UC Davis ECExpo 2020

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is hosting our very first UC Davis ECExpo in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, 2 - 7 p.m. at the Texas Instruments Conference Center in Santa Clara, CA. ( 2900 Semiconductor Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95051 )

The UC Davis ECExpo is a unique and exclusive opportunity for industry partners, alumni, students and friends to collaborate, network, learn about technical innovations and research directions in the ECE department. A keynote talk “Towards Hardware Cybersecurity” will be given by Professor Houman Homayoun who recently joined the department. Experts from industry will give talks in four technical minisymposium that will run in parallel.  Dr. Stephen O’Driscoll from Verily Life Sciences will give a talk on Technological Trends in Smart Health. Dr. Jin Yang from Verizon Wireless and Dr. Earl McCune from Eridan Communications will give talks in Wireless Networking and Cyber AI. Dr. Ted Woodward from Facebook will give a talk on RF and mm-Wave Technologies. Faculty and students will give short talks in the minisymposia.  During a poster and networking session, graduate students will present their research results and undergraduate students will present information on their ongoing design projects.  

While participation in the full half-day event is encouraged, participation in selected program elements is also possible. Seating will be limited.  Early registration is encouraged.

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1:00 p.m.: Registration Open

2 - 2:30 p.m.: Welcome by ECE Chair and Texas Instruments

  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Keynote Address by Associate Professor Houman Homayoun of UC Davis ECE
  • Keynote Address

4 - 5 p.m.: Mini-Symposiums

  • Technologies for Smart Health: From Devices to Systems
  • Recent advances in technology, ranging from novel devices to intelligent analysis of large-scale datasets, have enabled unprecedented study of biological systems, and support development of breakthrough health and medical applications.The session will feature Dr. O’Driscoll, from Verily Life Sciences, to introduce the technological trends in smart health to leverage advances in technology to impact wellness and/or patient care at scale.   

    The session  will also present ongoing research in  the department in the areas of on embedded  systems  for  transabdominal  measurement  of  fetal  blood  oxygen  saturation  during labor and delivery (Ghiasi);  optical imaging techniques for non-invasive, high-resolution in-situimaging  and  stimulation  of  brain  function  (Yang);  novel  devices  for  precise  recording  and regulation of neural activity (Seker); and artificial intelligence algorithms for smart critical care (Rehn) and early detection of autism spectrum disorder (Cheung).

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  • Wireless Networking with Cyber-AI
  • Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies are poised to fully transform the future of many fields, including healthcare, transportation, cyber-physical systems, security, e-commerce, and smart-city. However, one major barrier of traditional deep learning algorithms lies in its high hardware requirement for data computing, transporting, and storage, which also limits the scope and the number of AI applications. In many cases today, users rely on cloud computing for AI and deep learning (DL).For this reason, data traffic for AI and particularly DL based applications is expected to rapidly out-pace the network traffic growth for traditional human end users and easily surpass rate of the generic machine-to-machine traffic growth.

    Recognizing the challenging issues posed by core network delay and congestion due to over-reliance on cloud based services, this mini-Symposium shall focus on providing network services for end-to-end online AI service quality. Speakers will present novel ideas on developing new networking paradigm to deliver strong cyber AI services that are resilient to uncertainty, data losses, and bandwidth limitations in wireless networks.The session features two invited speakers. Jin Yang, from Verizon Wireless, will discuss autonomous and intelligent network for services of the future.  Earl McCune, from Eridan Communications, will discuss sustainable wireless systems.  Related research in the department will also be presented.

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  • RF and mm-Wave Technologies for Communication and Sensing
  • The session presents the advances in RF and mm-meter technologies for high performance sensing and communication.Following an overview by Omeed Momeni, the session features an invited talk by Ted Woodward, from Facebook, who will discuss overview of connectivity challenges faced by industry. Presentations will be given by researchers in the ECE Department in the area of terahertz interconnects for inter-/intra-chip high data rate communications (Jane Gu), novel RF system design for mitigating in-band interference (Xiaoguang Liu), and ultra-wideband radar and millimeter-wave frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar for sensing applications (Samuel Wagner). Additionally, Professor Rick Branner and his student Hung Tran will discuss, multibeam conformal array antenna research.

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  • Gunrock: High Performance, Programmable Graph Analytics for the GPU
  • Gunrock achieves a balance between performance and expressiveness by coupling high-performance GPU computing primitives and optimization strategies, particularly in the area of fine-grained load balancing, with a high-level programming model.  Gunrock allows programmers to quickly develop new graph primitives that scale from one to many GPUs on a node with small code size and minimal GPU programming knowledge.

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5 - 6:30 p.m.: Poster Session and Networking
6:30 - 6:45 p.m.: Closing

 2020 ECExpo Speakers

For all inquiries, please contact ecechair@ucdavis.edu.

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