2020 CICC Panels

2021 CICC Panels

Key issues and controversial topics are debated by leaders from the IC industry. CICC panel discussions are well known for their lively and thought-provoking discussions. The Q&A sessions provide the audience the opportunity to weigh in on the important issues.

Panel Sessions

Monday, April 26, 2021

10:00am-11:30am CDT

Are FoMs Killing Creativity?

Session Chair: Jerald Yoo, National University of Singapore, Singapore


  • Kenichi Okada, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • David Robertson, Analog Devices, USA
  • Jongwoo Lee, Samsung Electronics, South Korea
  • Boris Murmann, Stanford University, USA
  • Pietro Andreani, Lund University, Sweden


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

12:30pm-2:00pm CDT

Who is Leading Innovations, Academia or Industry?

Session Chairs: Sudip Shekhar, University of British Columbia, Canada & Mozhgan Mansuri, Intel, USA


  • Bram Nauta, University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Matt Straayer, Managing Director, Maxim, USA
  • Zoran Zvonar, Fellow at Analog Devices, USA
  • Kailiang Chen, VP of ASIC Design at Butterfly Network, USA
  • Terri Fiez, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA

 Bram Nauta received the M.Sc. (1987) and PhD degree (1991) from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. After that, he joined Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven the Netherlands. In 1998 he returned to the University of Twente as full professor. He served among others as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, program chair of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference and President of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society.





Matt Straayer works as Managing Director, Advanced Research & Development at Maxim, and is responsible for corporate IP and technology development in next-generation, adjacent, and nascent markets. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Michigan, and the Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Matt is the author of numerous publications and patents, has served on the ISSCC data converter technical program committee, and also has served as an SSCS Distinguished Lecturer.




Zoran Zvonar (Fellow IEEE) is the Fellow and Director, University Programs, CTO Office Analog Devices, Inc. He received the Dipl. Ing.  and M.S. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston in 1993.  1994-2008 he was a member of the core development team for ADI’s baseband platform and direct conversion transceiver wireless product families and has been recipient of the company’s highest technical honor of ADI Fellow. 2008-2016 he was Senior Director, MediaTek Wireless Technologies and MediaTek Fellow leading the design of algorithms and architectures for cellular standards, with applications to integrated chip-set solutions and real-time software as well as development of advanced technologies and product innovation strategies.


Kailiang Chen received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with highest honors from Tsinghua University, China, in 2007, and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 2009 and 2014, respectively. Since 2014, he has been the Vice President of ASIC Design at Butterfly Network, Inc., where he led the development of the “ultrasound on a chip”, its integration into the product, and the production ramp. Butterfly became listed on New York Stock Exchange earlier this year.






Terri Fiez is the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at University of Colorado Boulder.  She oversees the $600 million research enterprise, the technology transfer organization and the cross-campus Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. Prior to 2015, she was Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University.   In 2008 she co-founded a solar electronics startup company.  She was bitten by the startup bug and hopes to seed entrepreneurial experiences for students and faculty.  Dr. Fiez received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho, Moscow, in 1984 and 1985, respectively.  She received her Ph.D. degree from Oregon State University in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1990.  Her research interests are in analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems and innovative approaches to EECS education.


Azalia Mirhoseini is a Staff Research Scientist at Google Brain. She is the co-founder/tech-lead of the Machine Learning for Systems Team at Brain where they focus on deep reinforcement learning based approaches to solve problems in chip design and meta-learning. She has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University. She has received a number of awards, including the MIT Technology Review 35 under 35 award, the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award at Rice and a Gold Medal in the National Math Olympiad in Iran. Her work has been covered in various media outlets including MIT Technology Review and IEEE Spectrum.


Haoxing Ren (Mark) is a principal research scientist at NVIDIA.  His current research interests are machine learning applications in design automation and GPU accelerated EDA. Before joining NVIDIA, he spent 15 years at IBM working on physical design and logic synthesis tools and methodology. He received many IBM technical achievement rewards including the IBM Corporate Award for his work on improving microprocessor design productivity. He holds over twenty patents and co-authored 50 papers including several book chapters in physical design and logic synthesis.  He has received the best paper awards from ISPD and DAC. He is an IEEE senior member and served as a TPC member for DAC, ICCAD and ASPDAC. He earned a PhD degree in Computer Engineering from University of Texas at Austin, a M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and M.S/B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


Dr Venkat Thanvantri is VP of R&D at Cadence where he leads the AI/ML development for the Digital and Signoff Products. Venkat holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida and a Master’s from the Indian Institute of Sciences. He has over 20 years of experience in developing, managing, and deploying multiple EDA tools in the areas of timing, extraction, characterization, power, and place & route.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

11:00am-12:30pm CDT

Will THz IC Technology Catch Up with THz Applications?

Session Chairs: Chris Rudell, University of Washington, USA & Sudipto Chakraborty, IBM, USA


  • Ruonan Han, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Ehsan Afshari, University of Michigan, USA
  • Kaushik Sengupta, Princeton University, USA
  • Michael Peeters, IMEC, Belgium
  • Bruce Wallace, Consultant, USA


Thursday, April 29, 2021

12:30pm-2:00pm CDT

Machine Learning for Chip Design

Session Chairs: Farhana Sheikh, Intel, USA & Patrick Mercier, UCSD, USA


  • Hui Fu, Intel, USA
  • Roni Khazaka, McGill, USA
  • Azalia Mirhoseini, Google, USA
  • Mark Ren, NVIDIA, USA
  • Venkat Thanvantri, Cadence, USA

Hui Fu is senior principal technologist in Design Enablement of Technology development group at Intel. His main focus for design enablement is to leverage automation and AI/ML capabilities to accelerate DTCO (design technology co-optimization), to optimize design rules for new technology node,  and to improve PDK (product design kit) quality. Prior to his current role, Hui was the design director of wireless baseband development and led intel’s last 4 generations (iPhone7 to iPhone 11) modem SOC development. Hui had multiple R&D leadership positions with intel, Infineon and Siemens in Germany, Singapore, China, and US.


 Roni Khazaka received his Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 1995, 1998 and 2002, respectively. In 2002, he joined the Department of ECE at McGill University, Montréal, Canada, where he currently is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Academic Programs) in the Faculty of Engineering. Prof. Khazaka has authored over 70 journal and conference papers on the simulation of high-speed interconnects and RF circuits, his current research interests include electronic design automation, numerical algorithms and techniques, and the analysis and simulation of RF ICs, and high-speed interconnects.  Prof. Khazaka serves on several IEEE committees. He is vice-chair of the IEEE-MTTS MTT-2 CAD committee and a member of the IEEE EPS Electrical Design, Modeling, and Simulation (EDMS) committee, among many other TPC, Chair, and Co-Chair positions within IEEE CEDA, ISCAS, MWCAS, NEWCAS, ISSSE, CCECE, and IMS.



Friday, April 30, 2021

12:30pm-2:00pm CDT

Missing Arrow in My Quiver (The one component that I’d kill to have but doesn’t exist on an IC today)

Session Chairs: Antonio Liscidini, University of Toronto, Canada & Edoardo Bonizzoni, University of Pavia, Italy


  • Yannis Tsividis, Columbia University, USA
  • David Johns, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Harish Krishnaswamy, Columbia University, USA
  • Eric Klumperink, University of Twente, Netherlands

Yannis Tsividis










David Johns has been a professor at the University of Toronto since 1989. His research is in the general area of analog integrated circuits where he has published over 80 papers as well as a successful textbook. He was a co-founder of a successful IP company called Snowbush

Microelectronics that was a catalyst for creating a number of SERDES companies in the Toronto area.




Harish Krishnaswamy is currently an Associate Professor at Columbia University, and the Director of the Columbia High-Speed and Millimeter-Wave IC Laboratory (CoSMIC). In 2017, he co-founded MixComm Inc., Chatham, NJ, USA, a venture-backed start-up, to commercialize CoSMIC Laboratory’s advanced wireless research. His research interests include integrated devices, circuits, and systems for a variety of RF, millimeter-wave (mmWave), and sub-mmWave applications. Prof. Krishnaswamy has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He has been a member of the technical program committee of several conferences, including the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference since 2015 and the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium since 2013. He has also served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society and is a member for the DARPA Microelectronics Exploratory Council.



Eric Klumperink received his PhD from Twente University in Enschede, The Netherlands, in 1997 where he is currently an Associate Professor. He teaches Analog and RF CMOS IC Design and guides research projects focussing on Software Defined Radio and Beamforming. Eric served as Associate Editor for IEEE TCAS-I, TCAS-II and the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), as TPC member of ISSCC (2011-2016) and the RFIC Symposium (2011-2020), and as SSC Distinguished Lecturer (2014/2015). He holds >10 patents, authored and co-authored >175 refereed journal and conference papers. He was recognized as top paper contributor to ISSCC, for >20 papers over 1954-2013, and was a co-recipient of the ISSCC 2002 and the ISSCC 2009 “Van Vessem Outstanding Paper Award”. Eric is an IEEE Fellow.