Keynote Speakers

The Organising Committee of the ISCAS 2014 is pleased to announce a full program of invited CAS-FEST keynote speakers. Most will present on Thursday 5 June during the CAS-FEST Program with Professor Leon Chua, Professor Giacomo Indiveri, Professor Dmitri Strukov and Professor Ilia Valov presenting during tutorials on Sunday 1 June 2014.

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 Chua pic Professor Leon Chua (Sunday 1 June, 2014) Professor Leon Chua is the father of Nonlinear Circuit Theory and the inventor of the memristor, Chua’s Circuit, and Cellular Neural Networks (CNN).  He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Berkeley and a permanent Distinguished Professor at the Techniche Universität München, Germany.He was the first recipient of the IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award in 2005 and was awarded the IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award in 2000.  Elected an IEEE Fellow in 1974, he has received many international prizes, including the IEEE Browder J. Thompson Memorial Prize, the IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize, the Frederick Emmons Award, the M.E. Van Valkenburg Award (twice), and the 2005 Francqui Award from Belgium. He has been awarded seven USA patents and 14 Honorary Doctorates from universities in Europe and Japan.He was elected a foreign member of the European Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.  In 2010, he was awarded a John Guggenheim Fellow and the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship.  In 2011 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at the Techniche Universität München, Germany, and also awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship within Imperial College London.  In 2013-2015 he was awarded the Marie Curie Fellowship by the European Commission and was also recently awarded a Diamond Jubilee International Visiting Fellowship with the University of Southampton, UK.
 Julius Georgiou pic Dr Julius Georgiou Julius Georgiou (IEEE M’98-SM’08) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus. He received his M.Eng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Ph.D. degree from Imperial College London in 1998 and 2003 respectively. For two years he worked as Head of Micropower Design in a technology start-up company, Toumaz Technology.  In 2004 he joined the Johns Hopkins University as a Postdoctoral Fellow, before joining the University of Cyprus in mid 2005 as a Lecturer. In 2009 he was promoted to Assistant Professor.Dr Georgiou is a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, the BioCAS Technical Committee, as well as a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Analog Signal Processing Technical Committee and was the General Chair of the 2010 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference. He is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems and Associate Editor of the Frontiers in Neuromorphic Engineering Journal. He is a recipient of a best paper award at the IEEE ISCAS 2011 international symposium and at IEEE BioDevices 2008 Conference.His research interests include Low-power analog and digital ASICs, implantable biomedical devices, bioinspired electronic systems, Brain-computer-interfaces (BCIs), memristive devices, inertial and optical sensors and related systems.
Ielmini pic Professor Daniele Ielmini Daniele Ielmini received the Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2000. He is an Associate Professor at the Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria of Politecnico di Milano since 2010. He held visiting positions at Intel Corporation and Stanford University (2006). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and received the Intel Outstanding Researcher Award in 2013. He has served in the Technical Subcommittees of IEEE-IRPS (2006-2008), IEEE-SISC (2008-2010), IEEE-IEDM (2008-2009), and INFOS (2011-2013). His research interests include the modeling and characterization of emerging non volatile memories, such as phase change memory (PCM) and resistive switching memory (RRAM).
 Indiveri pic Professor Giacomo Indiveri (Sunday 1 June, 2014) Giacomo Indiveri is a Professor at the Faculty of Science of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He obtained an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Genoa, Italy. Indiveri was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Division of Biology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and at the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, where he attained the Habilitation in Neuromorphic Engineering in 2006.  He is an ERC fellow and an IEEE Senior member. His research interests lie in the study of real and artificial neural processing systems, and in the hardware implementation of neuromorphic cognitive systems, using full custom analog and digital VLSI technology.
 Legenstein pic Professor Robert Legenstein Robert Legenstein received his PhD in Telematics from Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria, in 2002.He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Graz University of Technology and the deputy head of the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science.Dr. Legenstein is especially interested in biologically inspired neural computation. His research interests include learning in neural systems, reward-based learning, information processing in spiking neural networks and stochastic computation. He was coordinating the EU project “Novel Brain-Inspired Learning Paradigms for Large-Scale Neuronal Networks” where synaptic plasticity in biological neural networks was studied and he is investigating stochastic memristor-based computation in the EU project PNEUMA. Dr. Legenstein is associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems.
Strukov pic Professor Dmitri Strukov (Sunday 1 June, 2014) Dmitri Strukov is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Dr. Strukov received MS in applied physics and mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1999 and a PhD in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University in New York in 2006. In general, he is broadly interested in a physical implementation of computation, including device physics, circuit design, and high-level architecture, with emphasis on emerging device technologies. In particular, his main focus now is on various aspects of reconfigurable hybrid nanoelectronic systems, utilizing novel resistive switching (“memristive”) device, for applications in digital memories, programmable logic, and neuromorphic networks. Prior to joining UCSB he worked as a postdoctoral associate at Hewlett Packard Laboratories from 2007 to 2009.
 Valov pic Professor Ilia Valov (Sunday 1 June, 2014) Dr. Ilia Valov studied chemistry/electrochemistry at the UCTM, Sofia, Bulgaria. His M.Sc. thesis is focused on the electrode reaction kinetics of arsenic from low concentrated solutions. After the graduation he continues his research at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Science on the mechanism and electrode reaction kinetics of cathodic deposition of rare-earth metal oxides from non-aqueous electrolytes. In 2006 becomes Dr. rer. nat (Ph.D.)  with summa cum laude at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Justus-Liebig-University, Germany in the field of physical chemistry of solids, defect chemistry and solid state electrochemistry. Since 2009 he works on fundamental processes at an atomic and nano-scale during resistive switching phenomena.The main research interests and activities are concentrated on the mass and charge transport processes at the atomic scale with focus on resistive switching memories, memristive devices and energy conversion. He has over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals with over 600 citations and 4 patents.
Yang pic Professor Jianhua (Joshua) Yang Dr. Jianhua (Joshua) Yang is a principal research scientist at HP Labs. His current research interests are Nanoelectronics and Nanoionics, especially for memory and computing applications, where he authored and co-authored over 70 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, and holds 32 granted and over 70 pending US Patents. He was the chair of the 8th IEEE Nanotechnology Symposium on “Emerging Non-volatile Memory Technologies” and recently guest-edited two journal special issues on Non-volatile Memory technologies for Nanotechnology and Applied Physics A, respectively. He serves as an Editor of Applied Physics A. He obtained his B.A. degree in mechanical engineering from Southeast University in China and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Material Science Program.
Zhirnov pic Professor Victor Zhirnov Victor Zhirnov is Director of Special Projects at the Semiconductor Research Corporation. His research interests include nanoelectronics devices and systems, properties of materials at the nanoscale, bio-inspired electronic systems etc. He has authored and co-authored over 100 technical papers and contributions to books. Victor Zhirnov served as the Chair of the Emerging Research Device (ERD) Working Group for the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS). Victor Zhirnov also holds adjunct faculty position at North Carolina State University and has served as an advisor to a number of government, industrial, and academic institutions. Victor Zhirnov received the M.S. in applied physics from the Ural Polytechnic Institute, Ekaterinburg, Russia, and the Ph.D. in solid state electronics and microelectronics from the Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow, in 1989 and 1992, respectively. From 1992 to 1998 he was a senior scientist at the Institute of Crystallography of Russian Academy of Science in Moscow. From 1998 to 2004 he was research professor at North Carolina State University. He joined SRC in 2004.