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Publications Covail Lab Students Teaching Projects

Dr. Ryan Robucci

Assistant Professor
Email: robucci@umbc.edu
Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
University of Maryland Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD, 21250
Office: ITE 316
Phone: 410-455-3549
Fax: +1-410-455-3969

Education

Ph.D. ECE, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009
M.S.E.E. ECE, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004
B.S. CMPE University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2002

Research Interests

Dr. Robucci’s research interests include analog and mixed-signal VLSI; Cyber-physical human-computer systems;Hardware Security; CMOS image sensors; programmable and reconfigurable circuits; sensor interfacing and networking; image processing; embedded, real-time, mixed-mode signal processing; biologically-inspired systems; information theory; and computer-aided design and analysis of complex mixed-signal processing systems. Research emphasizes learning through hardware implementation and experimentation including building FPGA-, microcontroller-, and ASIC-driven embedded systems.

Dr. Robucci’s research in security relates to hardware implementation. In one effort, his group is looking at experimentally analyzing and estimating information leakage in integrated circuits and FPGAs and how physical design choices can affect the vulnerability of a circuit. He is also investigating physically built-in protection against side-channel information leakage and unauthorized access. Recent exploration also includes protecting information in low-power mixed-mode (analog & digital) circuits as required for embedded sensor applications. Topics of interest include protection against side-channel attacks, Trojan circuits, and the use of physically-unclonable functions (PUFs).

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Teaching

* Some Applets applets
* Digital Signal Processing (Graduate/Undergraduate) ENEE610/CMPE422
* C Programming and Embedded Systems (Undergraduate) CMPE 311 (updated course material from my PhD Student: CMPE311 Course Material)
* Programmable Logic Devices (Undergraduate) CMPE415
* Digital Systems Design (Graduate) CMPE 650
* Electronic Circuits (Undergraduate) CMPE 314
* Analog Integrated Circuit Design (Graduate/Undergraduate) CMPE 691/447
* Analog and Mixed Signal IC Design (Graduate) CMPE 691M
* Signals and Systems (Undergraduate) CMPE 323
* Embedded Systems and FPGAs (Graduate/Undergraduate) CMPE 691/491
* Ultra-Low Power Bioelectronics (Graduate/Undergraduate) CMPE 691/491
* Machine Vision (Graduate) CMPE 691
Cadence and PCB Tutorials and Old Course Website
Allegro PCB Tutorial
Cadence 6 Analog IC Course Tutorials

Covail: Analog & Digital Systems Research Laboratory

The Covail Lab: cooperative technology research exploring ultra-low-power hybrid analog-digital computational systems, sensors, and hardware security. Study of biological systems is leveraged for inspiring signal and image processing algorithms and sensor system design for embedded applications including robust wearable, mobile, biomedical systems and assistive technology. We build to learn and learn to build.




Students (bios)

Alexander Nelson (Received Ph.D., Assistant Professor https://aesir.uark.edu/ )
Stan Bobovych (Ph.D. Candidate)
Zheng Li (Ph.D. Candidate) homepage
Gurashish Sing (M.S. Thesis Graduated, last heard from at Intel)
Jianxiong Li (M.S Project)
Ruthvik Kukkapalli (M.S. Thesis)
John Zhu (M.S. Project on lightwieght remote attestation) Aakash Shah (M.S. Project in Embedded Systems and Hardware Security)

Selected Projects

* Non-invasive low-power wearable health monitoring devices
* Wearable and Ubiquitous Gesture Based Human-Computer Interaction based on capacitive sensing and micro-radars (assitive device technology)
* Sensors for Behavioral Monitoring, Activity Recognition, and Environmental Monitoring
*Use and study of side channels for information security and authenticating hardware activity
*Android and Embedded Hardware Device Security
*Use of programmable analog and programmable field-programmable analog arrays (FPAAs) for wearable systems
*Human-machine learning enabling real-time computer vision (assitive device technology)
*Integrated Sensing and Processing for ultra-low-power data capture

Publications

Selected Publications from Members of the Lab:

Perpetuu: A Tiered Solar-powered GIS Microserver

Adam Matthews, Stanislav Bobovych, Nilanjan Banerjee, James P. Parkerson, Ryan Robucci, Chintan Patel
ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems, 2015
Journal Paper IF:1.2 Download

Transient Current Estimation using S3C (Standard Cell Current Transient Characterization)

Michael Skaggs, Sushmita Rao, Ryan Robucci, Nilanjan Banerjee and Chintan Patel
19th International Symposium on VLSI Design and Test
Conference Paper AR: 29% Download

Post-Layout Estimation of Side Channel Power Supply Signatures

Sushmita K Rao, Deepak Krishnankutty, Ryan Robucci, Nilanjan Banerjee and Chintan Patel
IEEE International Symposium on Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust, McLean, VA, May 2015
Conference Paper AR: TBD Download

SunaPlayer: High-Accuracy Emulation of Solar cells

Stanislav Bobovych, Nilanjan Banerjee, Ryan Robucci, James P. Parkerson, Jackson Schmandt, Chintan Patel
ACM/IEEE 14th International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), Seattle, April 2015.
Conference Paper AR: 24% Download

Tongue-n-Cheek : Non-contact Tongue Gesture Recognition

Zheng Li, Ryan Robucci, Nilanjan Banerjee, Chintan Patel
ACM/IEEE 14th International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), Seattle, April 2015.
Conference Paper AR:24% Download

Study of PSANDE: Power Supply Analysis for Noise and Delay Estimation

Sushmita Kandiyala Rao, Bharath Shivasankar, Ryan Robucci, Nilanjan Banerjee, Chintan Patel
IEEE VLSI Test Symposium, Napa Valley, April 2015.
Conference Paper AR:30% Download

Gait Analysis for Fall Prediction Using Hierarchical Textile-based Capacitive Sensor Array

Rebecca Baldwin, Stanislav Bobovych, Ryan Robucci, Nilanjan Banerjee, Chintan Patel
ACM/IEEE Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE), Grenoble, March 2015.
Conference Paper AR: 15% Download

Inviz: Low-power Personalized Gesture Recognition Using Wearable Textile Capacitive Sensor Arrays

Gurashish Singh, Alexander Nelson, Ryan Robucci, Chintan Patel, Nilanjan Banerjee
IEEE 13th International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications, St. Louis, March 2015.
Conference Paper AR: 7.5% Download Best Demo Award: Runner Up

Demo Abstract: Inviz: Low-power Personalized Gesture Recognition Using Wearable Textile Capacitive Sensor Arrays

Gurashish Singh, Alexander Nelson, Ryan Robucci, Chintan Patel, Nilanjan Banerjee
IEEE 13th International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications, St. Louis, March 2015.
Demo Conference Paper AR: TBD Download

Estimation of Dynamic Current Waveforms using Precharacterization of Standard Cells

Bharath Shivasankar, Michael Skaggs, Sushmita Kadilya Rao, Ryan Robucci, Nilanjan Banerjee, Chintan Patel
16th IEEE Latin-American Test Symposium (LATS), Mexico, March 2015
Conference Paper AR: TBD Download

Multi-modal Sensing for Distracted Driving Mitigation Using Cameras and Crowdsourcing

Amol Deshpande, Mahbubur Rahman, Nilanjan Banerjee, Christophe Bobda, Ryan Robucci
Distributed Embedded Smart Cameras, Springer, pp: 257-272, June 2014.
Book Chapter AR: TBD% Download

Capacitive Sensor Array-based Gesture Recognition System for Paralysis Patients

Alex Nelson, Ali Jafari, Ryan Robucci, Nilanjan Banerjee, Susan Fager
IEEE Realtime Systems Symposium, Toronto, Canada, 2013
Conference Paper AR: 60% Download

Scalable dynamic technique for accurately predicting power-supply noise and path delay

Rao, S.K. Robucci, R. Patel
VLSI Test Symposium (VTS'13), 2013 IEEE 31st , vol., no., pp.1-6, Berkly, CA April-May 2013
Conference paper AR: TBD Download

Framework for dynamic estimation of power-supply noise and path delay

Rao, S.K. Robucci, R. Patel
Defect and Fault Tolerance in VLSI and Nanotechnology Systems (DFT), 2013 IEEE International Symposium on , vol., no., pp.272-277, New York City, NY Oct. 2013
Conference paper AR: TBD Download

Simulation Based Framework for Accurately Estimating Dynamic Power-Supply Noise and Path Delay

Rao, S.K. Robucci, R. Patel
Journal of Electronic Testing, February 2014, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp. 125-147
Journal paper IF: 0.5 Download

Low-cost fluorescence-based temperature sensing system for neonatal care

K Chatterjee, H Lam, R Robucci, G Rao, Y Kostov
IEEE Sensors 2013, Baltimore
Conference Paper AR: 25%-35% Download

High resolution fluorescence-based temperature sensor for stand-off detection in physiological range

T Kuester, R Robucci, H Lam, G Rao, Y Kostov
IEEE Sensors 2013, Baltimore.
Conference Paper AR: 25%-35% Download

Current-Based Dynamic Technique for Accurately Predicting Power-Supply Noise and Path Delay

Rao, S.K., Robucci, R., Patel, C
IEEE International Workshop on Defect and Adaptive Test Analysis, 2012
Workshop Paper AR: TBD Download

Estimating Power Supply Noise and its impact on path delay

Rao, S.K., Sathyanarayana, C., Kallianpur, A., Robucci, R., Patel, C
IEEE VLSI Test Symposium (VTS), 2012, Napa Valley, California
Conference Paper AR: 30% Download

Analyzing the Impact of Power Supply Noise on Propagation Delay

Sushmita Kadiyala Rao, Chaitra Sathyanarayana, Ryan Robucci and Chintan Patel
IEEE International Workshop on Defect and Adaptive Test Analysis, September 2011
Workshop Paper AR: TBD% Download

Compressive sensing on a CMOS separable-transform image sensor

R Robucci, JD Gray, LK Chiu, J Romberg, P Hasler
Proceedings of the IEEE, Volume 98 (6), pp: 1089-1101, 2010
Journal Paper IF: 6.8 Download

The design and simulation model of an analog floating-gate computational element for use in large-scale analog reconfigurable systems Circuits and Systems

Jordan Gray, Ryan Robucci, Paul Hasler
IEEE 51st Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, 2008
Conference Paper AR: TBD Download

A floating-gate transistor based continuous-time analog adaptive filter

Jordan Gray, Venkatesh Srinivasan, Ryan Robucci, Paul Hasler
IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, 2008
Conference Paper AR: TBD Download

A 256x256 separable transform CMOS imager

Ryan Robucci, Jordan Gray, David Abramson, Paul E Hasler
IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, 2008
Conference Paper AR: TBD Download

Compressive sensing on a CMOS separable transform image sensor

Ryan Robucci, Leung Kin Chiu, Jordan Gray, Justin Romberg, Paul Hasler, David Anderson
IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, 2008
Conference Paper AR: TBD Download

A low-power, compact, adaptive logarithmic transimpedance amplifier operating over seven decades of current

Arindam Basu, Ryan W Robucci, Paul E Hasler
IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, 2007.
Conference Paper IF: 2.3 Download

Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits and Systems-A Low-Power, Compact, Adaptive Logarithmic Transimpedance Amplifier Operating Over Seven Decades of Current

A Basu, RW Robucci, PE Hasler
IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems-I-Regular Papers, 2007
Journal Paper IF: 2.3 Download

MATIA: a programmable 80 uW/frame CMOS block matrix transform imager architecture

Abhishek Bandyopadhyay, Jungwon Lee, Ryan W Robucci, Paul Hasler
IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, 2006
Journal Paper IF: TBD Download

A 80 uW/frame 104x128 CMOS imager front end for JPEG compression

A Bandyopadhyay, J Lee, R Robucci, P Hasler
IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, 2005, ISCAS 2005
Conference Paper AR: TBD% Download

Image processing system using a programmable transform imager

J Lee, A Bandyopadhyay, IF Baskaya, R Robucci, P Hasler
Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, 2005. Proceedings.(ICASSP'05)
Conference Paper AR: TBD% Download