Keynote Speakers

Addressing the Challenge: GaN Device for User Equipment Applications*

Dr. Chris Clifton, Chief Technology Officer, Sony Semiconductor Solutions, UK


To date, Gallium Nitride (GaN) processes have been considered as the preserve of infrastructure and military applications requiring high power and performance. However, due to increasing demands of higher data throughputs and features, it is consumer and user equipment which will most benefit from the increased efficiency and power density of these high performance processes. However, the challenges of low voltage operation need to first be overcome, in addition to other technical and commercial barriers.

This presentation will highlight the high performance low voltage operation of a GaN on Silicon device and how, together with optimum circuit topologies, it can readily address the future challenges of sub 7GHz (FR1) and mmWave (FR2) user equipment applications.


Authors*: C. Clifton1, C. Mimis1, A. Lawrenson1, Katsuhiko Takeuchi2, Kunihiko Tasai2, Katsunori Yanashima2

1 SSS-E Technology Exploration,
2 SSS Analog LSI Business Division Analog Device Development Department



Managing large R&D teams focused on semiconductor and consumer businesses primarily in the fields of sensing, positioning and communications



Challenges in Making on Chip Measurements at RF and Millimeter Wave Frequencies

Ahmed Shafqat, Test and Measurement Specialist, Rohde & Schwarz MEA


This talk will cover some common digital/analog/mixed-signal ICs/ Integrated Antenna measurement techniques, setups, and solutions for their characterization. It will cover challenges in measurement system which contributes to the measurement error and their mitigation techniques. 


Mr. Ahmed Shafqat has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in RF and Microwave from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad. He joined NUST as Faculty member in 2011 and taught RF & microwave related courses to Electrical Engineering students. During his stay he was also responsible for research and measurements activities at Anechoic Chamber Lab and EMC/EMI Lab. He Joined Rohde and Schwarz Middle East and Africa (MEA) in 2019 as an application specialist and is technical lead for high product and solutions of Test and Measurement domain. He is responsible for delivering technical training and supporting Pre-sales and Post-sales activities related to Test and Measurement solutions. He is an IEEE Senior Member and member of IEEE EMC TC1(Technical Committee1). 

Photonic Integrated Circuits for Space

Stavros Iezekiel, Professor, University of Cyprus, Cyprus


Photonic integration has emerged as a key enabling technology, primarily for data comms but also for interconnects, biosensors and LIDAR for automotive. Consequently a value chain is being developed analogous to that of the electronic IC industry, which includes chip design, characterization, packaging and the availability of multi-wafer project runs for prototyping. Moreover, the large bandwidths that are made possible by photonic integrated devices also enable applications in microwave photonics. In particular, photonic synthesis of microwave and mm-wave signals is especially attractive since it offers better phase noise performance compared to conventional electronic oscillators. This talk will focus on the development of indium phosphide photonic integrated circuits for future high-throughput reconfigurable satellite payloads. 


Stavros Iezekiel (S’88–M’90–SM’00) received the B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from the University of Leeds. From 1993 to 2006, he was with the University of Leeds, where he served as Deputy Director of the Institute of Microwaves and Photonics and as the Director of Learning and Teaching in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. He is currently with the University of Cyprus, leading the research activity in microwave photonics and space photonics. Prof. Iezekiel is Director of the EMPHASIS Research Centre (an interdepartmental research centre targeting electronics, microwaves, photonics and sensing). Between 2010 and 2014 he was President of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. In 2011 he was an Invited Professor at ESIEE Paris. 

His current research focuses on integrated microwave photonics and photonic generation of microwaves with applications to high-throughput satellite payloads, in addition to development of photonic integrated circuits for LIDAR. He has published over 170 papers and edited a book in microwave photonics. Prof. Iezekiel received the 1999 IEE/NPL Measurements Prize for his work in microwave photonic measurements. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation from 2009 to 2019, and is a Fellow of the IET and Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

How does EDA Benefit from the AI Revolution?

Anton Klotz, Director for Academia in Cadence Design Systems, Cadence, Germany


Since the introduction of ChatGPT on November 30th 2022 the AI revolution became visible not only to experts but to regular IT users. Three months later the number of ChatGPT users reached 100 Mio, which made it to the fastest technology outreach in human history. ChatGPT is the most visible demonstrator of a technology, which whole potential will become visible in coming years. EDA is certainly one area, which will benefit the most from the ML technologies. In general the expectation is that Machine Learning in EDA will play for the productivity a similar role as introduction of standard cells or HDLs. There are several options how ML can be applied to EDA, the tool engines can be enhanced, but also whole design flows can be optimized and design creation could be speed-up. However, there are several traps, which a designer must be aware of. Some of them are potential copyright violations, disclosure of company secrets to the public, bugs in the generated code, also called hallucination. EDA vendors must find solutions to these problems in order to provide users secure, reliable and productive next generation tools. The next generation of designers must be taught to understand the benefits and the limits of this technology.



Anton Klotz is Program Director for Academia at Cadence Design Systems and heading the Cadence University Program in EMEA region. His duties are enabling universities and research institutes in the region to use latest technologies offered by Cadence. Anton enables Cadence participation in government-funded projects and provides Cadence solutions to high-tech startups. He is active in the high-tech communities in Germany and Europe, since 2020 he is Young People Programme Chair at DATE conference, since 2015 General Chair of the CadenceLive Europe Academic Track. Anton has obtained diploma in Technical Computer Science at University of Mannheim, Germany. 

Trust, But Verify: Towards Self-Aware, Safe, Autonomous Self-Driving Systems

Fadi Kurdahi, Professor, University of California, Irvine


Mobile autonomous devices use sophisticated algorithms to automatically navigate diverse physical environments in a safe manner. Guaranteeing system safety while optimizing resource-usage of an autonomous device’s computer is an outstanding challenge. Runtime verification helps provide robustness by monitoring application execution at runtime. These systems operate in dynamic environments, requiring self-aware runtime management to maximize lifetime while enforcing safe execution. Safe execution and lifetime management require consideration of performance and efficiency, two conflicting objectives. Existing research has explored algorithmic safety guarantees, software offloading, and energy-efficient hardware, but no work has coordinated all of the approaches to maximize resource-efficiency within safety bounds. We present past and current work undergone in this domain as part of the Information Processing Factory Project, a partnership between UCI, Tech. U. Munich, and Tech. U. Braunschweig under joint funding by the US NSF and the German DFG agencies.


Fadi Kurdahi received his PhD from the University of Southern   California in 1987. Since then, he has been a faculty at the   Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at UCI, where he   conducts research in the areas of Computer Aided Design and design methodology of large scale   systems. He served as the Associate Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies of the Samueli School of Engineering 2017-2022, and since 2012 as the Director of the Center for   Embedded & Cyber-physical Systems (CECS), comprised of world-class researchers in the general area of Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems. He served on numerous editorial boards, and was program chair or general chair on program committees of several workshops,  symposia and conferences in the area of CAD, VLSI, and system design.   He received the best paper awards for the IEEE Transactions on VLSI in  2002, ISQED in  2006 and ASP-DAC in 2016, and other   distinguished paper awards at DAC, EuroDAC, ASP- DAC and ISQED. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus award from his Alma Mater, the   American University of Beirut in 2008. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the AAAS.