Microelectronics technologies have been advanced at a phenomenal pace for the last four decades. The main workhorse for this advancement is so-called Moore’s law, where the industry has been successfully miniaturizing transistors, enabling a higher level of integration at a lower price tag. Unfortunately, many observe that the Moore’s law has slowed down significantly for the last several years and expect it will end soon in various ways. However, it is critical to continue more integration in microelectronics and come up with more innovations such that we can enable some of the long-sought visions such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and the exa-scale computing, with less support from Moore’s law.
In this seminar, we will discuss the challenges in roughly four areas, namely energy-efficiency, performance, robustness, and emerging cognitive workloads, together with our efforts across circuit, architecture, and algorithms to address those challenges.
Mingoo Seok is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University since 2012. He received the BS (with summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea, in 2005, and the MS and PhD degree from University of Michigan in 2007 and 2011, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He was a member of technical staff in Texas Instruments, Dallas in 2011.
His research interests include variation/voltage/thermal/aging-adaptive circuits and architecture, ultra-low-power SoC design for emerging embedded systems, machine-learning computing systems, and non-conventional computing and control systems design. He received 1999 Distinguished Undergraduate Scholarship from the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, 2005 Doctoral Fellowship from the same organization, and 2008 Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from University of Michigan. He also won 2009 AMD/CICC Scholarship Award for picowatt voltage reference work and 2009 DAC/ISSCC Design Contest for the 35pW sensor platform design. He recently won 2015 NSF CAREER award. He has been serving as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I since 2013, and IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems since 2015.