ITC 2016 Keynote Addresses

ITC 2016 Keynote Speaker: Walden C. Rhines, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mentor Graphics

Mr. Rhines will give the keynote address, The Business of Test:  Test and Semiconductor Economics
at the Plenary Session of ITC, November 15, 2016 at 9 am.

Wally Rhines, Mentor

Test methodology changes have historically been driven largely by necessity—critical needs for cost reduction or quality improvements. This history makes possible the prediction of future changes.  Dr. Rhines will review the driving forces for prior discontinuities in design-for-test, analyze the rates of adoption of new test methodologies, and discuss the likely forces that will change our test priorities in the future.

Walden C. Rhines is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mentor Graphics, a leader in worldwide electronic design automation with revenue of $1.2 billion in 2015. During his tenure at Mentor Graphics, revenue has nearly quadrupled and Mentor has grown the industry’s number one market share solutions in four of the ten largest product segments of the EDA industry. He joined Mentor in 1993 from Texas Instruments (TI) where he was most recently Executive Vice President in charge of TI’s semiconductor business.  Rhines has served five terms as Chairman of the Electronic Design Automation Consortium. He is also a board member of the Semiconductor Research Corporation and First Growth Children and Family Charities.  He received a BSE degree from the University of Michigan, an MS and Ph.D. from Stanford University, an MBA from Southern Methodist University and Honorary Doctor of Technology degrees from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Florida.

ITC 2016 Wednesday Keynote Speaker: Professor Rob A. Rutenbar, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Prof. Rutenbar will give the Wednesday keynote address, Hardware Inference Accelerators for Machine Learning 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm. This is a special keynote in honor of Professor Edward J. McCluskey

Rob Rutenbar, University of Illinois

Machine learning (ML) technologies have revolutionized the ways in which we interact with large-scale, imperfect, real-world  data.  As a result, there is rising interest in opportunities to implement ML efficiently in custom hardware. We have designed hardware for one broad class of ML techniques: Inference on Probabilistic Graphical Models (PGMs).  In these graphs, labels on nodes encode what we know and “how much” we believe it; edges encode belief relationships among labels;  statistical inference answers questions such as “if we observe some of the labels in the graph, what are most likely labels on the remainder?”  These problems are interesting because they can be very large (e.g., every pixel in an image is one graph node) and because we need answers very fast (e.g., at video frame rates).  Inference done as iterative Belief Propagation (BP) can be efficiently implemented in hardware, and we demonstrate several examples from current FPGA prototypes. We have the first configurable, scalable parallel architecture capable of running a range of standard vision benchmarks, with speedups up to 40X over conventional software.   We also show that BP hardware can be made remarkably tolerant to the low-level statistical upsets expected in end-of-Moore’s-Law nanoscale silicon and post-silicon circuit fabrics, and summarize some effective resilience mechanisms in our prototypes.

About Rob Rutenbar: Rob A. Rutenbar received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1984. From 1984 to 2009, he was faculty at Carnegie Mellon, where he held the Stephen J. Jatras (E’47) Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  In 2010 he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently the Abel Bliss Professor and Head of Computer Science.  His research has focused in three broad areas:  tools for a variety of IC design problems; methods to manage the messy statistics of nanoscale chip designs;  and custom silicon architectures for challenging tasks such as speech recognition and machine learning.   His work has been featured in venues ranging from EETimes to the Economist magazine. He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE.

ITC 2016 Thursday Keynote Speaker: Ken Hansen, CEO, Semiconductor
Research Corporation

Mr. Hansen will give the Thursday keynote address, Addressing Semiconductor Industry Needs: Defining the Future Through Creative, Exciting Research
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

Ken Hansen, SRC

 In the history of the semiconductor industry, there has been no other period in time with as much uncertainty in the way forward. But with uncertainty comes great opportunity. There is a need for transformative innovation fueled by breakthrough research to reinvigorate the growth of the industry. This talk will identify some of the new exciting challenges the industry is facing and research areas where investment is needed to address them. Systems of the future —autonomous vehicles, internet of things, self-adaptive configurations modeled on biology—will require advanced techniques to test them, secure them, reduce their power, and produce them without error. This increase in complexity coupled, with a decreasing ability to rely on deterministic circuits, requires new approaches to be created by cross-disciplinary teams co-optimizing across the entire design hierarchy space.

About Ken Hansen: Ken Hansen joined Semiconductor Research Corporation as its President and CEO in June 2015. Ken brings his experience as the former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer with Freescale Semiconductor. Prior to becoming CTO at Freescale, Ken was Vice President and led Freescale’s Chief Development Office where he improved design efficiency and reduced product cost for all Freescale business units. Previously, he held several senior technology and management positions at Freescale and Motorola leading research and development teams. He received the BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Illinois where he also has been recognized as an ECE and College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni, is a Fellow of the IEEE, and holds 11 U.S. patents. Ken is an industry veteran, with 40 years of experience in technical management and system/circuit design, primarily in the area of wireless communications.