July 11, 2011
Wing Chiu (Jason) Tam, a fifth-year Ph.D. student advised by ECE Professor and CSSI Director Shawn Blanton, recently earned first place in the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition (SRC) held during the Design Automation Conference in San Diego. Sponsored by Microsoft Research, the SRC offers a unique forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present their original research at well-known ACM-sponsored and co-sponsored conferences before a panel of judges and attendees. The competition begins with a poster session to determine the semifinalists, who go on to deliver short presentations for a panel of judges.
Tam took top honors for his project, "Physically Aware Analysis of Systematic Defects in Integrated Circuits." Specifically, he was recognized for his work to address the problem of information extraction from IC failure diagnosis data in order to provide feedback to designers for product yield improvement. His research tackles issues in this area by performing physically aware analysis of diagnosis results of IC fail data. The methodologies he's developed include identifying and understanding systematic defects, creating and evaluating DFM rules to provide feedback to designers, and creating a framework for fast and accurate defect simulation to validate these and other test/yield learning methodologies.
As the first prize winner in the graduate student category, Tam will compete in the ACM Grand Finals next June. For more on the SRC, visit http://src.acm.org/index.html.
Fifth-year Ph.D. student Wing Chiu (Jason) Tam earned first place in the ACM Student Research Competition.