Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 8

Organizer / Co-organizer:
Toru Shimizu, Professor, Keio University
Zhihua Wang, Professor, Tsinghua University

Recently, Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology is heavily used in every IT systems for the advanced functions and more additive values. Especially, Deep Neural Learning and Deep Neural Network including Convolutional Neural Network are regarded as the magic technology to solve any problem human being meets. These technologies have been implemented in Software, but soon hardware systems will overtake the mainstream AI solutions. Regarding these technological change, SoC society should find the ways to adapt itself and to contribute to the advance of AI technology.

  • Is Deep Learning Technology over-exaggerated or really a magical problem solver?
  • Can AI provide new information architecture replacing the current microprocessor based platform?
  • Can SoC society contribute to this change with software and AI engineers?
  • What kinds of products can SoC society generate based on AI technology?
  • How can we educate the young SoC engineers to lead the AI technology?

Masato Motomura, Professor, Hokkaido University (Moderator)

Masaaki Kondo, Associate Professor, the University of Tokyo
Yong Lian, Professor, York University
Takumi Maruyama, Senior Director, Fujitsu
Nan Sun, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Hoi-Jun Yoo, Professor, KAIST

Dr.Toru Shimizu

Toru Shimizu received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in information science from the University of Tokyo, Japan. Since 1986, he had been involved in microprocessor, microcontroller and SoC design in Mitsubishi Electric and Renesas. He led research and development projects for SoCs with embedded microprocessors, embedded DRAMs and embedded flash memories in Mitsubishi. He also took leadership of symmetric multi-core processor designs and their business development in mobile and automotive applications in Renesas. He is honored as an IEEE Fellow from 2014. He is a professor of Keio University now.
Prof. Shimizu has been serving the A-SSCCs from the first A-SSCC 2005 in the technical program committee. He is also a member of the steering committee of A-SSCC. His current research interests are system design technologies for IoT and sensor networks.

Dr.Zhihua Wang

Zhihua Wang received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1983, 1985, and 1990, respectively. In 1983, he joined the faculty at Tsinghua University, where he is a Full Professor since 1997 and Deputy Director of Institute of Microelectronics since 2000. From 1992 to 1993, he was a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1993 to 1994, he was a Visiting Researcher at KU Leuven, Belgium. His current research mainly focuses on CMOS RF IC and biomedical applications. His ongoing work includes RFID, PLL, low-power wireless transceivers, and smart clinic equipment with combination of leading edge CMOS RFIC and digital imaging processing techniques. He is co-authors of 10 books and book chapters, more than 90 paper in international Journals and over 300 papers in international Conferences. He is holding 58 Chinese patents and 4 US patent.
Prof. Wang was the chairman of IEEE Solid-State Circuit Society Beijing Chapter during 1999-2009. He served as a technologies program committee member of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) from 2005 to 2011. He has been a steering committee member of the IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuit Conference (A-SSCC) since 2005 and has served as the technical program chair for the 2013 A-SSCC.

Dr.Masato Motomura

Masato Motomura received B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1985, 1987, and in 1996, all from Kyoto University. He joined NEC in 1987, where he worked on hardware architectures on string search engine, multithread processor and memory-based accelerator. During 2001-2008 he led research and business development of dynamically reconfigurable processor that he invented. He was also a visiting researcher at MIT Laboratory for Computer Science from 1991-1992. He is a professor at Hokkaido University from 2011. He is currently interested in reconfigurable and parallel architectures for big-data processing systems including deep learning accelerators.

Dr.Masaaki Kondo

Masaaki Kondo is currently an associate professor in the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo, where he is also a faculty member of Information Technology Center. His research interests are in the design of power efficient accelerator architecture for deep neural networks, low-power microprocessor architectures, and power management schemes for large scale supercomputer systems. He received the B.E. degree in College of Information Sciences and the M.E degree in Doctoral Program in Engineering from University of Tsukuba in 1998 and 2000 respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Graduate School of Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2003.

Dr.Yong Lian

Yong Lian received the B.Sc. degree from the College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 1984, and the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering in National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, in 1994. Dr. Lian's research interests include low power circuits, energy efficient system architecture, biomedical circuits and systems, and signal processing. He has received many awards including IEEE Circuits and Systems Society's Guillemin-Cauer Award (1996), IEEE Communications Society Multimedia Communications Best Paper Award (2008), Institution of Engineers Singapore Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award (2011), Hua Yuan Association/Tan Kah Kee International Society Outstanding Contribution Award (2013), Chen-Ning Franklin Yang Award in Science and Technology for New Immigrant (2014), and Design Contest Award in 20th International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED2015). Under his guidance, his students received many awards including the Best Student Paper Award in ICME 2007, winner of 47th DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest in 2010, Best Design Award in A-SSCC 2013 Student Design Contest.
Dr. Lian is the President-Elect of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society, Steering Committee Member of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, and member of IEEE Fellow Committee. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems Part II: Express Briefs for two terms from 2010 to 2013, and served as the Guest Editor for eight special issues in IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-Part I: Regular Papers, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, and Journal of Circuits, Systems Signal Processing. He was the Vice President for Publications of the IEEE CAS Society from 2013 to 2015, Vice President for the Asia Pacific Region of the IEEE CAS Society from 2007 to 2008, AdComm Member of the IEEE Biometrics Council from 2008 to 2009, CAS Society Representative to the BioTechnology Council from 2007 to 2009, Chair of the BioCAS Technical Committee of the IEEE CAS Society from 2007 to 2009, Chair of DSP Technical Committee of the IEEE CAS Society from 2010 to 2011, Member of the IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology Committee from 2010 to 2012, and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE CAS Society from 2004 to 2005. He is the Founder of the International Conference on Green Circuits and Systems, the Asia Pacific Conference on Postgraduate Research in Microelectronics and Electronics, and the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Engineering Singapore and a Fellow of IEEE.

Mr.Takumi Maruyama

Takumi Maruyama is a senior director of AI Business Development Office, Advanced System Research & Development Unit at Fujitsu. He started his career as a processor designer. He was working on the first SPARC64 processor design in 1993, and was involved in the development of SPARC64 GP, V, VI, VII, VIIIfx, IXfx, X, and X+ processors. SPARC64 VIIIfx is a processor of K supercomputer which got the first prize at TOP500 in 2011. Then he was assigned to the current position in 2016. He holds a BE in Mathematical Engineering and Instrumentation Physics from the University of Tokyo.

Dr.Nan Sun

Nan Sun is Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He received the B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2006, where he ranked top in Department of Electronic Engineering. He received the Ph.D. degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University in 2010.
Dr. Sun holds AMD Endowed Development Chair at UT Austin. He received NSF Career Award in 2013 and Jack Kilby Research Award from UT Austin in 2015. He also received Samsung Fellowship, Hewlett Packard Fellowship, and Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award in 2003, 2006, and 2007, respectively. He won Harvard Teaching Award in three consecutive years: 2008, 2009, and 2010. He serves in the technical program committee of Custom Integrated Circuits Conference and Asian Solid-State Circuit Conference. He is Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems - I, Regular Papers.
His research interests include: 1) analog, mixed-signal, and RF integrated circuits; 2) miniature spin resonance systems; 3) magnetic sensors and image sensors; 4) developing micro- and nano-scale solid-state platforms (silicon ICs and beyond) to analyze biological systems for biotechnology and medicine.

Dr.Hoi-Jun Yoo

Hoi-Jun Yoo is the full professor of Department of Electrical Engineering at KAIST and the director of SDIA(System Design Innovation and Application Research Center). From 2003 to 2005, he was the full time Advisor to the Minister of Korean Ministry of Information and Communication for SoC and Next Generation Computing. His current research interests are Bio Inspired Intelligent SoC Design, Wearable Computing and Wearable Healthcare. He published more than 200 papers, and wrote 5 books including "Biomedical CMOS ICs"(2011, Springer).
Dr. Yoo received the National Medal for his contribution to Korean Memory Industry in December of 2011, the Korean Scientist of the Month award in Dec. 2010, Best Research of KAIST Award in 2007, Design Award of 2001 ASP-DAC, and Outstanding Design Awards 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014 A-SSCCs, and Best Demo Award of ISSCC 2016. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the executive committee of Symposium on VLSI, and A-SSCC. He was the TPC Co-Chair of ISWC 2010, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer('10-'11), and Asia Chair of ISSCC('10-'11). He was TPC Chair of ISSCC 2015, Vice Chair of ISSCC 2014, Technology Direction Sub-Committee Chair of ISSCC 2013, a member of Executive Committee of ISSCC 2008-2015 and recognized as the top 4 paper-contributor for 2004-2013 ISSCCs and top 10 paper contributor for 1954-2013 ISSCCs.