2013 Archived Archive

2013 Meetings Archive

April 18th, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m. CDT

Title:  “From Circuits to Cancer”

Speaker: Dr. Sani NAssif


The human race has invested about a trillion dollars in the development of semiconductor electronics, and our lives have been improved greatly as a result. Smart devices are now taken for granted and permeate every aspect of our existence. The development of such complex devices is extremely difficult and error-prone, thus the IC design community has made large investments in synthesis, simulation, verification, and overall automation to allow such designs to be built. It turns out, happily, that much of this Silicon R&D is applicable to other areas… This talk will be about one such area, namely that of Proton radiation cancer therapy, where a team at IBM, working with researchers at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Research center, have been busy applying knowledge from VLSI to this important area, and producing results that are poised to revolutionize the quality and efficiency of such therapy.

Speaker Bio:

Sani received his Bachelors degree with Honors from the American University of Beirut in 1980, and his Masters and PhD degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He then worked for ten years at Bell Laboratories in the general area of technology CAD, focusing on various aspects of design and technology coupling including device modeling, parameter extraction, worst case analysis, design optimization and circuit simulation. While at Bell Labs, working under Larry Nagel -the original author of Spice, he led a large team in the development of an in-house circuit simulator, named Celerity, which became the main circuit simulation tool at Bell Labs.

In January 1996, he joined the then newly formed IBM Austin Research Laboratory (ARL), which was founded with a specific focus on research for the support of IBM’s Power computer systems. After ten years of management, he stepped down to focus on technical work again, and he is currently working on applying techniques developed in the VLSI-EDA area to IBM’s Smarter Planet initiative.

Sani has authored numerous conference and journal publications, and delivered many tutorials at top conferences. He has received Best Paper awards from TCAD, ICCAD, DAC, ISQED, ICCD and SEMICON, authored invited papers to ISSCC, IEDM, IRPS, ISLPED, HOTCHIPS, and CICC. He has given Keynote and Plenary presentations at Sasimi, ESSCIRC, BMAS, SISPAD, SEMICON, VLSI-SOC, PATMOS, NMI, ASAP, GLVLSI, TAU, and ISVLSI. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, a member of the ACM and the AAAS, and an IBM master inventor with more than 50 patents.

Dr. Nassif is the president elect of the IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA), and was the General chair of the ICCAD conference in 2008. He has previously also served on the technical program committee of ICCAD, DAC and ISQED, and on the executive committee of ISPD. He has received the Penrose award (given to one outstanding graduate from the American University of Beirut), the Distinguished Member of Technical Staff award from Bell Labs, two Research Accomplishment Awards from IBM, and the SRC Mahboob-Khan Outstanding Mentor awards from the SRC.

Sani represents IBM on the SRC Science Area Coordinating Committee for CAD and Test, and is the chair for the committee in 2012. He maintains strong ties with academia, and has participated in PhD committees for students from MIT, CMU, Univ. Minnesota, Univ. Texas Austin, UCSB, UCI, Univ. Glasgow, and Univ. Michigan.


March 17th, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m. CDT

Title: ”Secure Elements: The Core of Your Armor in the Wildlands of the Digital Universe”


With our increasingly digital and connected lifestyles, we find also increasingly stronger needs for securing our online services and limiting the dissemination of personal information, yet the safeguarding our digital data has simultaneously become ever more complex. With the broadening of the digital information and processing ecosystem to become the Internet of Things, the potential threats to our digital security and privacy grow exponentially with the added dimensions of the system.  Today we show how within this information and services ecosystem, secure identity and cryptography elements form the foundation of security and privacy protection, for both people and machines.

What are some of the risks facing our data in the digital universe? How do we secure electronic devices that are easily accessed by wrongdoers?(smart phones, passports, smart meters, automobile CPUs, WiFi routers, game consoles, etc.)  How do personal computers fit into the puzzle?  Is it possible to safely use the computers of Internet access kiosks in public libraries?  How do we safely access online services from our governments?  How is security scaled to the sensitivity of the data being protected? The answers to these questions change constantly, but the principles of protection are surprisingly steady.  We will give some background about secure elements, and then talk about how secure elements provide security and privacy protection in the context of the broad digital ecosystem.  We also explain how products can incorporate these secure elements, how services can utilize them, and how people and machines can benefit from them.

Speaker Bios:

Bart Bombay
Bart J. Bombay is a senior research and development engineer at Gemalto. He has worked on security device R&D for over 10 years, and robust communication technologies for over 15 years. His undergraduate and graduate educational background is from the EECS department at University of California, Berkeley. With a number of patents to his name, his technical experience includes semiconductor manufacturing, embedded system design for extreme environments, modem technology design and implementation for adverse operating conditions, statistical process control, hardware/software interfaces for secure devices, asynchronous communications, secure device firmware upgrade, biometrics, and privacy cryptography.

Dr. Karen Lu
Dr. H. Karen Lu is a principal research engineer at Gemalto, a digital security company. She has over 10 years of experience in security research, application, and development. Karen is an inventor with many patents and has numerous publications in several different fields. She holds the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), and is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), a contributor to the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and to the W3C WebCrypto API Working Group, a senior member of the IEEE, and a member of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).


February 28th, 2013. 6:00-8:00 CDT

Title: “Bridging Design to Test with NI Software Defined Radio (SDR) Platforms”
Speakers: Dr. Nikhil Kindargi and Anthony Fuller
Software defined radio (SDR) offers a low-cost and flexible way to prototype new algorithms faster, thereby shortening time to results. NI USRP™ and LabVIEW deliver an ideal host-based platform for exploring algorithms and rapidly prototyping a wireless RF/communications system by providing an affordable software reconfigurable receiver and modulated source. LabVIEW enables a graphical system design approach, which allows users to expand their development from the NI USRP platform to reconfigurable FPGA based SDR platforms as requirements expand. By leveraging a graphical system design approach users can prototype faster through tight hardware/software integration, reuse existing IP combining multiple models of computation, and develop on GPPs and FPGAs using a unified design flow that scales in complexity with the application. At this session, we examine a broad range of SDR applications from prototyping a desktop radio to development of an 8×8 MIMO testbed.
Speaker Bios:
Nikhil Kundargi
Nikhil received his Ph. D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin under guidance of Professor Ahmed Tewfik. Previously he was at the University of Minnesota from 2006-10 where he was a Graduate School Fellow and spent the summer of 2010 at the Qualcomm Corporate R&D Center at San Diego. He is a member of the Wireless Advanced Research Team at National Instruments and works on the next generation wireless prototyping solutions based on National Instruments Software Defined Radio platforms.
His research interests are in software radios, cognitive radios, dynamic spectrum access, nonparametric statistics, anomaly detection, next generation MAC testbeds, 802.11ac, 802.11af standards. He has published more than 15 papers in IEEE conferences and journals and is a member of the Technical Programs Committee of the Industry Forum for IEEE Globecom 2014.
Anthony Fuller
Anthony is a product marketing engineer at National Instruments in Austin, Texas.  He started as an applications engineer ensuring customer success and educating users of National Instrument data acquisition products around the United States.  Fuller recently joined the marketing department where he evangelizes the use and adoption of software defined radio as a research and education medium for wireless communications.  Fuller received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at San Antonio and graduated magna cum laude.
February 21st, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m. CDT

Topic: “Emerging Trends in Smart Networking”


“Emerging Trends in Smart Networking; m2M, Internet of Things (IOT), Smart Converged wireless Gateways, mobile cloud computing” This presentation covers emerging trends in Smart Networking. The internet is going through explosive growth driven by m2M, Internet of Things (IOT), Smart Converged wireless Gateways, and mobile cloud computing. Interconnecting smart objects and devices through smart information network connectivity (cloud) is enabled by smart wireless gateways, empowered by Open source software platforms, which supports multiple wireless connectivity protocols, such as mobile broadband, WiFi, and Zigbee wireless sensor networks, (WSN) to connect multiple smart devices, such as handsets, utility meters, and appliances. This resilient mesh network allows for on demand remote access to all devices through the Cloud. Smart wireless Gateways also deliver various cloud services such as infotainment, video-surveillance, video streaming, IP/PBX VOIP video conferencing services etc Smart software can further provide real-time location and context aware decision making. For example, allowing more autonomous smoke alarms, and more energy conscious appliances. Internet of Things (IOT) can also be extended to various market segments such as building/factoring automation, safety/security, transportation and medical/health monitoring connecting the Zigbee wireless sensor network with the smart gateway and smart mobile devices for remote monitoring and control. These Gateways will ultimately create safer, greener, and smarter cities.


Nikolay Guenov, Director, Product Management, Freescale
Stephen Turnbull, Freescale
Kwok Wu, Freescale

Speaker Bios:

Nikolay Guenov, Director, Product Management, Freescale

Nikolay leads global Marketing activities for Digital Networking, including Product Marketing, Tactical Marketing, Channel Marketing, and Technical Application Marketing.

Nikolay has been with Freescale for 13 years, and has worked in the embedded systems field for more than 20 years. During his tenure at Freescale, he has held business development and segment team lead positions for multi-service routers and gateways, switches, access points, printing and imaging, SMB and SOHO applications. His experience also includes a business and market development assignment in Asia Pacific, while being located in China.

He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in international business from Thunderbird-Global School of Management; a Master of Engineering degree from Arizona State University; and a Bachelor of Science degree with dual major in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Maine.

Stephen Turnbull, Division Marketing Manager, Freescale Wireless Access Division

Stephen is responsible for Freescale’s wireless access portfolio which encompasses both discrete and fully integrated SoC base station solutions including QorIQ multicore processors, StarCore DSP baseband processors and the QorIQ Qonverge, base station SoC family. Stephen and his team are responsible for driving  all elements of the definition and marketing of Freescale’s scalable, wireless base station solutions including both silicon and software.

Stephen joined Motorola Semiconductor/Freescale in 1984 and throughout his career has held positions of increasing responsibility spanning materials, marketing, sales, engineering and product management. Prior to his current role Stephen served as Global Operations Manager for multicore processors, before this he was based in Europe and held the role of EMEA Operations Manager for Communications Processors.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Strathclyde University and a Master of Science degree from Napier University. Stephen lives in Austin with his wife and two children.

Kwok Wu, Head of Embedded Software and Systems Solutions, Freescale Semiconductor

Dr. Kwok Wu has many years of diverse experience in advanced embedded systems and software. He has delivered high-performance scalable software platforms and products for Freescale’s Power Architecture, Starcore DSP, ARM, and ZigBee Systems-on-Chips (SoCs) in the wireless broadband networking, telecommunications, enterprise, consumer, automotive, industrial, smart energy, and health segments. 

Kwok has been selected as 2012 Innovator of the Year by ECD – Embedded Computing Design Magazine for his platform approach to Wireless Smart Gateways 
(3G/4G Broadband, 802.11n, 802.11AC Wifi, 802.11.14 Zigbee wireless sensor network) 
He also received the Innovative Networking Product Award, Broadband World Forum 2011with Secured Broadband multi-service Gateway and Best Networking and Communication Product Award, Smart Metering at Australia & New Zealand Summit 2012. He is an award-winning industry veteran and sought after speaker. 

He has held various executive management positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technology, Actel, AMD, Lattice and Freescale Semiconductor. 
Kwok is member of IEEE Computer Society, and holds a Treasurer position at the Austin Chapter of IEEE Communications Society and hold a PhD, EECS (Computer Engineering) from the University of Texas at Austin.


January 17th, 2013, 6:00-8:00 pm CDT

Title:  ”RF Multicarrier Signaling and Antennas Systems for Low SNR Broadband Underwater Communications”

Speaker: Dr. Brian Kelly, Asst. Prof. UT of San Antonio, ECE


Most traditional underwater communication systems rely upon low data-rate acoustic communications, which cannot propagate behind objects and is confined to very narrow-band channels. We propose an alternative method supporting robust broadband RF communications in low signal-to-noise ratio undersea environments.
This paper presents an integrated treatment involving broadband RF antennas and digital radio systems, potentially enabling 1 Mbps underwater communications at a medium range of 100 to 1000 meters. We describe the broadband underwater antenna design results coupled with the application of spectrally efficient multi-carrier modulation and iterative message-passing low-density parity check codes. We also present the channel modeling and underwater link-level simulation results at 5MHz, 10MHz, and 15MHz bandwidths.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Kelley received his MS/Ph.D. in EE from Georgia Tech and his BSEE from Cornell University. He has published over 40 papers and invited talks, was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Motorola,  Associate Editor of the IEEE System Journal from 2010-2012 and has consulted with the Office of Naval Research (ONR-2012) and  Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL-2011).  He was the past Chair of the San Antonio Communications and Signal Processing Chapter and founder of the Wings Lab at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he is an Assistant Professor in ECE.