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As Moore’s law-based device scaling and accompanying performance scaling trends slow down, and the rapid growth of data-intensive applications in the era of “Internet of Things” and “Big Data”, there are increasing interests in emerging technologies and computational paradigms that enable more efficient information processing. Meanwhile, in the context of traditional Boolean circuits and/or von Neumann architectures, it is challenging for beyond-CMOS devices to compete with the CMOS technology as simple replacements. Exploiting the unique characteristics of emerging devices – especially in the context of alternative circuits and architectural paradigms – indicates a promising approach to further improve the information processing capability of hardware. In this talk, I will show how our research work has leveraged the unique characteristics of emerging devices to build efficient circuits and architectures with significant improvements in area, energy and performance. Specifically, I will consider Ferroelectric FETs (FeFETs) which are nonvolatile and can function as both a transistor and a storage element. This unique property enables FeFETs to be used for building efficient computing-in-memory (CiM) circuits called content addressable memories (CAMs). CAMs perform the parallel search function across the memory blocks, thus are desirable in many applications including IP routers and advanced machine learning hardware. Using models calibrated by experimentally fabricated devices as well as cross-layer design approaches, we show that the FeFET-based CAM designs could enable orders of magnitude improvements in energy efficiency and performance when considering application-level computing tasks. Biography Xunzhao Yin is an assistant professor of the College of Information Science and Electronic Engineering at Zhejiang University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Notre Dame in 2019 and B.S. degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2013, respectively. His research interests include emerging circuit/architecture designs and novel computing paradigms with both CMOS and emerging technologies. He has published more than 30 top journals and conferences, including Nature Electronics, IEEE TCAD, IEEE TED, IEEE TVLSI, IEEE TCAS-II, IEEE Design & Test, ICCAD, DATE, IEDM, etc. He has received the best paper award nomination of ICCAD 2020, the Outstanding Research Assistant Award in the department of CSE at University of Notre Dame in 2017, and Bronze medal of Student Research Competition at ICCAD 2016, etc. Read more
To enhance the interaction between HKUST and working professionals, the Academy for Continuing Education (ACE) is established. Its headquarter at the Futian Bonded Zone in the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Special Collaborative Demo Zone. The renovation was completed in the end of 2019 and ready to serve the industry. In an enterprising move, the HKUST-Academy for Continuing Education is to be established in the Futian Bonded Zone in the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Special Collaborative Demo Zone to provide technolgical education support to industry. The Academy, base in the landmark Chang-Fu Commercial Building will be under the School of Engineering but offer a platform for all HKUST departments and offices to engage with tertiary education providers and industry in Hong Kong and Mainland China. The self-financed Academy will deliver high-quality learning opportunities with an international focus, serving as a professional training center for executive education and knowledge-sharing on the latest technolgy and industry developments.  It will host short courses, workshops, seminars, and support joint initiatives, research, and industrial collaborations. Funding has been obtained from the Futian district government and School of Engineering, with Prof. CHAN Man-Sun, Electronic and Computer Engineering, appointed Founding Director. The Academy will be located on the supertall building’s 37th floor, one of three floors provided to HKUST in an agreement between Futian district government and HKUST Shenzhen Research Institute. On the 40th floor, HKUST will open labs for data science, fintech, robotics, and automation, among others, while the 41st floor will provide incubation space and support services for the University’s entrepreneurship community. Read more