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CESCA Day 2015

CESCA Day Main Schedule Program (in pdf) Pictures:  Main,  Poster session

May 2, 2015 (Saturday) 9:00am - 5:00pm

Graduate Life Center (GLC) Multipurpose Room


Graduate Life Center (GLC) at Virginia Tech Graduate Life Center (GLC) at VT


The 6th annual CESCA Day was held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Graduate Life Center (GLC) Multipurpse Room.  The day consisted of research presentations and poster sessions, followed by a surprise session at the end of the day.  

The keynote address was provided by Professor Makoto Nagata, Department Chair and Professor in Information Science at Kobe University in Japan.

The CESCA Day organizers were Dr. Chao Wang and Dr. Lynn Abbott this year.



CESCA Awards opportunities for Students

The CESCA faculty members chose the winners of these awards.  

CESCA Outstanding Student Award:  Students who have published five or more first-author papers in top journals or peer-reviewed conferences will be eligible for competing for this award. Each student can receive this award at most once.  If you are eligible for the “CESCA Outstanding Student Award” (having published 5 first-author conference or journal papers), please notify Dr. Wang or Dr. Abbott.  

Awardees: Aydin Aysu (Advisor: Schaumont) and Hassan Elidib (Advisors: Wang)

CESCA Best Presentation:  You are encouraged to participate in the “Best Presentation” competition if you have a paper published or accepted in the past year. One winner per year will be selected for this award. 

Awardee:  Abhijit Sarkar (Advisor: Abbott)

CESCA Day Best Poster Award:  Students who participate in the poster sessions during our annual CESCA Day event will be eligible for competing for this award. One winner per year will be selected for this award.

Awardees:  Hassan Elidib (Advisor: Wang), Nahid Farhady Ghalaty (Advisor: Schaumont), and Ege Gulcan(Advisor: Schaumont)

CESCA Best Video Award: This year's CESCA fun event is a (fun!) video competition. Submissions are welcome from everyone.

Sudeep Bhattarai & He Li (1st place), Lu Zhang (2nd place)

All the former award recipients are listed on the CESCA Awards page.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Makoto Nagata, Graduate School of System Informatics, Kobe University, Japan


IC chips to be dependable, secure, and robust


Dr. Makoto Nagata Professor Makoto Nagata

Abstract:  An IC chip needs to be dependable, secure, and robust in designs for automotive, aviation, medical, and many other critical applications. The dependability of an IC chip features such as the tolerance and adaptability to environmental disturbances. The security of an IC chip guarantees the hardware trust and tamper resistance as examples. The robustness is generally required, but technically covered by the integrity in design and the testability and diagnosis in fields. This talk addresses challenges in the design of an IC chip to cope with those characteristics with versatile physical origins, while meeting the specified functionality and performance of circuits. Some silicon trials will also be discussed.

Speaker:  Makoto Nagata received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1991 and 1993, respectively, and the Ph.D in electronics engineering from Hiroshima University, Japan, in 2001. He was a research associate at Hiroshima University, Japan, from 1994 to 2002, and then an associate professor of Kobe University, Japan, from 2002 to 2009. He is currently a professor of the graduate school of system informatics, Kobe University. His research interests include design techniques toward high performance mixed analog, RF, and digital VLSI systems with particular emphasis on power/signal/substrate integrity and electromagnetic compatibility, testing and diagnosis, three dimensional system integration, as well as connectivity and security applications. He was a co-recipient of the best paper awards from 3D-Test 2013 and CHES 2014.

Dr. Nagata has been a member of a variety of technical program committees of international conferences such as the Symposium on VLSI Circuits (2002-2009), Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (2007-2009), Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (2005-2009), International Solid-State Circuits Conference (2014-), and many others. He was a technical program chair (2010-2011) and a symposium chair (2012-2013) for Symposium on VLSI circuits. He is currently a technical program co-chair for the workshop of DATE 2015 on 3D Integration, and an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems (2015-). He also served as an associate editor of the IEICE Transactions on Electronics (2002-2005).


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