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ECE Explorations (200): Faculty Research Presentations

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Illinois ECE
Oct 7, 2020   5:00 pm  
ECE Associate Professor Kirill Levchenko and Assistant Professor Shaloo Rakheja
Kat Darr | Office of Advancement | 1070 ECEB

Kirill Levchenko is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2008 and his B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. His research applies evidence-based techniques to a broad range of problems in networks and computer security.

Title: Research in Computer Security

Abstract: This talk will give a brief overview of computer security and describe several research projects in Professor Levchenko's lab.


Shaloo Rakheja started as an assistant professor in the department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering (ECE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Oct. 2019. Shaloo received her
Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in ECE from Georgia Institute of Technology and conducted her postdoctoral
research in device modeling and simulations at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shaloo’s
research interests are in understanding, predicting, and modeling physical phenomena in materials that
drive their functional behavior and enable applications such as low-power logic and memory, sensing,
and wireless communication. 

Title: From atoms to complex electronic systems

Abstract:  The digital computing technology has had a profound impact on human lives in areas such as energy, healthcare, security, business, and artificial intelligence. In the last five decades, the cost of digital computing has declined by over eight orders of magnitude, while the performance of microprocessors has continued to scale up. The semiconductor industry is now actively developing the 3-nm technology node (silicon’s atomic size is 0.2 nm).1

But at such tiny length scales shouldn’t we be worried about the future of technology scaling? Have we exhausted the “plenty of room at the bottom”?2 In my talk, I will attempt to answer these questions and highlight the power of physical modeling and simulations that could bridge the gap between atoms and complex electronic systems, and ultimately bring to life completely new computing paradigms.




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