Mark Horowitz received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1978, and his PhD from Stanford in 1984. Since 1984 he has been a professor at Stanford working in the area of digital integrated circuit design. While at Stanford he has led a number of processor designs including: MIPS-X, one of the first processors to include an on-chip instruction cache; Torch, a statically-scheduled, superscalar processor; Flash, a flexible DSM machine; and Smash, a reconfigurable polymorphic manycore processor. He has also worked in a number of other chip design areas including high-speed memory design, high-bandwidth interfaces, and fast floating point. In 1990 he took leave from Stanford to help start Rambus Inc, a company designing high-bandwidth memory interface technology.
Azita Emami received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1999 and 2004 respectively. She received her B.S. degree from Sharif University of Technology in 1997, with honors. At Stanford she was offered the Solid-State Lab’s merit-based research assistantship, and was a member of VLSI Research Group, where she worked on variety of projects in the areas of integrated circuits and system design. The focus of her research was high-speed and low-power interconnects, clocking and synchronization techniques. During her PhD she also had close collaboration with Stanford Photonics Lab. She designed and implemented low-power transceivers for optical interconnects, with novel techniques for clock and data recovery. As part of this collaboration she worked on optical clock injection using short-pulse lasers.
Professor Emami joined IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in 2004 as a research staff member in the Communication Technologies Department. Her research projects at IBM include DFE receivers for electrical links, clock and data recovery techniques, and novel digital solutions for circuits in highly-scaled CMOS technologies. From Fall 2006 to Summer 2007, she was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in the city of New York.
In 2007, she joined Caltech, where she is now a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering. Her current research interests include mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems, high-speed on-chip and chip-to-chip interconnects, system and circuit design solutions for highly-scaled CMOS technologies, wearable and implantable devices for neural recording, stimulation, and efficient drug delivery.
He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2001, 2002, and 2006, respectively. In Jan. 2007, he joined the University of California at Berkeley, where he is now an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciencesa as well as a co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC). He has held consulting or visiting positions at Xilinx, Sun Labs, Intel, AMD, Rambus, Hewlett Packard, and IBM Research, where he worked on digital, analog, and mixed-signal integrated circuits for computing, test and measurement, and high-speed communications. Dr. Alon received the IBM Faculty Award in 2008, the 2009 Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award, the 2010 UC Berkeley Electrical Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, the 2010 ISSCC Jack Raper Award for Outstanding Technology Directions Paper, the 2011 Symposium on VLSI Circuits Best Student Paper Award, and the 2012 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference Best Student Paper Award. His research focuses on energy-efficient integrated systems, including the circuit, device, communications, and optimization techniques used to design them.