The Integrated Systems Laboratory (Laboratoire des Systèmes Intégrés – LSI) studies design technologies for circuits and systems. The objective is to research the interplay of hardware and software design for traditional (computation on silicon) and non-traditional (nanotechnology and biosensors) systems. Topics of research include, but are not limited, to the following areas.
Design technologies for nanosystems, i.e., integrated systems that leverage emerging nanotechnologies. This area includes the modeling of hardware with dedicated languages, the compilation of hardware models into circuits, the relation between hardware and software design and its concurrent design (co-design), the system-level optimization from multiple objectives (e.g., performance, energy consumption, yield). The novel thrust in this area comes form the exploration of the use of new circuits technologies (e.g., silicon nanowires, carbon nanotubes, etc) within system design. These new technologies present unprecedented advantages and challenges, the former being related to the very high device density and the latter the large presence of defects.
Design and fabrication of bio-sensors and bio-interfaces, such as protein and ion sensors, to probe biological mechanisms for both clinical and biodiscovery objectives. Research involves both the design of novel hardware, mixing in situ computational units with biosensors, and the development of software systems for data analysis, including data integration methods for diagnosis and medication control and/or design. Specific examples are the design of wearable medical devices for continuous real time metabolic monitoring and the design of intelligent, safe and reliable drug delivery system.
The Open Logic Synthesis Libraries and Benchmarks are a collection of modular open source C++ libraries and benchmarks developed at LSI to keep up the driving force in improving optimization algorithms in the field of logic synthesis.
The project has been selected to be one of EPFL’s open science champions by the open science strategic committee in the framework of the Open Science Fund. Contact person is Heinz Riener, who is a post-doc in our lab.
Aya Ibrahim, Ph.D. student in our lab, William Simon and Damien Doy, both former MSc. students, won the 2018 Xilinx Open Hardware University Design Competition 2018 – Ph.D. Category for their design entitled “First Single FPGA, 5 Watt, and Inexpensive 1024-channel Medical 2D and 3D Ultrasound Imager”.
Luca Amaru (Synopsys), Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon (Univesrity of Utah) and Giovanni De Micheli receive the IEEE/CEDA Don Pederson Award for the best paper on the IEEE Transacyions on CAD entitled “Majority-Inverter Graph: A New Paradigm for Logic Optimization.”
Giovanni De Micheli elected as International Honorary member of the American Academia of Arts and Sciences. The American Academy serves America as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world.