Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Chong-Min Kyung

Title:
Forging and Steering Academic R&D Efforts into Successful Startups
Organization:
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea

Closing the gap between different disciplines and different stages of engineering development is important in executing large-scale research project. Also, entrepreneurship is critical as a seed carrying over the technology accrued in one generation to the next one. Now, how can university professors successfully form and run high-impact research projects, i.e., stimulate young minds, produce good papers, and start and run good companies? How should one set up the research objective and evaluation measures, organize and stimulate research/support team, and secure and allocate the resources?

These are the questions we have tried to answer during the pursuit of a large-scale R&D project on the smart sensor systems development for the last 7+ years. During last three years we have launched over 30 research projects with most of them spun off as startups. We have learned from both successes and failures in various stages of the R&D and startup formation. Our R&DB (B for business) examples include low-energy structural health monitoring for large bridges and buildings, and single camera-based 3D scene capture for speed and accuracy.

Also we were faced with technical difficulty in accessing 3-D IC, vehicular, bio technology, either owing to business secrecy or different cultures. Often we were either too optimistic or unprepared in the aspect of understanding the market. For the failures we share in this talk the plausible reasons; for the successes we describe what happened.

  • Biography

    • Chong-Min Kyung received the B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Seoul National University in 1975, the M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from KAIST in 1977 and 1981, respectively. From April 1981 to January 1983, he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey as a postdoc. He joined KAIST in February 1983 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, where he is now Professor. He founded IDEC (IC Design Education Center) in 1995 to support IC design education in Korean universities nationwide. He was a visiting professor at the Univ. Karsruhe, Germany, from in 1989, as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo in 1985, Chuo University in 2005, at the Technical Univ. of Munich during in 1994, at Waseda University during 20032006, at the University of Auckland, New Zealand during 20052006. His interested research area includes SoC (System-on-a-Chip) design and verification methodology, microprocessor and DSP architectures for low-power and various multi-media embedded applications, 3-D cameras and smart sensor systems. He has published over 300 papers in the international conferences and journals in the SoC design, EDA algorithm, computer architecture and smart sensor systems. He received the Most Excellent Design Award, and Special Feature Award in the University Design Contest in the ASP-DAC 1997 and 1998, respectively. He received Best Paper/Design Awards in numerous international conferences including ASP-DAC 1997 and 1998, DAC in 2000, ICSPAT in 1999, ICCD in 1999, and ISQED in 2014. He is a member of National Academy of Engineering Korea, and Korean Academy of Science and Technology, and IEEE fellow. In 2011 he founded and currently leads a number of core projects including 3-D camera systems, air and water pollution monitoring systems, open-platform event logging systems as Director the Center for Integrated Smart Sensors (CISS), a Global Frontier Project supported for 9 years by Korean Government.

Mohamad Sawan

Title:
Trends Shaping Opportunities for Neurodegenerative Diseases Treatment
Organization:
Polystim Neurotech Lab., Polytechnique Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Characterized by processes dysfunctions of central nervous system, nowadays neurodegenerative diseases affect an increasing number of patients. Located at the level of neural cells or interactions between them, these diseases can be Parkinson, Alzheimer, Huntington, Epilepsy, Vision, etc. Some of these diseases still not fully understood, others are not efficiently treated.  The first line of treatment is the use of dedicated drugs, some diseases are treated with surgery, however little patients are not drug resistant and the success rate of surgery, when applicable, remains very modest.  Evolving biomedical circuits and systems fields in coordination with expertise’s from various pure and medical sciences are promising alternatives to study neural activities underlying cognitive functions and pathologies, and eventually to recover lost neural vital functions. This talk covers circuit and microsystem techniques dealing with multidimensional design challenges such as microsystem architectures, power management, wireless communication, reliable harvesting energy methods, tissue interfaces, etc. Signal and ion sensing and processing techniques will be discussed. Case studies of intracortical neurorecording and microstimulation to recover vision for the blinds, and epileptic seizure foci localization and subsequent detection and abortion, as well as deep-learning based prediction of seizures will be reported.

  • Biography

    • Mohamad Sawan is currently a Professor of microelectronics and biomedical engineering. He was awarded a Canada Research Chair (20012015), he is leading the Microsystems Strategic Alliance of Quebec (ReSMiQ) and is founder of the Polystim Neurotech. Laboratory. He is cofounder and Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, and he is Editor and Associate Editor, and member of the board of several international Journals. He is founder and cofounder of several international conferences such as the IEEE NEWCAS, ICECS, and BioCAS. He is also founder and chair of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Montreal Chapter. He published more than 700 peer reviewed papers, two books, 10 book chapters, and 12 patents. Dr. Sawan received several awards, among them the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Bombardier Award for technology transfer, the Jacques-Rousseau Award for achieved results in multidisciplinary research activities, the medal of merit from the President of Lebanon for his outstanding contributions, and the Barbara Turnbull Award for spinal-cord research in Canada. He is Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and Officer of the Quebec’s National Order.

Yuichi Nakamura

Title:
Social Value Creation Accelerated by Circuits and Systems Technologies
Organization:
NEC Corporation, Japan

Because of increasing urban population, various social problems would be occurred in various areas, for example, crimes, luck of resources, broken of infrastructure. In the cases, an integration of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) by using “Circuits and Systems technologies” is one of the good methods to solve such the problems. For example, we NEC obtain the NO.1 position in 3 biometrics applications, iris, face, and finger point recognition by using “Circuits and Systems technologies” like as signal processing, circuit design, parallel computing, neural network and etc. In this talk, the latest use cases to solve the various social problems are introduced. In addition, requests from real social problem to “Circuits and Systems technologies” is presented. Biography

  • Biography

    • Yuichi Nakamura received his B.E. degree in information engineering and M.E. degree in electrical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1986 and 1988, respectively. He received his PhD. from the Graduate School of Information, Production and Systems, Waseda University, in 2007. He joined NEC Corp. in 1988 and he is currently a vice president at R&D, NEC Corp. He is also a guest professor of National Institute of Informatics. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in digital and analog circuit design, electronic design automation, and signal processing.

Sharon Peng

Title:
Artificial Intelligence and Its Applications in Consumer Electronics
Organization:
Lifestyle Audio USA / Harman – A Samsung Company

With the technology advancement and accessibility, consumer electronics industry has evolved from mostly passive electronic products to more intelligent and user experience driven smart devices and systems in the last few years. During this evolution, high performance semiconductor devices, microcontroller and processors, high speed internet and cloud computing technologies enabled rapid development and implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, such as patent recognition algorithms, real time audio/video processing, neural networks and deep learning, robotics and machine learning, etc. These AI technologies are naturally playing important role in developing next generation user centric and friendly consumer electronics products and ecosystems. In this endeavor, it is possibly going through three basic phases: Isolated and limited smart functions on fixed hardware devices; Interoperable system of sub-systems and devices; fully connected and autonomous artificial intelligent systems. In this talk, we will first review the latest AI technology applications in various consumer electronic devices. Then, with audio technology application as an example, we will discuss smart audio applications via hardware and software architecture and system development perspective. Furthermore, we will dive into the machine learning algorithms that could be exploited and developed to improve sound quality, adapt to user experience, and personalize to individual’s behavior and needs. Finally, the talk will conclude with how the AI technologies and applications could fundamentally subversion the traditional hardware driven industry and lead to more user habits and expectation driven ecosystem.

  • Biography

    • Dr. Sharon Peng has been working in the consumer electronics industry for more than 25 years with experiences in leading audio and video technology research, design, and engineering on various consumer products. She has worked for Philips Research Laboratories, Harman International (now a Samsung Company), and served at various technical and managerial positions including senior research staff, principal audio/video system architect, and director of R&D center and product engineering. Her expertise and experience include audio and video system architectures and advanced algorithms, audio or video codec and feature enhancement methods, display processing, and home/portable/hearable consumer products design. Most recently, she leads an engineering team developing the latest virtual personal assistant consumer products using Machine Learning algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies.

      Dr. Peng received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Minnesota, USA. Dr. Peng has generated more than 25 U.S. patents. She is also a longtime volunteer in IEEE and has served as the President of IEEE Consumer Electronics Society from 2015 to 2018.