EWDTS-2024 October 4-8, 2024 Yerevan, Armenia

Keynote / Invited Talks


September 27 – 30, 2024

Prof. Vazgen Sh. Melikyan

Integrated Circuit Reliability: Current State, Challenges and Solutions

Vazgen Sh. Melikyan, Professor, Corresponding Member of National Academy of Science of Armenia, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Honorable Scientist of Armenia, Director of Educational Department of Synopsys Armenia CJSC, Head of “Microelectronic Circuits and Systems” (MCS) Chair of National Polytechnic University of Armenia (NPUA).

Born in 1956. He has received diploma in Computer Science in Yerevan Polytechnic Institute in 1978 graduating from Cybernetics Department. He received his PhD degree in Moscow Engineering-Physics Institute in 1984, was conferred Academic rank of Associate Professor in Computer Science Supreme Certification Board in Moscow, 1985. He was granted the degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences in SEUA, Yerevan, 2006 and Academic rank of Professor in Technical Sciences in SEUA, Yerevan, 2006. In 2010 he was selected as an Academician of Engineering Academy of RA. In 2014 he was selected as a Corresponding Member of National Academy of Sciences of RA. He has been the head of various international projects. On September 18, 2007 by decree of RA President he has been conferred the title of Honorable Scientist of the Republic of Armenia. On April 10, 2010 by decree of RA President he has been conferred “President of the Republic Prize” in “Technical Sciences and Information Technologies” area. He has received gold medal from National Polytechnic University of Armenia, Yerevan State University and European University. He is an Honorable Professor of Xidian University (China), European University, etc. He is the author of 12 monographs, more than 350 scientific and 135 methodical publications, had more than 150 reports in international conferences. 72 PhD dissertations have been realized and successfully defended under his supervision.

Prof. Navabi Zainalabedin

AI in Digital Systems Design Automation

This talk focuses on various EDA tools used in design of digital systems at various levels of abstraction. In general, design automation tools are used for design verification, optimization, automatic hardware generation, test and testability analysis, and dependability and security analysis.
At more abstract design levels, design automation tools are merely used for suggesting high-level design decisions such as the type of processing or hardware-software partitioning in a DSE (design space exploration) environment. On the other hand, EDA tools provide detailed analysis and hardware optimization and placement at the lower abstraction levels.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made significant improvements in new generation of EDA tools. At the abstract system level, AI focuses on prediction of specifics of the implemented hardware based on design requirements and constraints. Whereas, at the lower-levels of abstraction, AI-based tools provide more efficient decisions on hardware implementation and optimization.
After a presentation of a hierarchical design flow from system description to hardware implementation, this talk will discuss tools and environments used at various abstraction levels. The role of AI in such tools will be discussed.

Dr. Yervant Zorian

Lifecycle Challenges and Opportunities of Mission Critical SOCs

Dr. Yervant Zorian is a Chief Architect and Fellow at Synopsys, as well as President of Synopsys Armenia. Formerly, he was Vice President and Chief Scientist of Virage Logic, Chief Technologist at LogicVision, and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is currently the President of IEEE Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC), the founder and chair of the IEEE 1500 Standardization Working Group, the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the IEEE Design and Test of Computers and an Adjunct Professor at University of British Columbia. He served on the Board of Governors of Computer Society and CEDA, was the Vice President of IEEE Computer Society, and the General Chair of the 50th Design Automation Conference (DAC) and several other symposia and workshops.

Dr. Zorian holds 35 US patents, has authored four books, published over 350 refereed papers and received numerous best paper awards. A Fellow of the IEEE since 1999, Dr. Zorian was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Industrial Pioneer Award for his contribution to BIST, and the 2006 recipient of the IEEE Hans Karlsson Award for diplomacy. He received the IEEE Distinguished Services Award for leading the TTTC, the IEEE Meritorious Award for outstanding contributions to EDA, and in 2014, the Republic of Armenia's National Medal of Science.

He received an MS degree in Computer Engineering from University of Southern California, a PhD in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, and an MBA from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

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