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ECE grad students receive paper award from CASS

Ahish Shylendra and Priyesh Shukla

Ahish Shylendra and Priyesh Shukla, a former and current graduate student, respectively, in Assistant Professor Amit R. Trivedi’s Advanced Electronics of Nano-scale Circuits and Systems (AEON) Laboratory, won a best paper award from the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS). Over 500 papers were submitted for consideration, and 130 papers were accepted to the conference.

“This is a very prestigious conference award,” Trivedi said. “Only three papers from the entire conference won a paper award, and I am proud of their hard work that led to this.”

Shylendra and Shukla’s paper, Analog-Domain Time-Series Moment Extraction for Low Power Predictive Maintenance Analytics, was focused on analog circuits for hardware security applications. Incorporating machine learning techniques into circuits can make programs run faster and improve efficiency.

“It is helpful in avoiding delay; the circuit can extract novel features from the data to make a decision; it can work on data as it’s being fed without pre-processing,” Shylendra said. “This is useful in autonomous cars, for example.”

Shylendra and Shukla fabricated a chip, designed at UIC in collaboration with the Semiconductor Research group, to address security loopholes in the hardware. While most of the work being conducted on hardware is simulated, this provided practical hardware to get data from, and use in the characterization process, which measures the chip’s performance versus its design specifications.

“UIC is conducive for student research in particular, which was very appealing and part of why I came here,” Shylendra said. “I also had been reading about Dr. Trivedi’s work and was very interested in it.”

Shylendra graduated in the spring of 2022, and is a staff analog/MS IC design engineer with MaxLinear, a hardware company that produces integrated radio-frequency analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products for broadband communications. During his time at UIC, he earned the Graduate Research Award in 2018 and 2020.

Shukla anticipates graduating this fall. Most recently, he interned with Bose Corporation, an audio equipment manufacturer, as a machine learning research engineer in their Global Research division. He received the Peter and Deborah Wexler Fellowship, an honor bestowed on a senior scholar in information technology.