Houston Chapter – IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS)


  • September 25, 2018
    “Using Discrete-Event Simulation for Evaluating Distributed Systems” Joint meeting with Rice IEEE Student Branch
    Aida Vosoughi, Oracle, Inc., Redwood Shores, CA
  • February 02, 2018
    “Future AI-empowered Mobile Systems: Cellular Architecture Perspective”
    Li-Chun Wang, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
    Host: Ashutosh Sabharwal
  • January 31, 2018
    “Age of Information: Optimizing the Freshness of Real-Time Data”
    Yin Sun, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
    Host: Ashutosh Sabharwal


  • November 10, 2017
    “Tesla Motors Technology and Careers” Joint meeting with Rice IEEE Student Branch
    Vivas Kumar, Tesla Motors, Palo Alto, CA
  • April 21, 2017
    “TexasWISE (Texas Workshop on Integrated Systems Exploration” Collaboration of Texas IEEE CASS Chapters
    Held this year at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
  • January 24, 2017
    “Codebooks with Limited Computational Complexity from Unbiased Bases”
    Olav Tirkkonen, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland


  • October 26-28, 2016
    IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SiPS 2016)
    Technical Committee Co-Chair: Joseph Cavallaro
  • May 6, 2016
    IEEE Texas Workshop on Integrated System Exploration (TexasWISE) 2016
    Organizer: Joseph Cavallaro
  • February 1, 2016
    “Inter/Intra Chip Optical Networks: Opportunities and Challenges”
    Jiang Xu, Xilinx-HKUST
    Host: Lin Zhong
  • January 14, 2016
    “Addressing Spectrum Scarcity through Optical Wireless Communications”
    Mohammed-Slim Alouini, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang
  • January 12, 2016
    “Brain-Inspired Computing: The Extraordinary Voyages in Known and Unknown Worlds”
    Yiran Chen, University of Pittsburgh
    Host: Lin Zhong


  • October 6, 2015
    “Interdependency of Control and Communications: From Maxwell’s Demon to Cyber Physical Systems
    Husheng Li, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang
  • September 21, 2015
    “Vertically Integrated Projects”
    Randal Abler, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro


  • December 15, 2014
    “VLSI Optimization for High-Speed Digital Communications”
    Zhongfeng Wang, Broadcom Corporation
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • November 17, 2014
    “Managing competition for (public) resources: Decision-making and some congestion cost cutting approaches”
    Ioannis Stavrakakis, University of Athens, Greece
    Host: Edward Knightly
  • February 5, 2014
    “Use-it or Lose-it: Wearout and Lifetime in Future Chip-Multiprocessor Interconnect”
    Paul V. Gratz, Texas A&M University
    Host: Farinaz Koushanfar
  • February 11, 2014
    “Computing in space with Open SPL”
    Georgi Gaydadjiev, Chalmers University, Sweden and Maxeler Technologies, London
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro


  • January 18, 2013
    “Digitally-Assisted Transceiver Linearization”
    Mikko Valkama, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • March 28, 2013
    “Efficient Sparse Projection with Application to Scene and Video Classification”
    shiv N. Vitaladevuni, Raytheon BBN Technologies
    Host: Ashok Veeraraghavan
  • October 22, 2013
    “Challenges in High-Temperature Embedded Systems Design”
    Thanh Tran, Halliburton
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • November 7, 2013
    “Public Access Wireless Networks: Vulnerabilities, Detection and Mitigation Strategies”
    Alan Marshall, The University of Liverpool, UK
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • November 8, 2013
    “Nonlinear Self-Interference Cancellation in Full-Duplex Transceivers”
    Lauri Anttila, Tamper University of Technology
    Host: Ashutosh Sabharwal
  • November 25, 2013
    “Modeling, Architecture, and Applications for Emerging Memory Technologies”
    Yuan Xie, Pennsylvania State University
    Host: Lin Zhong
  • December 6, 2013
    “Multiuser Spatial Resource Allocation and Frequency Scheduling for Evolving Cellular Communications”
    Markku Juntti, University of Oulu, Finland
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro


  • April 24, 2012
    “Wire Routing in Electronic Design Automation”
    Martin D.F. Wong, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Host: Farinaz Koushanar
  • May 1, 2012
    “Multiterminal Source Code under Logarithmic Loss”
    Thomas Courtde, UCLA
    Host: Ashutosh Sabharwal
  • September 20, 2012
    “Toward Micro Vision Sensors”
    Sanjeev Koppal, Harvard University
    Host: Ashok Veeraraghavan
  • September 21, 2012
    “Augmenting 2D Animation with Physically Simulated 3D Effects”
    Eakta Jain, Carnegie Mellon University
    Host: Ashok Veeraraghavan
  • September 26, 2012
    “An Approach for Quantitative Optimization
    of Highly Effiient Dedicated Cordic Macros as SoC Building Blocks”

    Upasna Vishnoi, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • October 25, 2012
    “Funding Opportunities in Wireless Networking and Communications”
    Min Song, National Science Foundation
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • November 8, 2012
    “Novel architectures and design tools for
    the implementation of complex DSP systems on FPGA-based technologies”

    Roger Woods, Queen’s University Belfast
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • November 14, 2012
    “Algorithms for privacy-preserving machine learning”
    Anand Sarwate, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago
    Host: Ashutosh Sabharwal
  • November 15, 2012
    “Overview of University Relations and
    Projects at Qualcomm Research”

    Mahesh Ramachandran, Qualcomm
    Host: Ashok Veeraraghavan
  • November 20, 2012
    “Investigation of Wi-Fi vulnerabilities and

    Bosheng Zhou, Queen’s University Belfast
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro


  • March 1, 2011
    “Server Reliability and Mobile Energy Efficiency: Two Challenges and Two Solutions
    Murali Annavaram, University of Souther California
    Host: Lin Zhong
  • September 12, 2011
    “Trellisware Tech Talk:
    Mobile Ad hoc Network Design for Robustness, Scalability & Practical Application”

    Thomas Carter (Rice BSEE ’76, MEE ’77), President/CEO, Trellisware
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang
  • September 15, 2011
    “Wireless Channel Uncertainty in Relay-Assisted Communication and Distributed Detection Systems”
    Azadeh Vosoughi, University of Rochester
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang
  • September 29, 2011
    “Developing a Multi-Sensor Wearable Device for Assessment of Diet and Physical Activity”
    Mingui Sun, University of Pittsburgh
    Host: Tony Elam
  • December 5, 2011
    “Coded Multipath Routing for Wireless Networks”
    Brooke Shrader, MIT LIncoln Lab
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang
  • December 6, 2011
    “3GPP LTE-Advanced and 4G” and “mmWave Mobile Comunication”
    Dr. Charlie Zhang and Sridhar Rajagopal, Samsung Dallas Technology R&D Center
    Hosts: Joseph Cavallaro and Aydin Babakhani
  • December 6, 2011
    “Having One’s Cake and Eating it Too: The Problem of Joint Communication and sensing”
    Urbashi Mitra, University of Southern California
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang


  • March 12, 2010
    “Diversity-based Multband Spectum Sensing Policy for Cognitive Radios”
    Visa Koivunen, Helsinki University of Technology
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang
  • March 15, 2010
    “Random Finite Set Approach to Multi-Object Estimation and Tracking in Computer Vision”
    Reza Hoseinnezhad, University of Melbourne
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang
  • March 19, 2010
    “Configurable Analog Signal Processing”
    Paul Hasler, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Host: Richard Baraniuk
  • March 25, 2010
    “Breaking the Barriers in Wireless Network Information Theory”
    Salman Avestimehr, Cornell University
    Host: Ashutosh Sabharwal
  • April 8, 2010
    “Sampling of Social Processes to Understand Human Activity “
    Hari Sundaram, Arizona State University
    Host: Ashutosh Sabharwal
  • April 8, 2010
    “Flexible Baseband Architectures for Wireless Communications”
    Gerald Sobelman, University of Minnesota
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • April 14, 2010
    “Should we decode or quantize?”
    Sae-Young Chung, KAIST
    Host: Ashutosh Sabharwal
  • April 14, 2010
    “Time-Based UWB Synthetic Imager (TUSI) for Medical Applications”
    Amin Arbabian, University of California at Berkeley
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • December 10, 2010
    “Half-Duplex Gaussian Relay Networks with Interference Processing Relays”
    Srikrishna Bhashyam, IIT-Madras
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro


  • January 15, 2009 – ECE Distinguished Lecture
    “Wireless Sensors Networks: The Art of Integration”
    Magdy Bayoumi, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Hosts: Yehia Massoud and Joseph Cavallaro
  • February 13, 2009
    “Computing with Things Small, Wet, and Random: Design Automation for Nanoscale Technologies and Biological Processes”
    Marc Riedel, University of Minnesota
    Hosts: Lin Zhong
  • March 13, 2009
    “Developing Safe, Secure and Sustainable Distributed Cyber-Physical Systems”
    Sandeep Gupta, Arizona State University
    Host: Lin Zhong
  • April 6, 2009
    “Visibile light communication”
    Sridhar Rajagopal, Samsung Telecommunications America
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • September 9, 2009
    “Design Challenges in Broadband Software Defined Radio Systems; A System and Circuits Perspective
    Ahmed M. Eltawil, University of California – Irvine
    Host: Ashu Sabharwal
  • September 17, 2009
    “A 32 Gbps 2048-bit 10GBASE-T Ethernet Energy Efficient LDPC Decoder with Split-Row Threshold Decoding Method”
    Tinoosh Mohsenin, University of California – Davis
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • September 29, 2009
    “Challenges and Drivers for Future Radio Access”
    Matti Latva-aho, University of Oulu, Finland
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang
  • October 16, 2009
    “Parameter Variations and Leakage in Nano-scale Technologies: Error Resiliency and Low-Power Design Methods”
    Kaushik Roy, Purdue University
    Host: Lin Zhong
  • October 16, 2009
    “Customer Reviews in Spectrum: Recommendation System in Wideband Cognitive Radio Networks”
    Husheng Li, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
    Host: Lin Zhong
  • October 28, 2009 – ECE Distinguished Lecture
    “The Technological Power of Communications + Content + Community”
    Fred Kitson, Motorola
    Host: Lin Zhong


  • January 25, 2008
    “Ultra Mobile Broadband: PHY and MAC overview”
    Mohammad Jaber Borran, Qualcomm
    Hosts: Behnaam Aazhang and Ashutosh Sabharwal
  • October 9, 2008
    “Restless Watchdog: Monitoring Multiple Channels in Cognitive Radio Systems”
    Husheng Li, University of Tennessee
    Host: Lin Zhong
  • November 5, 2008
    “Cooperation and Fairness of Wireless Networking using Game Theoretical Approaches”
    Zhu Han, University of Houston
    Host: Ashu Sabharwal
  • November 11, 2008
    “Coding for Flash Memories”
    Anxiao (Andrew) Jiang, Texas A&M University
    Host: Lin Zhong


  • January 16, 2007 – CMC Young Guns Seminar
    “Field-Based Computational Tools for Addressing Complexity, Scaling, Variability, and Design in Microelectronics”
    Vikram Jandhyala, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of
    Host: Yehia Massoud
  • January 24, 2007
    “Cooperation, Relay Selection, and the effects of Channel State”
    Aria Nosratinia, University of Texas at Dallas
    Hosts: Behnaam Aazhanag and Ashu Sabharwal
  • January 29, 2007
    “An Overview of MediaFLO – Mobile Multimedia Multicasting Technology”
    K. Kiran Mukkavilli, Qualcomm
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • February 22, 2007
    “Self-consistent Analysis of Chip Power, Voltage and Temperature (IBM ARL VLSI Seminar Series)”
    Emrah Acar, IBM Austin Research Laboratory
    Host: Kartik Mohanram
  • March 15, 2007 – ECE Distinguished Lecture
    “Key Technologies for Wireless Networking in the Next Decade”
    Ian F. Akyildiz, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Host: Edward Knightly
  • April 5, 2007 – CMC Seminar
    “State-Dependent Multiple Access Channels with Channel State Known to Some Encoders”
    J. Nicholas Laneman, University of Notre Dame
    Host: Ashu Sabharwal
  • April 19, 2007
    “Why I Love the Looming Crisis in Computer Architecture”
    Mark Oskin, University of Washington
    Host: Peter Varman
  • April 27, 2007
    “Mobile2.0 – Enabling an Anytime, Anywhere Services Ecosystem”
    Venu Vasudevan, Motorola Labs
    Host: Lin Zhong
  • May 3, 2007
    “Integrated Biosensors”
    Khaled Salama, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Host: Yehia Massoud
  • May 18, 2007
    “BlueFS: Distributed Storage Meets Consumer Electronics”
    Jason Flinn, University of Michigan
    Host: Lin Zhong
  • May 31, 2007
    “The recent developments in cryptographic hardware”
    Naofumi Homma, Tohoku University, Japan
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • June 1, 2007
    “An Efficient Block Floating Point Realization of the Adaptive Decision Feedback Equalizer”
    Mrityunjoy Chakraborty, IIT-Kharagpur
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • November 1, 2007
    “Implementation Aspects of List Sphere Detector Algorithms for MIMO Communications”
    Markku Juntti, University of Oulu
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • November 8, 2007
    “Fixed-point Signal Processing: Fast Algorithms with Limited Resources”
    Wayne T. Padgett, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang
  • November 13, 2007
    “Random Processes and Random Mixture”
    Giuseppe Abreu, University of Oulu
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang


  • January 26, 2006 – The William E. Brice Colloquium Series
    “Feedback, Erasures, Zero-Errors, and More”
    Prof.-em. Dr. James L. Massey, The Swiss Federal Institute of
    Technology (ETH), Zürich, Adjunct Professor, Lund University,
    Sweden, and Adjunct Professor, Technical University of Denmark
    Host: A.C. Antoulas
  • February 21, 2006
    “Overview of Indian Power System and Challenges Ahead”
    Janardan Nanda, Indian National Science Academy Senior Scientist,
    Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT-Delhi
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • August 22, 2006
    “Analysis and Control fo Temporal Behaviors in Embedded and Networked Computing Systems”
    Xue Liu, CS Department, University of Illinois at
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • September 14, 2006 – CMC Young Guns Seminar Series
    “Hybrid Digital analog Coding for Broadcasting”
    Krishna R. Narayan, Department of Electrical and Computer
    Engineering, Texas A&M University
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • September 21, 2006 – ECE Distinguished Lecture
    “Tracking people through gaps in observation”
    Larry S. Davis, University of Maryland
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • September 26, 2006
    “Joing Channel Estimation and Peak-to-Average Power Ratio Reduction for OFDM”
    Ning Chen, Freescale Semiconductor
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • October 12, 2006 – CMC Young Guns Seminar Series
    “Network Coding Rates and Edge-Cut Bounds”
    Gerhard Kramer, Bell Labs
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • November 2, 2006
    “MIMO Receivers for 3G LTE”
    Markku Juntti, University of Oulu, Finland
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • November 9, 2006 – CMC Young Guns Seminar Series
    “Secure Communications over Wireless Channels”
    Hesham El Gamal, Ohio State University
    Host: Ashu Sabharwal
  • December 14, 2006
    “Development of high-performance RF MEMS tunable filters and their system implications “
    Kamran Entesari, ECE Department, Texas A&M University
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang
  • December 15, 2006
    “Disruption Tolerant Networks: UMass DieselNet and Capacity Building with Throwboxes”
    Mark Corner, Department of Computer Science, University of
    Massachusetts at Amherst
    Host: Lin Zhong


  • September 15, 2005 – Texas Instruments Leadership University Seminar Series
    “Subpixel information retrieval – applicaitons to image zooming and compression”
    Albert Cohen, Visiting Professor, ECE Department, Rice University and
    Laboratoire J.-L. Lions, Université P.&M. Curie, Paris
    Host: Richard Baraniuk
  • November 10, 2005 – Texas Instruments Leadership University Seminar Series
    “Analog to Digital Conversion: Why Sigma-Delta Modulation?”
    Ron DeVore, TI Visiting Professor, ECE Department, Rice University and
    Department of Mathematics, University of South Carolina
    Host: Richard Baraniuk
  • November 28, 2005
    “Object Oriented Programming for Digital Design”
    Sergio R. Ramirez, Mentor Graphics Corporation
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro


  • January 15, 2004
    “Recent Results on Limited-Feedback Communication Techniques for MIMO Systems”
    Robert Heath, ECE Dept., University of Texas at Austin
    Host: Ashu Sabharwal
  • January 22, 2004
    “Practical Communication over doubly-Dispersive Channels”
    Phil Schniter, The Ohio State University
    Host: Ashu Sabharwal
  • April 15, 2004
    “Digital, Analog, MEMS Systems-on-Chips”
    Richard Brown, University of Michigan
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro


  • January 31, 2003
    “Successive Interference Cancellation for Uplink CDMA”
    Jeff Andrews, ECE Department, University of Texas at Austin
    Host: Behnaam Aazhang
  • May 2, 2003
    “Design goals for wireless handset and infrastructure modems: A comparative study”
    Chaitali Sengupta, Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • October 7, 2003
    “Energy Consumption in Mobile Devices: Why Future Systems Need Requirements-Aware Energy Scale-Down”
    Partha Ranganathan, Hewlett Packard Labs, Palo Alto, CA
    Host: Vijay Pai
  • October 9, 2003
    “Future Trends in the Electronics Industry: Gazing into the Cyrstal Ball”
    Mike Smayling, Applied Materials, Santa Clara, CA
    Host: Bill Wilson
  • October 9, 2003
    “Using Matlab and Simulink for System-level Design and Rapid Prototyping of an Adaptive Noise Canceller for Implementation on a TMS320C67”
    Darel Linebarger, The Mathworks, Natick, MA
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro
  • October 23, 2003
    “Discrete System on a Chip (SOC) Design”
    Thanh Tran, Texas Instruments
    Host: Joseph Cavallaro


  • April 16, 2002
    “Is Binary Signaling Dead at the PCB-interconnect level?”
    Dr. Howard Johnson, Signal Consulting, Inc.
  • October 3, 2002
    “Electronics for the Next Billion People — Cost or Performance Driven?”
    Mike Smayling, Applied Materials, Santa Clara, CA
  • November 1, 2002
    “Interference Avoidance for Wireless Systems”
    Dimitrie Popescu, University of Texas at Austin


  • February 15, 2001
    “Data Synchronization with Timing”
    Navin Kashyap, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor


  • March 22, 2000
    “Architecture Enhancements and Arithmetic Units for Digital Signal Processing and Multimedia Systems”
    Michael Schulte, EECS Department, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
  • April 5, 2000 – CMC Seminar
    “Practical Adaptive Processing for Weak Signal Detection”
    Raviraj Adve, Research Associates for Defense Conversion (RADC) Inc.,
    Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, NY
  • April 6, 2000 – CMC Seminar
    “Do Something Phenomenal with Two Cores”
    Ray Simar, TI Fellow, Texas Instruments
  • April 6, 2000
    “Lessons from Wavelet-based Image Coding: New Directions in Image Modeling”
    Michael T. Orchard, Princeton University (TI Visiting Professor, ECE Department, Rice University)
  • May 19, 2000 – IEEE Distinguished Lecture
    “Wireless Systems-on-a-Chip Research at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center”
    Bob Broderson, EECS Department, Berkeley Wireless Research Center,
    University of California at Berkeley
  • June 13, 2000
    “Telecom and Internet in Developing Countries: Bottlenecks and Solutions”
    Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, EE Department, IIT Madras, Chenai, India
  • August 4, 2000
    “Rate Scalable Compression with application to internet streaming”
    Edward J. Delp, Purdue Multimedia Testbed, School of ECE, Purdue University
  • October 19, 2000
    “Filter Bank Design with Nilpotent Matrices for Audio Coding Applications”
    Gerald Schuller, Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ
  • October 20, 2000
    “What Makes Rapid Prototyping Rapid?”
    Markus Rupp, Lucent Technologies


  • August 30, 1999 – CMC Seminar
    “Efficient Frequency Domain Speech Enhancement using a Recursive DCT”
    Michael Nowak, ICTech Inc.
  • October 7, 1999
    “An Introduction to Computational Imaging and Synthetic Aperture Radar”
    David Munson, TI Visiting Professor, ECE Department, Rice University
  • October 14, 1999
    “3-D Radar Imaging with Applications to Astronomy”
    David Munson, TI Visiting Professor, ECE Department, Rice University
  • October 29, 1999 – CMC Seminar
    “Wireless Consumer Products: Current Designs and Future Improvements”
    Jay Greenwood, Software Designer, Texas Instruments
  • December 13, 1999
    “Model-Based Bayesian Feature Matching with Application to Synthetic Aperture Radar Target Recognition”
    Lee Potter, Electrical Engineering Department, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH