Prof. John Choma commemorative sessions


John Choma

These sessions honor the memory of our colleague and CASS past President Dr. John Choma.
They will be held in the Main Auditorium, Monday May 25, 2015 (Afternoon) and bring together a group of prominent researchers centered on topics where Prof. Choma has contributed so much.



John Choma Commemorative Special Session 1:
Reconfigurable and Adaptive Analog, Mixed-Signal, and Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits

Session Chair: David Allstot

David AllstotDavid J. Allstot received the B.S. (1969), M.S. (1974), and Ph.D. (1979) degrees from the Univ. of Portland, Oregon State Univ. and the Univ. of California at Berkeley, respectively. He has held several industrial and academic positions. He was a Professor of Electrical Enginering at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2012. In 2000, he was appointed as the Boeing-Egtvedt Chair Professor of Engineering. He served as Acting Chair and Chair of Electrical Engineering from 2004 to 2007. He has advised more than 100 M.S. and Ph.D. graduates. He served as Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, General Co-Chair of the 2002 and 2008 IEEE Intl. Symp. on Circuits and Systems, and as the 2009 President of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Invited Speakers:

  1. Yannis Tsividis: Circuits with Adaptive Power Dissipation
    Yannis TsividisYannis P. Tsividis is Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Electrical Engineering. Starting with the first fully integrated MOS operational amplifier, which he demonstrated in 1976, he has done extensive work in analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits at the device, circuit, system, and computer simulation level. He and his students have been responsible for several contributions, ranging from precision device modeling and novel circuit building blocks to new techniques for analog and mixed-signal processing, self-correcting chips, switched-capacitor network theory, RF integrated circuits, mixed analog-digital VLSI computation and the creation of computer simulation programs. This work has resulted in several patents in several countries. He is the recipient of the 1984 IEEE W. R. G. Baker Prize Award for the best IEEE publication, the 1986 European Solid-State Circuits Conference Best Paper Award, and the 1998 and 2008 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Guillemin-Caure Best Paper Award. He is co-recipient of the 1987 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Darlington Best Paper Award and the 2003 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference L. Winner Outstanding Paper Award. He is a fellow of the IEEE, and received a Golden Jubilee Medal from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society in 2000. At Columbia, he has received the 1991 Great Teacher Award from the Alumni Association, the 1998 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award from the Engineering School Alumni Association, and the 2003 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. He received the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2005, and the IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award in 2007.
  2. Franco Maloberti: Adaptability and Configurability of Data Converters for Nano-meter Technologies
    Franco MalobertiFranco Maloberti received the Laurea degree in physics (summa cum laude) from the University of Parma, Parma, Italy, in 1968, and the Doctorate Honoris Causa in electronics from the Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica (Inaoe), Puebla, Mexico, in 1996. He was a Visiting Professor at The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-PEL), Zurich, Switzerland and at the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. He was the TI/J.Kilby Chair Professor at the A&M University, Texas and the Distinguished Microelectronic Chair Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. Presently he is Professor of Microelectronics and Head of the Micro Integrated Systems Group, University of Pavia, Italy. His professional expertise is in the design, analysis, and characterization of integrated circuits and analog digital applications, mainly in the areas of switched-capacitor circuits, data converters, interfaces for telecommunication and sensor systems, and CAD for analog and mixed A/D design. He has written more than 500 published papers on journals or conference proceedings, four books, and holds 34 patents. Dr. Maloberti was the recipient of the XII Pedriali Prize for his technical and scientific contributions to national industrial production, in 1992. He was co-recipient of the 1996 Institute of Electrical Engineers Fleming Premium, the best Paper award, ESSCIRC-2007, and the best paper award, IEEJ Analog Workshop-2007 and 2010. He was the President of the IEEE Sensor Council from 2002 to 2003 and Vice-President, Region 8, of the IEEE CAS Society from 1995 to 1997 and an Associate Editor of IEEE TCAS-II. He was serving as VP-Publications of the IEEE CAS Society 2007-2008. He was distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society 2009-2010 and distinguished lecturer of the Circuits and Systems Society 2012-2013. He received the 1999 IEEE CAS Society Meritorious Service Award, the 2000 CAS Society Golden Jubilee Medal, and the 2000 IEEE Millennium Medal. He received the IEEE CAS Society 2013 Mac Van Valkenburg Award. He is an IEEE Fellow. In 2009 he received the title of Honorary Professor of the University of Macau and he is currently the chairman of the Academic Committee of the Microelectronics Key-Lab of Macau. He is President elect of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.
  3. Edgar Sanchez-Sinencio: 150–650 MHz Low Distortion Inverter-based Adaptive Sine-wave Synthesizer
    Edgar Sanchez-SinencioResearch Interests: Design and implementation of mixed-signal processing circuits and systems; Power Management; Medical and Environmental Applications; RF Communication Circuits. Awards and Honors: IEEE Fellow (1992); Halliburton Professorship, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University (1993); IEEE Guillemin-Cauer Award (1995);
    Honoris Causa Doctorate awarded by the National Institute for Astrophysics, Optics, and Electronics (INAOE), Mexico, November (1995); Texas Senate Proclamation #373 for Outstanding Accomplishments; IEEE Darlington Award (1997); Texas Instruments Analog Engineering Chair Professor Holder, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University. (March 1999 – January 2002); William & Ruth Neely/ Dow Chemical Faculty Fellow (2000-2001) Engineering Program Texas A&M University; IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Golden Jubilee Medal Recipient (May 2000); Texas Instruments/ Jack Kilby Chair Professor Holder, College of Engineering, Texas A&M University (February 2002-Present); IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Technical Achievement Award (May 2008); Outstanding Professor Award (2011); IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Distinguished Lecturer (2012-2013). Education: Ph.D. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1974); M.S. Stanford University, Stanford California (1970); B.S. National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico (1965).
  4. Hossein Hashemi: Reconfigurable radio-frequency receivers
    Hossein HashemiHossein Hashemi received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronics engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA in 2001 and 2003, respectively. He received Caltech engineering and applied science division fellowship award in 1999, Walker von Brimer Foundation Outstanding Accomplishment Award in 2000, Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award in 2001, Intel Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award in 2002 and the Young Scholar Award from Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APISH) in 2003.
  5. Randy Geiger: On-Chip Thermal Management for Reliable Integrated Circuits
    Randy GeigerRandy Geiger received the BS degree in electrical engineering and the MS degree in mathematics from the University of Nebraska and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from Colorado State University. From 1977 to 1990 he was a faculty member in the Electrical Engineering Department at Texas A&M University and since 1991 he has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University where he currently holds the title Willard and Leitha Richardson Professor. He is a past president of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CAS), a past chair of the Transactions Committee of the IEEE Periodicals Council, and a past member of the IEEE Publications Board. He was the recipient of the IEEE Millennium Medal and the IEEE CAS Society Golden Jubilee Award, and is a Fellow of the IEEE.

John Choma Commemorative Special Session 2:
Ultra-Low-Power Integrated Circuits and Systems for Biomedical Implants

Session Chair: Hossein Hashemi

Hossein HashemiHossein Hashemi received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronics engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA in 2001 and 2003, respectively. He received Caltech engineering and applied science division fellowship award in 1999, Walker von Brimer Foundation Outstanding Accomplishment Award in 2000, Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award in 2001, Intel Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award in 2002 and the Young Scholar Award from Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APISH) in 2003.

Invited Speakers:

  1. Mohamad Sawan: Microsystems-based visual intracortical neuroprostheses
    Mohamad SawanProfessor Mohamad Sawan received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Université Laval, Quebec, Canada in 1984, the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees, both in electrical engineering, from Université de Sherbrooke, Canada, and post-doctorate from McGill University, Montréal, Canada. He joined Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal in 1991 where he is currently a Professor in Microelectronics and Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Sawan’s scientific interests are the design and test of mixed-signal (analog, digital and RF) circuits and systems, signal processing, modeling, design, integration, assembly and validation of sensing techniques, laboratory-on-chip devices including micro and nanotechnology processing. These topics are oriented toward the implantable medical devices and diagnostic tools. Dr. Sawan is an honorary professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University , China, and was four times a visiting scientist at University of Metz, France.
    Early in 2000, Dr. Sawan made headlines with what could be called his ”bionic vision.” He had invented an eye implant to enable completely blind people to gain or regain some sight. A leader in the development of intelligent medical devices, his research helps to alleviate the adverse effects of blindness, urological dysfunction, paralysis, deafness and other problems. The invention that has brought his work to the public’s attention is a visual cortical stimulator that operates using a tiny camera. The device is installed on a pair of glasses and transmits images to a controller in the wearer’s pocket. A device in the controller then transmits radio signals to a microstimulator implanted in the visual cortex of the brain, thus enabling a blind person to make out shapes.
    Dr. Sawan is a holder of a Canadian Research Chair (CRC) in Smart Medical Devices. As a CRC, Dr. Sawan’s studies all the processes involved in creating intelligent medical devices, from the design to the clinical trial stage. He also contributes to artificial legs control by an RF signal coming from an implantable ENG recording microsystem, and to bladder control (retention and voiding) in spinal-cord injured patient. Licenses of three of Dr. Sawan’s medical devices were awarded to local industries for the evaluation on humans. Dr. Sawan is Founder and Director of Polystim Neurotechnologies Laboratory, and The Microsystems Strategic Alliance of Quebec (ReSMiQ), a multi-university research center regrouping 10 main Universities in Quebec dealing with Microsystems activities. He is founder of the Eastern Canadian IEEE-Solid State Circuits Society Chapter, the International IEEE NEWCAS Conference. He is cofounder of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society, and the International IEEE conference on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (BiOCAS). Also, he is cofounder of the BiOCAS committee in the IEEE circuits and systems society, where he was elected president for 2 years. He is cofounder and associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on BiOCAS (TBCAS). Dr. Sawan was the IEEE Circuits and systems society representative in the International Biotechnology Council committee, and he is editor and guest editor of several prestigious scientific Journals.
    Dr. Sawan published more than 400 papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings, offered more than 60 invited talks/keynotes, and he was awarded 9 patents. Dr. Sawan has been elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada; the most prestigious honors aspired for by Canadian Engineering researchers, and Fellow of the IEEE; the most prestigious honor aspired for by world wide Electrical Engineers. Dr. Sawan has been recipient of the Medal of Honor from the President of Lebanon for outstanding achievements, the Bombardier Award for technology transfer, and the Barbara Turnbull award, one of the most prestigious awards in biomedical research in Canada.
  2. Ralph Etienne-Cummings: Real-time Compressive Sensing in Hardware: Maximizing Communication Channel Utility in Power Impoverished Environments
    Ralph Etienne-CummingsI received my B. Sc. in physics, 1988, from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. I completed my M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in December 1991 and 1994, respectively. I have served as Chairman of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Technical Committee on Sensory Systems and on Neural Systems and Application, and was re-elected as a member of CAS Board of Governors from 1/2007 – 1/2009. I was also the General Chair of the IEEE BioCAS Conference in 2008, and serves on its Steering Committee. I was also a member of Imagers, MEMS, Medical and Displays Technical Committee of the ISSCC Conference from 1999 – 2006. I also serve on numerous editorial boards and was recently appointed Deputy Editor in Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. I am the recipient of the NSF’s Career and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Awards. In 2006, I was named a Visiting African Fellow and a Fulbright Fellowship Grantee for his sabbatical at University of Cape Town, South Africa. I was invited to be a lecturer at the National Academies of Science Kavli Frontiers Program, held in November 2007. I won the 2010 JHU Applied Physics Lab R.W. Hart Prize for Best R&D Project in Development. I have also won publication awards, including the 2011 Best Paper Award for IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Circuits and Systems, 2003 Best Paper Award of the EURASIP Journal of Applied Signal Processing and “Best Ph.D. in a Nutshell” at the IEEE BioCAS 2008 Conference, and have been recognized for his activities in promoting the participation of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematic. In 2012, I was recognized as a “ScienceMaker”, as part of the HistoryMakers which is an African American history archive and was elected as an IEEE Fellow for contributions in “neuromorphic sensory-motor circuits and systems”.
  3. Wouter Serdijn: Power-efficient Neural Stimulator Circuits
    Wouter SerdijnWouter A. Serdijn (M’98, SM’08, F’11) was born in Zoetermeer (‘Sweet Lake City’), the Netherlands, in 1966. He received the M.Sc. (cum laude) and Ph.D. degrees from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, in 1989 and 1994, respectively. Currently, he is an associate professor at Delft University of Technology, where he heads the Section Bioelectronics.
    His research interests include low-voltage, ultra-low-power and ultra wideband integrated circuits and systems for biosignal conditioning and detection, neuroprosthetics, transcutaneous wireless communication, power management and energy harvesting as applied in, e.g., hearing instruments, cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implants, neurostimulators, portable, wearable, implantable and injectable medical devices and electroceuticals.
    He is co-editor and co-author of the books EMI-Resilient Amplifier Circuits (Springer 2013), Ultra Low-Power Biomedical Signal Processing: an analog wavelet filter approach for pacemakers (Springer, 2009), Circuits and Systems for Future Generations of Wireless Communications (Springer, 2009), Power Aware Architecting for data dominated applications (Springer, 2007), Adaptive Low-Power Circuits for Wireless Communications (Springer, 2006), Research Perspectives on Dynamic Translinear and Log-Domain Circuits (Kluwer, 2000), Dynamic Translinear and Log-Domain Circuits (Kluwer, 1998) and Low-Voltage Low-Power Analog Integrated Circuits (Kluwer, 1995). He authored and co-authored 8 book chapters, 2 patents and more than 300 scientific publications and presentations. He teaches Circuit Theory, Analog Signal Processing, Micropower Analog IC Design and Bioelectronics. He received the Electrical Engineering Best Teacher Award in 2001 and 2004.
    He has served, a.o., as General Co-Chair for IEEE BioCAS 2013, Technical Program Chair for IEEE BioCAS 2010 and as Technical Program Chair for IEEE ISCAS 2010, 2012 and 2014, as a member of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (2006—2011), as chair of the Analog Signal Processing Technical Committee of the IEEE Circuits and Systems society, as a member of the Steering Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (T-BioCAS) and as Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems—I: Regular Papers (2010—2011). He will be General Co-Chair for IEEE ISCAS 2015.
    Wouter A. Serdijn is an IEEE Fellow, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and a mentor of the IEEE.
  4. Herming Chiueh: Ultra-Low Power Mixed-Signal Processor for Epileptic Seizure Detection and Biomedical Applications
    Herming Chiueh
    Herming Chiueh received his B.S. degree in Electrophysics from National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (under the supervision of Prof. John Choma) in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
    From 1996 to 2002, he was with Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, Marina del Rey, CA, USA. He has participated in the VLSI effort on several large projects in USC/ISI, which includes the development of a 55-million transistor processing-in-memory (PIM) chip.
    From 2009 to 2015, he has given more than 30 invited talks regarding his recent research in “closed-loop epileptic seizure detection” and “low-power sigma-delta data converters” in conferences and workshops as well as difference campuses and research institutes. He was the co-recipient of ISSCC 2013 Distinguished-Technical-Paper Award and ISSCC 2013 Demonstration Session Certificate of Recognition to recognize his research in “closed-loop neural-prosthetic SoC.” He currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
    National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. His research interests include system-on-chip design methodology, low-power integrated circuits, neural interface circuits, and biomimetic systems.
    Dr. Chiueh served as Demonstrations Chair on 2012 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conferences (BIOCAS 2012,) Conference Secretariat on 2007 IEEE SOC Conference, and Finance Chair on 2007 IEEE International Workshop on Memory Technology, Design and Testing. He is member of Technical Committee on “Biomedical and Life Science Circuits and Systems” and “Nanoelectronics and Gigascale” in IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He also served as Education
    Affairs Officer in IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, Taipei Chapter in 2011. He was member of technical program committee and session chair in several conferences, such as ISCAS, MWSCAS, THERMINIC, APSCAS, THETA, and ICECS.
  5. Roman Genov: Implantable Wireless Closed-Loop Neurostimulators for the Treatment of Intractable Epilepsy
    Roman GenovRoman Genov received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, NY in 1996 and the M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD in 1998 and 2003 respectively.
    Dr. Genov held engineering positions at Atmel Corporation, Columbia, MD in 1995 and Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY in 1996. He was a visiting researcher in the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland in 1998 and in the Center for Biological and Computational Learning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA in 1999. He is presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada, where he is a member of Electronics Group and Biomedical Engineering Group and the Director of Intelligent Sensory Microsystems Laboratory.
    Dr. Genov’s research interests are primarily in analog integrated circuits and systems for energy-constrained biological, medical, and consumer sensory applications, such as implantable, wearable or disposable sensory microsystems, energy-efficient sensory signal processors and wireless sensors, including brain-chip interfaces, neuro-stimulators, image sensors, optical and electro-chemical DNA microarrays, and other biosensors.
    Dr. Genov is a co-recipient of Best Paper Award of IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, Best Student Paper Award of IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, Best Paper Award of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Sensory Systems Technical Committee, Brian L. Barge Award for Excellence in Microsystems Integration, MEMSCAP Microsystems Design Award, DALSA Corporation Award for Excellence in Microsystems Innovation, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research Next Generation Award. He was a Technical Program Co-chair at IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference. He was an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-II: Express Briefs and IEEE Signal Processing Letters. Currently he is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems and member of IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference International Program Committee serving in Imagers, MEMS, Medical, and Displays (IMMD) Subcommittee and in Demonstrations Subcommittee.

Keynote Talks


Keynote Talk The Future of Radios

By Behzad Razavi, University of California
Speaker Biography
Behzad Razavi Photo Behzad Razavi is Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles, where he conducts research on wireless, wireline, and high-speed analog circuits. He has received awards for his work at ISSCC, ESSCIRC, CICC, and VLSI Circuits Symposium. He has published 170 papers and seven books, and received the 2012 IEEE Donald Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits.

It is a cold morning. You get into your car and mutter, “Office.’’ While the car begins to navigate the road, you remember today is your spouse’s birthday, whip out your Iphone15, and order a gift, knowing that a drone will drop it off in the afternoon. Now you can catch up with the day’s news during the 30-minute drive to your office, watching videos streaming down from microsatellites up in the heavens. It is the year 2025. Isaac Asimov would have been proud.

Whether or not technology giants such as Google, Apple, and Amazon will bring this vision to reality, they and most other elements of our civilization will increasingly rely on wireless communication. This paper offers perspectives on how the radios in our wireless world will evolve and what challenges they will present to RF designers. Specifically, one can contend that the mobile terminal is likely to further widen its role in our lives and serve as a central command post. It will pay our bills, control our homes, direct our vehicles, communicate our vital signs, and possibly transmit our thoughts. One can also predict three trends in mobile terminal design: (1) the use of “universal radios,’’ radios that seamlessly accommodate many bands with minimal overhead and operate with higher data rates; (2) omission of off-chip filters through architecture innovations; and (3) greater emphasis on low power consumption. Examples of these concepts are presented.

Keynote Talk From Chips for the Living to Living Chips

By Ronald Dekker, Philips / Technical University of Delft
Speaker Biography
Ronald Dekker Ronald Dekker received his MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven and his PhD from the Technical University of Delft. He joined Philips Research in 1988 where he worked on the development of RF technologies for mobile communication. Since 2000 his focus shifted to the integration of complex electronic sensor functionality on the tip of the smallest minimal invasive instruments such as catheters and guide-wires. In 2007 he was appointed part time professor at the Technical University of Delft with a focus on Organ-on-Chip devices. He published in leading Journals and conferences and holds in excess of 50 patents.

Micro-fabricated devices are finding their way to the frontend of medical equipment, where they are the interface between body, or in general living tissue, and machine. They enable better and cheaper diagnostic equipment, they add ”eyes and ears” to minimally invasive instruments such as laparoscopic instruments and catheters, they allow for un-obtrusive monitoring of body functions, they add functionality to implants, and they enable the development of better and personalized medicines.

Despite their great promise it has been proven difficult to bring these devices out of the laboratory phase into production. One of the reasons is the lack of a suitable fabrication infrastructure. Much more than standard CMOS or MEMS devices, these medical devices rely on the processing of novel materials, especially polymers, in combination with advanced molding, micro-fluidics, and assembly technologies. At the same time these devices have to be fabricated under strict quality control conditions in a certified production environment.

In the recently granted ECSEL project “InForMed” a supply chain for the pilot fabrication of these medical devices is organized, which brings together key European technology partners in an integrated infrastructure linking research to pilot and high volume production. The pilot line is hosted by Philips Innovation Services, and open to third party users.

Keynote Talk Changing the Economics of Space: Small Spacecraft and COTS Electronics

By Luís Gomes, Surrey Satellite Technology Limited
Speaker Biography
Luís GomesLuis Gomes joined Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in 1997 after gaining his degree in Physics and working for a few years in the PoSAT-1 mission and in SAR raw data processing. He started as a Mission Analysis Engineer, being responsible for thermal design at SSTL until 2003. In the meantime he worked on the mission design and analysis of several missions, and run internal and external studies on the use of small satellites for a range of applications then being performed by large satellites. He also completed an MSc in Satellite Engineering, spending time doing research on the effects of spacecraft charging on small spacecraft. He was the system engineer and AIT lead for the Bilsat-1 mission, launched in 2003 and took over the Project Management of the DMC+4 mission at the end of that same year. That mission, launched in 2005, was at the time the most sophisticated SSTL EO mission. He was responsible for the later NigeriaSat-2 programme, running the project until 2008, when he took over the responsibility for the EO business line at SSTL. In that role, he started and guided the development of the S1 high resolution platform, that later led to the DMC3 constellation, and following on from a long standing interest in SAR, he started the NovaSAR project, securing the support from the UK government for that mission. In 2011, he took over the role of Director of Earth Observation and Science. He continues to pursue his interest in using small spacecraft to change the economics of space, driving the introduction in 2013, of the X-series of spacecraft offering smaller, more capable spacecraft for a lower price.

Space was for many years the domain of the Space Agency and large companies, the only ones that could afford the immense cost of planning, designing, building and launching satellites. But access to space has gone through a revolution in the last 10 years. The seeds of this “revolution” were originally sowed in the late 1970s and early 80s, when a handful of engineers and radio amateurs started to build cheap small satellites using Commercial Of The Shelf (COTS) electronics rather than extremely expensive space rated electronics. Originally seen as toys or curiosities, these small, low cost satellites have come of age in the past 10 years and are now taking over the roles of the traditional larger spacecraft. Their low cost allows constellations of these satellites to be built at lower prices than their single expensive predecessors, not only replacing them, but also allowing a completely new range of applications. Constellations of 10s and 100s of satellites for Earth Observation, telecommunications, meteorology, etc. are currently being developed and should be operational in the coming few years.

Parque das Nações


Today, the Parque das Nações is a lively, dynamic and multipurpose space. It is the brand of contemporary Lisboa, a place where the city’s inhabitants have fun, enjoy shows, go for a walk, play sport, shop, work and live in quality and harmony.

The Parque das Nações (Park of Nations) is located in the area where the 1998 World Fair was held. It is a large space for public enjoyment that has joined the city and the river. It has also taken advantage, perfectly, of a vast riverfront area with a magnificent view overlooking the opposite bank of the river and the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the longest in Europe. Also inaugurated in 1998 as part of the World Fair, it is the fifth longest bridge in the world, measuring 17 km in length, ten of which are located over the waters of the Tagus.

The Expo ’98 was the landmark event which, ten years ago, transformed this eastern zone of the city into a visionary, ambitious and multidisciplinary project that discovered how to bring together and utilise all of Portugal’s areas of activity and knowledge, reconverting an important part of the city by creating a new concept and a modern urban space. It has a train station, an enjoyable shopping centre and an extensive complex that combines culture, leisure, homes and businesses.

There, we find qualified spaces with urban planning suitable for the needs of an ideal, modern city. Residential areas, facilities and services appeared with environmentally integrated urban infrastructures that made decisive contributions to the modernisation and internationalisation of Lisboa. They also brought to Lisboa the features of modern architecture in its most varied expressions.

The scheme drawn up at the time of the World Fair already anticipated the change to an urban environment to be strengthened. For this reason, few changes were made which had not already been already planned for. The period following Expo ’98 witnessed the natural development of the projects anticipated for the surrounding area. In terms of culture, several facilities must be highlighted: the Pavilhão de Portugal (Portugal Pavilion), the Pavilhão Atlântico (Atlantic Pavilion), the Oceanário (Oceanarium), the Área Internacional (International Area), which became the Feira Internacional de Lisboa exhibition centre, and the Estação do Oriente train station.

At the Parque das Nações, one can also find an extensive area of bars, restaurants, esplanades and design shops.

Historic Center


The historical neighborhoods of central Lisbon are perfect for visitors to the Portuguese capital to experience for themselves. Their culture, the history, the architecture and the people are fundamental aspects of Lisbon’s identity, and those who explore them will discover their own personal map. There are so many possibilities, don’t let them get away.

The Bairro Alto is one of the most characterful and attractive neighborhoods in the city. The Bairro Alto boasts boutiques and bars and is a place where people meet in an eclectic and multicultural atmosphere. To discover its streets, lanes and alleys, it is essential to explore it. Traditional restaurants nestle alongside cosy bookshops; tea rooms serving signature cakes vie for attention with funky design shops and the boutiques of the most respected Portuguese fashion designers.
Bairro Alto is a unique experience within Lisbon packed with secrets ripe for discovery.

From Bairro Alto, stroll down to the Chiado, the sophisticated hub for the city’s young people, artists and intellectuals The Chiado is an area of iconic cafés including “A Brasileira”, art schools, theatres and of living history. The intrinsic beauty of the Chiado, and it’s people – going about their daily lives -, makes the area what it is.

The Carmo area, next to the Chiado, has some of the most fascinating historical sites in the city, such as the Convent and Church of Carmo, which maintain their elegance and grandeur. Don’t miss the Museu Arqueológico do Carmo, which houses a collection of artefacts from pre-historic, Roman, Medieval, Manueline, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Largo do Carmo was the site of important events in the 1974 Revolution.

Carmo is connected to the Baixa by the Elevador de Santa Justa, another of Lisbon’s icons. The Elevador, designed by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, is open to the public and boasts impressive views over the Baixa Pombalina and the rest of Lisbon.

The Baixa is the city’s traditional shopping district where visitors can stroll around the streets and find dozens of shops offering a wide range of temptations.
Rua Augusta is the main artery of the Baixa Pombalina leading north from Terreiro do Paço (known as Black Horse Square by the English), to the beautiful Praça do Rossio (Praça Dom Pedro IV).

Just north of Rossio, discover Avenida da Liberdade, which in the 19th century, was the favourite promenade for the Lisbon élite. Today, the Avenida is home to exclusive international boutiques to tempt and inspire.

Although it was at the castle that everything began, historical sites can be found across the city. As the capital of the Portuguese Empire, Lisbon boasts a thousand years of history, and is peppered with monuments of great importance, reflecting the key moments in the country’s history. The peak of Lisbon’s wealth was during the Age of Discovery a time which has left a heritage of rare beauty.

Close to the castle, in Graça, is the church and monastery of São Vicente de Fora, one of the most imposing and notable religious monuments in the city. It was built immediately after the city was recaptured from the Moors following a vow made by King Afonso Henriques to São Vicente during the siege of the Lisbon in 1147.

On Tuesdays and Saturdays, don’t miss one of the most popular and busy markets in the city, the Feira da Ladra, or flea market, just a short stroll from the imposing church. Every imaginable object and curio – as well as genuine antiques – are on sale, and a visit to the flea market is a real walk through Lisbon culture.

Strolling down to Santa Apolónia to explore the riverside neighbourhood, it is impossible to miss the unique 16th century Casa dos Bicos, so named after the diamondshaped stones that cover its façade. Note the Italian influences in the architecture combined with elements of the Portuguese Manueline style. The building belonged to Afonso de Albuquerque, Viceroy of India, and is the site of a number of Roman archaeological finds.



Next along the riverside is the neighbourhood with the largest number of heritage sites connected with the Portuguese voyages of discovery: Belém. It was from the beach in Belém that Vasco da Gama set sail to discover the sea route to India and the grandiosity of the former empire can be sensed throughout the area. One of the most imposing symbols of the city is here – the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the construction of which was started in 1501 by King Manuel I and finished a century later. Overlooking the magnificent Praça do Império, the monument is an outstanding example of late Gothic and Renaissance architecture and is regarded as one of Lisbon’s finest landmarks.

Royal, religious, naturalist and nautical decorative elements combine to create a building that is considered the jewel of the distinctively Portuguese Manueline style, and it has been recognised as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.

In one of the wings of the former monastery is the Museu da Marinha, – an excellent place to discover the naval history of Portugal – and the Museu de Arqueologia. The monastery church, the Igreja de Santa Maria de Belém, is a magnificent church with a nave flanked by two aisles separated by elegant pillars supporting a unique ogival dome.

The sunlight filtered by the stained glass windows creates an almost dreamlike atmosphere complimenting the beauty and grandiosity of the building which embodies the history, the faith and the knowledge and determination that drove Portuguese culture. The tombs of Vasco da Gama and the epic poet Luís de Camões can be found in the church.

Also in Belém, on the river bank, is another marvellous Manueline monument, again classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site -, the Torre de Belém. Designed in the 16th century by Francisco Arruda, the Torre de Belém is a square tower with a polygonal bastion facing the river Tagus. The exterior facades, balconies and verandas are covered with abundant decoration, with Arab and Venetian influences which contrasts with the austerely decorated interior. The organic elements of the Manueline style – such as plants and animals – are represented in many different forms and the Torre de Belém has the first sculptural portrayal of an African animal, in this case a rhinoceros.

Much more recent, but still invoking the grandeur of the Age of Discovery, is the Padrão dos Descobrimentos in Belém. The monument, dating from 1960, commemorates the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator and pays tribute to the instigator of the Voyages of Discovery and to the most important Portuguese sailors.

Belém is the symbol of the “golden age” of the Voyages of Discovery, however the modern age is very much in evidence at the CCB – Centro Cultural de Belém, where you can find the Museu Colecção Berardo. Not to be missed are walks in the extensive gardens to admire the river views, and a delicious “pastel de nata” with friends.