SMACD 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal - pt

Plenary Talks


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Tuesday, June 28th, 9h00 – 10h00

“Implantable and Wearable Microelectronic Devices to Improve Quality of Life for People with Disabilities”

Maysam Ghovanloo Prof. Maysam Ghovanloo
GT-Bionics Lab, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

Chaired by: Prof. Jorge Fernandes, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Abstract: Implantable microelectronic devices (IMD) and neuroprostheses are finding applications in new therapies thanks to advancements in microelectronics, microsensors, RF communications, and medicine, which have resulted in embedding more functions in IMDs that occupy smaller space and consume less power, while offering therapies for more complex diseases and disabilities. I will address the latest developments in key building blocks for state-of-the-art IMDs, particularly on the analog front-end, RF back-end, and power management. IMDs have been quite successful in neuroprosthetic devices, such as cochlear implants and deep brain stimulators. They have been recently approved for vision and are being considered for brain-computer interfacing (BCI) to enable individuals with severe physical disabilities to control their environments, particularly by accessing computers. Implantable BCIs, however, are highly invasive and should be used when there are no less invasive alternatives that would offer similar benefits. They can also be utilized as advanced tools for neuroscience research on freely behaving animal subjects. I will talk about the example of a smart cage, which can wirelessly power, communicate with, and track sensors implanted in or attached to small freely behaving animals. At the same time, novel minimally-invasive methods are being explored for individuals with severe paralysis to make the best use of their remaining abilities to control their environments. An example of such technologies is a wireless and wearable brain-tongue-computer interface (BTCI), also known as the Tongue Drive System (TDS), which enables individuals with tetraplegia to control their environments using their voluntary tongue motion.

Dr. Maysam Ghovanloo received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1997. He also received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2003 and 2004.

Dr. Ghovanloo developed the first modular Patient Care Monitoring System in Iran where he also founded a startup to manufacture physiology and pharmacology research laboratory instruments. From 2004 to 2007 he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of ECE at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Since 2007 he has been with the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he is an Associate Professor and the founding director of the GT-Bionics Lab. He has 5 issued patents and authored or coauthored more than 200 peer-reviewed conference and journal publications on implantable microelectronic devices, integrated circuits and micro-systems for IMD applications, and modern assistive technologies.

Dr. Ghovanloo was the general chair of the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BioCAS 2015) in Atlanta, GA in Oct. 2015. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, Part II (2008-2011), as well as a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. He has also served on the Imagers, MEMS, Medical and Displays subcommittee of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) from 2009-2014. He has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Tommy Nobis Barrier Breaker Award for Innovation, and Distinguished Young Scholar Award from the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage.


Wednesday, June 29th, 9h00 – 10h00

“Lab-on-CMOS NMR Systems: Microelectronics meets Microfluidics”

Pui-In Mak Prof. Pui-In Mak
Associate Director (Research), State-Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI, University of Macau, Macao, China

Chaired by: Prof. João Goes, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Abstract: Point-of-use biological/chemical assays are aimed to transform the bulky laboratory instruments into facile lab-on-a-chip platforms, bringing down the cost, size and sample-use by orders of magnitude. A micro-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) CMOS transceiver enables repeatable, versatile and low cost screening of samples as it is label-/washing-free, and immobilization-free for the electrodes. Herein, two lab-on-CMOS NMR systems are presented: the first facilitates multi-step multi-sample management by electronic-automated digital microfluidics, whereas the second benefits from magnetic-field stabilization and thermal management to unify multi-type assays (target detection, protein state analysis and solvent-polymer dynamics) in a handheld scale suitable for healthcare, food industry and colloidal applications. The detection limit is down to 50pM for E. faecalis derived DNA. The platform consumes 120x less sample, and is 96x lighter, 175x smaller and 16x cheaper than a 135kg commercial product.

Dr. Pui-In (Elvis) Mak received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Macau (UM), Macao, China, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He is currently Associate Director (Research) at UM State-Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI, and Associate Professor at UM Faculty of Science and Technology. His research interests are on Circuits and Systems for Wireless, Biomedical and Analytical Chemistry applications.

Prof. Mak currently leads a multidisciplinary team of 25+ engineers and scientists innovating state-of-the-art technologies, with 10 inventions reported at ISSCC’11-’16. The team also pioneered the world’s first Intelligent Digital Microfluidic (iDMF) Technology with capabilties of micro-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (μNMR), Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Genotyping of Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism published in the UK Royal Society of Chemistry - Lab on a Chip and Analyst. Prof. Mak co-authored 3 books, 80+ journal papers, 120+ conference papers and 20+ US patents (issued/ pending). He has given 40+ lecturers in universities/companies, and Tutorials in ISCAS’12, APCCAS’12 and VLSI-DAT’15.

His involvements with IEEE and IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) are: Editorial Board Member of IEEE Press (’14-’16); IEEE CASS Distinguished Lecturer (’14-’15); Member of IEEE CASS Board-of-Governors (’09-’11); Senior Editor of IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems (’14-’15); Guest Editor of IEEE RFIC Virtual Journal (’14); Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I (’10-’11, ’14-’15); Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II (’10-’13). He is currently the Technical Program Committee Member of ISSCC, ESSCIRC and A-SSCC. He was the TPC Vice Chair of ASP-DAC’16.

Prof. Mak (co)-received the IEEE CASS Outstanding Young Author Award’10 and Chapter-of-the-Year Award’09, and Best Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II’12-’13. Prof. Mak was bestowed the Honorary Title of Value’05 for scientific merits by the Macau Government, and was a co-recipent of the National Scientific and Technological Progress Award’11 honored by the China Government.


Thursday, June 30th, 11h00 – 12h00

“Sensor Interface Design in Nanometer CMOS: Time to the Rescue”

Georges Gielen Prof. Georges Gielen
University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium

Chaired by: Prof. Francisco V. Fernández, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Abstract: Highly scaled nanometer CMOS technologies pose serious challenges for the design of analog integrated circuits. The reducing voltage headroom forces power and area consumption to rise instead. The improving timing resolution however comes to the rescue. Time-based solutions use fast digital circuits to implement power- and area-efficient solutions for analog circuits without large and power-hungry analog building blocks. This principle will be illustrated for CMOS sensor interface design, as needed in many present-day and emerging applications such as automotive, wireless sensor networks and internet of things. This talk will present basic time-based architectures and discuss their capabilities and fundamental performance limitations. This will be illustrated with several actual designs, for both medium and high resolutions.

Dr. Georges G.E. Gielen received the MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in 1986 and 1990, respectively. In 1990, he was appointed as a postdoctoral research assistant and visiting lecturer at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of the University of California, Berkeley. From 1991 to 1993, he was a postdoctoral research assistant of the Belgian National Fund of Scientific Research at the ESAT laboratory of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In 1993, he was appointed assistant professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he later promoted to associate professor and finally full professor in 2000. From 2007 till 2012 he was the Head of the Microelectronics and Sensors (MICAS) research division, which included five professors and more than 70 PhD students. In August 2012 he became the Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He is also the Chair of the Leuven ICT (LICT) research center, and the PI coordinator of the Leuven Center of Excellence called CHIPS. In August 2013 he was appointed vice-rector of KU Leuven responsible for the group Science, Engineering & Technology, which he executes till today.

His research interests are in the design of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, and especially in analog and mixed-signal CAD tools and design automation (modeling, simulation and symbolic analysis, analog synthesis, analog layout generation, analog and mixed-signal testing). He is coordinator or partner of several (industrial) research projects in this area, including several European projects (EU, MEDEA/CATRENE, ESA). He has authored or coauthored 7 books and more than 450 papers in edited books, international journals and conference proceedings. He regularly is a member of the Program Committees of international conferences (DAC, ICCAD, ISCAS, DATE, CICC...), and served as General Chair of the DATE conference in 2006 and of the ICCAD conference in 2007. He is currently the Chair of EDAA. He serves regularly as member of editorial boards of international journals (IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design, Springer International Journal on Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing, Elsevier Integration).

He received the 1995 Best Paper Award in the John Wiley international journal on Circuit Theory and Applications, and was the 1997 Laureate of the Belgian Royal Academy on Sciences, Literature and Arts in the discipline of Engineering. He received the 2000 Alcatel Award from the Belgian National Fund of Scientific Research for his innovative research in telecommunications, and won the DATE 2004 conference Best Paper Award. He served as elected member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Circuits And Systems (CAS) society, as appointed member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA), and as Chairman of the IEEE Benelux CAS Chapter. He served as the President of the IEEE Circuits And Systems (CAS) Society in 2005, and as the Chair of the IEEE Benelux Section in 2009-2010. He was elected DATE Fellow in 2007, and received the IEEE Computer Society Outstanding Contribution Award and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Meritorious Service Award in 2007. He received the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation recognition award in 2014, and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Mac Van Valkenburg career award in 2015. He is Fellow of the IEEE since 2002.