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: Seminars at CECS

“Intuitive, Interoperable, Intelligent – A Look into Current Automation Engineering Research”

Speaker: Dr. Gustavo Quiros

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 26th, 3:00pm

Location: EH 2430


Intuitive, Interoperable, Intelligent – The future of automation engineering will embrace these basic characteristics to continuously reduce the effort and expertise required by engineers to implement industrial automation solutions while increasing the flexibility and the capabilities of engineering tools. This talk will give an overview of several research activities in the area of industrial automation engineering, showing how they aim to realize these three basic characteristics, and provides a vision for automation engineering in the near future.

“Perception and Computational Efficiency for Autonomous Vehicles”

Speaker: Prof. Marilyn Wolf

Date and Time: Monday, March 6th, 2:00pm

Location: EH 2430


Perception is a critical computational task in autonomous vehicles.  Autonomous vehicles place stringent and somewhat conflicting demands on perception systems: high accuracy, low latency, and performance on limited computational resources.  The conflict between these requirements is particularly acute in the case of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) but is also true of ground vehicles. 

“Complex Systems Engineering Theory is a Scientific Theory”

Speaker: Prof. Eric Feron, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Date and Time: Thursday, January 26th, 2:00pm

Location: EH 2430


Complex systems engineering and associated challenges become increasingly important for the well-being and safety of our society of humans. Motivated by this formidable push towards ever more complex systems of all sizes, spectacular failures, and decades of questioning in a variety of contexts and endeavors, this talk presents a theory of complex systems engineering that is, as a scientific theory in which an engineered system can be seen as a validated scientific hypothesis arising from a convergent mix of mathematical and validated experimental constructs.

“Self-Aware Polymorphic Architecture (SAPA) Systems”

Speaker: Prof. Michel Kinsy, Arizona State University (ASU)

Date and Time: Thursday, January 19th, 11:00am

Location: EH 2430


In this talk, we introduce our Self-Aware Polymorphic Architecture (SAPA) design approach to support emerging context-aware applications and mitigate the programming challenges caused by the ever-increasing complexity and heterogeneity of high-performance computing systems. Through the SAPA design, we examine the salient software-hardware features of adaptive computing systems that allow for (1) the dynamic allocation of computing resources depending on program needs (e.g., the amount of parallelism in the program) and (2) automatic approximation to meet program and system goals (e.g., execution time budget, power constraints, security, and computation resiliency) without the programming complexity of current multicore and manycore systems.

“Programmability, Scalability, and Security for Reconfigurable Computing in the Cloud”

Speaker: Prof. Deming Chen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Date and Time: Thursday, November 3rd, 3:00 pm

Location: EH 2430 or Zoom Link


Reconfigurable Computing uses FPGAs (Field-Programmable Gate Arrays) as an alternative to microprocessors to enable high-performance and low-energy customized computing. It is becoming a mainstream technology as evident by Intel’s $16.7B acquisition of Altera in 2015 and AMD’s $49B acquisition of Xilinx in 2022.

“Design Automation and Computing based on Additive Printed Electronics”

Speaker: Mehdi Tahoori

Date and Time: Thursday, September 29, 11:00 am

Location: EH 2430


Printed electronics is an emerging and fast-growing field which can be used in many demanding and emerging application domains such as wearables, smart sensors, and Internet of Things (IoT). Unlike traditional computing and electronics domain which is mostly driven by performance characteristics, printed and flexible electronics based on additive manufacturing processes are mainly associated with low fabrication costs and low energy.

“DRAC: Designing RISC-V-based Accelerators for next generation Computers”

Speaker: Miquel Moreto

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 10, 11:00 am

Location: DBH 3011 OR Zoom Link


Designing RISC-V-based Accelerators for next-generation Computers (DRAC) is a 3-year project (2019-2022) funded by the ERDF Operational Program of Catalonia 2014-2020. DRAC will design, verify, implement and fabricate a high-performance general purpose processor that will incorporate different accelerators based on the RISC-V technology, with specific applications in the field of post-quantum security, genomics, and autonomous navigation.

“Securing Hardware for Designing Trustworthy Systems”

Speaker: Prabhat Mishra

Date and Time: Tuesday, August 2, 2:00 pm

Location: DBH 4011 OR Zoom Link


System-on-Chip (SoC) is the brain behind computing and communication in a wide variety of embedded systems. Reusable hardware Intellectual Property (IP) based SoC design has emerged as a pervasive design practice in the industry to dramatically reduce SoC design and verification cost while meeting aggressive time-to-market constraints.

“Electric Power to the People: Secure & Resilient Cyber-Physical Systems in the Age of Renewable Energy”

Speaker: Charalambos Konstantinou

Date and Time: Friday, July 15, 10:00 am

Location: EH 2430


Rapid advancements in power electronics along with the increasing penetration of distributed energy resources (DERs) are transforming the electric power grids. Furthermore, increasing types and number of loads and electric transportation are stressing the network. Overall, the power system is facing unprecedented changes in operation and control as more and diverse sources and loads are being connected to this complex cyber-physical energy system.

“Anti-virus hardware: Applications in Embedded, Automotive and Power Systems Security”

Speaker: Kanad Basu

Date and Time: Tuesday, June 7, 2:00 pm

Location: Zoom


Anti-virus software (AVS) tools are used to detect Malware in a system. However, software-based AVS are vulnerable to attacks. A malicious entity can exploit these vulnerabilities to subvert the AVS. Recently, hardware components such as Hardware Performance Counters (HPC) have been used for Malware detection, in the form of Anti-virus Hardware (AVH).