Robust Design Workshop to be Offered


The Electrical & Computer Engineering department will team with UConn’s Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) to offer an intensive one-week residential workshop on Robust Design. The certificate program will take place at the Merlin D. Bishop Center on the Storrs campus from April 26-30, 2010.

The workshop is designed to provide practicing engineers and managers — from beginners to seasoned individuals and including reliability, quality control and design professionals — the latest in key design for reliability (DFR) fundamentals, principles, theories and advanced best practices. The workshop will combine reliability, availability and fault management techniques to provide a holistic approach to designing a robust product.

According to Dr. Peter Diplock, Associate Director of CCS, the Robust Design workshop is the product of a truly collaborative effort to extend the intellectual capital of the University of Connecticut to the professional engineering community. “We are thrilled to be working with such distinguished and accomplished faculty and committed to ensuring that participants’ experiences exceed their expectations.”

Dr. Mohammad Tehranipoor and Mr. Nematollah Bidokhti will share instructional duties for the short course. Dr. Tehranipoor is an assistant professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mr. Bidokhti, a technical leader at Cisco Systems, is a Visiting Research Specialist at UConn.

According to Dr. Tehranipoor, the workshop will provide engineers the knowhow required to optimize their reliability program through the application of key DFR features, from concept to deployment. The workshop is also suited to managers, who will learn how to build an effective reliability culture and identify key DFR needs in robust product development.

The workshop will offer a broad suite of related hardware, risk and fault management, reliability testing and software modules. Employers who enroll their engineers and managers in the training may expect to reap a variety of benefits, from reduced product development time and cost to fewer product returns and customer calls, improved product reliability to reduced warranty costs.

An expert in cyber-security and IC (integrated circuit) authentication, Dr. Tehranipoor directs the Computer-Aided Design and Test Research Lab and the Secure and Trustable Systems Lab at UConn. His current research projects include: computer-aided design and testing of CMOS VLSI designs, design-for-testability, at-speed testing, secure design and IC trust. In 2009, Dr. Tehranipoor garnered a National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) award to advance his research involving the detection and isolation of so-called hardware “Trojans” in ICs.

His collaborator, Mr. Bidokhti, has extensive experience in various levels of reliability such as ASICs, board and system (hardware and software engineering), network analysis and modeling. His experience includes areas such as telecommunication (telephony, data, optical), bio-medical and military. He has developed tailored hardware and software design for reliability methodology programs in companies such as Cisco, Ciena, CSpeed and Caspian Networks.

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