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GLSVLSI 2015, Pittsburgh, PA, USA



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Krishnendu Chakrabarty


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Duke University

Box 90291, 130 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708



Wednesday, May 20th:
Digital Microfluidic Biochips: Towards Functional Diversity, More than Moore, and Cyberphysical Integration

Advances in droplet-based “digital” microfluidics have led to the emergence of biochip devices for automating laboratory procedures in biochemistry and molecular biology. These devices enable the precise control of nanoliter-volume droplets of biochemical samples and reagents. Therefore, integrated circuit (IC) technology can be used to transport and transport “chemical payload” in the form of micro/nanofluidic droplets. As a result, non-traditional biomedical applications and markets (e.g., high-throughout DNA sequencing, portable and point-of-care clinical diagnostics, protein crystallization for drug discovery), and fundamentally new uses are opening up for ICs and systems.
However, continued growth depends on advances in chip integration and design-automation tools. Design automation is needed to ensure that biochips are as versatile as the macro-labs that they are intended to replace, and researchers can thereby envision an automated design flow for biochips, in the same way as design automation revolutionized IC design in the 80s and 90s.

This talk will first provide an overview of market drivers such as immunoassays, DNA sequencing, clinical chemistry, etc., and electrowetting-based digital microfludic biochips. The audience will next learn about design automation, design-for-testability, and reconfiguration aspects of digital microfluidic biochips. Synthesis tools will be described to map assay protocols from the lab bench to a droplet-based microfluidic platform and generate an optimized schedule of bioassay operations, the binding of assay operations to functional units, and the layout and droplet-flow paths for the biochip. The role of the digital microfluidic platform as a “programmable and reconfigurable processor” for biochemical applications will be highlighted. Finally, the speaker will demonstrate dynamic adaptation of bioassays through cyberphysical system integration and sensor-driven on-chip error recovery.



Sani Nassif

Radyalis, LLC
7000 North Mopac Expressway, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78731


Thursday, May 21st:
From Spice to Cancer

The human race has invested over 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 daily lives. One of the important products of this huge investment was the development of sophisticated design optimization and simulation tools to allow for the largely automated design and verification of integrated circuits. Sometimes we in the VLSI community do not realize quite how advanced we are in this field, and just how applicable much of the Silicon R&D work is to other areas... This talk will introduce one such area, namely that of Proton Radiation Cancer Therapy, where the team at Radyalis, working with researchers at a number of Cancer Research centers, have been busy applying knowledge from the VLSI area to this important health problem. I will show examples of how techniques from the Silicon area were applied, and hopefully motivate other VLSI researchers to seek applications of their own deep knowledge in adjacent fields.



Erik Brunvand


Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Utah

50 S. Central Campus Dr., Rm MEB 3190

Salt Lake City, Utah 84112


Gala Dinner Keynote:
Computational Thinking Meets Design Thinking:
Technology and Arts Collaborations

Are fine arts and technology compatible partners? Do these disciplines support each other or flinch when they are combined like oil  and water? Do collaborative efforts provide interesting insights and opportunities for students? For practitioners? There seems to be an explosion of interest in exploring arts and technology connections: new media, digital media, kinetic art, new frontiers, emergent media,
interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary are only some of the terms used to describe this fusion of disciplines. A visit to the SIGGRAPH art gallery or the SIGCHI Interactivity sessions, for example, will showcase a wide variety of uses of computing, embedded control, sensors, and actuators in the service of art. Kinetic art using embedded control is a marriage of art and technology. Artistic sensibility and creativity are required for concept and planning, and computer science and engineering skills are required to realize the artistic vision. However, these different skills are often taught in extremely different parts of a university campus.

In this talk I will start with some thoughts on the nature of combining arts and technology, and show some historical and contemporary examples specifically relating to kinetic art. I will then describe an ongoing collaborative course that involves Computer Science and Art students working together to design and create computer-controlled kinetic art. Students in the course explore interfacing of embedded computer systems with sensors and actuators of all sorts. They also explore physical and  conceptual aspects of machine-making as a fine-art sculpture process. Our goal is to enhance the educational experience of both groups of students. We believe that both student groups gain significant and unusual benefits that they can apply in a variety of ways in their respective disciplines.




Andrew Schwartz

University of Pittsburgh
E1440 BSTWR, 200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2536



Friday, May 22nd:
Recent Advances in Brain-controlled Prosthetics for

Neurons encode many parameters simultaneously, but the encoding fidelity at the level of individual neurons is weak. In contrast, with a better understanding of neural population function we can now decode complex arm and hand movement. We have developed a simple extraction algorithm to capture arm movement data and shown that a paralyzed patient who cannot move any part of her body below her neck can control a high-performance “modular prosthetic limb” using 10 degrees-of-freedom simultaneously. The control of this artificial limb is intuitive, with coordinated, graceful motion, closely resembling natural arm and hand movement.



Technical Program

  Tuesday 5/19/2015
19:00 Welcome Reception
  Wednesday 5/20/2015
  Session A Session B
8:30 Registration / Welcome 
9:00 Opening & Keynote  I
10:30 Coffee Break
  Reliability, Resiliency, Robustness I CAD for New Technologies
Session Chair:   
10:45 7 (L)   26 (L)  
11:15 120 (L)   131 (L)  
11:45 27 (S)   157 (S)  
12:00 39 (S)   12 (S)  
12:15 Lunch
  Best Paper Session
13:30 5 (L)  
14:00 76 (L)  
14:30 16 (L)        
15:00 68 (L)  
15:30 Coffee Break
15:45 Poster Session 1
54     6    
  63     140    
  70     20    
  132     45    
  2     136    
  Energy Efficient Systems Interconnects and NoCs
16:15 65 (L)   107 (L)  
16:45 103 (L)   100 (L)  
17:15 145 (S)        
19:00 Gala Dinner
  Thursday 5/21/2015
  Session A Session B
9:00 Keynote II
10:00 Coffee Break
  Reliability, Resiliency, Robustness II VLSI Design 
10:30 154 (L)   1 (L)  
11:00 93 (L)   11 (L)  
11:30 124 (S)   112 (S)  
11:45 Lunch
  Special Session 1 Special Session 2
Neuromorphic Computing based on Resistive Devices Bio/brain-inspired Circuits and Systems
13:00     On-chip Sparse Learning with Resistive Cross-Point Array Architecture      
    Yu Cao, Arizona State University      
14:15 Coffee Break
14:30 Poster Session 2
35     60    
53     137    
13     83    
52     116    
  Emerging Technologies CAD and Circuits I
15:30 159 (L)   127 (L)  
16:00 4 (L)   105 (L)  
16:30 55 (S)   43 (S)  
16:45 113 (S)   142 (S)  
17:00 118 (S)   57 (S)  
  Friday 5/22/2015
9:00   Keynote III
10:00 Coffee Break
  Special Session 3 Special Session 4
Bio Design Automation Emerging Computing Paradigm for Error-Tolerant Applications: 
  Approximate Computing and Stochastic Computing
10:15     On-chip Sparse Learning with Resistive Cross-Point Array Architecture      
      Yu Cao, Arizona State University      
11:15 Coffee Break
Session A Session B
  CAD and Circuits II Power and Temperature-Aware Design
11:30 94 (L)   175 (S)  
11:45       69 (S)  
12:00 133 (L)   110 (S)  
12:15       32 (S)  
12:30 51 (S)   171 (S)  
12:45     Closing Session       
    (Lunch boxes to be provided)      


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