IEDEC 2011 Program, March 16, 2011

Integrated Circuit Education and Design Domain in Korea

KR Cho - CBNU Prof. KR Cho
College of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Chungbuk National University, Korea

Integrated Circuit Design Education Center (IDEC) was founded in 1995 within the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) with the support of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE) and several of the major semiconductor industries. IDEC’s mission is to reinforce the national competitiveness in the non-memory IC domain whose industrial base is perceived to be relatively weak when compared with the more mature establishments. There are over 60 working groups and almost 400 highly qualified academics with design expertise at professorial level within the working groups providing a nationwide educational support in producing highly qualified chip designers. In this process the WGs provide support within the framework of CAD tools, MPW fabrication, educational material formulation and development, and open lectures by both local and internationally renowned industrial and academic experts. IDEC by analyzing the industry’s trends and needs has provided the essential human resources. Through the IDEC’s educational programs graduates gain significant amount of knowledge and experience and as the consequence have been employed in major companies, research institutes and the numerous start-up companies. IDEC will continue with its mission and will play a crucial role in producing high quality human resources in the fields of semiconductors and system design and integration.

About KR Cho

Kyoung-Rok Cho received the B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from Kyoungpook National University, Taegu, Korea in 1977, and M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Tokyo, Japan, in 1989 and 1992, respectively. From 1979 to 1986, he was with TV research center of LG Electronics in Korea. He is currently a professor in College of Electrical and Computer Eng. of Chungbuk National University, Korea. His research interests are in the field of the high-speed and low-power circuit design, SoC and platform design for the communication system, and prospective CMOS image sensors. For 3years from Dec. 2008, he is a director of WCU (World Class University) program at Chungbuk National University. He is expanding his research area to Memristor and Memristive system, and design of Multi-layer System-on-Systems. He has been a director of a regional center of IDEC(IC Design Education Center) in Korea covering Chungcheong provinces and Taejon city from Jan. 2010. He was received IEEK award of this year at Dec. 2004. In 1999 and 2006, he spent 2 years at Oregon State University, USA as a visiting scholar. He is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE), and The Institute of Electronics Engineers of Korea (IEEK)

A Powerful New Paradigm for Industry/University Cooperation: Producing Contemporary & Immediately Productive Graduates

Rich Goldman Rich Goldman
Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Strategic Alliances

Producing well-trained engineers who will work in the semiconductor industry poses unique challenges to existing educational systems worldwide. Unlike pure sciences like Physics, Chemistry or Biology where the curriculum hardly changes, semiconductor education is driven by Moore’s law. What university can hope to keep current to this pace? Doing so requires a unique cooperation between industry, university and even governments. This presentation details a unique and very successful university program implemented by Synopsys that produces graduates who are current and productive on day one on the job. The model has already been applied successfully in countries around the world, and the number of universities taking advantage of it is growing rapidly.

About Rich Goldman

Rich Goldman is the Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances for Synopsys and CEO of Synopsys Armenia, which was recently designated as a finalist for the ACE Award by the US Department of State. Rich holds BSCS from Syracuse University, MBA and MS Engineering Management from University of Dallas, and Honorary PhD from the State Engineering University of Armenia.

Building Electronic Circuits in the Classroom; Accessible, Engaging and Educational

Thomas Zimmerman Thomas G. Zimmerman
Member of the Research Staff & Master Inventor
IBM Research-Almaden

Automation tools have transformed much of electronic hardware design to programming and simulation. However traditional hardware design and prototyping using chips, wires and meters provides a great opportunity for hands-on education, especially in primary and secondary schools. While computer programming requires expensive resources and is often too abstract for many young students, building simple circuits from 555 timer circuits and op-amps has proven to be universally accessible, engaging and educational. In this talk I shall discuss my experience teaching electronic workshops in public schools, providing hands-on building and sensory engagement to pique student’s interest in carriers in engineering and science.

About Thomas G. Zimmerman

Thomas G. Zimmerman is a member of the research staff and Master Inventor exploring the frontiers of human-computer interaction at IBM Research-Almaden. His 30+ patents cover position tracking, user input, wireless communication, biometrics and encryption. He writes for Make Magazine, created the “Extreme Science Program” an NSF-funded hands-on after school program, was awarded California’s first Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009 for his work with minority high school students, and received his B.S. in Humanities and Engineering and M.S. in Media Science from MIT.

University and Industry Collaboration

James J Freeman James J Freeman
Professor of Electrical Engineering
San Jose State University

There are many ways for industry and Universities to collaborate for their mutual benefit. This presentation will elaborate on programs that have proven beneficial for Silicon Valley companies and the College of Engineering at San Jose state University. These programs include: Industry/Faculty/Student design and development projects, Industry sponsored Laboratory Development, short courses for industry designed and taught by University faculty, and specialized University design courses taught by industry.

About James J Freeman

Professor James Freeman has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering at San Jose State since 1982. During that time he has been Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department, Computer Engineering Department and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. He has worked with numerous companies in Silicon Valley on collaborative research, design projects, laboratory development and courses specifically designed for industry.

How Moore’s Law and the End of the Roadmap affect Engineering Education

Mike KeatingMike Keating
Fellow (retired)

As a result of 30 years of Moore’s law, today’s chips are enormously complex: billions of transistors, soon billions of gates. Designing these chips requires a new set of engineering skills. Similarly, the cost of fabs and chip design is leading to the consolidation of the semiconductor industry and fewer chips being designed. The focus for many engineering teams is starting to move from chip design to applications – required another set of engineering skills rarely required a decade ago. These two forces are driving a need for a new kinds of engineer – and a new kind of engineering education. This talk will explore what this new kind of engineering education might look like.

About Mike Keating

Mike Keating is a Synopsys Fellow(retired). He was with Synopsys for 14 years, focusing on IP development methodology, hardware and software design quality and low power design. His current research focuses on high level design and the challenges of designing extremely complex systems. Mike received his BSEE and MSEE from Stanford University, and has over 25 years experience in ASIC and system design. He is co-author of the Reuse Methodology Manual and the Low Power Methodology Manual. In 2007, ISQED gave Mike the Quality Award (IQ-Award) for contributions to quality in electronic design.

Altera’s University Program and FPGA Technology

David Mendel David Mendel
Principal Investigator, Office of the CTO

Altera’s University Program offers state-of-the-art FPGA boards for both teaching and research purposes. As an aid to professors, the Altera U.P. also provides a series of tutorials that are written especially for students, and sets of laboratory exercises (full solutions are available to professors under password protection) that are appropriate for use in university courses on digital logic, computer organization, and embedded systems. Donations of boards are provided to qualified universities, as is the Quartus II software and Altera I.P. This educational material has been adopted for use in teaching in more than 1,000 universities worldwide over the past 3 – 4 years, and is continuing to enhance the education of countless engineering and computer science students. FPGAs are amongst the world's largest and most complex integrated circuits, and they continue to be very early adopters of the latest process technology. The latter part of this talk will describe some of the driving applications and technology trends pushing FPGAs to 28 nm and smaller process nodes. We will also highlight how FPGA architecture is evolving, as exemplified by Altera's Stratix V FPGAs

About David Mendel

David Mendel is a Principal Investigator in the office of the CTO at Altera, studying next generation high-speed protocols and their implications for FPGAs. Prior to this role he was a Senior Director in Altera Software and IP, responsible for the synthesis, infrastructure, static timing analysis and device features teams. He led the software development team that worked with IC Design in developing several of Altera’s flagship architectures, as well as the production software teams that developed the MAX+Plus II and Quartus compiler support. As an engineer he worked on multi-part partitioning, place-and-route, and architecture development. David is the author of 44 patents on FPGA technology.

Education and Learning – the Old and the New

Ellen Tam Ellen Tam
Group Director, Strategic program and initiative
Cadence Design Systems

This talk outlines how design engineers’ learning processes and approaches are evolving, what was done in the past and what is being done today, the global approach to educating customers and academia, different learning environments and methods that accommodate today’s learning style.

About Ellen Tam

Ellen Tam is the Group Director of Strategic Programs and Initiatives at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Tam has held various positions in application engineering, customer hotline support, services, and business operations. Currently Ms. Tam is focused on strategic programs and initiatives for developing new education programs. She has experience in various areas such as customer-facing support, consulting services, organizational management, customer education, internal development and process, and infrastructure. She has also been involved in projects affecting global operations, especially in the emerging markets. Before joining Cadence, Ms. Tam worked at the first semiconductor company in Hong Kong. She received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa.

E-learning Interaction Design

Ray Cole Ray Cole
Senior Instructional Designer Global Learning and Development
Lam Research Corporation

E-learning is a significant part of the training mix offered to employees in many organizations, yet it is often produced by subject-matter experts who have no expertise in instructional design. Because of this, e-learning frequently takes the form of dense, text-heavy slides read by a voice-over narrator. After this “data dump,” the course may ask the learner to answer a few multiple choice questions at the end. What’s missing is any kind of meaningful interactivity that could engage the learner. This session will encourage you to think differently about e-learning, thinking in terms of learning interactions instead of content presentation. You will learn about simple interactions that you can use as fundamental e-learning building blocks, and some design considerations to keep in mind when creating your own interactions. The interactions demonstrated in this session do not require any special tools; they can all be built simply in PowerPoint.

About Ray Cole

Ray Cole holds a B.A. in Computer Science and an M.A. in Education, Instructional Technologies. His first industry job was as a FORTRAN programmer in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) group at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Later, he spent over a decade as a software engineer at NCR Corporation. Active for several years with The Film Music Society, he was that organization’s first web designer and webmaster. He has also developed web applications as a member of the IT department at the telecommunications startup AirFiber, and spent a year or so as their corporate webmaster. First for NCR Corporation’s NCR University, and subsequently for some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier instructional design firms, he has designed and written online and classroom courses for many corporate clients, focusing primarily on the manufacturing, computing, and biotech industries. His client list includes Amgen, Corning Display Technologies, Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Symantec, and Yahoo!, among others. Since 2007, he has taught graduate classes for San Francisco State University’s masters program in Instructional Technologies. Ray currently holds the position of Senior Instructional Designer in Lam Research Corporation’s Global Learning and Development group.

Developing an On-Line Course for the Mobile User with a Social Networking Interface

Diane Jones Diane Jones
NPS Center for Educational Design, Development and Distribution
Naval Postgraduate School

This talk, by Diane Jones and Prof. Roberto Cristi, explores how an online course on Applied Digital Signal Processing has been developed to be offered to a wide audience within the Department of Defense. In particular the students are scattered all over the United States and some also deployed in Afghanistan. It is currently offered as part of the Under Sea Warfare (USW) certificate at the Naval Postgraduate School. The course has been redeveloped to be accessible from mobile platforms, such as the iPad, iPhone and the Android. Particular features of the mobile version are an easy interface which allow the student not only to conveniently follow the course on one of these popular devices, but also to easily interact with the teacher or the other students in real time via a Social Media Network such as DisqUS and or Facebook. The basic idea is that the ability of the student to conveniently interact with any other user anywhere anytime through the same screen would provide a way to ask questions, get comments, and contact other users in real time through the same interface.

About Diane Jones

Diane Jones is a Senior Web Designer with the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Design, Development, and Distribution (CED3). She has expertise in the development of educational media for the web, including mobile website development, interactive animations, video/audio production and graphic design. Before coming to NPS, she worked in the field of architecture and design, and is a California state licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.


About Roberto Cristi

Roberto Cristi is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where he has been since 1985. He is active in various areas such as Digital Signal Processing, Control Systems and Wireless Communications by doing research and teaching advanced courses. One of his current interests is online education and delivery of educational material, as well as Distance Learning Manager for the ECE Department.

Adding Games and Competitions to the Classroom

Kenny Spade Kenny Spade
Academic Developer Evangelist

With the page at which technology moves, it is difficult to stay relevant and keep up to date. By augmenting courses with new technologies and taking advantage of studies showing the myriad of benefits resulting from the inclusion of games and competitions to your curriculum, student enrollment and retention can be increased dramatically, and the quality of education students receive greatly improved. In this session, we’ll take a look at an example of teaching using games, and examine how competitions can improve demand for students in the industry through skills gained and external validation of the their work.

About Kenny Spade

As Microsoft's Academic Developer Evangelist for Northern California, Kenny Spade works to get students interested in technology through campus events and student engagement. He has one of the few jobs where hosting Halo tournaments on campus is part of a regular planning meeting with his team. He is also a Windows Phone Champ, a role which has kept him busy playing with phones and writing games to show how easy development can be. His hobbies include digital photography, free diving, game development, and writing applications to solve simple problems in complex ways.

Knowledge sharing and mentoring platforms to create new leaders and innovators in electronic design

Ravishankar Gundlapalli Ravishankar Gundlapalli
Parjanya Inc.

Technology has advanced rapidly over the past twenty years, changing the way we live, work, learn and collaborate with each other. Excellent sources of knowledge and expertise from around the world, are now available and accessible on-demand. In this talk, we will discuss how we can leverage these trends and build collaborative social networks for effective knowledge sharing, mentoring and inspiration, to develop new leaders and innovators in electronic design.

About Ravishankar Gundlapalli

Dr. Ravishankar Gundlapalli (“Ravi”) is the Founder and CEO of Parjanya Inc., a Silicon Valley start-up building a social platform for individuals to drive their professional growth. Ravi is passionate about mentoring entrepreneurs, students and working professionals, and has been invited to speak at career related conferences in India and USA. His work has been covered in a Harvard Business Review article titled “Wanted: Entrepreneurs Who Can Ignite 550 Million Young Indian Minds.” Ravi was also a contributing stakeholder and technology consultant for a June 2010 research report on ‘Collaborative Workforce Development in Silicon Valley” by Silicon Valley Joint Venture Network. Before founding Parjanya, Ravi served as the CEO and Chief Mentor of Turning Point Academy, when he developed innovative solutions for mentoring high school and college students, in USA and India. Prior to that, Ravi worked as a Supply Chain Management professional in Automotive, High Technology and Aerospace industries for over 12 years, serving customers like Boeing, Raytheon, Hitachi GST, Cypress and General Motors. Ravi looks at his current work at Parjanya as a way to ‘optimize the global talent supply chain’ and help millions of people realize their aspirations, through access to knowledge and mentorship. Ravi received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, M.S.E. in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton and B. Tech. in Naval Architecture from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.