Room 1037 (Emerging Technologies Bldg.)
Dr. Chuck Alpert
IBM Austin Research Lab.
Abstract: Physical design automation is a core component of the electronic design automation (EDA) process.
Because it is a “traditional” topic in EDA, it is often viewed as a mature area, not particularly amenable to new research. However, with each subsequent technology generation, automatic physical implementation
becomes an increasingly challenging problem. Challenges abound from coping with design size explosions, handling complex metal layer stacks, complex clocking structures, and dealing with new rules for routing.
This talk will discuss some of the challenges faced in today’s design closure flows that have the potential to keep researchers in the field busy for the next decade.
BIO: Charles (Chuck) Alpert was born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1969. He received a B.S. Degree in Math and Computational Sciences and a B.A. degree in History from Stanford University in 1991. Upon receiving a Department of Defense Fellowship, he enrolled the UCLA Computer Science department and received his doctoral degree in 1996. Upon graduation, Chuck joined IBM’s Austin Research Laboratory (ARL) where he remains still. In 2005 he was made the technical lead of the tools group, and in 2007 he was appointed manager of the Design Productivity Group. The mission of his team is to develop design automation tools and methodologies to improve designer productivity and reduce design cost.
Chuck was named IEEE Fellow in 2005. He has published over 100 conference and journal publications. He has received three Best Paper Awards from the Design Automation Conference and is a co-author of the Handbook of Physical Design Automation. He has filed for 80 patents and 40 have been issued, and was named an IBM Master Inventor. He has served as the general chair for the Tau Workshop on Timing Issues, the International Symposium on Physical Design, and CANDE. He served as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design from 2003-2012. In 2011, he joined the Executive Committee for the Design Automation Conference as Panels Chair, and will serve in 2012-2013 as Co-Technical Program Chair. For his work in mentoring, he received the Semiconductor Research Corporation’s Mahboob Khan Mentor Award in 2001 and 2007. Chuck was selected to attend the 2010 National Academy of Engineering’s FOE meeting, which is a forum for top engineers in the country between the ages of 30-45.
Chuck has a strong algorithmic background in combinatorial optimization and graph theory, and his research interests are primarily related to applying these techniques to solve problems in the design closure space, especially related to physical synthesis.
Host: Dr. Jiang Hu