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January 2019

CESG Fishbowl Seminar: Next Gen Electro-Mobility (e-Mobility): Towards Affordable, Ubiquitous, Ultrafast Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure

January 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Shivkumar (“Shiv”) Kalyanaraman of Executive Leader, Growth Offerings & Initiatives, GE Power Conversion Abstract Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure is an important complement to EVs to spur the Clean Electrification of Transportation. At GE Power Conversion, we are viewing EV charging infrastructure as a “systems” problem rather than a collection of individual EV chargers. This change of perspective opens up significant architectural flexibility, functional modularity (both in hardware & software), packaging innovations, and improvement in unit economics (especially for commercial/municipal EV fleets, depots, and shared transportation (eg: Uber/Lyft) who could be important EV adopters).   We will also make the analogy of how cloud computing / virtualization allowed dedicated computers to be replaced by “virtual machines” offered as a service from the backend/cloud. Similarly our system shares the core power infrastructure and offers a “virtual charger” abstraction/experience to end users, and routes power to the sleek/simple front ends where it is needed at the right power (voltage, current) levels. We will discuss how a common infrastructure can support power delivery to heterogeneous vehicles via the same (sleek/simple) front-end “hose” – voltages from 20V to 1000V and from a 10s of kW to multiple MW per instance (eg: forklifts in warehouses, airport vehicles, LCVs/MCVs, buses, semi-trucks and even small airplane/drone/UAV/ferry/ship batteries in the future). We will also discuss the roles of IoT/software controls/AI to enable such granular sharing, and financial innovation to help accelerate the ecosystem adoption of such infrastructure technologies.   Biography Shiv is Executive Leader of Growth Offerings at GE Power Conversion where he is responsible for new offerings in e-Mobility (ultrafast/mega charging infrastructure for electrified transportation) and digital AI/IoT initiatives for industrial applications. Previously he served as Program Director, Special Initiatives in IBM Research - India (with focus on Solar, Agriculture, IoT) and headed the Cognitive Industry Solutions department . He has served as the Chief Scientist of IBM Research - Australia (2013-2015), and served in earlier senior management roles for teams in systems, wireless, networking and smarter planet solutions at IBM Research - India since 2008.  Before joining IBM, he was a tenured Full Professor at the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He received a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India in July 1993, followed by M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the Ohio State University in 1994 and 1997 respectively. He also holds an Executive M.B.A. (EMBA) degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2005). He served as the TPC Co-chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2008, General co-chair of ACM SIGCOMM 2010 in New Delhi, and is the General Co-Chair of ACM e-Energy 2015 in Bangalore, India.  He served on the editorial board of IEEE/ACM Transactions of Networking.   Shiv is a Fellow of the IEEE (2010), Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (2015), ACM Distinguished Scientist (2010), and was recognized by MIT's Technology Review Magazine in 1999 as a TR100 young innovator.

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CESG Seminar: “Next Stop: 5nm. But What’s Next for Power Signoff?”

January 25 @ 4:10 pm - 5:10 pm
Emerging Technologies Bldg., Room 1037, 101 Bizzell St.
College Station, TX 77843 United States
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Dr. Albert (Zhiyu) Zeng Software Engineering Director Candence Design Systems   Abstract: Due to recent aggressive processing scaling into nanometer regime, EDA tools for power delivery network (PDN) design and signoff face many challenges. For example, a PDN in the latest chip can contain as many as 25 billion nodes and 2 billion instances. Some of these challenges require breakthroughs in analysis algorithms, some need major design flow rewrite, and some cannot be addressed without overhauling the entire software infrastructures. In this presentation, the latest challenges in power signoff and what they mean to the power signoff tool will be reviewed. Future development directions for power signoff tools will also be discussed. Biography: Albert (Zhiyu) Zeng received a B.S. degree from the Department of Information Science & Electronic Engineering at Zhejiang University in 2006 and his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University in 2011. He joined Cadence in 2012 where he is currently the Software Engineering Director and the manager for Cadence power sign-off product Voltus. He was the recipient of the Cadence Enterprise Innovation Award in 2013 and the Cadence Achievement Award (highest individual award at Cadence) in 2016. He served as TPC member in ICCAD 2016 to 2018 and DAC 2019. He has several publications on EDA in premier journals and conferences such as TCAD, TVLSI, TODAES, DAC and ICCAD.                   Pizza Provided

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CESG Fishbowl Seminar: “Recent Research in Design and Analysis for Intelligent Vehicles”

January 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dr. Chung-Wei Lin Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering National Taiwan University Title: “Recent Research in Design and Analysis for Intelligent Vehicles” Abstract: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), autonomous functions, and connected applications bring a revolution to automotive systems and software. In this talk, several research topics in the domain of automotive systems and software will be introduced: (1) security-aware design and analysis considering timing and game theory, (2) a distributed graph-based conflict resolution algorithm for intersection management, (3) a certification protocol for plug-and-play systems to certify outsourced software but keep source codes confidential, and (4) a case study of runtime monitoring for two ADAS applications, cooperative pile-up mitigation system and false-start prevention system. Current achievements and research challenges will be covered in the talk. Biography: Chung-Wei Lin is an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering (CSIE), National Taiwan University (NTU). He received the B.S. degree in computer science and information engineering and the M.S. degree in electronics engineering from NTU. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a researcher at the Toyota InfoTechnology Center, USA, from 2015 to 2018. His research includes cyber-physical systems, connected and autonomous vehicles, security, and system design methodology. He serves as an Automotive Committee member of Design Automation Conference (DAC) and TPC members of DAC, ASP-DAC, SIES, and other conferences. He won ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) 2016 Best Paper Award.

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