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Yungho Choi, Ph.D.
Konkuk University
yunghoch@konkuk.ac.kr

Yungho Choi is an associate professor of the Electrical Engineering Department of Konkuk University which is one of the top private universities in Seoul, Korea. As a professor, he has taught microprocessor architecture, logic theory and electronic circuits while sucessfully completing 14 industrial and academical projects over the last 5 years. Additionally, he contributess to multimedia coding standards such as H.264 and AVC as a member of the Korean National Body (KNB) of MPEG under ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29. In his career, he proposed 17 multiple video compression algorithms and 1 complexity evaluation methodology, which are patented in the USA, PCT, and Korea. In addition to his technical carrer, he served not only as a program director of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Education of Korea (ABEEK) to improve the quality of engineering education with regard to environment, curricula, and education systems, but also as an ABEEK evaluator and consultant.

While working for Konkuk University, Dr. Choi co-founded and served as Chief Technical Officer of S-net Automation, an industrial network technology-leading company. There, he developed the technical strategic direction of the company within the high-tech network solution industry, with a focus on delivering a better custom-oriented network. In this company, he developed a number of software and FPGA-based industrial network solutions such as DeviceNet, ControlNet, and others. Prior to S-net Automation, he worked as a senior engineer at Compaq and Intel, developing the architecture of a next generation high-end processor consisting of more than 16 processor cores, multiple-level local and global caches, on-chip interconnection networks, and memory controllers. As a processor architect, he developed and evaluated local and global cache protocols as well as proved their validity.

Yungho Choi graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering in 2001 from the Univerity of Southern California (USC) and bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering in 1991 from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. His research in computer architecture, interconnection network design and video compression algorithms has been published in a number of academic journals and has influenced the design of large-scale parallel computers as well as multimedia architectures. While working at Intel in 2003, he was recognized by the processor architecture group for his accomplishments, receiving the Certificate of Recognition. Additionally, Dr. Choi’s work in MPEG has influenced the development and direction of video compression algorithms that take into consideration various hardware-based complexity aspects, thus making them more promising.


 

Radu Marculescu
Carnegie Mellon University, radum@ece.cmu.edu
http://www.ece.cmu.edu/~sld/

Radu Marculescu received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, in 1998. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to Carnegie Mellon University he was a faculty member at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Dr. Marculescu is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award (2000) in the area of design automation of electronic systems. He has received the 2005 Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems (T-VLSI) Best Paper Award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society, two Best Paper Awards from the Design Automation & Test in Europe (DATE) Conference in 2001 and 2003, and a Best paper Award from Asia & South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC) in 2003. He was also awarded the Carnegie Institute of Technology's Ladd Research Award in 2002. Dr. Marculescu serves as an Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Embedded Systms (ACM TODAES), ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (ACM TECS), and IEEE Transactions on Computers (T-COMP). In the past, Dr. Marculescu was an Associate Editor (2003-2006) of IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems (T-VLSI). Dr. Marculescu has been involved in organizing several international symposia, conferences, and workshops sponsored by professional organizations, as well as guest editor of Special Issues in archival journals and magazines such as IEEE Transactions on Computers, the IEEE Micro Magazine, and the IEEE Design & Test Magazine. Dr. Marculescu has served on the technical program committee of several EDA conferences, including DAC, ICCAD, and DATE. He was the co-Founding General Chair of the IEEE Workshop on Embedded Systems for Real-Time Multimedia (ESTIMedia). His current research focuses on developing design methodologies and software tools for System-on-Chip design, on-chip communication, and ambient intelligence. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Member of ACM.


 

Jeonghee Shin
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
jeonshin@us.ibm.com

Jeonghee Shin is a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. She is currently working on high-level logic design and synthesis for hardware quality and productivity, next-generation processor performance/power/thermal analysis and tool development, and 3D architecture design and analysis. Her research interests are in the area of design automation and productivity, computer architecture, and architecture evaluation methodologies and tool development.

Jeonghee received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Southern California in 2008, focusing on lifetime reliability-aware design and modeling, and interconnection networks. She also received BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering at Pusan National University, Korea, in 1999 and 2001, respectively.

 

 

  


 

 
 Yong Ho Song, Ph.D.
Hanyang University
yhsong@hanyang.ac.kr
http://enc.hanyang.ac.kr

Yong Ho Song is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Electronics and Communications, Hanyang University, in Seoul, Korea. His research interests lie in the system architecture and software systems of mobile embedded systems including systems-on-chip, networks-on-chip, multimedia on multicore parallel architecture, and NAND flash-based storage systems. His research achievements have been published in numerous of academic journals and conferences. He has served as a program committee member of many prestigious conferences including the IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS), IEEE International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems, and IEEE International Conference on Computing, Communication and Networks. He worked with Dongbu Hitek, a semiconductor foundary company in Korea, as a technical consultant and has been collaborating with Samsung Electronics, Hynix Seminconductor, and other fabless semiconductor companies in Korea via many research projects.

Dr. Song received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2002 and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Engineering in 1991 and 1989, respectively, from Seoul National University in Korea. During his doctoral program, he published papers on the design of computer architecture and interconnection networks and received the ICPP Best Student Paper Award in 2002 and also the Samsung Humantech Paper Award in 2001 and 1999.

Before starting his doctoral program at USC, Dr. Song was a research engineer at Samsung Electronics, participating in a research project on developing highly scalable multiprocessor systems. He contributed to this project on the design of many core subsystems such as cache controller, bus protocol analyzer, and system firmware/software. This project was regarded as an important cornerstone of the growth of the computer industry in Korea. He also led a research team in the development of an operating system for PCs during his Master’s program at Seoul National University which was the first attempt to build a native operating system in Korea.


 

 
 Anjan Venkatraman
Juniper Networks
anjan@juniper.net

Anjan Venkatramani is the Senior Director of Product Management and Strategy in the Data Center Business Group at Juniper Networks. In his career thus far, he has served in a wide spectrum of roles that include Operations, Product Management & Marketing, Research and Development (R&D), and Corporate Strategy. He has a wealth of experience and expertise in the fields of computing and communications.

Anjan has been with Juniper Networks for over 10 years and has played a pivotal role since the company’s inception. Anjan joined the R&D group at Juniper in 1998 where he developed Juniper’s first fabric chip and later revolutionized control memory architectures. He holds many patents in network and data center fabrics, memory design and security services architectures. Subsequently, he championed product strategy and managed product introduction and life cycle for Juniper’s enterprise routing and security product lines. Currently, he heads product management and strategy for Juniper’s “Stratus” cloud computing initiative.

Anjan started his career at Siemens Nixdorf building supercomputers. While there, he was able to apply several of the innovations that were part of his research at the University of Southern California. He subsequently worked for various start-ups in the areas of signal processors for DSL and Wireless applications and RFID technology for inventory management and automation.

Anjan graduated with a Masters in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1995. His graduate research in interconnection network design for multiprocessors has been published at leading conferences. Anjan also holds a Masters in Management from Stanford University.


 

Sugath Warnakulasuriya
sugathw@yahoo.com

Sugath Warnakulasuriya is an independent strategy consultant providing leadership to Fortune 500 high-tech companies, with a focus on growth, go-to-market, sales and product portfolio management strategies. In his career, he has served in executive and operational roles as well as developed and executed business and technology strategy in addresssing critical, high-impact business challenges. In addition to high-tech, his industry experience includes financial services, transportation & logistics, and oil & gas.

Dr. Warnakulasuriya was previously an Industry Executive for EDS, developing and managing the strategic direction of the company within the high-tech industry, with a focus on delivering value to and enhancing relationships with top accounts. Prior to EDS, he was at McKinsey & Company where he served high-tech, enterprise software, and financial services clients and provided thought leadership in IT Architecture and Infrastructure for the Firm. Prior to McKinsey, he co-founded and served as the Chief Technology Officer for eLink Commerce, a collaborative business-to-business logistics provider for the Petrochemical industries. Dr. Warnakulasuriya also has extensive experience in software management and development, including work at GTE Government Systems and Systems Research and Applications Corporation.

Sugath Warnakulasuriya graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering in 1999 and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science in 1993 and 1986, respectively, from the Univerity of Southern California. He was also in the Entrepreneur Program at the USC Marshall School of Business. His research in computer architecture and interconnection network design has been published in a number of textbooks and academic journals and has influenced the design of large-scale parallel computers. As a doctoral student in 1997, he was recognized by the Department of Electrical Engineering for his research, receiving the Best Reaserch Paper Award. In his professional career, Dr. Warnakulasuriya’s work in strategy consulting has influenced the market direction and success of prominent Enterprise software and hardware companies that serve virtually all industries.