PhD Gold & Young Professionals

The YP (Young Professionals) special session aims at bringing together a panel of distinguish professionals, in the area of circuits and systems, and an attendance of young professionals and PhD students. The knowledge and expertise in Circuits, Systems, Signals, Modeling, Analysis, and Design can have a decisive impact on important issues such as Sustainable Energy, Bio-Health, Green Information Technology, Nano-Technology, and Scalable Information Technology Systems in the future. The invited speakers will share their thoughts and experience on building a professional career in the area of circuits and systems, by highlighting challenges and also by anticipating future opportunities.

Session Co-Chair/Organizers

» Nuno Horta, IT, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
» Martin di Federico, Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina


Invited Speakers

Franco MalobertiFranco Maloberti received the Laurea Degree in Physics and the Dr. Honoris Causa degree in Electronics from Inaoe, Puebla, Mexico. He was visiting Professor at ETH-PEL, Zurich in 1993 and at EPFL-LEG, Lausanne in 2004. He was TI/J. Kilby Chair Professor at the TAMU and Microelectronic Chair Professor at University of Texas at Dallas. Currently he is Professor at the University of Pavia, Italy and Honorary Professor, University of Macau, China SAR. He is the Chairman of the Academic Committee of the Microelectronics Key Lab. Macau, China. His research interests are in the area of the analog and mixed-signal IC, with particular focus to data converters. He has written more than 500 published papers, five books and holds 34 patents.
He is the President Elect of the IEEE CAS Society, he was VP Region 8 of IEEE CAS (1995-1997), Associate Editor of IEEE-TCAS-II, President of the IEEE Sensor Council (2002-2003), IEEE CAS BoG member (2003-2005), VP Publications IEEE CAS (2007-2008). He was DL IEEE SSC Society (2009-2010) and DL IEEE CAS Society (2006-2007; 2012-2013). He received the 1999 IEEE CAS Society Meritorious Service Award, the 2000 CAS Society Golden Jubilee Medal, and the IEEE Millenium Medal. He received the 1996 IEE Fleming Premium, the ESSCIRC 2007 Best Paper Award and the IEEJ Workshop 2007 and 2010 Best Paper Award. He received the IEEE CAS Society 2013 Mac Van Valkenburg Award. He is IEEE Fellow.

Zhihua WangZhihua Wang (M’99-SM’04) received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1983, 1985, and 1990, respectively.
In 1983, he joined the faculty at Tsinghua University, where he is a Full Professor since 1997 and Deputy Director of Institute of Microelectronics since 2000. From 1992 to 1993, he was a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1993 to 1994, he was a Visiting Researcher at KU Leuven, Belgium. His current research mainly focuses on CMOS RF IC and biomedical applications. His ongoing work includes RFID, PLL, low-power wireless transceivers, and smart clinic equipment with combination of leading edge CMOS RFIC and digital imaging processing techniques. He is co-authors of 10 books and book chapters, more than 90 paper in international Journals and over 300 papers in international Conferences. He is holding 58 Chinese patents and 4 US patent.
Prof. Wang has served as Deputy Chairman of Beijing Semiconductor Industries Association and ASIC Society of Chinese Institute of Communication, as well as Deputy Secretary General of Integrated Circuit Society in China Semiconductor Industries Association. He had been one of the chief scientists of the China Ministry of Science and Technology serves on the expert committee of the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (863 Program) in the area of information science and technologies from 2007 to 2011. He had been an official member of China Committee for the Union Radio-Scientifque Internationale (URSI) during 2000 to 2010. He was the chairman of IEEE Solid-State Circuit Society Beijing Chapter during 1999-2009. He served as a technologies program committee member of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) from 2005 to 2011. He has been a steering committee member of the IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuit Conference (A-SSCC) since 2005 and has served as the technical program chair for the 2013 A-SSCC. He served as a Guest Editor for IEEE JOURNAL OF SOLID-STATE CIRCUITS Special Issue in December 2006, December 2009 and November 2014. He was an associate editor of IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS — PART II: EXPRESS BRIEFS and he is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS.

José FrancaJosé Franca is a Professor at IST, currently Chairman and CEO of Portugal Ventures, Chairman of the Board of PME Investimentos, non-executive Director of PVCi (Portugal Venture Capital Initiative) and a member of CNEI (National Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation). He graduated in Electrical Engineering from IST and holds a Ph.D. from Imperial College. In 1985, he founded a research group at IST that, in little over 10 years, participated in 31 European projects, 4 of which as consortium leader, published 260 international publications, 6 research books, 8 chapters in international books, including the Wiley Encyclopaedia of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and 5 international patents. He was Member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Circuits & Systems Society (CAS), of the Executive Council of the European Circuits Society, of the Editorial Board of the Kluwer Journal of Analog Integrated Circuits, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions CAS.
In 1997 Dr. Franca co-founded Chipidea which, in 10 years, came to employ 320 engineers in 7 countries, had among its customers 20 of the 25 largest semiconductor companies in the world, was ranked in the Europe 500 consecutively between 2002 and 2006, and was world market leader from 2004. Chipidea is now owned by Synopsys (USA, NASDAQ), employs approximately 250 engineers in Portugal and a further 150 in other Chipidea engineering centres around the world.
Between Academia and global Entrepreneurship, he has received numerous awards and distinctions: IEEE Fellow, Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE, the Golden Jubilee Medal from the IEEE, 1st COTEC Innovation Award, Entrepreneur of the Year Award from INSEAD Alumni Portugal, Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Portugal, Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Macau, International Entrepreneur of the Year Award from EY Portugal, the University of Coimbra Award, the Aboim Sande Lemos “Portuguese Identity” Award, and the Industrial Pioneer Award from the IEEE CAS. He was State Secretary for Education and non-Executive Member of the Board of Banco Espírito Santo.

Ramesh HarjaniRamesh Harjani (S’87-M’89-SM’00-F05) is the Edgar F. Johnson Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He received the Ph.D. degree from Carnegie Mellon University, in 1989, the M.S. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, in 1984, and the B.S. degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, in 1982 all in Electrical Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, he was with Mentor Graphics Corp. in San Jose, California. He co-founded Bermai, Inc, a startup company developing CMOS chips for wireless multimedia applications in 2001. He has been a visiting professor at Lucent Bell Labs, Allentown, PA and the Army Research Labs, Adelphi, MD. His research interests include analog/RF circuits for communications.
Dr. Harjani received the National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award in 1991 and Best Paper Awards at the 1987 IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference, the 1989 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design, and the 1998 GOMAC. His research group was the winner of the SRC Copper Design Challenge in 2000 and the winner of the SRC SiGe challenge in 2003. He was an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part II, 1995-1997, Guest Editors for the International Journal of High-Speed Electronics and Systems and for Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing in 2004 and a Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, 2009-2011. He was a Senior Editor for the IEEE Journal on Emerging & Selected Topics in Circuits & Systems (JETCAS), 2011-2013. He was the Technical Program Chair for the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference 2012-2013, the Chair of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society technical committee on Analog Signal Processing from 1999 to 2000 and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society for 2001-2002.

Georges G.E. GielenGeorges G.E. Gielen received the MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, in 1986 and 1990, respectively. He is full professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT). From August 2013 Georges Gielen is also appointed as vice-rector for the Group Science, Engineering and Technology and Academic Personnel of the KU Leuven.
His research interests are in the design of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, and especially in analog and mixed-signal CAD tools and design automation. He is coordinator or partner of several (industrial) research projects in this area, including several European projects. He has authored or coauthored 7 books and more than 450 papers in edited books, international journals and conference proceedings. He is Fellow of the IEEE since 2002.