“Large-scale Modeling for Complex Systems: Bridging VLSI CAD Algorithms with Clinical Applications”

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 4:05pm


Friday, July 27th
11:00am – 12:00pm
Electrical & Computer Engineering Conference Room, Harold Frank Hall, Rm. 4164

SPEAKER: Xin Li, Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

TITLE: “Large-scale Modeling for Complex Systems: Bridging VLSI CAD Algorithms with Clinical Applications”

This talk presents several novel methodologies to facilitate large-scale modeling for complex systems. Our work is motivated by the emerging need of large-scale statistical performance modeling for analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs). The objective is to capture the impact of process and environmental variations for today’s nanoscale circuits. In particular, we explore a number of novel statistical techniques (e.g., sparse regression, model fusion, etc) to address the modeling challenges posed by high dimensionality and strong nonlinearity. As such, the parametric yield of nanoscale ICs can be predicted both accurately and efficiently. This talk also discusses how the proposed modeling techniques can be further applied to adaptive post-silicon tuning of analog and mixed-signal circuits.

In addition, our algorithms originally developed for VLSI CAD problems have been successfully extended to other non-CAD applications. The second part of this talk briefly discusses a clinical application of brain computer interface based on magnetoencephalography (MEG). The objective of BCI is to provide a direct control pathway from brain to external devices. We will show how statistical modeling algorithms can be applied to improve the signal-to-noise ratio of MEG recording.

Xin Li received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in 2005, and the M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Fudan University, Shanghai, China in 2001 and 1998, respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. In 2005, he co-founded Xigmix Inc. to commercialize his PhD research, and served as the Chief Technical Officer until the company was acquired by Extreme DA in 2007. In 2011, Extreme DA was further acquired by Synopsis (Nasdaq: SNPS). Since 2009, he has been appointed as the Assistant Director for FCRP Focus Research Center for Circuit & System Solutions (C2S2). His research interests include computer-aided design, neural signal processing, and power system analysis and design.

Dr. Xin Li has been an Associated Editor of IEEE Trans. on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD) since 2012 and an Associated Editor of Journal of Low Power Electronics (JOLPE) since 2011. He served on the Technical Program Committee of Design Automation Conference (DAC) from 2011 to 2012, the Technical Program Committee of International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) from 2008 to 2011, the Technical Program Committee of International Workshop on Timing Issues in the Specification and Synthesis of Digital Systems (TAU) from 2010 to 2012, the Technical Program Committee of International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSI) in 2009, and the IEEE Outstanding Young Author Award Selection Committee in 2006. He received the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) in 2012, a Best Paper Award from Design Automation Conference (DAC) in 2010 and two IEEE/ACM William J. McCalla ICCAD Best Paper Awards in 2004 and 2011.