yu and Jhih-Rong Gao, bothsupervised by Prof. David Pan, were awarded the BACUS Photomask Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or a graduate student in the field of microlithography with an emphasis on optical tooling and/or semiconductor manufacturing technologies. This scholarship is sponsored by BACUS, SPIE's Photomask International Technical Group.
Flexible electronic circuits would make possible radical new kinds of devices, like water-resistant tablet computers that can be rolled or folded. A group of academic and industry researchers has now demonstrated one of the most important components for this fully flexible future: graphene radio-frequency electronics that are speedy enough to produce, receive, and process telecommunication signals.
UT ECE Professor Andreas Gerstlauer's student Ardavan Pedram (co-advised with Prof. Robert van de Geijn in Computer Science) has received the Best Poster Award at the Ph.D. Forum of the 27th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS).
IPDPS is the flagship conference of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (TCPP) and among the premier venues for parallel, distributed and cloud computing. It was held May 20-24, 2013 in Boston.
UT ECE professor Deji Akinwande and his research group have made a breakthrough with state-of-the-art flexible graphene field-effect transistors with record current densities and the highest power and conversion gain ever. The transistors also show near symmetric electron and hole transport, are the most mechanically robust flexible graphene devices fabricated to date and can be immersed in a liquid without coming to any harm.
The University of Texas at Austin has been selected to receive an $18.5 million grant over the next five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create and lead a nanosystems engineering research center.
The Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT) will develop innovative nanomanufacturing, nanosculpting and nanometrology systems that could lead to versatile mobile computing devices such as wearable sensors, foldable laptops and rollable batteries.
Professor David Pan and UT graduate students, Ashutosh Chakraborty and Anurag Kumar, took home the $25,000 Grand Prize in the eASIC Placement Design Challenge. The worldwide competition was to create a tool that determines the most efficient placement of components on a structured application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) platform. Placement with shorter wirelength translates to better performance and less power consumption. Their placement tool, RegPlace, outperformed the second place team from the University of Michigan by 15% in total wirelength.
Dr. Arjang Hassibi's research focuses on new approaches to sense, detect, and analyze biological systems using integrated systems and advanced signal processing techniques. His interdisciplinary research group addresses technical challenges at the interface of engineering and biotechnology.
His current research focuses on developing ultra-high throughput, ultra-low cost portable biosensors. These devices will lead to a significant cost-savings, throughput increases, and enable heretofore infeasible biological assays making in the field biological testing a reality.
U.S. Representative Lamar Smith announced early this year he had obtained a $1.2 million appropriation for ECE researchers to create advanced wireless communications devised for military use. The research will be a collaborative effort by Computer Engineering Research Center (CERC) professors Jacob Abraham and Ranjit Gharpurey and Wirelss Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) professors Ted Rappaport and Sriram Vishwanath.