Colloquium Series

Once every week while school is in session, EECS invites a distinguished researcher or practitioner in a computer science or electrical and computer engineering-related field to present their ideas and/or work. Talks are generally targeted to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate students. This colloquium series is free and open to everyone.

Upcoming Colloquia

Refinement of Web Software Motivated by Real-World Patterns

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 8:45am - 10:00am
KEC 1007
Gregor Richards
PhD candidate
Secure Software Systems Lab
Purdue University

JavaScript is a highly popular, dynamic programming language. Although originally designed for small scripts, the scale of software written in JavaScript has grown, and with large-scale web applications has come demand for better analysis and software engineering tools. The tools, however, are frequently stifled by JavaScript's dynamicity. Reigning in JavaScript's more dynamic and inscrutable features yields maintainable, understandable code, which is then suitable for more powerful analyses. This talk discusses the Dynamics of JavaScript (DynJS) project, which has (1) studied how real-world programmers use JavaScript, (2) addressed the impact of these uses on analysis, and (3) produced tools and gradual typing extensions to JavaScript which allow dynamic code to be gradually made more maintainable, understandable and analyzable. In particular, tools for performance measurement and the elimination of "eval" will be discussed, as well as the LikeScript language, which extends JavaScript to add gradual (and optional) type annotations, allowing programmers to document their intent while retaining compatibility with existing client code.

Speaker Biography: 

Gregor Richards is a PhD candidate at Purdue University's Secure Software Systems lab. His work focuses on creating tools to study how programming languages are used "in the wild" and rectify problems found there. He aims to strike a balance between the pragmatism of highly dynamic languages and the reliability of static ones. He is additionally interested in the development of system software, in particular virtual machines. When not studying software, he plays the accordion. These activities infrequently overlap.

Surviving and Thriving Change

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
KEC 1001
Douglas W. Fisher
Vice President
General Manager, Software and Services Group
Intel Corporation

Technology is evolving at an unprecedented rate: from new wearable devices to always available cloud services to smart, efficient datacenters. Preparing for this dynamic environment means students must ensure they develop a diverse set of skills, build a strong network and embrace change, or better yet, drive it. Join Doug Fisher, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Intel Software and Services Group for an open discussion on technology and leadership

Speaker Biography: 

Douglas W. Fisher is corporate vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group for Intel Corporation. He is responsible for worldwide software, services and software R&D at Intel. Fisher is currently chairman of the board of the Linux Foundation and a member of the internal board for Wind River Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation. Previously, he served as corporate vice president and general manager of the System Software Division, which reported into the Software and Services Group.

Fisher holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University and a master's degree in management from Stanford University.

An Innovative Approach to Fast, Affordable, Custom Silicon

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 4:00pm - 4:50pm
KEC 1001
Jim Kemerling and Darrell Teegarden
Triad Semiconductor, Founder, CTO, Executive VP (Jim Kemerling)
Mentor Graphics, Business Unit Director, System Modeling & Analysis (Darrell Teegarden)

Triad Semiconductor is changing the way that engineers design mixed-signal ASICs. Triad uses new technology that combines silicon-proven analog and digital resources onto ASIC die that can then be configured with a single mask layer into a unique customer IC.  ViaDesigner™ is a new EDA tool that enables system-level engineers who have no IC design experience to design their own mixed-signal ViaASICs. This new approach to IC design is built on Mentor Graphics Corporation’s comprehensive system-level design tool called SystemVision® and Triad’s intelligent ViaASIC™ library wizards.  This approach to ASIC design reduces development cost, development time, and is easier and less risky than traditional full-custom IC design. 

Speaker Biography: 

Jim Kemerling

Over 25 years of experience in integrated circuit and system-level design. Prior to founding Triad, worked with MX-COM, Aritech, GE/Ericsson, Lynch Communication Systems, and Rockwell International in the development of full custom analog/digital ICs. Jim holds a BSEE from SDSU and a MSEE from the University of Nevada.

Darrell Teegarden

Over 30 years of experience in modeling and analysis tool development, particularly with analog/mixed-signal hardware description languages. Co-author of the book, The System Designer’s Guide to VHDL-AMS : Analog, Mixed-Signal, and Mixed-Technology Modeling. He received a BS in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

ASU Connection One Center on Analog/RF and Power Management IC

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 4:00pm - 4:50pm
KEC 1001
Sayfe Kiaei
School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering
Arizona State University

The first part of this presentation will give a brief overview of research at Connection One on RF, Analog and PMIC. This will be followed by a presentation on Digital Linear Drop-out Regulators and the development of Power Management IC. The development of multi-core highly integrated systems-on-a-chip has created the need for small, fully integrated voltage regulators that operate on a per-core basis. In order to maximize efficiency, most SOC's apply dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS) on each block of the system to adjust the power based on performance demands. Analog regulators are poorly suited to this task as they are difficult to integrate on sub-micron processes, consume more power, and require precision external capacitors to ensure stability. The development of Digital LDO regulators is intended to address these drawbacks of analog regulators.

Speaker Biography: 

Dr. Sayfe Kiaei is has been with ASU since January 2001. He is a Professor and the Director of the Connection One Center (NSF I/UCRC Center), and Motorola Chair in Analog and RF Integrated Circuits. From 1993 to 2001, he was a Senior Member of Technical Staff with the Wireless Technology Center and Broadband Operations at Motorola where he was responsible for the development of RF & Transceiver Integrated Circuits, GPS RF IC, and Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) transceivers. Before joining Motorola, Dr. Kiaei was a Professor at Oregon State University from 1987-1993 where he taught courses and performed research in digital communications, VLSI system design, advanced CMOS IC design, and wireless systems. Dr. has published more than 200 journal and conference papers and holds several patents. Dr. Kiaei is an IEEE Fellow and a member of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, IEEE Solid State Circuits Society, and IEEE Communication Society. Dr. Kiaei has been organizer, on the technical program committee and/or chair of many conferences, including: RFIC, MTT, ISCAS, and other international conferences.

Past Colloquia

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 8:45am - 10:00am
Abhishek Jain
Postdoctoral Researcher
Cryptography and Information Security Group
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:45am - 10:00am
Lizhong Chen
University of Southern California
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 8:45am - 10:00am
Jay McCarthy
Assistant Professor
Computer Science Department
Brigham Young University
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:45am - 10:00am
Jinsub Kim
Postdoctoral Associate
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Cornell University
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:45am - 10:00am
Khalid Elgazzar
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Computing
Queen's University
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:45am - 10:00am
Scott Sanner
NICTA and the Australian National University
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 8:45am - 9:45am
Wesley Willett
Post-Doctoral Researcher
AVIZ group