PhD School Program
A Journey into Electronics to Design Our Future
June 20-22, 2016
University of Brescia, San Faustino Cloister
Via San Faustino 74/B – Brescia
June 20, 2016
June 21, 2016
June 22, 2016
|09.00 – 09.15||Welcome||09.00 – 09.45||Lecture 9
|09.15 – 10.45||Lecture 1
|09.15 – 10.45||Lecture 5
|09.45 – 10.00||Q&A|
|10.00 – 10.45||Lecture 10
S. DALLE FESTE
|10.45 – 11.00||Q&A||10.45 – 11.00||Q&A||10.45-11.00||Q&A|
|11.00 – 11.15||Coffee break||11.00 – 11.15||Coffee break||11.00 – 11.15||Coffee break|
|11.15 – 12.45||Lecture 2
|11.15 – 12.45||Lecture 6
|11.15– 12.15||Lecture 11
|12.15 – 12.30||Q&A|
|12.45 – 13.00||Q&A||12.45 – 13.00||Q&A|
|13.00 – 14.15||Lunch||13.00 – 14.15||Lunch|
|14.15 – 15.45||Lecture 3
|14.15 – 15.45||Lecture 7
|15.45 – 16.00||Q&A||15.45 – 16.00||Q&A|
|16.00 – 16.15||Coffee break||16.00 – 16.15||Coffee break|
|16.15 – 17.45||Lecture 4
|16.15 – 17.45||Lecture 8
|17.45 – 18.00||Q&A||17.45 – 18.00||Q&A|
|20.00 – 23.00||PhD School Social Dinner|
The school workload is quantified in 4 credits. “Questions & Answers” tests will be organized at the end of each lecture as the assessing process for the acquisition of credits.
Each student attending the school will receive an individual attendance certificate.
For registration to the PhD School, please visit the GE2016 registration web page
Lecture Slides are available here
h. 09.15 – 10.45
Center for Nano Science and Technology @PoliMi
This talk will give an overview of fundamentals of organic field-effect transistors, then focusing on printed polymer devices. The talk will describe how it is possible to easily pattern all organic transistors and circuits through the use of only printing techniques, and how to achieve well-ordered and efficient charge-transport polymer nanostructures over large-areas. The level of control of the deposition process can boost the operational frequencies of printed polymer electronics well into the MHz regime without recurring to extreme downscaling, thus maintaining compatibility with cost-effective manufacturing of large-area circuits. A road-map to achieve GHz operation, thus enabling wireless data communication, within the context of a European project will be presented.
Mario Caironi is Tenure Track researcher at the Center for Nano Science and Technology (CNST) of IIT. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2007 at Politecnico di Milano and then joined Prof. H. Sirringhaus’ group at the Cavendish Laboratory (Cambridge, UK). He entered the Tenure Track programme at CNST in May 2014, formerly Team Leader from 2010 to 2014. He has more than 70 publications, comprising 3 chapter books; these publications received more than 1400 citations (without self-citations). He has an h-index of 20 (Scopus and WoS, January 2016). He is co-editor of the book “Flexible and Large Area Electronics”, published by Wiley in March 2015. He was recipient of a Marie-Curie Career Integration Grant “IPPIA” from 2011 to 2014 and he is a 2014 ERC Starting Grantee, with the project “HEROIC” on the development of printed electronics operating in the GHz regime.
h. 11.15 – 12.45
Information Engineering Department
Since the famous talk of R. Feynman in 1959 “There is plenty of room at the bottom”, silicon microstructuring technologies have been continuously developed with the ambition of sculpting silicon at the microscale, thus pushing silicon towards novel research topics and market opportunities beyond the Moore law, a trend also known as More Than Moore. As a result, silicon microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) (e.g. pressure sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes) are nowadays part of (almost) any modern devices (e.g. mobile phones, cars, videogames) of everyday life. On the other hand, lab-on-a-chip systems integrating a multitude of micrometer-sized components on a silicon chip (e.g. microneedles, microchannels and valves, biosensors) are on the way and do envisage to radically transform clinical diagnostics and medicine. In this lecture, the leading commercial and state-of-the-art microstructured technologies will be reviewed with emphasis on microsystems fabrication for different applications, from microelectronics to medicine.
Giuseppe Barillaro is currently Professor of Biomedical Electronics at the Information Engineering Department of the University of Pisa, where he has been leading his own research group. He received the Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering from the University of Pisa in 2002.
His main interests concern with the design, modeling, fabrication, and characterization of new materials and devices, as well as for their integration on the same chip, by using silicon, glass and polymer technology, to get complex nano and microsytems. In last ten years, he has carried out research activity on different topics concerning the development of micro and nanostructured technologies, devices, and systems for different applications ranging from photonics to optofluidics, from microelectronics to medicine.
G. Barillaro is author of more than 150 scientific publications, among which over 70 papers on peer reviewed international journals and 8 patents.
h. 14.15 – 15.45
Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria (DEIB)
Design guidelines for low-noise amplifiers for charge and current sensing are reviewed. The relevance of sensor modeling and capacitance minimization are highlighted. Advanced circuit topologies, that overcome the noise/bandwidth trade-off of the standard transimpedance amplifier, are illustrated. Finally, some examples of application of high-resolution impedance readout circuits to micro-scale sensors are presented.
Marco Carminati received magna cum laude B. Sci. (2003), M. Sci. (2005) and PhD (2010) in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. In 2008 was visiting student at MIT. Since 2016 he is Assistant Professor (RTDa) of Electronics at Politecnico di Milano (DEIB) working on sensors, detectors and low-noise instrumentation. He has authored >80 international publications, holds 2 patents and was awarded 2 best paper awards.
h. 16.15 – 17.45
Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering “Guglielmo Marconi”
A special care has to be devoted to the design of power conversion and management circuits for energy harvesting applications where, in many practical cases, the available power is often as low as few µW. This talk will review a series of design techniques that ensure ultra-low intrinsic consumptions and pursue effective trade-offs with conversion efficiency. Practical cases based on both integrated and off-the-shelf electronics will be discussed.
Aldo Romani currently serves as Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering of the University of Bologna. His research topics include CMOS design, integrated sensors, and energy harvesting circuits. He is currently a supervisor of the IC design activities of the joint laboratory of STMicroelectronics and the University of Bologna. He is a co-recipient of the 2004 Jan Van Vessem Award of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference and is co-author of over 50 publications and patents.
h. 09.15 – 10.45
Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering
The availability of MOS transistors with a cut-off frequency in excess of 100GHz, made possible by the continuous scaling down of the feature size, stimulated an intense research activity worldwide aimed at developing integrated CMOS transceivers at mmWave (30GHz-300GHz). The talk starts with an overview of emerging applications that may take advantage from the short wavelength and wide spectrum available in this band, and then continues by focusing on some of the design challenges for fundamental building blocks. At the end, examples from the research activity carried out in Pavia University are proposed.
Andrea Mazzanti is Associate Professor at University of Pavia. His main research interests are focused on device modeling and IC design for high-speed communications, RF and mmWave transceivers. He co-authored ~90 papers in this field and received the Author recognition Award for the decade 2003-2013 at the 60th anniversary of ISSCC. He has been member of the technical committee of the most prestigious IEEE conferences on IC design (ISSCC, CICC, ESSCIRC), Associate Editor for the Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I and Guest Editor for several special issues of the Journal of Solid State Circuits.
h. 11.15 – 12.45
Center for Integrated Sensor Systems
Sensor networks, be they wired or wireless, are a fundament of automation systems, and particularly so for distributed automation systems. Concepts like Industry 4.0 or the Internet of Things are pushing the limits of large-scale distributed systems even further. The lecture will discuss challenges that arise in distributed sensor systems. We will look at integration problems, suitable architectures, and in particular hybrid network concepts supporting seamless real-time capabilities. We also address security issues which are especially demanding in sensor networks due to the potentially large number of nodes, the high degree of distribution, and the inherent resource constraints. Finally, we will discuss synchronization aspects in distributed sensor systems, their basic operation principles, ways to improve synchronization accuracy, and applications or services that can be built upon precise synchronization, such as localization of wireless nodes.
Thilo Sauter (M’93, SM’09, F’14) received the Dipl.-Ing. and Doctorate degree in electrical engineering from the Vienna University of Technology (VUT), Vienna, Austria, in 1992 and 1999, respectively. From 1992 to 1996, he was a Research Assistant with the Institute of General Electrical Engineering, VUT, and was involved in research on programmable logic and analog ASIC design. Subsequently, he joined the Institute of Computer Technology, VUT, and led the Factory Communications Group. From 2004 to 2013, he has also been the Director of the Institute for Integrated Sensor Systems at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Since 2013, he is with the Center for Integrated Sensor Systems at Danube University Krems, Wiener Neustadt, Austria. In 2014, he became a tenured Associate Professor for automation technology at VUT. His current research interests include smart sensors and automation networks with a focus on real-time, security, interconnection, and integration issues. Dr. Sauter is the President of the Austrian Association for Instrumentation and Automation, an AdCom Member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and the IEEE Sensors Council, and Treasurer of the IEEE Austria Section. He is author of more than 200 scientific publications and has been involved in the organization of several IEEE conferences. Moreover, he has been involved in the standardization of industrial communication systems for more than 15 years.
h. 14.15 – 15.45
Department of Energy, Information Engineering and Mathematical Models
Due to its outstanding properties, graphene has attracted a huge interest for its use in both electronic and photonic applications. In optical communications, where information needs to be converted at high rate from the optical to the electrical domain and vice-versa, graphene can be successfully employed as a multifunctional optoelectronic material. Moreover, thanks to its two-dimensional structure, it can be easily integrated with planar Si-photonic devices. In this talk, graphene potentialities in optical integrated circuits will be shown, a review of the state of the art graphene devices will be reported and some fabrication issues and measurements, in the electrical and optical domain, will be presented.
Alessandro Busacca received his M.S. degree in Electronic Engineering in 1998 and the Ph.D. in Photonics in 2001. He is currently Associate Professor of Electronics and coordinator for the Ph.D. course in Information and Communication Technologies at the University of Palermo. He is author of more than 230 papers and a patent on several photonics topics. He is in the executive board of the IEEE Photonics Italy Chapter and served as a WP leader or coordinator in several national and European projects Horizon2020.
h. 16.15 – 17.45
Department of Information Engineering and Mathematics
In a world that relies, in a continuously increasing extent, on digital information processing and communication systems, Information Security represents a key research subject. The use of cryptographic primitives enables us to reduce information security goals to physical security requirements, such as secure algorithm execution, and secure generation and storage of secrets. After introducing a general overview of the subject, this lecture will focus on presenting different electronic circuits and design techniques to implement cryptographic primitives as true-random bit generators, pseudo-random bit generators and physically unclonable functions.
Tommaso Addabbo received the Ph.D. in Information Engineering from the University of Siena, Italy, where he is currently joining the Electronics and Electronics Measurement research group. His main research interests include analysis of nonlinear circuits and systems, stochastic aspects of chaotic dynamics and analog circuits design, design of electronic embedded systems. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Nonlinear Science at the University of California in San Diego and at the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Skopje.
Valerio Vignoli is an associate professor of Electronics at the Department of Information Engineering and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Siena. His recent research interests include the design of data acquisition and processing systems based on chemical sensors and the design of analog and mixed-signal electronic circuits, among which random and pseudo random number generators.
h. 09.00 – 09.45
The talk will present an overview of the key requirements of power management solutions for today’s electronic systems, especially for consumer applications, which become every day more demanding in terms of performance, solution size and cost, posing challenges to the semiconductor industry, but also creating opportunities for research and innovation at system, circuit and technology level.
Giovanni Frattini received his MS degree in electronic engineering from U. of Pavia in 1997. The same year he joined STMicroelectronics in Milan, Italy, as an Analog Designer in the BCD technology R&D, where he worked on designing signal analog circuitry for smart power chips, data converters, HV linear and DC/DC power converters. Joined National Semiconductor (now TI) in 2008 to start and lead the R&D team in the Design Center located in Milan, Italy, currently responsible for the R&D teams in Italy and Germany for power management applications.
His current research interests include fully integrated power converters, high voltage applications, high frequency switching power conversion, isolated power converters.
h. 10.00 – 10.45
h. 11.15 – 12.15
After briefly describing the basic principles of fiber sensors we show how nanotechnology can improve and customize their performance. Then, we describe a variety of applications running from safety and security to aerospace, from railways to under water acoustic wave detection, from high energy physics to music. Special care will be devoted to medical applications with some tools finalized to the creation of the hospital in the needle. These applications include: detection of thyroid cancer markers, locoregional anesthesia, drug delivery, high resolution localized echography. Some of them are on the market or ready to enter it.
Antonello Cutolo was born in Napoli on Nov 7th 1955. He was a working student and he took his Laurea Degree in Electronic Engineering cum Laude in 1978. Awarded with a fellowship he developed his thesis at the Fiat Research Center in Orbassano (Turin).
After serving for one year in the Italian Air Force, he worked, as Associate Researcher, at the Applied Mathematical Physics Dpt of the Technical University of Denmark (1980), at the National Laboratories of Frascati (Rome) (Jan 1981-June 1981) and at the VI University of Paris SUD (September 1982-December 1982). Then, he moved to Stanford University (Palo Alto, California) January 1983-Dcemeber 1986) and to the Duke University (January 1987-June 1987) (North Caroline).
In 1986, winner of a National Competition, he was appointed Associated Professor of Quantum Electronics at the University “Federico II” of Napoli and, in 1996, he was appointed Full Professor of Electronics and Photonics at the University of Sannio (Benevento, Italy) where he is currently working.
1997 to 1999. Member of the Scientific Committee of the CORISTA Consortium.
2004 to 2008. Invited Member of the Scientific Committee of Confindustria.
2005 to 2012 Member of the Advisor Board of and Coordinator of the Photonics Pole of CERICT Consortium on ICT
2006 to 2010. Member (Coordinator of the Working Group on Innovative Security Technologies) dell’Osservatorio della Sicurezza Nazionale del CASD (Centro Alti Studi della Difesa)
2008- President of the Consortium OPTOSONAR
2013- President of the Consortium TOP-IN (Optical Technologies for Industrial Applications)
His main research interest include: Nonlinear wave propagation and High Power laser Systems (1978-1980), High Energy Physics Accelerators and Free Electron Lasers (1981-1987), Pico and femto second laser pulses and Contactless Diagnostics Techniques (1988-1996), Optical fiber sensors and energy applications (1997 to the present).
He has authored or coauthored several hundred papers on international journals, about twenty patents and more than ten books. He has created a laboratory on ultrashort pulses characterization and applications and two laboratories on optical fiber sensor applications. In 2005 he created an High Tech Spin Off Company (Optosmart) on industrial applications of optical fiber sensors and, in 2013, he created another Spin off Company (Optoadvance) on biosensors. In 2013, he founded the first Italian public private consortium on nanophotonics for industrial applications.