NE-Ohio Regional Workshop on Community Infrastructure for Analog Circuit Design

Analog circuits form the foundation of all electronic devices, systems and instrumentation regardless of whether the design goal is low frequency, mixed-signal, digital, or radio-frequency (RF). Therefore, the teaching of analog electronics across multiple levels across the engineering curriculum, and state-of-art research undertaken in analog electronics is fundamental to the continued growth of the field of electronics. Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and the University of Akron (UA) have recently received NSF support for organizing a regional meeting that is aimed at exploring important needs, goals and ideas from the NE-Ohio analog electronics community. The over-arching objectives of the 1-day meeting, to be held at CWRU on August 18, 2017, can be summarized as:

  • Focus attention on analog design and education in NE Ohio, and offer a forum for anyone having concerns or ideas for the improvement of the field of analog electronics within the region.
  • Discuss community objectives and plans for growth and infrastructure needs, including but not limited to: access to IC fabrication and test facilities, shared building blocks of IP and instrumentation, access to labs and facilities, and new community-based platforms for education.
  • Provide networking opportunities for circuits and systems professionals in the region by ensuring participation by universities, colleges, industry, and research laboratories.
  • Secure access to NSF program managers who have related interests.
  • Provide a forum for discussion and brainstorming among the attendees.
  • Publish technical posters and listen to invited keynote talks (from NSF and Columbia University).
  • Foster student participation, community engagement, and open discussion
  • Discuss proposal ideas, planning, and teaming opportunities with other attendees.
Topics of interest: Including, but not limited to: analog and mixed-signal chip design; analog circuits for communications, the Internet of Things, imaging, biomedical, and defense; computer architecture.

Useful information

Venue: Case Western Reserve University campus 
Talks and discussions: Room 356, Nord Hall 
Poster session: Room 317, Glennan Hall

Street address: 2095 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106
Directions: Available at
Parking: Lot 53 (Veale Center), 2158 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH 44106.

Date: August 18, 2017
Organizers: Soumyajit Mandal (,  Arjuna Madanayake (, S. I. Hariharan (

How to participate: Please register for the meeting by sending a short email expressing your interest to If you would like to give a talk or present a poster, please include a title and 100-word abstract.

Preliminary agenda

 8:30 - 9:00  Registration and Breakfast
 9:00 - 9:15  Welcome and Introduction
 9:15 - 10:00
 Keynote Address 1: Dr. Sankar Basu, National Science Foundation
 Title: "Circuit Theoretic (Kirchhoff) Paradigm for Modeling PDEs of Physics"
 10:00 - 10:15        Break
 10:15 - 11:45   Short Presentations
 11:45 - 12:30  Lunch
 12:30 - 1:30  Poster Session
 1:30 - 2:15
 Keynote Address 2: Prof. Mingoo Seok, Columbia University
 Title: "Analog Computing for the 21st Century​"
 2:15 - 2:30  Break
 2:30 - 3:45  Panel Discussion  
 3:45 - 4:00  Concluding Remarks 

List of talks
  1. Philip Feng, CWRU, "Interfacing and Integrating Nanoelectromechanical Systems (NEMS) with CMOS"
  2. Ryan Toonen, University of Akron, "Graphene and Carbon Nanotube Thin Film Sensors"
  3. Kye-Shin Lee, University of Akron, "Fully Analog Motion Artifact Elimination Scheme for ECG/EEG Sensor Front-ends"
  4. Steve Majerus, VA Medical Center/CWRU, "Catheter-Mounted CMOS Front-Ends for Broadband Intravascular Ultrasonic Imaging"
  5. Dale Mugler, Ocius Technologies, "Towards Analog Implementations of the Akron-FFT"
  6. Paul Wittibschlager, Ametek/VTI, "Analog Signal Conditioning for Precision Sensors"
List of posters
  1. Shiquan Fan, Liuming Zhao, Peng Wang, Ran Wei, Xuqian Zheng, Zenghui Wang, Philip Feng, "A Battery-Less, 255 nA Quiescent Current Temperature Sensor with Voltage Regulator Fully Powered by Harvesting Ambient Vibrational Energy"
  2. Cheng Chen, Fengchao Zhang, Swarup Bhunia and Soumyajit Mandal, "Broadband quantitative NQR anaylsis of medicines and nutritional supplements"
  3. Mason Greer, Cheng Chen, Soumyajit Mandal, "Low-Cost and Portable Systems for Magnetic Resonance Imaging"
  4. David Ariando, David Mirando, Junyi Shi, Mason Greer, Cheng Chen, and Soumyajit Mandal, "A Low-Cost Miniature NMR Spectrometer for Active Learning"
  5. Yingying Wang, Suranga Handagala, Arjuna Madanayake, Leonid Belostotski, Soumyajit Mandal, "N-Port LNAs for mmW Array Processors Using 2-D Spatio-Temporal Δ-Σ Noise-Shaping"
  6. Xinyao Tang, Soumyajit Mandal, "Large Scale Flexible Sensor Sheet for Active Structural Health Monitoring"
  7. Mohammad S. Islam, Shin Utsuzawa, Yi-Qiao Song, and Soumyajit Mandal, "A Broadband High-Power Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) System"
  8. Jifu Liang, Shixiong Li, Ali Nikoofard, Soumyajit Mandal, "Low Power Receivers for Simultaneous Electrocardiogram and Respiration Rate Detection"
  9. Mohammadreza Asgari, Kye-Shin Lee, and Nathan Ida, "Highly Linear Bridge-Based ISFET pH Sensor Readout Circuit"
  10. Arjuna Madanayake, Renato Cintra, Viduneth Ariyarathna, Soumyajit Mandal, Leonid Belostotski, Xinyao Tang, "Analog Approximate-DFT Implementations using CMOS Technology"
  11. Arjuna Madanayake, SI Hariharan, Nilan Udayanga, Nathaniel Hawk, "Continous-Time Solution of the 1-D Wave-Equation using RC-Active Circuits" [includes real-time demo]
  12. Yipeng Huang, Ning Guo, Mingoo Seok, Yannis Tsividis, Kyle Mandli, Simha Sethumadhavan, "Hybrid Analog-Digital Solution of Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations"
  13. Mahdu Vatte, Firas Hassan, Joan Carletta, Robert Veillette, "Image Sensor Readout Circuitry Supporting the Analog Computation of Large Vertical Surrounds"
  14. Srikar Reddy Naini, Kye-Shin Lee, "Ping-Pong Auto-Zero Amplifier with Rail-to-Rail Output Buffer"
  15. Sravan Pulipati, Suresh Madhishetty, Viduneth Ariyarathna, Nilan Udayanga, and Arjuna Madanayake, "Microwave Antennas and Radio Receivers at the University of Akron"
Presentation guidelines
  • Short talks: Please limit your presentations to 15 minutes so we can stay on schedule. If possible, email your slides to by Thursday 8/17 so that we can load them into the room computer ahead of time.
  • Posters: The maximum allowable poster size is 40" x 60". Both vertical and horizontal orientations are acceptable. Please arrive at the venue at least 15 minutes ahead of time to set up your poster.