Online Seminar “From IC to AI: A Father and Son Journey”

Online Seminar: “From IC to AI: A Father and son Journey”

From IC to AI: A Father and Son Journey

Date: December 14, 2020 (Monday)
Time: HKT10:00am
Language: English
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The recent artificial intelligence (AI) boom has been largely driven by three confluent forces: algorithms, big data, and computing power enabled by integrated circuits (ICs). In this talk, we will share a father-son journey from IC to AI. As a researcher in electronic design automation, David Pan will share his perspectives on “AI for IC” (how to leverage AI/ML advancement to design ICs with better quality and productivity) and “IC for AI” (how to design future ICs/accelerators for AI). As part of the generation growing up in a world with more and more intelligent machines, Jeffrey Pan will share his journey of learning AI and carrying out ML research in computer vision, efficient ML, and secure ML. He will also share his journey in founding the Youth AI Lab ( to make AI more accessible to youth.

About the speakers

Professor David Pan

Professor David Z. Pan

Professor, Silicon Labs Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

David Z. Pan is Silicon Labs Endowed Chair Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include electronic design automation, design for manufacturing, hardware security, and CAD for analog/mixed-signal ICs and emerging technologies. He has served in many journal editorial boards and conference committees, including various leadership roles. He has received SRC Technical Excellence Award, DAC Top 10 Author Award in Fifth Decade, ASP-DAC Frequently Cited Author Award, NSF CAREER Award, IBM Faculty Award, and many Best Paper Awards at leading IC design and automation conferences including DAC, ICCAD, ASPDAC, DATE, and ISPD. He is a Fellow of IEEE and SPIE.

Mr Jeffrey Pan

Mr Jeffrey Z. Pan

Founder and President, Youth AI Lab
Senior at Phillips Academy Andover

Jeffrey Z. Pan is a high school senior at Phillips Academy Andover. He started his machine learning study in 9th grade. He has co-authored a paper at CVPR 2019, and first-authored a paper at the AdvML Workshop at KDD 2020 (MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab Best Paper Award). He won the Grand Prize at the 2nd International Artificial Intelligence Fair in 2020, and First Prize in the Low-Power Computer Vision Challenge @ CVPR 2020. He is the Founder and President of the Youth AI Lab with a mission to make AI more accessible to youth from all backgrounds. He also serves as the CS Club Co-President at Andover and regularly teaches coding to underserved kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, MA. He received The President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award in 2020.

About the Moderator

Dr Ngai Wong

Associate Head,
Innovation Academy,
Faculty of Engineering, HKU