"From Theory to Practice with Hardware-Aware Signal Processing Algorithms"

Christoph Studer, Assistant Professor, Cornell University

March 12th (Tuesday), 11:00am
Harold Frank Hall (HFH), Rm 4164 (ECE Conf. Rm.)

In past decades, improvements in semiconductor devices as predicted by Moore’s Law have significantly simplified software and hardware design. For example, signal processing algorithms with stringent hardware requirements could often be realized by simply migrating to the newest technology node. However, the stagnating trends of semiconductor scaling require a paradigm shift that rises to meet the exponential increases in throughput, energy-efficiency, and memory requirements for many emerging applications.

In this talk, I will advocate for a holistic design approach that jointly considers algorithms, theory, and hardware implementation in order to overcome the challenges resulting from the slowdown in semiconductor scaling. This paradigm stems from the fact that, in many areas, the performance gains due to improvements on the algorithm level have vastly exceeded the improvements due to Moore’s Law. To highlight the efficacy of our research approach, I will present a range of examples for wireless networks, including data detection in multi-antenna base stations, waveform shaping for low-precision digital-to-analog converters, and positioning of mobile devices without global navigation satellite systems.

About Christoph Studer:

photo of christoph studerChristoph Studer received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich in 2005 and 2009, respectively. In 2005, he was a Visiting Researcher with the Smart Antennas Research Group at Stanford University. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Research Assistant in both the Integrated Systems Laboratory and the Communication Technology Laboratory at ETH Zurich. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Studer was a Postdoctoral Researcher at CTL, ETH Zurich, and the Digital Signal Processing Group at Rice University, TX, USA. In 2013, he has held the position of Research Scientist at Rice University. Since 2014, Dr. Studer is an Assistant Professor at Cornell University and an adjunct Assistant Professor at Rice University. Dr. Studer’s research spans digital signal processing, wireless communication, and the design of digital very-large-scale integration (VLSI) circuits.

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