IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society 2014 Distinguished Lecture Workshop - Macau

Date and Time:                    9 th July  2014 (Wednesday) ,

                                             09:00am - 1:00pm,

                                             4:30am - 6:00pm

Venue:                                  HG01, Ho Yin Convention Centre,
                                             University of Macau


 Speakers:                            Prof. Jan Van der Spiegel,

                                             University of Pennsylvania

                                             Prof. Tzi-Dar Chiueh, National Taiwan University  

                                             Prof. Howard Luong, HKUST                       




IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Distinguished Lecture

Bio-inspired smart vision sensors and processing systems

Jan Van der Spiegel

Electrical and Systems Engineering Department

University of Pennsylvania



Biology provides us with a fascinating example of an intelligent, low-power, and highly efficient sensory system.  With the advances in CMOS technology, it has become feasible to build microelectronic systems that mimic some of the key features found in biology.  The presentation describes our work on neuromorphic vision sensors that include on-chip processing modeled after the biological system.  This will include a retina-like imager, a focal-plane multi-mode imager and a polarizer imager. If time permits we will give a brief overview of a wireless Brain-Machine-Brain Interface (BMBI) system whose purpose is to effectively link the brain to external hardware to create new sensory and motor pathways for persons suffering from neurological disorders.



Jan Van der Spiegel is a Professor of the Electrical and Systems Engineering Department, and the Director of the Center for Sensor Technologies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former chair of the Electrical Engineering and interim chair of the Electrical and Systems Engineering Departments. Dr. Van der Spiegel received his Masters degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Leuven, Belgium, in 1974 and 1979, respectively. His primary research interests are in mixed-mode VLSI design, CMOS vision sensors for polarization imaging, biologically based image sensors and sensory information processing systems, micro-sensor technology, and analog-to-digital converters.

He is a fellow of the IEEE, received the IEEE Major Educational Innovation Award, and is the recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the UPS Foundation Distinguished Education Chair and the Bicentennial Class of 1940 Term Chair. He received the Christian and Mary Lindback Foundation, and the S. Reid Warren Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Presidential Young Investigator Award. 

He has served on several IEEE program committees (IEDM, ICCD, ISCAS and ISSCC) and was the technical program chair of the 2007 International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC 2007). He is an associate Editor of the IEEE Tr. of Biomedical CAS, and section Editor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the J. of Engineering of the IET, and former Editor of Sensors and Actuators A for North and South America. He has been the chair of the IEEE SSCS Chapters committee. Under his leadership the chapters has grown from one to over 90 chapters. He is currently the president-elect of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society.


IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Distinguished Lecture

A Fully-Integrated CMOS Frequency Synthesizer for Software-Defined Radios

Howard C. Luong

Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong



This talk presents the design and the measurements of a fully integrated frequency synthesizer for software-defined radios (SDRs), which meets both the frequency and the phase noise requirement for all the wireless standards from 47MHz to 10GHz, including the 14-band UWB, and the 802.15.3c standard from 57GHz to 66GHz.  Implemented in a 0.13-m CMOS process, the synthesizer prototype occupies an active area of 3mm2, consumes a total power of 33mW to 83mW, and achieves a measured phase noise of -139.6dBc/Hz at 3MHz offset from a 1.7GHz carrier.



Howard Luong received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) from University of California at Berkeley in 1988, 1990, and 1994, respectively. Since September 1994, he has joined the EEE faculty at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he has been a professor.

Professor Luong’s research interests are in analog, RF, and mm-Wave integrated circuits and systems for wireless and portable applications.  He was a co-author of the two books entitled "Low-Voltage RF CMOS Frequency Synthesizers" published by Cambridge University Press in 2004 and "Design of Low-Voltage CMOS Switched-Opamp Switched-Capacitor Systems" published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in 2003.

Professor Luong is an IEEE Fellow.  He is currently serving as an IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Distinguished Lecturer, an Associate Editor for IEEE Virtual Journal on RFIC, and a technical program committee member of several international conferences, including IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC) and IEEE Symposium on Radio-Frequency Integration Technology (RFIT).


IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Distinguished Lecture


Baseband IC Design for Wireless MIMO Systems

Tzi-Dar Chiueh

Department of Electrical Engineering

National Taiwan University


Wireless communications free users from being attached to wires and allow them to remain connected even when they move around at home or are on the road. Services that support high throughput yet cost little or even nothing are attractive to the consumers. Today, most wireless standards are based on multi-carrier modulation (specifically OFDM). Multi-carrier modulation technology enjoys flexible spectral resource allocation and management as well as easy equalization. On the other hand, antenna array and spatial MIMO processing, which has been around for several decades, can provide spatial diversity gain and/or channel capacity increase. The application of the MIMO technology to consumer wireless communications takes place only recently, exemplified by 802.11n/ac and LTE/LTE-A standards. In this lecture, I will address the wireless MIMO technology, covering several crucial issues, such as MIMO detection, iterative receiver and related signal processing techniques*. In addition, I will give a few baseband IC design examples to exemplify how digital IC technology can enable ubiquitous high-speed wireless communications.


* T. D. Chiueh, P. Y. Tsai, I. W. Lai, Baseband Receiver Design for Wireless MIMO-OFDM Communications, 2nd ed. Wiley, IEEE Press, 2012.



Tzi-Dar Chiueh was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1960. In 1983, he received the B.S.E.E. degree from the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. He also received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, in 1986 and 1989, respectively.

   Since 1989, he has been at the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, where he is presently a Professor. In 2004-2007, he served as the Director of the Graduate Institute of Electronics Engineering in the same university. He has held visiting positions at ETH Zurich Switzerland in 2000-2001 and at State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2003-2004. His research interests include IC design for digital communication systems and signal processing for bio-medical systems. Between November 2010 and January 2014, he also served as the Director General of the National Chip Implementation Center ( in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Prof. Chiueh has received the Acer Longtern Award eleven times and the Golden Silicon Award four times. His teaching efforts were recognized eight times by the Teaching Excellence Award from NTU between 2002 and 2012. Prof. Chiueh was the recipient of the Outstanding Research Award from National Science Council, Taiwan in 2004–2007. In 2005, he received the Outstanding Electrical Engineering Professor from the Chinese Institute of Electrical Engineers (Taiwan), and was awarded the Himax Chair Professorship at NTU in 2006. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan. Prof. Chiueh is an IEEE Fellow and now serves as the Membership Chair of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society.