Welcome

VanessaChen

Welcome to the Energy-Efficient Circuits and Systems (EECS) Lab! Our research is focused on AI-enhanced circuits and systems across various applications, including communication, sensing, computing, security, and biomedical fields. Our works span the design of intelligent sensory interfaces, RF/mixed-signal hardware security, and ubiquitous sensing and computing systems, as well as high-performance data converters. We are actively looking for highly-motivated talents to join the lab (details).

Contact
Vanessa Chen
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Hamerschlag Hall 2123 | 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Email: vanessachen at cmu.edu | Phone: (412)268-4044

 

News (Archive)

  • 2024/5: Prof. Chen will be giving a tutorial on High-Speed Analog-to-Digital Converters at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) on February 16-20, 2025 in San Francisco, CA. Please join us for the flagship conference of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS). (Conference link)
  • 2024/5: Jiachen won the first place of the Apple prize for his reinforcement-learning chip design. Congrats Jiachen!
  • 2024/5: Prof. Chen co-taught the “Mixed-Signal RF Transmitters” session with Prof. Jeff Walling in the Tutorial of ISCAS 2024. It was the best-attended tutorial!
  • 2024/3: Prof. Chen will be serving as a TPC member at IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2025. Please consider submitting your best papers to the foremost global forum for presentation of advances in solid-state circuits and systems-on-a-chip! (Conference link)
  • 2024/3: Yuyi has been selected to receive the Nicholas Minnici (E ’59) Dean’s Graduate Fellowship in Electrical & Computer Engineering for the 2023-2024 academic year. Congrats Yuyi!
  • 2024/1: Prof. Chen will be giving a full day tutorial on Mixed-Signal RF Transmitters with Prof. David Allstot and Prof. Jeffrey Walling at the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) on May 19-22 in Singapore. Please join us for the flagship conference of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society. (Conference link)
  • 2024/1: Chengyu has been selected to receive the Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award for excellence in circuit and system design. The award will be presented at the 2024 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Congrats Chengyu!
  • 2024/1: John has been selected to receive the David H. Barakat and LaVerne Owen-Barakat College of Engineering Dean's Fellowship. This fellowship was created through the generosity of David Barakat and LaVerne Owen-Barakat and it was established to help support the graduate studies of highly deserving College of Engineering PhD students whose research interests align with those of Northrop Grumman Corporation, specifically data sciences. Congrats John!
  • 2023/6: Our work of a cryogenic and energy-efficient reinforcement learning (RL) module on FPGA for self-healing cryogenic power amplifier control has been published in the IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems. Congrats Jiachen, Yuyi, and Ethan!
  • 2023/3: Prof. Chen will be serving as an Associate Editor on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers (TCAS-I). Please consider submitting your papers in the area of Circuits and Systems! (Publication link)
  • 2023/2: John has been selected to receive the Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award for excellence in circuit and system design. The award will be presented at the 2023 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Congrats John!
  • 2022/9: Our work of RF analog hardware trojan detection through electromagnetic side-channel has been published in the IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems. Congrats John and Ethan!
  • 2022/6: Our work that uses convolutional neural networks for multichannel multi-class real-time neural spike sorting has been published in the IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems. This work will also be presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Circuits and Systems (ISICAS) in Bordeaux, France on Oct. 20-21. (Conference link)
  • 2022/5: Prof. Chen was invited to attend the National Academy of Engineering US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. The Frontiers of Engineering is an annual three-day meeting that brings together 100 of the nation's outstanding young engineers from industry, academia, and government to discuss pioneering technical and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. (Frontiers of Engineering Website)
  • 2022/2: Yuyi has been selected to receive the Ben Cook Graduate Fellowship for the 2021-22 academic year. Congrats Yuyi!
  • 2022/2: Our work of combinatorial-randomness-based power amplifier datasets with RF fingerprint classification has been accepted to the tinyML Research Symposium 2022, Burlingame, CA. (Conference link) Congrats Jiachen, Yuyi, Jinho, and Ethan!
  • 2022/1: Our work of class-E power amplifiers incorporating fingerprint augmentation with combinatorial security primitives for machine-learning-based authentication has been published in the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers. Congrats Yuyi, Jiachen, Jinho, and Ethan!
  • 2022/1: Jiachen has been selected to receive the Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award for excellence in circuit and system design. The award will be presented at the 2022 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Congrats Jiachen!
  • 2021/12: Our work of intelligent electromagnetic sensors for non-invasive trojan detection has been published in the Sensors. Congrats Ethan and John!
  • 2021/10: Prof. Chen will be serving as an Associate Editor on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (TBioCAS). Please consider submitting your papers in the biomedical technical area with a Circuits and Systems perspective! (Publication link)
  • 2021/6: Our work that uses Bayesian neural networks for radio frequency fingerprint authentication has been published in the IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems. Congrats Jiachen, Yuyi, and Ethan! This work will also be presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Circuits and Systems (ISICAS) in Singapore on Sept. 2-4. (Conference link)
  • 2021/5: Jiachen presented our work that uses boosted learning for data symbol detection in the storage systems in the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) with live demonstration. (Conference link)
  • 2020/12: Yuyi has been selected to receive the Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award for excellence in IC design. The award will be presented at the 2021 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Congrats Yuyi!
  • 2020/11: Prof. Chen gave a talk about real-time learning and countering of security threats in smart transportation and IoT systems in the series of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering "Faculty Insights." (Talk abstract link) (Talk video link)
  • 2020/7: Prof. Chen together with Prof. Jimmy Zhu has been selected to receive an award from the NSF Secure Analog-RF Electronics and Electromagnetics (SARE) program for “Real-Time Learning and Countering of Side-Channel Emissions to Enable Secure RF and Analog Microelectronics”. (ECE news link) (Award page)
  • 2019/11: Prof. Chen was invited as a panelist to discuss the future of analog/mixed-mode circuits for artificial intelligence in IEEE A-SSCC 2019. (Conference link)
  • 2019/10: Prof. Chen co-orgazined an NSF workshop on Security in RF/Analog Microelectronics and Electromagnetics. In the workshop she moderated a panel to discuss the enabling security primitives and features in RF/analog domain through the exploration of useful device properties. (Workshop link)
  • 2019/9: Prof. Chen has been selected to receive a 3-year award of $655,043 from the NSF SpecEES program for “Trusted Frequency-Agile Transceiver Architectures for Secure and Energy-Efficient Communication”. (ECE news link) (Award page)
  • 2018/12: Prof. Chen has been selected to receive the NSF CAREER Award for “Bio-Inspired Sensory Interfaces Incorporating Embedded Classification and Encryption”. The 5-year $500,000 CAREER Award is one of the most prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation for early-career faculty in science and engineering. (CMU CoE news link) (OSU ECE news link) (OSU onCampus Today link) (OSU CoE news link) (Award page)

Last update: 6/4/2024