About Me

I was born in 1986 and grew up in the wonderful city of Bangalore, India. I received the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the CMR Institute of Technology (affiliated to the Visveswaraiah Technological University) in 2008, the Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering – Microelectronics in 2010 and the Ph.D degree in 2015, both from the Delft University of Technology. As part of my MSc thesis, I designed the TMFab transactional memory based chip-multiprocessor and the R3 router for 3D networks-on-chip. Since February 2011, I worked with the Circuits and Systems Group (CAS) at the Delft University of Technology as Lead Researcher on the EU funded Computing Fabric for High Performance Applications (COBRA) project. As part of COBRA, I worked on the design of a high-performance, dependable, thermal-aware 3D stacked many-core processor architecture for embedded applications, which was also the subject of my PhD research. In addition, I managed a team of dedicated MSc students that actively contributed towards the COBRA research efforts. In March 2015, I joined the Processor Construction and Compiler Tools (PCT) team of Intel’s Imaging and Camera Technologies group (ICG), and worked on building design tools used by Intel architecture, hardware and firmware teams to create powerful media processors. In May 2016, I returned to TUDelft to collaborate on early exploratory research into the long term challenges of neuromorphic systems. As a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at CAS, I currently lead a new track developing architectures for neuromorphic processors, and unsupervised self-learning systems.

I am a member of the IEEE, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and the IEEE Computer Society. I currently serve on the Program Committee of the International Symposium on Networking and Computing (CANDAR), and as reviewer for ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS), IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems (TVLSI)IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), and the Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS).

When I’m not working, I boulder (indoors), dance the lindy hop, write short stories, take pictures, and spend time outdoors. 

Professional Work Experience:

Research Fellow – Neuromorphic Processor Architectures
Circuits and Systems Group (CAS),
Delft University of Technology,
The Netherlands
Responsible for setting up a new research track investigating architectures for neuromorphic processors, and for unsupervised learning systems based on them. Leading the hardware design of two neuromorphic SoCs with FPGA and ASIC targets.
May 2016 – September 2016 (Visiting)
October 2016 – Present (Fellowship)

Processor Tools Engineer
Imaging and Camera Technologies Group (ICG) – Intel,
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Member of the Processor Construction and Compiler Tools (PCT) team of Intel’s Imaging and Camera Technologies Group. PCT delivers the advanced design methodologies and custom tooling used to create the high performance Image Signal Processors within Intel Atom and Core series SoCs.
March 2015 – April 2016

Lead Researcher
Computing Fabric for High Performance Applications (COBRA) Project
Circuits and Systems Group (CAS),
Delft University of Technology,
The Netherlands
Led an R&D team of 9 researchers at the Circuits and Systems Group (CAS) on the European CATRENE programme’s Computing Fabric for High Performance Applications (COBRA) project. Designed the Naga thermal-aware many-core processor architecture, and led its front-end RTL design, FPGA/semi-custom prototyping, and software development. Responsible for transfer of research outcomes to industry, and dissemination through peer-reviewed publications as well as hardware/software demonstrators.
February 2011 – March 2015

Research Intern  – Processor Design
Indrion Technologies, Bangalore, India
Led a team of 3 Undergraduate students towards specifying and developing instruction set extensions for a sensor control network processor. Delivered a synthesizable processor core together with a methodology for energy characterization of the extensions ahead of schedule. 
January – June 2008

 

Education:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
February 2011 – March 2015
Dissertation: Thermal-Aware Design and Runtime Management of 3D Stacked Multiprocessors

Promotors: prof.dr.ir Alle-Jan van der Veen, dr.ir Rene van Leuken, dr. Amir Zjajo

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering – Microelectronics
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
September 2008 – November 2010
Thesis: TMFab – A Transactional Memory Fabric for Chip Multiprocessors

Bachelor of Engineering – Electronics & Communications Engineering
CMR Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India (Visvesvaraya Technological University)
September 2004 – July 2008

 

Other Experience:

Project Coach/Organization Team Member – Introduction Programme for International Students
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Coached new international students on working in international teams, project management and presenting project results effectively
August 2009 – 2012

Teaching Assistant – Electronics for Product Designers
Faculty of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Guided Bachelor and Master students through a laboratory electronic circuits and microcontroller programming.
January – April 2009 

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Complete design of multiprocessor system-on-chip – processors, memory hierarchies, on-chip interconnects, power and temperature management, 3D integration, simulators and embedded software stacks
  • Neuromorphic/cognitive computing architectures
  • High-level architecture/design space exploration, front-end digital design/RTL design, FPGA prototyping, semi-custom ASIC design
  • C/C++, SystemC, VHDL, Assembly, Python
  • Synopsys Design Compiler, Cadence Encounter/Virtuoso, Xilinx ISE

 

Current MSc students/Alumni:

  • Roberto Mol
  • Andrei Ardelean
  • Evelyn Rashmi Jeyachandra
  • Johan Mes
  • Ester Stienstra
  • Haipeng Lin
  • Kim Wai Tang (now with MyBit Multimedia B.V., Netherlands)
  • Jurrien de Klerk (now with Visual Productions B.V., Netherlands)
  • Anupam Chahar (now with Intel, Netherlands)
  • Mitzi Tjin A Djie (now with LeQuest B.V.)
  • Anastasios Michos (now with Imagination Technologies)
  • Arnica Aggarwal (now with ASML)
  • Radhika Jagtap (now with ARM)
  • Jayesh Bhaskar Yerrapragada (now MS student at Stanford)

 

गिरते हैं शह-सवार ही मैदान-ए-जंग मे। वह तिफ़्ल क्या गिरे जो घुटनों के बल चले।

(It is only the brave that can fall in battle. The coward who goes into battle on his knees knows neither victory, nor defeat.)