Laying the Foundation for Intelligently Adaptive Radio Systems

Speaker: Dr. Farhana Sheikh, Senior Staff Scientist
Affiliation: Intel Corporation

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ABSTRACT:  System adaptivity has been studied since the mid-60s and recently there has been a surge in interest in self-adaptive systems, especially in the software engineering community, with its main application is cybernetics. In this talk, we describe the concept of a self-adaptive system as it is extended to wireless communication, where channel characteristics are exploited to intelligently modify operation of the physical layer of the radio to optimize energy consumption and connectivity. The architectural and circuit foundations required to realize a wide-band “learning-based” transceiver architecture are detailed in the design and implementation of configurable PHY subsystems that can be dynamically programmed to realize intelligent radios. Current advancements in the application of AI/ML to wireless systems and how these may be leveraged at the PHY level are briefly discussed followed by an overview of future research required to build intelligently adaptive radio systems.

BIOGRAPHY:   Farhana Sheikh (IEEE SM’14, IEEE M’93) received the B.Eng. degree in Systems and Computer Engineering with high distinction and Chancellor’s Medal from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 1993 and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1996 and 2008, respectively. From 1993 to 1994 she worked at Nortel Networks as a software engineer in firmware and embedded system design. From 1996 to 2001, she was at Cadabra Design Automation as software engineer and senior manager.

She joined Intel Labs in 2008 after her PhD and worked in various roles as a senior researcher and manager in the area of digital circuits for cryptography, graphics, and next-generation wireless systems. Since November 2018, Farhana has been working as a Senior Staff Scientist in Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group Technology Innovation and Strategy Office where she leads multiple USG research programs for Intel. Her research focuses on 2D and 3D multi-die heterogeneous integration, mm-Wave and THz distributed/non-distributive massive MIMO circuits and architectures, high-frequency wireless control for quantum computers, adaptive and intelligence-based circuits/architectures for next generation secure wireless systems, and cryogenic CMOS circuits. She has published 48 papers and filed 22 patents in the field of solid-state circuits and is the co-recipient of two prestigious ISSCC Lewis Winner Award for Outstanding Paper for work published at ISSCC 2012 and ISSCC 2019. In 2021 Farhana was a co-recipient of the ISSCC 2020 Jan Van Vessem Award for Outstanding European Paper. She has also received the 2020 ISSCC Evening Session Award and the 2019 ISSCC Demonstration Session Certificate of Recognition. Farhana has demonstrated strong technical leadership by initiating research and development in new emerging technology areas, and by building strong, diverse technical teams to deliver on-time innovative and high-quality solutions to difficult problems as per corporate or academic objectives. She has technically mentored and led multiple intern projects at Intel, and university-industry collaborative research projects and programs. Numerous publications, patents, and awards are a testament to her imaginability and research ability to solve new and difficult engineering problems. Farhana is the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Oregon Chapter Chair, an IEEE Senior Member, and holds technical program committee and co-chair positions in multiple solid-state circuits (VLSI Symposium, ESSCIRC/ESSDERC, CICC) and signal processing conferences (TPC Co-Chair SiPS 2020 and SiPS 2021). Farhana chaired and co-organized the first SSCS Women in Circuits “Rising Stars” Workshop at ISSCC 2020.

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Date(s) - Apr 09, 2021
10:30 am - 12:00 pm

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