IEEE Texas Workshop on Integrated System Exploration (TexasWISE)

March 27, 2015

Winedale House, Round Top, Texas
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GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 30.087583°, Longitude: -96.640244°
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TexasWISE 2015 There is a compelling need to search for new inter-disciplinary growth areas for the integrated circuits and systems industry. TexasWISE aims to fulfill this requirement by providing a common forum for academic and industry researchers to meet and explore avenues of research beyond IC design. The workshop will not only provide a chance for face-to-face interaction among Texas IC research and development professionals, but also attract outstanding speakers from outside of Texas. The goal is to maximize the impact of exploratory research beyond IC design and establish Texas in a leading role in this activity.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Edward A. Lee
Dr. Edward A. LeeRobert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor in the EECS department
U.C. Berkeley

Better Engineering through Better Models

An Internet of Things (IoT) application is a cyber-physical system (CPS). A CPS integrates computation, communication networks, and physical dynamics. Yet IoT technology today is rooted in Web and Cloud technology, which was not designed for interactions with physical processes. The dominant concerns with Web and Cloud technology are scalability, robustness, and reasonable response times. When physical processes are involved, however, timeliness becomes less of a performance metric, and more of a correctness criterion, and safety becomes a central concern. In this talk, I argue that the engineering models predominantly used for software, and particularly for distributed software, are not well suited to the CPS context. I will examine an alternative view of the CPS design problem that focuses on deterministic models for distributed cyber-physical systems.

Edward A. Lee is the Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor in theElectrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) department at U.C. Berkeley. His research interests center on design, modeling, and analysis of embedded, real-time computational systems. He is the director of the nine-university TerraSwarm Research Center (, a director of Chess, the Berkeley Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems, and the director of the Berkeley Ptolemy project. From 2005-2008, he served as chair of the EE Division and then chair of the EECS Department at UC Berkeley. He is co-author of six books and hundreds of papers. He has led the development of several influential open-source software packages, notably Ptolemy and its various spinoffs. He received the B.S. degree in Computer Science from Yale University in 1979, the S.M. degree in EECS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1981, and the Ph.D. degree in EECS from UC Berkeley in 1986. From 1979 to 1982 he was a member of technical staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey, in the Advanced Data Communications Laboratory. He is a co-founder of BDTI, Inc., where he is currently a Senior Technical Advisor, and has consulted for a number of other companies. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator, and won the 1997 Frederick Emmons Terman Award for Engineering Education.

Jamie Smith
Jamie SmithDirector of Embedded Systems
National Instruments

Smart Edge Devices are the Key Building Block of the Industrial Internet of Things

The idea of a smarter world where systems with sensors and local processing are connected to share information is taking hold in every single industry. These systems will be connected on a global scale with users and each other to help users make more informed decisions. Many labels have been given to this overarching idea, but the most ubiquitous is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with smart agriculture, smart cities, smart factories, and the smart grid. In this talk I will cover a common architecture and tools used to build IIoT systems today for energy, transportation, and manufacturing.

Jamie Smith, director of embedded systems at National Instruments, is the global leader of product management and go-to-market strategies for the company’s industrial and embedded products, including NI CompactRIO, Vision, Motion, and Wireless. Since joining NI in 1996 as an application engineer, Jamie has held key leadership positions in sales, engineering, product strategy, corporate development, and marketing. Jamie has helped drive numerous strategic product and operational innovations during his time at National Instruments. He has been recently recognized as a Top Embedded Innovator by Embedded Computing Design and received an R&D 100 Award. Jamie has been an active member of several industry organizations and is a frequent speaker at technical and business conferences. He is currently representing National Instruments as a voting member of the Industrial Internet Consortium. Jamie holds a bachelor’s of science degree in physics from UC Santa Barbara and a masters in applied physics from Stanford University.

Dr. Scott Hanson
Dr. Scott HansonVP Engineering/CTO
Ambiq Micro, Austin, TX

Chasing Down Every Last Picojoule in the Internet of Things

 The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) will be closely tied to the emergence of ultra-low power electronics.  Billions of battery-powered devices will be shipped as part of the IoT explosion, which will create a need to keep billions of batteries charged up.  To fully realize the IoT vision will require energy-efficient microcontrollers, radios, sensors, and power electronics.  It will also require dramatic improvements to the energy efficiency of software, something that is often overlooked.  One of the most promising techniques for achieving the ultra-efficient energy requirements demanded by IoT is sub-threshold circuit operation.  In this talk I will discuss a variety of approaches for minimizing energy usage in IoT electronics and will focus particularly on the opportunity and challenges presented by sub-threshold operation.

 Scott Hanson is an expert in ultra-low energy and variation-tolerant circuits. He championed the development of Ambiq Micro’s SPOT™ platform at the University of Michigan along with Ambiq Micro co-founders Dennis Sylvester and David Blaauw. Since Ambiq Micro’s inception, Scott has guided Ambiq Micro’s product development efforts and new technology development efforts. He speaks widely on energy-efficient circuits at trade-shows and conferences and has more than 30 publications and 7 patent filings on related topics. He received his Ph.D., Master’s, and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan.