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Team Envision in Cornell Cup is making progress on building Interactive Vision Assistant (IVA)


IVA basic setup IVA basic setup. "Hello Team Envision!!" on the LCD display.

January 2014.  Team Envision is making progress!  This student-oriented team has been building an Interactive Vision Assistant “IVA” for visually impaired people to navigate around. The team members are: Preethi Gopalakrishnan, Rubasri Kalidas, Clint Solomon Mathialagan, Pujita Raman, and Adithya Venkatramanan.

The team recently posted a video of their IVA running a dynamic face-recognition algorithm using OpenCV. Check the result at “IVA in action!” at:

You can follow the progress of IVA’s design on Team Envision’s bloginteractive vision assistant (iva)” at:

Support Team Envision by voting for them on the blog survey at: (“Team Envision” is listed as the 8th team from the bottom of the page in alphabetical order)

For more information about IVA and Team Envision, please contact Patrick Schaumont, the faculty advisor for the team.

Related article: “CESCA Graduate Students are competing 2014 Cornell Cup USA” (November 2013)

Six CESCA students graduate in Fall 2013

December 2013.  Congratulations to the following students who will be graduating in Fall 2013!

  • Ahmed Ghumman, MS Thesis, Advisor: Jerry Park, next move: Corning, Inc.
  • Aman Singhal, M.Eng, Project: "Framework for Advertisement-based Community Wi-Fi Access (FRAC)," Advisor: Yaling Yang, next move: Cicsco Systems Inc., San Jose, CA.
  • Behnam Bahrak, Ph.D. Dissertation: "Ex Ante Approaches for Security, Privacy, and Enforcement in Spectrum Sharing," Advisor: Jerry Park.
  • Dilip Venkateswaran Murali, MS Thesis: "Verification of Cyber Physical Systems," Advisor: Michael Hsiao, next move: Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, CA.
  • Indira Priyadarshini, MS Thesis: "Mining Rare Features in Fingerprints using Core Points and Triplet-based Features," Advisor: Michael Hsiao, next move: Intel.
  • Mehrdad Khatir, MS Thesis, Advisor: Michael Hsiao, next move: Mentor Graphics.

CESCA Graduate Students are competing 2014 Cornell Cup USA


Team Envision for Cornell Cup 2014 Team Envision (from left): Preethi Gopalakrishnan, Adithya Venkatramanan, Rubasri Kalidas, Clint Solomon Mathialagan, and Pujita Raman.

November 2013. Five master-level graduate students are one of the 30 selected finalist teams to compete the 2014 Cornell Cup USA, a popular college-level embedded design completion. The 5 students are: Preethi Gopalakrishnan (Computer Engineering), Rubasri Kalidas (Computer Engineering), Clint Solomon Mathialagan (Computer Engineering), Pujita Raman (Electrical Engineering), and Adithya Venkatramanan (Computer Engineering).

The five students, who are assembled under the name Team Envision, intend to implement an Interactive Vision Assistant, a device that supports the blind in navigating, understanding, and interacting with the surroundings. The selected platform for IVA is the Intel DE2i-150 FPGA kit, a platform that combines an ATOM CPU with an Altera FPGA. The team plans to extend this kit with additional sensing capabilities and software to support the objectives of the IVA. The team's academic advisor is Patrick Schaumont, CESCA Director.

The Cornell Cup was created to empower student teams to become the inventors of the newest innovative applications of embedded technology.  At the finals scheduled in May 2014 at the Walt Disney World ® Resort, top three finalist entries will be awarded the grand prizes set at $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500.

For more information about how Team Envision is progressing, please contact Patrick Schaumont, the faculty advisor for the team.

Eldib and Wang received FMCAD 2013 Best Paper Award


Hassan Eldib Hassan Eldib


Dr. Chao Wang Dr. Chao Wang

October 2013. Hassan Eldib, a Ph.D. Candidate, and his advisor and one of the CESCA faculty members Chao Wang received the 2013 Best paper Award at the Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design (FMCAD) conference for their paper “An SMT Based Method for Optimizing Arithmetic Computations in Embedded Software Code.”

According to the award announcement, their paper “…tackles a very interesting problem, namely the optimization of control software manipulating fixed-point integer data, and presents an innovative and scalable solution based on the use of SMT solvers and inductive synthesis procedures.”  The announcement also mentioned that the paper “…has received strong support in review process.”

Congratulations Hassan and Dr. Wang for the Best Paper award!

Nazhandali recognized as "Teacher of the Week" by Virginia Tech Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER)


Dr. Leyla Nazhandali Dr. Leyla Nazhandali


September 2013.  Dr. Leyla Nazhandali, one of the CESCA faculty members, has been recognized as Teacher of the Week by the Virginia Tech The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER).  She was recognized for her innovative teaching methods that stimulate active participation from students, and for original outreach to attract high school students to the computer engineering curriculum.  

Please read more descriptions about her accomplishments and current projects on her Teacher of the Week page at the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research site. 

Congratulations, Dr. Nazhandali !

Park and Schaumont Awarded 4-year Grant for Trustworthy Spectrum Sharing


Dr. Park Dr. Jerry Park


Dr. Schaumont Dr. Patrick Schaumont

August 2013.  CESCA Faculty member Jung-Min "Jerry" Park and CESCA Director Patrick Schaumont were recently awarded for a new 4-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enable novel security technology for shared communication spectrum superhighways.  A main goal is to make trustworthy spectrum sharing technically and economically viable.  Park is the PI for this collaborative project with two other professors from the economics field.  

More descriptions about this grant and project can be found on the College of Engineering Publication and Virginia Tech News pages.  


Congratulations! 3 CESCA students graduate in Spring 2013

May 2013.  The following students have graduated in Spring 2013.

  • Jingyao Zhang, Ph.D., Advisor: Yaling Yang, Next move: Qualcomm
  • Rashmi Moudgil, A Statistical and Circuit based technique for detection of Counterfeits in existing ICs (MS), Advisor: Leyla Nazhandali, Next move: Qualcomm
  • Ting Wang, Wireless Network Physical Layer Security with Smart Antenna (Ph.D.), Advisor: Yaling Yang, Next move: Google

9 CESCA students will take summer internship

May 2013.  The following students will take an internship during Summer 2013.

  • Arijit Chattopadhyay, Bloomberg, Advisor: Chao Wang
  • Deepak Mane, LSI Corporation (Milpitas, CA), Advisor: Patrick Schaumont
  • Kelson Gent, Intel, Advisor: Michael Hsiao
  • Krishna Pabbuleti, CISCO (San Jose, CA), Advisor: Patrick Schaumont
  • Lu Zhang, Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Advisor: Chao Wang
  • Mahmoud Elbayoumi, IBM TJ-Watson, Advisor: Michael Hsiao
  • Sharad Bagri, Qualcom, Advisor: Michael Hsiao
  • Shuchi Pandit, National Instruments, Advisor: Micahel Hsiao
  • Vineeth Acharya, Intel (Hillsboro, OR), Advisor: Michael Hsiao

Dr. Wang's grant award from ONR featured on College of Engineering website


Dr. Chao Wang Dr. Chao Wang


May 2013.  Dr. Chao Wang, one of the CESCA faculty members, was featured on the Virginia Tech College of Engineering website about his award of the Office Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program (YIP) grant.  The YIP grant is the most prestigious one by ONR for faculty members early in their career.  The grant is to develop methods and software tools that can detect security vulnerabilities in concurrent software that runs on a modern multi-core computer.  

More descriptions about his project can be found on the College of Engineering Publication and Virginia Tech News pages.  

Dr. Yang recognized as "Scholar of the Week" by Virginia Tech Office of the Vice President for Research


Dr. Yaling Yang Dr. Yaling Yang


April 2013.  Dr. Yaling Yang, one of the CESCA faculty members, has been recognized as Scholar of the Week by the Virginia Tech Office of the Vice President for Research.  She was recognized for her work with wireless network modeling, design, and security.  

Please read more descriptions about her accomplishments and current projects on her Scholar of the Week page at the Office of the VP of Research site. 

Congratulations, Dr. Yang ! 

First CESCA Student Awards were announced at 2013 CESCA Day

April 2013.  The CESCA Students Award winners were announced during the CESCA Day on April 20, 2013.  The awardees are:

CESCA Outstanding Student Award (2 awards): Meeta Srivastav and Behnam Bahrak
Each for having five or more first-authored, peer-reviewed conference or journal papers published by CESCA Day 2013

CESCA Best Presentation Award:  Aydin Aysu
for the presentation 'Low-Cost and Area-Efficient FPGA Implementations for Lattice-Based Cryptography'

CESCA Day Best Poster Award:  Rashmi Moudgil
for the poster 'A Statistical and Circuit-based Technique for Detection of Counterfeits in Existing ICs'

CESCA Outstanding Service Award:  Mahesh Nanjundappa
for outstanding service to the recording and postprocessing of digital videos of CESCA Activities

Please go to the CESCA Awards page for more information about the award criteria and qualifications.

Congratulations to Meeta, Behnam, Aydin, Rashmi, and Mahesh !

Drs. Schaumont and Wang Received Awards from College of Engineering


Dr. Schaumont and Dr. Benson Dr. Patrick Schaumont and College of Engineering Dean Dr. Richard Benson


Dr. Wang and Dr. Benson Dr. Chao Wang and College of Engineering Dean Dr. Richard Benson


April 2013.  Two CESCA faculty members recently received awards from College of Engineering.  CESCA Director and Associate Professor Patrick Schaumont was named the College of Engineering Faculty Fellow, and Assistant Professor Chao Wang was named the Outstanding New Assistant Professor from College of Engineering.  Additional information is available under the March - April 2013 section of the ECE News.  

Congratulations to Dr. Schaumont and Dr. Wang !


CESCA hosted first “Research Day” on Embedded Security


CESCA Research Day 2013 picture CESCA Research Day presentation and audience

March 2013.  CESCA hosted its first “CESCA Research Day”, research symposium on Embedded Security at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington on March 15, 2013.  Approximately 25 designers and managers from industry, government organizations, academia, and research labs attended the full-day symposium to learn about leading-edge research and development related to secure and embedded systems and to network with faculty, students and other professionals who have similar interests.  

CESCA Director Patrick Schaumont welcomed the attendees, followed by Charles Clancy, associate professor and director of the Hume Center, who talked about research directions in security.  Three morning research sessions covered the topics of secure design, applications, and secure design methods. Brief overview of the research work was presented by all 7 CESCA faculty members: Professor Michael Hsiao; Associate Professors Lynn Abbott, Leyla Nazhandali, Patrick Schaumont, Jerry Park, and Yaling Yang; and Assistant Professor Chao Wang.  Between the research sessions, 8 Ph.D. students from CESCA (Aydin Aysu, Avinash Desai, Zhenhe Pan, Sarvesh Prabhu, Meeta Srivastav, Ting Wang, Lu Zhang) presented their work through poster and demonstration sessions.

After lunch, attending companies introduced themselves to the students for internship and employment opportunities. Because all sessions were also simulcast to Blacksburg, CESCA students in Blacksburg were able to follow those presentations.  Participants were then offered 4 parallel tutorial sessions from which to choose: Introduction to Side Channel Analysis; Software Testing and Verification; Physically Unclonable Functions; and Wireless Security.  

The website of the Research Day hosts videos as well as slides of the presentations. With this outreach event, CESCA has forged valuable relationships with the participants. CESCA is especially interested into attracting partners to its Industry Affiliate Program, and encourages companies with a stake in critical embedded systems design to contact us.

More information about CESCA Research Day on VT News is available here

CESCA Research Day 2013 pictures are available here.  Links to the presentation videos and slides are available here.

Second Edition of Hardware/Software Codesign textbook available

December 2012.  The second edition of Patrick Schaumont's textbook "A Practical Introduction to Hardware/Software Codesign" has been published by Springer Circuits and Systems Series, (xviii + 480 pages). The textbook is used to teach embedded systems design, emphasizing the integration of custom hardware components with software. The book is used at Virginia Tech (ECE 4530) as well as several other universities. The book website provides a table of contents and additional details.


Springer Link:

Open-source Side-channel Analysis Tool Available

December 2012.  The Secure Embedded Systems group in CESCA has developed a modular, open-source environment for side-channel analysis and other forms of implementation attacks. The tool was developed by a team of students including Lyndon Judge (MS 2012), Charlie Kendir (BS) and Michael Kendir (BS) and their advisor, Patrick Schaumont. The tools will be presented at the Workshop on Redefining and Integrating Security Engineering at ASE/IEEE International Conference on Cyber Security 12 (RISE), in Washington.

The tool can be downloaded through the project website:

Professor Michael Hsiao elevated to IEEE Fellow



November 2012.  Please join us in congratulating Professor Michael Hsiao, who is being elevated to IEEE Fellow effective 1 January 2013.  IEEE Fellow elevation is done with a citation, and Professor Hsiao's citation reads: for contributions to the automatic test pattern generation of integrated circuits.  Elevation to IEEE Fellow is an honor reserved for less than 0.1% of the voting membership of IEEE in any one year.

Professor Hsiao has had many outstanding achievements over the past few years, including being selected to contribute to a book on the most influential papers in 10 years of DATE, the 2010 Best Paper Award at the Asian Test Symposium, the NSF CAREER award, and selection as Dean's Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech.  It is an honor for CESCA to have him with us.  

Congratulations, Professor Hsiao!

CESCA Research featured in EETimes

October 2012.  Two research projects led by CESCA faculty are featured in EETimes.  Please click the titles to read the articles. 

NEMS eyed for CMOS Power Gating (project by Leyla Nazhandali)

Novel Microprocessor-based Physical Unclonable Function Demonstrated (project by Patrick Shaumont)

CESCA faculty will Offer New Courses in Spring 2013

October 2012.  Director of CESCA Dr. Patrick Schaumont and former CESCA faculty Dr. Sandeep Shukla will teach new graduate-level courses in Spring 2013.   

ECE 5984: Handheld Computer Security by Schaumont
5984 Syllabus Spring 2013 (PDF | 15KB)

ECE 5984: Model-driven design of embedded software by Shukla
"Students will learn an emerging methodology for incorporating synchronous, polychronous, and other formal models into the embedded system design process (cited from "ECE News")

SePAC and VTMEMS Labs Join Forces to Build a Hybrid NEMS-CMOS Design

October 2012.  The steady rise in leakage power over the last decade has made low-power design an exceedingly difficult problem mainly because attempts to control leakage power tend to negatively impact performance and switching energy.  The industry standard approach for power gating with on-die transistors has major drawbacks including residual off-state leakage, which still forces designers to resort to leakage control measures such as high threshold voltages.  Dr. Leyla Nazhandali, a faculty member of CESCA and Secure and Power Aware Computing (SePAC) lab, is set to solve this dilemma with Masoud Agah (director of VTMEMS Lab) by using Nanoelectromechanical Systems (NEMS) switches.  Their recent NSF-funded project intends to thoroughly investigate all aspects of CMOS-NEMS integration.  The final product is a fabricated CMOS-NEMS hybrid that would allow us to conclusively determine the effectiveness of NEMS-based power gating.


Drs. Yang and Wang won a multiyear NFS award for a Security Solution for Software Defined Radio

August 2012.  CESCA Faculty members Dr. Yaling Yang and Dr. Chao Wang with Co-PI Jeff Reed have recently won a $700,000 multiyear National Science Foundation (NSF) award. The project, titled “SDR Shield: A Hardware-based Security Solution for Software Defined Radio”, aims at designing an effective hardware-based SDR integrity assessment and behavior regulation device named SDR Shield.  


Novel Microprocessor-based Physical Unclonable Function Demonstrated

August 2012.  The Secure Embedded Systems (SES) lab in CESCA has demonstrated a novel Physical Unclonable Function (PUF), implemented in a microprocessor. An on-chip PUF is an integrated structure that creates a chip-unique response. It can be used to uniquely distinguish one single chip among a large population of identical chips. PUFs are used for cryptographic key generation, and for authentication. Most of the existing PUF designs, however, consume a high amount of silicon resources and/or energy. This makes them less useful for embedded implementations.

Using overclocking techniques, Abhranil Maiti (PhD student at SES) was able to demonstrate the uniqueness of a single microprocessor chip by observing its failure points due to the overclocking. The advantage of the technique, which is non-destructive, is that it is driven using software, and that it makes use of an existing microprocessor. The technique was demonstrated on a LEON-3 processor configured in Xilinx Spartan FPGA, but it is generally applicable to other microprocessors for which clock scaling is available. The novel PUF will be presented at the 2012 International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications.

CESCA Alumnus Establishes a New Startup

July 2012.  Michael Henry graduated in December 2011 with a Ph.D in Computer Engineering (advisor: Leyla Nazhandali) and started an engineering R&D company. He currently has Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding from the Air Force to design and eventually prototype a low-power military-capable GPS receiver. This project involves collaboration with the VLSI Design/Automation lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and he is currently based in Ann Arbor. In addition to working towards Phase 2 funding on the Air Force contract, he is also applying for other SBIR contracts relating to advanced wide-spectrum CMOS image sensors and neuromorphic image processing.

Congratulations!  11 CESCA students graduate in Spring 2012

May 2012.  The following students will graduate in Spring 2012.

  • Abhranil Maiti, A Systematic Approach to Design an Efficient Physical Unclonable Function (Ph.D.), Advisor: Patrick Schaumont, Next move: Intel Corporation (Hilsboro, OR)
  • Alton Davis, project: Visual projects and plans for freshman programming in computer engineering (MEng), Advisor:Sandeep Shukla
  • Eric Xu Guo, Secure and Efficient Implementations of Cryptographic Primitives (Ph.D.), Advisor: Patrick Schaumont, Next move: Qualcomm (San Diego, CA)
  • Daniel Ali, Scalable Parameter Management using Case-based Reasoning for Cognitive Radio Applications (MS), Advisor: Jung-Min "Jerry" Park, Next move: KeyW Corp.
  • Jihoon Jeong, Low Power Merged LNA and Mixer Design for Medical Implant Communication Services (MS), Advisor: Dong Ha
  • Lalleh Rafeei, Fast Approximation Framework for Timing and Power Analysis of Ultra-Low-Voltage Circuits (MS), Advisor: Leyla Nazhandali
  • Nevedetha Narayanan, MEng, Advisor: Michael Hsiao, Next move: Qualcomm
  • Preeti Kumar, project: Automated extraction of polychronous  models from C Programs (MEng), Advisor: Sandeep Shukla, Next move: Amazon
  • Sarvesh Prabhu, An efficient 2-phase strategy to achieve high branch coverage (MS), Advisor: Michael Hsiao, Next move: continue Ph.D. at Virginia Tech
  • Supratik Misra, Efficient graph techniques for partial scan pattern debug and bounded model checkers (MS), Advisor: Michael Hsiao,Next move: Intel Corp.
  • Suvarna Mane, Implementation of SCA-Resistant CPU and an ECDLP Engine on FPGA Platform (MS), Advisor: Patrick Schaumont, Next move: Qualcomm (Raleigh, NC)

7 CESCA students will take summer internship

May 2012.  The following students will take the internship during Summer 2012.

  • Avinash Desai, Intel, Advisor: Michael Hsiao
  • Indira Priyadarshini, Intel, Advisor: Michael Hsiao
  • Jebreel Salem, Texas Instruments, Advisor: Dong Ha
  • John Turner, Linear Technology, Advisor: Dong Ha
  • Matthew Anderson, Airforce Research labs (Rome, NY), Advisor: Sandeep Shukla
  • Meeta Srivastav, USC Information Science Institute, Advisor: Leyla Nazhandali
  • Sarvesh Prabhu, Intel, Advisor: Michael Hsiao

Schaumont received Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching

    Cover for "A Practical Introduction to Hardware/Software Codesign"

May 2012. Dr. Patrick Schaumont received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching at 2012 Collage of Engineering awards ceremony.  Dr. Schaumont's dedicated efforts to integrate a new field programmable gate array (a type of highly programmable integrated circuit) platform into two undergraduate courses are notable.  The Terasic DE2-115 board and the associated Altera Quartus development software, donated by the Altera Corporation, represent a state-of-the-art digital design platform. He successfully introduced the new platform in two courses in Fall 2011, Advanced Digital Design (ECE 4514) and Hardware/Software Co-design (ECE 4530).

Dr. Schaumont is also the sole author of a new textbook, A Practical Introduction to Hardware/Software Codesign (Springer Circuits and Systems Series, xviii + 396 pages, 2010). The textbook targets advanced undergraduate and introductory graduate courses, as well as practicing engineers and researchers. The second edition is currently under development.

Center for Embedded Systems for Critical Applications (CESCA) held its annual workshop on April 21, 2012

    CESCA Day 2012 Poster session

April 2012. Virginia Tech’s Center for Embedded Systems for Critical Applications (CESCA) held its 3rd annual workshop titled “CESCA Day” at the Owens Banquet Hall in Blacksburg, VA, on April 21.  The one day workshop was inaugurated by Prof. Scott Midkiff, the Head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the keynote address was delivered by Prof. Douglas Schmidt of Vanderbilt University.  

CESCA day is mainly organized to spur momentum for research and education of the graduate and undergraduate students of CESCA.  Currently, CESCA has nine faculty members, three postdoctoral researchers, almost 60 graduate students, and approximately 10 undergraduate research assistants working on various problems related to embedded and networked systems.

The highlight of the workshop was the two poster sessions that showcased the ongoing and recent research within CESCA.  The afternoon poster session was followed by a lighthearted program finale, where CESCA student volunteers gave brief presentations on their hobbies and interests.

The workshop concluded with a farewell speech by Prof. Dong Ha, who will be leaving CESCA at the end of the summer to start a new center.

CESCA congratulate graduate student graduated in Fall 2011

December 2011 The following student graduated in Fall 2011.

  • Travis Cochran (MS, advisor: Ha)

Dr. Wang received an NSF CAREER award

    Wang Chao

December 2011 Chao Wang, who joined VT and CESCA in August 2011, has won a CAREER award.  Wang will investigate new theoretical and algorithmic advances, and tools to fully automate the crucial process of bug detection, diagnosis, repair, and optimization for large concurrent software.  So far seven CESCA faculty members have been awarded CAREER awards, which makes the success rate of CAREER awards 100 percent for CESCA members.  Congratulations to Chao!



Dr. Yang received an NSF CAREER award

    Dr. Yaling Yang

July 2011 Yaling Yang has won a prestigious CAREER award ($450K for five years) to spearhead the sorting of cross-layer incompatibility issues that slow wireless networking delivery on the Internet.  The objective of this project is to systematically and rigorously categorize and analyze coexistence restrictions of cross-layer designs in wireless networks. The study will greatly enhance the flexibility and robustness of current and future wireless network systems. Congratulations to Yaling! 



Dr. Schaumont promoted to Associate Professor


June 2011. Congratulations to CESCA faculty member Patrick Schaumont who has been tenured and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Schaumont joined the ECE faculty in Fall 2005. His research interests include design and methodologies for Secure Embedded Systems. He has served in the Technical Program Committee of numerous conferences in this field, and most recently was Program Chair for the IEEE Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust. He received an NSF CAREER award and currently serves as Deputy Director of CESCA.



Dr. Ha visited companies and a university for possible research collaboration.


June 2011. Dong Ha visited United Technology Research Corporation (UTRC) and Pratt & Whitney in Hartford, Connecticut, TriQuint (North Carolina), and Lockheed Martin (Northern Virginia) to discuss possible collaboration in research. He also visited Civil Engineering Department of University of Rhode Island to learn about energy harvesting from asphalt pavements and gave a talk on power management IC design for vibration energy harvesting.



The CESCA Seminar Series is now available online.

April 2011. The videos of CESCA Seminar Series is now available online. Throughout the past semester, the CESCA Video Team has recorded the Friday Seminars and mage them available online. The speakers are faculty of CESCA as well as external speakers, and cover a broad range of topics in electronic system design.

Ha teaches RF IC course at Virginia Tech campus in Egypt


October 2010. Dong Ha teaches graduate course "RF IC Design" in Fall 2010. The course was taught in Blacksburg for the first half of the semester, which was also televised to VT campus (VT-MENA) in Egypt. He traveled to Alexandria, Egypt, in mid-October and continues to teach the course in Egypt for the rest of the semester. Currently, total 25 graduate students have enrolled the course in Blacksburg and VT-MENA campuses. His stay in Egypt aims to help VT-MENA to improve VLSI and IC Design program.



Deyerle is Awarded with the Bradley Fellowship


April 2010. T. Shaver Deyerle IV has been selected as a Bradley Fellow of the ECE Department starting from Fall 2010, which is the most prestigious award available within the Department. Bradley Fellowships are available to outstanding U.S. Ph.D. applicants, and a Bradley Fellow is awarded in the amount of $27,500 and tuition for three academic years. Shaver Deyerle received a BS degree from Virginia Tech in Spring 2010 and will pursue his Ph.D. degree in analog, mixed-signal and RF IC design under Dong Ha's supervision. Shaver Deyerle was a summer intern at Cisco in 2008 and Qualcomm in 2009 and 2010. He is a recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Micron Scholar award (sponsored by Micron Technology Inc.), Karl Egerer/Kollmorgan Electrical Engineering Scholarship (2009 - 2010), Frederick C. Grant Scholarship (2009 - 2010), and the Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Faison Scholarship (2008 - 2009).




Ha is involved in solar and thermal energy harvesting research


March 2010. Ha received a two-year project from Acellent Technologies, which develops a structural health monitoring sensor node for infrastructure. The major goalof the project is to develop an energy harvesting system for solar and thermal, which powers up the Acellent's sensor node. His team investigates all aspects of the energy harvesting system including design of a thermal harvester with a cooling system, a battery charging circuit, and voltage boosters and regulators. Currently, Ha's team is working with three companies in energy harvesting from solar, thermal, and vibrations. Ha has set up a CESCA lab to facilitate his group's energy harvesting research. The amount of funding for the project is $150K for two years, and Ph.D. Student Justin Cartwright will lead the project.






Standard Performance Evaluation of Cryptographic Hardware and Software

January 2010. Patrick Schaumont and Leyla Nazhandali have received a three-year $544K grant through NIST's Measurement Science and Engineering Research Grants Program. In collaboration with George Mason University (lead institution) and University of Illinois at Chicago, the team will develop a performance evaluation infrastructure for cryptographic hardware and software. The infrastructure will allow to evaluate and compare the performance of competing crypto-algorithms when implemented in ASICs, FPGAs, as well as microprocessors. The CESCA team will specifically focus on performance evaluation on ASIC. A first milestone for the environment will be its application to submissions in NIST's SHA-3 contest for new hash functions. The SHA-3 standard will be a basis for future secure digital signature schemes. The environment will be available to the entire cryptographic community, allowing researchers to fairly, comprehensively, and automatically compare their new cryptographic algorithms, hardware architectures, and optimization methods against previous work.

Shukla receives a best paper award

January 2010. Shukla and three of his students, Nanjundappa, Patel, and Jose, received a best paper award at the 15th Asia and South Pacific Design AutomationConference (ASP-DAC) held in Taiwan. Their paper describes how to speed up the simulation performance of certain SystemC-based hardware models by exploiting the high degree of parallelism afforded by today's general purpose graphic processor units. Their experiments were carried out on an NVIDIA Tesla 870 with 256 processing cores. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation helped support this research.

Abbott and Hsiao receive NIJ award

January 2010. Lynn Abbott and Michael Hsiao have received a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to develop new standards for analyzing latent fingerprints. A major goal of the project is to develop a quantitative approach for measuring the information that is available in friction ridge (fingerprint) patterns. Abbott and Hsiao are co-Principal Investigators along with Ed Fox (Computer Science), Randy Murch (Associate Director for Research Program Development, National Capital Region), and Bruce Budowle (University of North Texas). The amount of the award is $855K over two years.


Ha, teamed up with companies, receive three SBIR projects.

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November 2009. Dong Ha, teamed up companies and other researchers, was awarded three SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) Phase I projects. The first project sponsored by NASA is to develop a low-power structural health monitoring system, which is capable of detecting and locating damage. The second project, also sponsored by NASA, is to develop a CMOS ultra-wideband impulse radar, which can perform accurate ranging and high bandwidth communications. The third project sponsored by Army is to investigate a wireless sensor system capable of operating at high temperature and powered by energy harvested from multiple sources such as air flow, thermal, and vibrations. 


"Self-charging structures" wins the best paper prize at SMASIS 2009

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September 2009. Three CIMSS (Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures) members (Daniel Inman and his students Anton, and Erturk) and two CESCA members (Dong Ha and his student Na Kong) developed a self-charging structure, which won the best paper award at the ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS) in September 2009. The structure provides multifunctionality capabilities in a single device that can harvest vibration energy, stored harvested energy, and bear the load. The 'self-charging structures' are multilayered, composite devices consisting of active piezoceramic layers for scavenging energy, flexible thin-film battery layers for storing scavenged energy, and a central metallic substrate layer. A key advantage of the self-charging structure design is that, unlike traditional vibration energy harvesting devices that are designed as add-on components to a host system, self-charging structures can be integrated into a system to provide load bearing capacity and eliminate the mass loading effects found in conventional designs.Ha is awarded with a US patent in digital DC/DC converter design.


Ha is awarded with a US patent in digital DC/DC converter design

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August 2009. Dong Ha, along with four colleagues with Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES), has been awarded a US patent (No. 7,570,037) entitled "Hybrid Control Methods for Digital Pulse Width Modulator (DPWM)," They devised a scheme to increase the resolution of the duty cycle D for digital DC/DC buck converters.




Jung-Min "Jerry" Park has been tenured and promoted

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August 2009. Jung-Min "Jerry" Park has been tenured and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. His research interests are in network security, applied cryptography, and cognitive radio/software defined radio networks. Jung-Min "Jerry" Park has published his work in leading journals and conference proceedings. He is leading or participating in several sponsored research projects. Current sponsors include the NSF (National Science Foundation), SANS Institute (SysAdmin, Audit, Network Security), Samsung Electronics, and SCA Technica, Inc.




Yang and Schaumont receive an NSF grant

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August 2009. Yaling Yang and Patrick Schaumont received an NSF grant for research in "Cross-domain Design Tools for Sensor Network and Architecture." The team will develop a novel tool, named Sunshine, to effectively support joint evaluation and design of sensor network (sensornet) hardware and software. The hardware and software communities of sensornet can use Sunshine to efficiently exchange mutual requirements and share the latest technology advances in each other's fields. The amount of the grant is $420K for three years.



Ha collaborates with a Korean team in wireless body area network (WBAN) research

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July 2009. A WBAN is characterized as short range, low power, and highly reliable wireless communications for use in close proximity to, or inside, a human body. Those applications require extremely low power wireless nodes so as to last for years without battery recharges or replacements. Dong Ha collaborates with Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Korea, in WBAN research, and his team investigates low power RF architectures for WBANs. The five-year project is sponsored by Korean government, and the amount of funding for Dong Ha's team is $80K for year 2009.




Schaumont, Nazhandali and Kim are building unique chip identifiers

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June 2009. Patrick Schaumont, Leyla Nazhandali, and Inyoung Kim (STAT) have received an ICTAS grant for research in "Unique and Unclonable Chip Identifiers". The team will define novel mechanisms to establish, in a secure and unique way, the identity of electronic chips. Chip-identity technology is useful for a rich and broad set of applications in pervasive security, for example in anti-piracy of software and anti-counterfeiting of products. The team will combine complementary expertise in advanced statistics, digital architectures, and advanced circuit design. The $98K grant is sponsored by the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) at Virginia Tech, and provides seed funding for one year.


Thirteen CESCA students participate summer internships

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May 2009. Numerous CESCA students at Summer Internships in 2009, applying their knowledge to real world problems, ranging from hardware and software design, development, test, verification, and security analysis.

• Sumit Ahuja (Cebatech Inc.), Mahesh Nanjundappa (Intel Corporation); Advisor: Sandeep Shukla
• Zhimin Chen (Microsoft Research), Abhranil Maiti (ISI East), Eric Xu Guo (ISI East); Advisor: Patrick Shaumont
• Swati Kanaujia (Qualcomm Inc.), Amol A. Deshpande (Viasat Inc.), Jatin Thakkar (Phoenix Integration); Advisor: Jung-Min Park
• Neha Goel (Intel), Saparya Krishnamoorthy (Intel), Sandesh Prabhakar (Qualcomm Inc.), Percy Dadabhoy (Qualcomm Inc.), Karthik Channakeshava (Bell Labs); Advisor: Michael Hsiao
• Jihoon Jeong (Intel); Advisor: Dong Ha


CESCA honors the following M.S. and Ph.D. awardees, who successfully defended their theses in Spring 2009

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• Christian Tergino (Advisor: Patrick Schaumont), " Efficient Binary Field Multiplication on a VLIW DSP," M.S., May, 2009
• Harini Jagadeesan (Advisor: Michael Hsiao), " Design and Verification of Privacy and User Re-authentication Systems," M.S., May, 2009
• Nannan He (Advisor: Michael Hsiao), "Exploring Abstraction Techniques for Scalable Bit-precise Verification of Embedded Software," Ph.D, May, 2009

Ha Receives a Project from Pratt & Whitney

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April 2009. Virginia Tech has been one of Pratt & Whitney Centers of Excellence, and Dong Ha has received a research project from Pratt & Whitney through the Center. The project aims to develop a sensor node for monitoring and testing of aircraft engines. The work involves development of network protocols, incorporation of high speed wireless radios and fiber optic communication devices, and implementation of sensor interfaces. Dong Ha's team will collaborate closely with other ME (Mechanical Engineering) teams of the Center and will test the sensor node with a real aircraft engine. The amount of funding for the project is $156K for two years. 


Ha Collaborates in Energy Harvesting Research with CIMSS

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February 2009. Virginia Tech’s Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (CIMSS) directed by Prof. Dan Inman has teamed with Physical Acoustics Corporation (PAC), of Princeton Junction, NJ, to develop a suite of new technologies to provide a continuous, energy independent monitoring of the structural integrity of U.S. bridges. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) funds $14M for five years for the research, with Virginia Tech’s share at about $2M. The research with Virginia Tech includes development of an innovative method for “harvesting” power from motions and vibrations in a bridge using piezoelectric materials, and Dong Ha’s team is responsible for design of power conditioning circuits.


Two CESCA Faculty Members Were Featured in Virginia Tech Annual Report 2007- 08

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December 2008. Improving the security of cognitive radio technology is the goal of Virginia Tech College of Engineering researcher Jung-Min Park. Park, an assistant professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said that cognitive radio technology will be used for two-way communications in a wide range of applications, such as communication systems for tactical military forces and emergency responders. It also might be used in the development of wireless access networks that can provide Internet services to rural areas.




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December 2008. Embedded computer work wins awards. Sandeep Shukla's work in designing, analyzing, and predicting the performance of electronic systems, particularly embedded compters, has drawn acclaim from the National Academies, the National Science Foundation, and the White House. Shukla has published more than 100 journal and conference papers and book chapters and has co-authored or co-edited three books. He is an associate editor of two Institute of Electrical and Electionics Engineers journals and has founded a new international journal on embedded software.


Nazhandali Wins NSF CAREER Award


August 2008. Leyla Nazhandali has received an NSF CAREER award for her proposal, "Overcoming Power Challenges in Embedded System Design with Subthreshold-Voltage Technology." Her work will allow her to explore ways subthreshold voltage technology can improve lives, such as reducing energy consumption of handheld landmine detectors. She is the 5th CESCA faculty member to earn this prestigious award.




Yang Receives an NSF Award


August 2008. Yaling Yang and Tom Hou recently received an NSF award titled "Study of the Fundamental Compatibility Space of Wireless Routing Metrics". This three year project worth approximately $350,000 will begin fall, 2008. Yaling Yang, Michael Buehrer, and Jungmin Park were recently awarded an NSF project titled "Proactive Cross-Layer Adversary Localization for Hostile or Harsh Wireless Environments". The amount of funding for the project is about $330K for three years.




Shukla Receives Humboldt Foundation Award


July 2008. ECE's Sandeep Shukla has received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander Humboldt Foundation of Germany. The Bessel Award is available annually to no more than 25 scientists and scholars, internationally renowned in their field, who completed their doctorates less than 12 years ago.




Ha Receives an NSF Award

July 2008. Dong Ha has been awarded with an NSF project titled "A New Approach to Design-for-Testability (DFT) Using Ultra Wideband and Wireless Communication Techniques," which investigates integrated circuits power line communications (PLC) for DFT application. The amount of funding for the project is $250K for three years, and it is a follow-up to research sponsored by Intel through the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC).

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