Students and Post-Docs Receive CAD Contest Prize

ECE students Mehmet Isgenc and Joe Sweeney with post-docs Mayler Martins and Sam Pagliarini won first place at the International Conference in Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) CAD contest. The team, under the guidance of ECE professor Larry Pileggi, took first place in Problem C: Pattern Classification for Integrated Circuit Design Space Analysis, with a $5000 prize. The 2016 CAD Contest at ICCAD is a challenging, multi-month, research and development competition, focused on advanced, real-world problems in the field of Electronic Design Automation. Multi-person teams from across the world compete in the contest.

Tom Jackson and Vehbi Calayir receive award at SONIC

Tom Jackson and Vehbi Calayir received the John Bardeen Award at the StarNET SONIC review for their collaborative project with researchers at Stanford: “A Cellular Neural Network using CMOS Neurons and RRAM/PCM Synapses.” The group of Thomas Jackson, Vehbi Calayir, S. Burc Eryilmaz, Joon Sohn, Zizhen Jiang, Clare Chen, Ethan Ahn, under the direction of Professors H.-S. Philip Wong and Larry Pileggi, designed and fabricated a Cellular Neural Network chip in 65nm CMOS with deposition of RRAM at Stanford for integration of artificial synapses.

Pileggi Receives ACM/IEEE Impact Award

Tanoto Professor of ECE Larry Pileggi has received the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation for his paper, “PRIMA: Passive Reduced-Order Interconnect Macromodeling Algorithm.” The award, presented by the ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation, honors a person or persons for outstanding technical contribution within the scope of electronic design automation, as evidence by a paper published at least 10 years before the award’s presentation. The award is based on the impact of the contribution.

For Pileggi and co-authors Altan Odabasioglu and Mustafa Celik, that impact came from their PRIMA algorithm, which created simplified interconnect macromodels via dominant pole/zero methods. Since the paper was published in IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits in 1998, it has been cited more than 1,100 times, and the software tool Pileggi’s group developed based on the algorithm has been licensed by more than 10 companies. The work has also become the foundation of many new research directions that have spurred at least six “best paper” awards in the last nine years.

The ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation honors A. Richard Newton, a design automation luminary in academia and industry. Pileggi and his co-authors will accept the award at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Design Automation Conference on Tuesday, June 5, in San Francisco.