Students Testimonials

Testimonials


"The five days training course pointed out some issues related to analog CMOS IC design, which helped me a lot to analyze the analog circuit. For example, the session of “op-amp” is strongly related to my design in my PhD topic. In general, the quality of the course is outstanding. Some experts in analog design taught us their experience in analog design. And EFPL is a beautiful place for studying and living. The social event is a good opportunity to meet new people. The application of the course is straightforward, and the secretary is outstanding. The course can be improved by adding topics related to DAC and ADC design. I strongly recommend other PhD students to attend this course."
Student
Hesong Xu
Università di Trento, Italy
Course
25-29 August 2014 :Advanced Analog CMOS IC Design
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"First of all I want to highlight that the topics undertaken at Sinano 2014 has been very important for us, because independently of our diverse projects and specific fields, it is a fact that “Reliability and Variability of electronic Devices” must be considered somehow for the improvement and well development of any electronic application. On the other hand, I consider that all the details and logistic of the event were very well organized, starting by the expedite communication and feedback processing with the staff for sorting out our applications form, including transport, accommodation, food and the interesting contents of each presentation; besides, the professional performances of all the speakers who shared their knowledge, studies and valuable analysis with all the audience, which have given us a wider idea of facts that we can also apply in our PhD research projects in order to complement them. Furthermore, Sinano took place in a beautiful and peaceful location which gave us a great environment for enjoying the nature, meanwhile, taking advantages of the lectures, as well as sharing knowledge and experiences in a very multicultural group of colleagues. Personally I recommend making this event more often, every year if that is possible and by the way in the same lovely place “Bertinoro”."
Student
Noemi Guerra
Università della Calabria, Italy
Course
25-29 August 2014 :6th Sinano Summer School on Reliability and Variability of Electronic Devices
Bertorino, Italy

"The course, entitled "Beyond CMOS", covered a broad aspect of how the semiconductor world could look like in a near future. Not only highlighting the merits of the given future technology topic, the course gave a unique and rich material content going in depth. Thus, this course was definitely valuable. Intensive in 5 days, the quality of the presentations and the peakers deliveries were highly estimated. Organization, procedure, and location wise were flawless."
Student
Julien Mailfert
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
1-5 September 2014 :PLLs: Beyond CMOS
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"The course “PLLs: Advanced Techniques” is very well organized, both from the top-level lectures of frequency synthesizer and the pleasant service. The Professors who gave the lectures are well known experienced experts in the PLL field. Some showed different PLLs architectures, and corresponding advantages and disadvantages, so people can quickly track the recently developing tendency. Some gave deep introduction to their research works. It’s a nice experience to spend the social evening on the boat in beautiful Geneva lake. I hope MEAD course could add a course about “RF/Millimeterwave power amplifier design”, which should be an attractive course."
Student
Huizhen Qian
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Course
23-27 June 2014:PLLs: PLLs: Advanced Techniques
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"This MEAD course provided a unique opportunity to be educated by world-class teachers in analog design. The starting point of the lectures was the behavior of transistors and basic building blocks which provided a lot of insight in analog design. As an improvement I would maybe suggest to extend some of the course slides with an accompanying text in such a way that it can be more easily used afterwards. I would like to compliment MEAD for the very smooth organization, both during the application procedure and during the course week in Lausanne. The social evening was a very nice opportunity to meet up with other course participants. It was a bit unlucky that the metro line to EPFL was out of order, but of course no one is to be blamed for this. As a conclusion of this course, I can definitely say that my PhD work will benefit from the gained experience. I am designing analog driver electronics for optical communication applications and the deeper insight in analog design will be useful many times."
Student
Michael Vanhoecke
University of Ghent, Belgium
Course
25-29 August 2014:Advanced Analog CMOS IC Design
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"While not directly applicable to my current PhD research, the course is relevant in an indirect way. Many similarities exist between the design of a high-speed ADC and the work I’m currently doing. The quality of the course was very high; the speakers were all big names in their respective fields. Furthermore, they were very well prepared and their lectures were interesting and inspiring. The course was well-organized. The course venue, EPFL Lausanne, was well accommodated. The application procedure was a breeze, while feedback was swift and friendly. All in all, this was a very good course."
Student
Bart Moeneclaey
University of Ghent, Belgium
Course
23-27 June 2014:PLLs: High-Speed Data Converters
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"My PhD subject is focused on the design of high-speed directly modulating laser drivers. The techniques covered in the course on ‘High-speed DACs’ by Klaas Bult are applicable to my design. The MEAD course starts with a very good overview where from then on each topic is covered in great detail. This makes it very meaningful, but on the other hand can be hard to follow sometimes (Mismatch-shaping DACs from Ian Galton). The course was well organized with good food and is easily reached by subway. The social evening on the boat was super. I would suggest combining the application form for ‘scholarship’ and ‘payment of scholarship’ into one, since it is more or less the same information that needs to be filled in. I missed in the course a seminar that discusses a complete design cycle of a data converter."
Student
Wouter Soenen
University of Ghent, Belgium
Course
23-27 June 2014:PLLs: High-Speed Data Converters
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"In my PhD, I work with mixed-signal circuits for frequency synthesizers. Most of the concepts applied to data converters are now being used in Phase-Locked Loops, since they are turning more digitally assisted, so I benefited enormously by some of the lectures, especially those for noise and mismatch mitigation. The course in general was very good, but some of the lectures were presented using old material that were not conceptually interesting enough and might not apply for newer technologies. The organization was very good, including the beautiful Lausanne, the boat trip and the lunches. The application and feedback process were good and I would like to thank the organization for review of my report, which granted me with 3 ECTS credits."
Student
Augusto Ximenes
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Course
23-27 June 2014:PLLs: High-Speed Data Converters
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"The course gives a coomplete overview of current state-of-the-art technologies and how to move further. In particular, the content of the course is really broad and spreads over several key topics. The organization, timing and location were perfect. The application procedure was extremely easy and the feedback process too. I recommend this course to all specialists and PhD students interested in nanoelectronics. "
Student
Davide Cutaia
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Course
1-5 September 2014: Beyond CMOS
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"I am very pleased with the opportunity to participate in the "Practical Aspects of Mixed-Signal Design" course. From both technical and content-related point of view, the course was very well organized. The course desk took care of every detail, which greatly facilitated moving around Lausanne and reaching the EPFL on time. Furthermore, invited speakers had expertise and great practical experience. Thanks to this, the course did not focus on complexities of theory but on guidelines and examples of its practical use.
Subject of my PhD thesis is related to research and development of SOI pixel detectors, which are mixed-signal chips. Currently I am focussed on two problems – noise optimization of frontend amplifier and expanding detector functionality. During the course I learned a very useful knowledge regarding possible techniques to minimize noise coupling from digital blocks, which I intend to use in next submissions. I will incorporate the knowledge gained from the course to improve guard rings, power distribution, output fully-differential amplifier and bandgap voltage reference. "
Student
Sebastian Glab
AGH University of Technology, Poland
Course
23-27 June 2014: Practical Aspects of Mixed-Signal IC Design:
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"Practical Aspects of Mixed-Signal IC Design course will be very helpful in my PhD work. The course cover detailed information about problems and solutions in mixed signal circuits design. The strongest part of the course was experienced presenters who were open for face-to-face questions after presentations. I should mention about presenters from companies like IBM, Analog Devices and also very known analog designer Willy Sansen. I appreciate that I have possibility to talk with other participants especially these from industry. I enjoy the course venue and social evening as well – congratulations for organizing committee. "
Student
Mateusz Baszcyk
AGH University of Technology, Poland
Course
25-29 August 2014:Practical Aspects of Mixed-Signal IC Design
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"The course has come up to my expectations. It exposed me, in a structural way, to the ins and outs of mixed signal IC design. All this knowledge and experience I gained will be valuable to the future projects I will carry out as a PhD student, since my topic entails the design of mixed signal IC’s for biomedical imaging applications. In these designs, sensitive sensor elements as well as RF circuits will have to co-exist with digital processing blocks. As such, knowing how to minimize interference between the blocks is of utmost importance to a successful outcome. The course location and means were sufficient. Also, the application procedure was quick and simple. My suggestion is to incorporate some hands-on workshop in the series of lectures. "
Student
Gerasimos Vlachogiannakis
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Course
25-29 August 2014:Practical Aspects of Mixed-Signal IC Design
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"his course is very useful to my PhD study. I am working on the time-to-digital converter. The topology is very similar to the analog-to-digital converter. Some concept is actually derived from the ADC structure.
Basically, the quality of the course is very good. Only one problem for me is that the course-schedule is a little compact. There is not enough time to understand all of materials. The organization and location is better than good."
Student
Ying Wu
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Course
23-27 June 2014:High-Speed Data Converters
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland


"This course has had a big value for me in terms of help given to my PhD research. I understood advanced techniques to build high efficiency locked loops for clock recovery purposes, thus it helped me to meet more efficiently project requirements. The quality of the course, thanks to all the professors that have
been present, has been very high. Organization, logistic and location have been also very well structured and much appreciated. The application procedure pretty clear and simple as well. Regarding this particular course my only suggestion is spending more time introducing the basics of counter-less alldigital PLL, in particular referring to the lessons taken by professor Staszewski."
Student
Filippo Schembari
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Course
23-27 June 2014:PLLs: Advanced Techniques
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"A big part of the topics presented at the “6th SINANO Summer School on Reliability and Variability of electronic devices” were of great value for my research project. In overall, I can say that it was a excellent in both organization and location. The application process and feedback was good too. I think a summer school like this should be repeated in the future. "
Student
Luis Villamagua
Università della Calabria, Italy
Course
25-29 August 2014 :6th Sinano Summer School on Reliability and Variability of Electronic Devices
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"At the beginning of PhD work, you learn how to start your research and which papers are important and vital to read and understand them. At the middle of PhD work, you can broad your knowledge about other subject, which you have not worked on them. You can also discuss shortly your critical research issues with another famous professor. He certainly has different technical view. It may help. At the end of PhD, you learn how to teach something to someone and how to present yourself and your job. "
Student
Masoud Babaie
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Course
23-27 June 2014:Transistor-Level Analog IC Design: Theory and Hands-on
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"The course on PLLs: Advanced Techniques, held at the EPFL premises in Lausanne was a very positive experience in a variety of ways. The course content was of a high quality, starting with the fundamentals, and quickly going into more detail. Different aspects of PLLs and CDRs were discussed and an overview of the state-of-the-art was given. The courses were well-organized, with enough breaks to have some informal contacts with other course participants and the lecturers.
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Student
Arno Vyncke
University of Ghent, Belgium
Course
23-27 June 2014:PLLs: Advanced Techniques
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland


"The course content and lectures are excellent: attention is given both to the big picture, with an overview of the state-of-the-art and evolution of analog design in mixed-signal environments, and to technical aspects, such as coupling, noise modeling and reduction, ...
The venue was easily accessible and the daily operation ran smoothly. Both the lunches and the social evening were a nice break from the lectures and a good opportunity to meet new people. The application procedure and feedback procedure could not be more uncomplicated.
I would recommend that this course be also given in the future. A reading assignment prior to the course might provide added value.
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Student
Koen Verheyen
University of Ghent, Belgium
Course
25-29 August 2014:Practical Aspects of Mixed-Signal IC Design
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"First, I want to thank MEAD Education for organizing this amazing course for us. This course is a very good course. Many famous Professors came together to give an intensive course from the basics of PLLs to state of the art technology about PLLs within five days. I really enjoyed this course, despite the fact that I do not have any experience on PLLs design before.
I am doing research on the energy-efficient interface circuits for MEMS resonators sensing applications. During this course, Prof. Hajimiri give an introduction on his Virtual Damping idea, which is very helpful to me to understand the behavior of the oscillator. I can directly use this model to compare the performance of oscillator-based readout and the ring-down based readout for resonant sensor.
As a new guy to PLLs, I think it would be good to me to have a short hands-on course to get a brief but more clearly idea about the behavior of PLLs. "
Student
Hui Jiang
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Course
23-27 June 2014 :PLLs: Advanced Techniques
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"The lectures qualities are very good, especially the theory based ones. I personally like for this kind of courses to be more basic and not focused on explaining some published papers that we can simply attend in conference tutorials for them. MEAD course have lots of basic materials but explained with new point of view which is very interesting for me. The fact that we have access to the course materials before the courses are started was very helpful. There was an op-amp design technique session in our course that was very unique and I had not seen this kind of strategy for op-amp design anywhere."
Student
Mina Shahmohammadi
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Course
23-27 June 2014:Transistor-Level Analog IC Design: Theory and Hands-on
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"The course offered a complete view into CMOS processing technology from the beginnings to future directions. It helped place the work of the PhD in the grand scheme of the CMOS process technology and helped me identify the areas my work can have an impact in the industry.
The quality of the course was very good although it could still improve (see questionnaire) and the organization was adequate. The application and feedback process was simple enough I don’t think it would deter someone from applying.
My only major nuisance from the course was addressed immediately after the end of it, which was the lack of electronic form for the course material. We received the files after the end of the course and I would suggest this happens before the course next time. "
Student
Ioannis Kalpyris
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
26-30 May 2014 :Nanoscale MOS Transitors: Semi-Classical Modeling and Applications
Udine, Italy


"The course was well suited for my PhD topic, since I’m focused on nanoscale electronic simulations. A wide range of subjects - useful in modern nanodevice simulation - have been covered. The course was hence a bit busy, but the explanations were, nonetheless, clear enough for us to understand most of the material.
We have been perfectly welcomed in the peaceful Università di Udine, greeted with snacks and lunches everyday. The professors and the staff were very friendly and ready to help. I’d add that Udine is a lovely little town. In order to improve this scholarship, my suggestion would be to provide the students with better quality printings of the course material. "
Student
Corentin Grillet
INP Grenoble, France
Course
26-30 May 2014:Nanoscale MOS Transitors: Semi-Classical Modeling and Applications
Udine, Italy

"Following this course I was looking for a comprehensive explanation of a Delta-Sigma modulator going from the basics to the most advanced design solutions. During the course I learned how to design and how to simulate a Delta-Sigma modulator and I am going to use this knowledge to design my own Delta-Sigma Modulator in the near future. The lectures were very clearly presented and the course contents are the best I could wish for. The application procedure and feedback process are very well explained as step-by-step procedure with no possibility of error. I can only suggest you to maintain this quality even in the future courses. "
Student
Roberto Puddu
Università di Calgari, Italy
Course
30 June - 3 July 2014:Continuous-Time Delta-Sigma Design
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland


"The course offered by SINANO Summer School was evidently a golden opportunity to access to practical information about both state of the art and specific topics in my research field. Quality of the course content was very high; it was coming from general concepts and reliability statistics until deep and advanced concepts and practical procedures both in simulations and experiments referring to several fields of reliability on electronic devices. Organization and location was excellent; organization committee presented high level expositors, which are researchers and workers well known in electronic reliability community. Personally, the application procedure was practice, fast and easy to perform. All steps of application for both SINANO and EURODOTS were well guided and assisted by email contacts and feedback notifications. I don’t have special suggestions but only I’d like to express my gratitude to EURODOTS by supporting education and research activities of doctoral students like me. "
Student
Jorge Luis Hernandez Ambato
Università della Calabria, Italy
Course
25-29 August 2014 :6th Sinano Summer School on Reliability and Variability of Electronic Devices
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy


"This course was valuable for our line of research, as it helps in developing fundamental understanding of device physics. The content was mostly theoretical and to the point. The course was pretty well organized and well timed. Application procedure and feedback was straight forward and easy to grasp. Suggestions from my side include the point that more hands-on programming should be involved in the course than what is new there; especially because students do not feel disconnected when it comes to implementation of the theory taught in the course."
Student
Himadri Pandey
Universität Siegen, Germany
Course
26-30 May 2014: Nanoscale MOS Transitors: Semi-Classical Modeling and Applications
Udine, Italy


"The summer school was very useful for my PhD program since I am researching the Channel Hot Carrier degradation in nanodevices. I have learned the last techniques and methodologies applied to the reliability and variability of nanodevices. The quality of the school was very high since all topics were included in the State of the Art of Reliability and Variability techniques. The organization was very good and the place was wonderful. All communications and feedbacks were well organized without any troubles. Personally, the attendance to the summer school was a very good opportunity for learning and for exchanging knowledge with experts."
Student
Luis Miguel Procel Moya
Università della Calabria, Italy
Course
25-29 August 2014 :6th Sinano Summer School on Reliability and Variability of Electronic Devices
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy


"The aim of my PhD studies is developing of new technologies for fabrication of chip and diagnostic methods for biological application. Lectures on course dealing with physical sensors, microfluidics and medical application of sensor was really useful for my current studies. Overall I think course was really value for my research, because it offered in one place knowledge and up to date information of all aspects of the field of smart sensor devices. During hands-on session demonstrators have present current work of TU Delft and their laboratories, the measurement equipment so that open some possible cooperation. Lectures have been given by speakers from academia and industry who has a lot of experience in field they present. Their presentation were very good prepared and represent great overview and up to date information. I would appreciate if beside that they talked more about their opinion about current problems in industry and university research about specific topic. Course was really well organized with good time schedule. Process of application was really easy. I highly appreciate that I had opportunity to discuss and get advice from speakers after lectures. "
Student
Jelena Pejovic
Brno University of Technology, CEITEC, Czech Republic
Course
12-16 May 2014:Smart Sensor Systems
TU Delft, The Netherlands


"This course provided theoretical and practical knowledge about designing CMOS circuits on flexible and transparent substrates. We carried out the fabrication of devices and simple circuits using both standards CMOS process and organic material. Taking this course was a good chance to practice the fabrication steps that will be used later in my studies and project. The quality and outcome of the course was very good and it added a lot to my knowledge in semiconductor design area. Organization was good and professors were really helpful.
The application procedure was straightforward and hereby I thank Eurodots organizers."
Student
Babak Taghavi
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Course
16-20 June 2014:Silicon Thin Film Transistors on Transparent and Flexible Substrate
Université de Rennes, France


"My doctoral problem is application oriented, involving a more practical approach than a theoretical one. It primarily entails using the existing solutions and integrating them into a practical package. Many scientific choices need to be made, sometimes choosing the lesser of two evils. In such a project, an overview of state of art existing technologies, and options available is more desired (as opposed to in-depth theory of a particular aspect). The smart sensors course was exactly what a student like me desired, giving an overview of the state of art options, and enabling me to take an informed decision regarding which options or strategy I need to choose. The concepts learned during this course will definitely contribute towards taking a few of those decisions. In light of this, I would like to thank and congratulate the organisers for conceptualising and implementing such a course in a highly professional, comfortable and interactive manner. I know that this course has enriched my knowledge and understanding of many key concepts, which I will surely be utilising during my doctoral program."
Student
Gaurav Chatterjee
Université de Montpellier 2, France
Course
12-16 May 2014:Smart Sensor Systems
TU Delft, The Netherlands


"My research during my entire PhD will focus mainly on developing nanoscale transistors, for which attaining a good theoretical background about transistors is so crucial. Hence, taking this Euro dots course had been a great experience from which I have benefited a lot. The content of the course was so good and is so helpful to get insight into the physics of nanoscale MOS transistors. The organization of the course was really great and the location was awesome. I got the chance to visit the Cathedral and Museum in the city of Udine, and the fact that Venice city is in nearby made it even more pleasurable. The application procedure and feedback processes for the admission of this course, as well as the confirmation for the scholarship was so smooth and fast, which by the way I would like to appreciate! The only suggestion I could give is that, the course content is so good and so important, but 5 days is absolutely too short for such a course. "
Student
Melkamu Belete
Universität Siegen, Germany
Course
26-30 May 2014:Nanoscale MOS Transitors: Semi-Classical Modeling and Applications
Udine, Italy


"The course on ‘’Nanoscale MOS transistors: Semiclassical Modeling and Applications’’ was a very fruitful course for my PhD research at University of Siegen. This course gave me clear insight how a Nanoscale MOSFET Works for a short channel gate length, transport mechanism when the channel length becomes comparable to the scattering length λ and devices exhibit ballistic or quasi ballistic transport properties , device modeling. The quality of the course content was really good. The homework and lecture slide given to me was really informative. The location and the professor was really good. The professor was really good and supportive. The application procedure was easy, even though the course finished on 30th May, 2014 the professor were in constant touch with us regarding the homework. I have only 1 suggestions that the course was very good but it was bit intensive the course should be more than 1 week may be 10 working days. "
Student
Amit Gahoi
Universität Siegen, Germany
Course
26-30 May 2014:Nanoscale MOS Transitors: Semi-Classical Modeling and Applications
Udine, Italy


"Since my entire research during my PhD focuses mainly on developing transistors, attaining a good theoretical knowledge regarding transistors would of course be so crucial for my work. Therefore, taking this Eurodots course had been a great experience, from which I have gained a lot. The content of the course was so good and is so helpful to get a good understanding of the physics of nanoscale MOS transistors. I think that the organization of the course was really great and the location was awesome. The application procedure and feedback processes for the admission of this course, as well as the confirmation for the scholarship was soo smooth and fast. The only comment I could give at this point is that the amount fo time iven for a course is a bit short."
Student
Jasper Ruhkopf
Universität Siegen, Germany
Course
26-30 May 2014:Nanoscale MOS Transitors: Semi-Classical Modeling and Applications
Udine, Italy

"To attend to 6th SINANO Summer School was a valuable opportunity to improve my knowledge on reliability of electronic devices since my research topic has involved on electronic devices design (solar cells). Reliability considerations is a very important consideration for nanotechnology layout design because technology developments has allowed to reduce dimensions, but at the same time it should mean reliability reduction if it is not proper designed. It was a very high quality course considering lecturers knowledge and scientific level that meant a reliability state-of-art update. In general the course was well organized: application, information schedule and feedback process. It was a nice opportunity to expand scientific research network and exchange knowledge with reliability scientists. "
Student
Paul Aleijandro Procel Moya
Università della Calabria, Italy
Course
25-29 August 2014 :6th Sinano Summer School on Reliability and Variability of Electronic Devices
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"In my PhD works, I focus on RNG issues. My advanced education and my professional background are mainly oriented at the hardware designs. The summer courses in cryptographic engineering that I followed allowed me to get the basic knowledge in cryptography in order to understand how the
RNGs that I have to design are used in a complete system. The high technical level of all the speakers is really impressive. It makes the talks easy to understand whatever the background of the audience. Moreover everything in the organization and in the location is done to create a good frame of work. However, the presence of practical sessions could improve courses such as the ones about side channel analysis and RNGs."
Student
Patrick Haddad
Université Jean-Monnet, France
Course
30 June - 4 July 2014:Cryptographic Engineering
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"I was very satisfied with the course, both from the content point of view and the organization. The subjects covered were broad enough to have a good overview of smart sensor systems nowadays, and each presentation was specific enough to understand the tradeoffs and current challenges in these kinds of systems. The location, food and extra activities (e.g. the lunch) were also very good. About the application procedure, I didn’t face any problems during the application.
Because of my field of research, I would have liked to have more circuit-oriented discussions. Additionally, the “Hands-on” sessions appeared to be a really good opportunity to deepen on the design of such systems, but were just demonstration sessions of systems already implemented. I would be nice to have a better insight on practical design."
Student
Jorge Marin
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
12-16 May 2014:Smart Sensor Systems
TU Delft, The Netherlands

"This intensive course is well tailored and covers both the essentials and advanced topics in continuous-time Sigma-Delta designs. The two lecturers are experts from both the academic and the industry. It was a great pleasure to listen to the lectures and many interesting discussions. The topics covered in this course are closely related to my current research activities. This course provides me valuable insights and in-deep understandings on my study topics that I didn’t get by reading books myself. I believe it would eventually play an indispensable role in my entire PhD study. It was also a great experience for me to meet and talk with many people who are actually doing Sigma-Delta designs in industry. In addition, the social event of visiting the Olympic Museum was a surprisingly fun experience."
Student
Sha Tao
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Course
30 June - 3 July 2014:Continuous-Time Delta-Sigma Design
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"With my participation to the course, I gained valuable knowledge in the area of low power and low distortion design as well as the design of low power ADCs, which will greatly help in my PhD research, since my PhD subject is to design, develop and test integrated circuits that will interface between biosensor and a smart portable phone connected device. All the instructors are top-notch researcher in their field and they were able to explain the curriculum in a very understandable way. The curriculum was very detailed starting from the very basics up to an advanced level, thus my only suggestion is that maybe some basics could have be removed. As it concerns with the organization of the course as well as the location I am very pleased, I found the whole course well organized and the location easy to found. "
Student
Evdokia Pilavaki
University College London, UK
Course
18-22 November 2014:ePIXfab Silicon Photonics Training
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"The course had a direct bearing on my research, since I work with Nanophotonics and I plan to design and fabricate devices for my work based on the different technologies that were presented in the school.
The material was well presented by representatives from different fabrication houses and the CMOS design process for Silicon Photonics was well explained with some opportunity for hands-on experience. It was made evident what needs to be done to successfully prepare for and participate in a Multi Platform Wafer run.
The location in Leuven was convenient and easily accessible. The application procedure and overall management of the training was good although it did take some time to get the Certificates after the course concluded. "
Student
Andrew Katumba
University of Ghent, Belgium
Course
18-22 November 2014:ePIXfab Silicon Photonics Training
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"This course gave me a very useful introduction to the procedure and possibility offered by Eurodot.
All courses were both accessible to people who do not have any knowledge about CMOS process and at the same time deep enough for those who have.
The organization of this workshop in IMEC Leuven gave us the opportunity to discover their facilities.
Organization in general was very efficient and organizing staff very helpful.
My only regrets is that almost no time has been spend describing and explaining the process itself, presentation focusing mainly on procedure and offered services."
Student
Paul Tiebot
University of Ghent, Belgium
Course
18-22 November 2014:ePIXfab Silicon Photonics Training
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"This course provide many valuable information for my PhD research. The explanations given on weak or moderate inversion design for analog blocks are particularly interesting for my PhD work on ultra-low‐power analog blocks design in advanced CMOS technology. The high quality of the course can be directly linked to the experience and vast knowledge of each of the speakers in their respective field of study. Having such distinguished speakers for each day and for various subjects constitute, in my opinion, the main highlight of this course. The course and application procedure is well organized and detailed informations were given at each step of the process. The integration of some form of practical session may be interesting in order to appreciate the impact of the design advices given during the course to the design strategy that should be applied in practical cases. "
Student
Guerric de Streel
Université Catholique de Louvain
Course
30 June - 4 July 2014:Low-Power Analog IC Desgin
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"For PhD work this course presented ways that “Beyond CMOS” technology is proceeding and showed areas of microelectronics where are many things to investigate and discover. Course quality was astonishing, all state-of-the-art works were presented by lecturers at well understandable way. Location of course at imec was a great idea. One can see place where innovations are happening at your eyes. Application procedure was simple and well understandable, feedback was given in planned time. I would recommend this course to everybody whose area of research fits in CMOS and beyond CMOS technology. However, exams should be checked much faster than 2 months."
Student
Marcin Mysliwiec
Warsaw University of Technology
Course
2-6 September 2013:Beyond CMOS
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"During the training I lerned a number of skills in modeling transistors fabricated in submicron technologies and designing analog electronic circuits. From my point of view, the most useful for my PhD work was the step by step instruction showing how to design fully differential folded cascode amplifier with offset cancellation circuitry.
Professional level of lectures, preparation and administration of the course I would rate very high. The course organizers took care of even the smallest details. Application process was very simple and straightforward. The course organizers were willing to explain all my questions and doubts."
Student
Sebastian Glab
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Course
4-8 February 2013 :Advanced analog implementation flow
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"My PhD research activity is focused mainly on the extraction of compact thermal models for circuit and device level electrothermal (ET) simulation. I also had the opportunity to study how ET effects impact the reliability of power devices. The sixth SINANO course on “Reliability and Variability of Electronic Devices” has been an in-depth and extensive yet easy-to-follow introduction on the subject. All the presentation have been delivered by world-class leading experts and have been very interesting. A wide range of devices have been covered including CMOS nanodevices, SiGe, Ge, InGaAs devices, as well as GaN power MOSFETs. Following this course allowed me to better appreciate reliability issues at nanoscale, and to better understand how to perform advanced simulations. The provided accommodation and food, the rooms for the lectures, the application and feedback procedures, and the general organization were all outstanding. As a bonus, I also enjoyed visiting the historical center of Bertinoro! "
Student
Alessandro Magnani
University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Course
25-29 August 2014 :6th SINANO Summer School on “Reliability and Variability of Electronic Devices”
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"I recently started my PhD, with the topic “Novel interconnect paradigm for Beyond CMOS applications”, therefore this course was the perfect start point for my PhD research. The quality of the contents was very high, thanks to the high number of specialized speakers. Both the organization and the application procedure were excellent. My only suggestion is to try to link all the talk in a more efficient way, giving at the attenders some connection between different arguments."
Student
Antonino Contino
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
25-29 August 2014 :Beyond CMOS
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"The 6th SINANO Summer School has consisted on interesting courses on reliability and variability of electronic devices, ranging from devices for digital applications (CMOS) to devices for power electronic applications (i.e. Power MOS, GaN HEMT). Each topic has been held by a recognized expert of the field, therefore the general quality of the course content has been very high. The Summer School took place in the last week of August at the educational facilities of Bertinoro, a historical, quiet and hospitable place that I recommend for such kind of educational activities."
Student
Sebastiano Strangio
University of Calabria, Italy
Course
25-29 August 2014 :6th SINANO Summer School on “Reliability and Variability of Electronic Devices”
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"The topics discussed in the course are of great importance to my PhD work. A large part of my scientific work is connected with designing mixed signal IC. I have designed a few basic integrated circuits but for applications used with Silicon Photomultipliers (which I am using in my work) the knowledge of more advanced and professional designing is essential. The strong part of the course is definitely the large span of topics that it covers. It can give a comprehensive overview on the ICs design. Although the presentations consist of many equations and theoretical considerations they are mainly oriented towards solving practical problems. I remembers many times when the presenter gave a practical advice on the topic covered by his talk. The quality of the organization before, during and after the course was flawless. It was a great pleasure to take part in such professionally organized event. My only suggestion would be to take into the consideration making some part of the course more practical, i.e. by creating laboratories. However, this would probably be better addressed for less experienced designers (like PhD students) to better absorb course’s material. "
Student
Piotr Dorosz
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Course
25-29 August 2014:Practical Aspects of Mixed-Signal IC Design
EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland

"The course covers various topics of Low Power management such as switched mode dc/dc converters, harvesters, LDOs and battery chargers, spanning from circuit techniques to control and architectures. Definitely a high value experience for PhD students approaching this field since a clear review of the state of the art is proposed, together with some accounts about the ongoing research in controls techniques and fully integrated systems. These latest impressions are particularly relevant for my PhD project. Also the lectures of people from industries were particularly interesting and useful. Excellent location and organization, and no problem at all for the application procedure and feedback process, it is quite straightforward. I suggest to better explain the program of the course (e.g. comprising social events and practical information) immediately after the registration and to better advertise the course.."
Student
Vincenzo Fiore
University of Catania, Italy
Course
25-29 August 2014: Power Management
EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland

"The 6th SINANO Summer School was a great opportunity to understand the variability and the reliability of the state-of-the-art and future CMOS technology nodes. Since my PhD is focused on low-power, low-voltage analog and mixed-signal design, often I have to deal with these two effects and their consequence at circuit level. I think that the knowledge acquired during the school will be very helpful for my future activities. Regarding the organization I liked very much the location and the social program. The application procedure for obtaining the scholarship was really easy and the technical support was excellent."
Student
Domenico Albano
University of Calabria, Italy
Course
25-29 August 2014 :6th SINANO Summer School on “Reliability and Variability of Electronic Devices”
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"The course covers various topics of Low Power management such as switched mode dc/dc converters, harvesters, LDOs and battery chargers, spanning from circuit techniques to control and architectures. Definitely a high value experience for PhD students approaching this field since a clear review of the state of the art is proposed, together with some accounts about the ongoing research in controls techniques and fully integrated systems. These latest impressions are particularly relevant for my PhD project. Also the lectures of people from industries were particularly interesting and useful. Excellent location and organization, and no problem at all for the application procedure and feedback process, it is quite straightforward. I suggest to better explain the program of the course (e.g. comprising social events and practical information) immediately after the registration and to better advertise the course."
Student
Vincenzo Fiore
University of Catania, Italy
Course
25-29 August 2014 :Power Management
EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland

"This course is took place in Leuven, Belgium. It is a very efficient and intense one. The course strengthened my skills in CMOS technology, especially on the circuit level behavior. This helps the future PhD research regarding the low power digital circuit design."
Student
Yanxiang Huang
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
14-18 April 2014 :Nanometer CMOS IC's
imec, Belgium

"A substantial part of the material presented in the course consists an important chapter of the analog IC design. Therefore, in my opinion, the course is a great opportunity for the PhD students to assimilate or revise the background of analog IC design. Moreover, the rest of the material is focused on the low-power design which a highly interesting topic nowadays. In conclusion, the course was really helpful and of great quality. The course organizers were helpful as well, during the application process and during the course, too, and the location was fine, as well. It was a really well-organized and helpful course for the attendees, therefore, I cannot come up with any suggestion to improve the course."
Student
Kitsos, Vasileios
University College London, UK
Course
30 June-4 July 2014:Low Power Analog IC Design
MEAD, Switzerland

"I think that this reliability and variability of electronic device-based course will contribute to improve my research activity. The quality of course, contents, speakers has been very high. New techniques and models, necessary for the reliability and variability study of new generation devices (CMOS and power), have been shown. The quality of the organization, of the location and the ease of the application procedure has made it all very pleasant. Finally, I do not have any suggestions and recommendations in order to improve this summer school. Congratulations."
Student
Andrea Natale Tallarico
University of Bologna, Italy
Course
25-29 August 2014:6th SINANO Summer School on Reliability and Variability of Electronic Devices
Bertinoro, Italy

"This is my third year in a row that I have the chance to participate in ever-amazing MEAD summer course in beautiful Lausanne. I really like your course due to the fact that all prominent technical leading researchers as well as industry oriented lecturers come and present their excellent work and research to all students. In my opinion this course is the best possible course that an IC designer can imagine to participate in order to improve his/her knowledge as well as learn the state of the art IC techniques. This year, I have mainly participated in analog circuit design course as well as phase noise course in PLL group, continuous-time ADC, high-speed DAC and advance ADC design. My PhD research focuses on design of all-digital RF-DAC transmitters. As a result, from the PhD topic point of view, I was benefited mostly from high-speed DAC design course. However, since I was deeply involved and concentrated on my PhD topic, I almost forgot some basic analog design concepts, and on top of that, because I am about to start my professional technical career, I need to refresh the very first graduate course circuit concepts like analog circuit design techniques which I was dealing with it almost 8 years ago. In a nutshell, I was enjoyed and amazed from the course contents as well as the beautiful sightseeing of incredible Lausanne"
Student
Seyed Morteza Alavi
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Course
23-27 June 2014 :Transistor Analog Design
MEAD, Switzerland

"The course has provided essential tools to manufacture, characterize and simulate magnetoresistive sensors. It was a very comprehensive course. We learnt all the steps required to research on magnetoresistive sensors (from theory to laboratory work) and we also discuss some applications of these devices. They also gave us very useful advises that had arisen from their own experience. Regarding the laboratory, I was very surprised of what an efficient machines they have in their lab and it was an amazing experience to work in a clean room. The institute is well communicated (Subway, bus…). The application procedure was easy to follow. As far as organization is concerned I would recommend them to have better coordination regarding the person responsible of the activity. Sometimes it took long time to find the teacher for each activity because the scheduled ones were busy. I also recommend to have an earlier deadline because until that date you don’t know if the course is going to take place."
Student
Beatriz Mora
University of the Basque Country, Spain
Course
30 June-4 July 2014: Integrated magnetoresistive sensors: from material deposition to wafer level testing
INESC-MN, Lisbon, Portugal

"The course gave me a profound insight in the work at nanotechnology laboratories and fabrication of microsystems and integrated circuits. The topic was integrated magnetoresistive sensors, where I learned different aspects of low magnetic field sensing principles that are directly related to my PhD research (sensors for nuclear magnetic resonance). I was welcomed by the prof. Freitas and her team of PhD students and post-docs, to whom I am deeply grateful for all the time and effort put in providing me the best understanding of the subject as well as the highest organizational quality. Location was laboratory of INESC, one of the top research institutions in Portugal, and work in their clean rooms and other nanotechnology facilities gave me plentiful experience of work in high-tech environment. My only suggestion would be only to make this course longer than one week, since there are many aspects of laboratory work which need to be repeated and fully absorbed. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in work in either nanotechnologies or in magnetic sensor systems."
Student
Pero Krivic
Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Course
30 June-4 July 2014: Integrated magnetoresistive sensors: from material deposition to wafer level testing
INESC-MN, Lisbon, Portugal

"The topics that were selected gave a clear overview of the entire subject. The overall organization of the course was very apt. Although, the course was lengthy, it was summarized very well. In my opinion, all the speakers for every topic had a great grip on the subjects and most importantly they made great effort to get the audience involved. Any doubts that arose were promptly cleared. The coffee breaks helped provide much needed and timely interruption during the long sessions and also provided a short time platform for discussions.
The course has helped me in improving my understanding of the state of the art of current technology in research and has given me a broad idea as to where the industry is heading. In-fact, a good number of sessions were directly related to my PhD topic. It has given me the opportunity to recall the basics and more interestingly keep me updated with the advancements in current process technology. The sessions which were not directly related to my topic, gave me the chance to develop some much needed know-how about topics those which were relatively new to me. In summary, I would like to thank all the organizers and the speakers for giving me the chance to attend such an informative and productive course."
Student
Arul Kumar
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Course
12-16 May 2014: Nanoscale CMOS Process technology
imec, Belgium

"The course Nanoscale CMOS process technology gave me the opportunity of having an overview of the process technology actually used, problematic and solutions found in the past and how technology is going to change. Since I’m analyzing different kind of interface structure created using the actual technology process and suggested for new technology applications, all the information that I acquired will be really useful to understand easily with what I’m dealing with. I found the people, who worked for the realization of this course, really professional and willing to let us, as attendees, understand the topics presented. Everything regarding location, organization, application procedure and feedback process has been really efficient. "
Student
Serena Iacovo
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
12-16 May 2014: Nanoscale CMOS Process technology
imec, Belgium

"The program of the workshop fit well with the topic of my research, since was discussed a lot of techniques that could be useful in my project. The quality of the course content was really high since the presentations was done by expert people from industry and university, we also had the possibility to ask questions and clarify some doubts. Also the quality of organization, location and feedback during the application was good."
Student
Ravi Chandra Chintala
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
12-16 May 2014: Nanoscale CMOS Process technology
imec, Belgium

"The course “Nanoscale CMOS process technology” was indeed a very informative and I believe will be very useful during my PhD study. It gave an overall view of CMOS process related information talking from the basics to the current problems/shortcomings. The organization, schedule, content were all really very good. Only thing I would like to see better is the Introduction part. I felt that many of the slides were outdated and it could have been better. "
Student
Marian Marik
Central European Institute of Technology, Brno
Course
12-16 May 2014: Smart sensor Systems
TUDelft, The Netherlands

"The course improved my understanding of some basic concepts in IC design since my PhD involves Analog CMOS IC design which I am new to. The course comprehensively covered the basics of Analog IC design. Also, the EPFL campus was accessible from every part of Lausanne. More so, the application procedure was straight forward and feedback process was always instant. In the future, I recommend the duration of the course to be extended so that students are taken through the course materials gradually and more thoroughly."
Student
Ameer Mohammed
University College London, UK
Course
31 March - 4 April 2014: ePIXfab Silicon Photonics - Full Design Training
VTT, Micronova, Finland

"The program of the workshop fit well with the topic of my research, since was discussed a lot of techniques that could be useful in my project. The quality of the course content was really high since the presentations was done by expert people from industry and university, we also had the possibility to ask questions and clarify some doubts. Also the quality of organization, location and feedback during the application was good."
Student
Pierluigi Cenci
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Course
31 March - 4 April 2014: ePIXfab Silicon Photonics - Full Design Training
VTT, Micronova, Finland

"I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to attend the course. I obtained deeper understanding of design principles via provided hands-on exercises, accompanied by the practical information. The course quality was excellent. The chosen topics and presentations provided by the experts from the different areas were well-organized with very good explanation of theory and practical issues that has to be considered during the design phase. I very appreciate the visit in VTT fabrication and measurement laboratories. According to my opinion, this was one of the best parts of the course, together with practical hands-on sessions, including simulations and mask layout preparation. The location of the course in place of Aalto University was well-situated. The application procedure is very good with all important information that applicants need to have. I would suggest to continue in organizing of similar events, because it is great opportunity for people to learn, discuss and share new ideas and information in the field."
Student
Daniel Benedikovic
University of Zilina, Slovakia
Course
31 March - 4 April 2014: ePIXfab Silicon Photonics - Full Design Training
VTT, Micronova, Finland

"The ePIXfab silicon photonics training will be very useful for my PhD, which is focused on the detection and generation of single photons using SOI integrated devices, in order to perform quantum information processing experiments.** I’m satisfied with the content and the organization of the course, which I think was basically centred on presenting the solutions that every member of the ePIXfab consortium can offer to their customers, the description of the design-fabrication process (including a visit to a clean room) and a number of tutorials about how to use the software Phoenix to design our own masks. The application process was really easy, so is the exam you have to present at the end of the course. Our hosts in VTT were very kind and helpful, I had a great time. "
Student
Gerardo Villarreal
Course
31 March - 4 April 2014: ePIXfab Silicon Photonics - Full Design Training
VTT, Micronova, Finland

"The program of the workshop fit well with the topic of my research, since was discussed a lot of techniques that could be useful in my project. The quality of the course content was really high since the presentations was done by expert people from industry and university, we also had the possibility to ask questions and clarify some doubts. Also the quality of organization, location and feedback during the application was good."
Student
Pierluigi Cenci
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Course
8-10 April 2014: Advances on Analog Circuit Design (AACD)
Lisbon, Portugal

"The program of the workshop fit well with the topic of my research, since was discussed a lot of techniques that could be useful in my project. The quality of the course content was really high since the presentations was done by expert people from industry and university, we also had the possibility to ask questions and clarify some doubts. Also the quality of organization, location and feedback during the application was good."
Student
Pierluigi Cenci
TU Delft, The Netherlands
Course
8-10 April 2014: Advances on Analog Circuit Design (AACD)
Lisbon, Portugal

"The Nanoscale CMOS ICs is related with my research topic, because my topic is focusing on thin film transistors and CMOS ICs are consisted of transistors. This course can provide me solid understanding of transistors and its physics background. In addition, it can broad my vision of how the transistors works as ICs and make me clear of the whole semiconductor industry, such as how to design good layout. I think this course is a good extension of Semiconductor Physics which I have learned. The course is well organized and taught by an experienced tutor Dr Harry Veendrick. IMEC is well known for its semiconductor research, and the classroom is good with lunch and afternoon tea provided. All the experience is fantastic. Wish I could join EURODOTS projects in the next year. It is really excellent opportunity for me to exchange experience and thought with colleagues around Europe, and visit their labs."
Student
Junhao Zhang
University of Cambridge, UK
Course
14-18 April 2014: Nanometer CMOS IC's
imec, Belgium

"This course was a complete one starting from the very basics to very advances topics. It gained a lot of insight into the fundamental problems encountered in today’s designs. The teacher had a lot of experience and shared his own opinion on several issues. This view was the most interesting of this course. The course helped me a lot and changed my view at some circuits, that are of great importance. The practical thinking of the instructor was of great value. The course was well organized. A complete textbook was provided with the course and the instructor follow this course which was easy to follow. This book has proven me lots of information after the course. Finally good and fast communication was available with the organization. "
Student
Jeffrey Prinzie
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
14-18 April 2014: Nanometer CMOS IC's
imec, Belgium

"The course was very useful not only for phd research and my domain of interest, but also to get general overview of the latest achievement in the field of nano-scalling and all associated disciplines of nanometer CMOS ICs. It definitely refreshes the fundamental knowledge you had gained during the past and it encourages you to be more innovative and independent in your research. The course is accompanied by the book where very often you can find more detailed explanations and applications in a practice. The course is held in very pleasant environment with a great organization. The lecturer (Harry Veendrick) is very inspiring and my overall experience is very positive."
Student
Vice Sodan
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
14-18 April 2014: Nanometer CMOS IC's
imec, Belgium

"What I liked the most is that we start each day with basics and I think we’ll keep in the same level, and then at the end of the day I leave the room with various new information. So the course is perfect as an overview and was very useful for me as an analog-oriented background person. The lecturer is much experienced and the contents are very balanced. The organization and location were perfect for me."
Student
Khaled Khalaf
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
Course
14-18 April 2014: Nanometer CMOS IC's
imec, Belgium

"The course provides a wide broad view on the CMOS IC from the sands to the Asics. Although the course contains quite lots of topics, the lecturer still manages to present it in a low pace. It will be very useful for people seeking for big pictures of the IC design industry. On the other hand, for people who want to dig deep in a narrow topic, this may not be an optimal choice. The course is run quite smoothly. Start and finishing on time. But 8 hours per day is slightly too much, especially when you are listening something known to you. I hope the topics can be more selective."
Student
Linkun Wu
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
Course
14-18 April 2014: Nanometer CMOS IC's
imec, Belgium

"The course was well structured and gives quite a broad overview of the different fields relevant to the design of digital circuits. The instructor was good and highly experienced. However, I think he should have allowed a bit more time for questions. The coursework material is of a very high quality as we receive 2 books which give a comprehensive review of what is discussed during the course. One aspect that could be reproached is the fact that at no moment during the course, the lecturer goes into more precise details into certain fields. The entire course really is just an overview of everything, which is good but not sufficient to actually do practical things in any of the fields presented. The organization and catering were both very good. Perhaps concerning the catering, it would be better to have a hot meal at lunch rather than just a sandwich as was the case on some days. Overall, I would recommend this course to anyone new to electronics who wants a broad overview of the current state of the art in digital circuit design. "
Student
Sébastien Morrison
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
Course
14-18 April 2014: Nanometer CMOS IC's
imec, Belgium

"My phd deals with finding a suitable replacement for copper to be used as interconnects, and a large part of it involves working in the fab. In that regard, the course provides a very good (and rather detailed) overview of not only the basic processes but also very advanced and upcoming techniques. The general quality of the course is high. Experts give talks from their respective fields and the Q&A session that follows is very enriching. The course was very well structured and organized. All lectures kept very tightly to the schedule. The all was very spacious with good projection and acoustic facilities. The application process, though involves many steps, but is very structured. There is a follow-up after almost every step. As suggestions: - the course was very densely packed in terms of the information content. This is to be expected for a 5-day intensive course. - lunch was provided (for which we are very thankful!) - certain lectures could have been presented better (the feedback has been given to individual presenters)
Student
Shibesh Dutta
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
12-16 May 2014: Nanoscale CMOS Process technology)
imec, Belgium

"The course is very helpful for students, researchers involved in the design and manufacturing of future systems-on-silicon as well as to engineering undergraduates who what to understand the basics that make electronics systems work. The book is unique in that it convers in a very comprehensive way all aspects of the trajectory from the state-of-the-art process technology to the design and packaging of robust and testable systems in nanometer scale CMOS. The organization is very well and IMEC is a nice place for study in."
Student
Chunshu li
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
12-16 May 2014: Nanoscale CMOS Process technology)
imec, Belgium

"Very interesting and innovative topics have been discussed. The course was represented a point of meeting and exchanging of ideas for many electronic experts. It is a very important experience for my PhD research. Some topics can be analyzed in my research activities in order to increase my knowledge and to introduce my contribute in the state-of-art in the future. The speakers have submitted their ideas and studies in clear way allowing a high level of interest and attention to all. Good organization and location."
Student
Federica Resta
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Course
8-10 April 2014: Advances on Analog Circuit Design (AACD)
Lisbon, Portugal

"Very interesting and innovative topics have been discussed. The course was represented a point of meeting and exchanging of ideas for many electronic experts. It is a very important experience for my PhD research. Some topics can be analyzed in my research activities in order to increase my knowledge and to introduce my contribute in the state-of-art in the future. The speakers have submitted their ideas and studies in clear way allowing a high level of interest and attention to all. Good organization and location."
Student
Federica Resta
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Course
8-10 April 2014: Advances on Analog Circuit Design (AACD)
Lisbon, Portugal

"I found the course interesting for my PhD work. All the topics were in line with the main themes of the workshop, showing all their aspects, problems and possible solutions. It was for me very useful to understand the state of art in some field of interests, such as converters, filters and RF design, in particular in scaled technology. Lecturers answered all questions in a professional and interesting way. Then the exam gave me the possibility to study in detail and to increase my knowledges about the works presented during the course. The organization has been also good and Lisbon was really a nice place for organizing this course. Finally I think the application procedure and feedback process are very clear and simple to follow step by step. "
Student
Alessandra Pipino
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Course
8-10 April 2014: Advances on Analog Circuit Design (AACD)
Lisbon, Portugal

"I consider this course as an attractive opportunity for a PhD student to get deeply into the state-of-the-art in analog electronics, interacting with experienced speakers who contribute actively to the improvement of the state-of-the-art itself. In addition to this fact, the course has been useful to discover other branches with respect to our own, opening the view for better subject knowledge and experience. The organization was good, together with the location. As regards the application, the procedure is very straightforward and clear, and the feedback includes all possible aspects to take into consideration. As a suggestion, I would appreciate more detail into circuital application with respect to the techniques."
Student
Pezzotta Alessandro
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Course
8-10 April 2014: Advances on Analog Circuit Design (AACD)
Lisbon, Portugal

"This course provides an overview of the state of the art of silicon photonics and its development in terms of manufacturing. The explanation is very clear and concise. The hands-on session is very useful. The training is well organized. The trainees are well accommodated. The trainees consist of both PhD student and researchers. The venue is located at IMEC, Leuven, Belgium which is one of the most popular microelectronic research institutes in the world. The application procedure is relatively simple. The whole thing can be done on IMEC’s website. The responsible provides the feedback through e-mail. During the training, trainees can communicate with the speakers freely. The communications between trainees are not very well guaranteed. There was no female PhD student who participated. I suggest that organizer can organize some discussion session to make the ambiance more dynamic."
Student
Hao Hu
Université Paris-Sud, France
Course
18-22 November 2013: "ePIXfab silicon photonics training "
imec, Belgium

"The ePIXfab Silicon Photonics Training resulted very useful for my PhD research. The first part of the course provided a general overview on Silicon Photonics state-of-the-art, starting from a very basic level. A long hands-on session went through the design of Photonics Integrated Circuits (PIC) step by step. Moreover many applications based on this technology have been presented, showing the impressive capabilities of Silicon Photonics. I appreciated the organization of the event that provided a good overview on many expects: fab capabilities, design software, some very interesting applications, packaging, etc. I would recommend this training to any PhD student interested in this technology, also if his activity is not strictly related to the silicon photonics. The lectures are well organized and start from the basics, although some cutting-edge examples have been provided.."
Student
Carmelo Scarcella
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Course
18-22 November 2013: "ePIXfab silicon photonics training "
imec, Belgium

"Near-infrared (NIR) detection is an enabling technology in many scientific and industrial fields and it is driving many efforts worldwide. Among the different technologies available for acquiring in the Near-Infrared (NIR, up to 1700 nm), silicon photonics technology are one of the best choices for applications requiring not only high performance, but also high reliability and ease of implementation. The course that I’ve attended was focused on the development of silicon photonics chip. The quality of the course was very high: a lot of experts had presented their activity; the hands on activity were very useful for improved the project ability. The location was more than comfortable and the organization was well done. The application procedure was clear and simpler but the feedback process by the imec was quite slow."
Student
Niccolò Calandri
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Course
18-22 November 2013: "ePIXfab silicon photonics training "
imec, Belgium

"The course covers the basics of Silicon Photonics Technologies, from the chip conception and the physical simulation to mask design and fabrication. Practice work with state-of-the-art design software was included in the course. The lectures were given by experts in the area and the course was well organized. The location (IMEC-LEUVEN) was quite good because is well communicated and we could visit the experimental Labs and the clean room."
Student
Diego Perez-Galacho
Université Paris-Sud, France
Course
18-22 November 2013: "ePIXfab silicon photonics training "
imec, Belgium

"It is a well-ordered crash course which aims to give the fundamentals of silicon photonics fabrication including a brief theory, fabrication technology and applications not only intended for students but also for research group leaders and engineers working in companies. The content is well-balanced and nicely distributed over the days. You will also have the chance to experience hands-on training on the software tool that is incorporated for designing any kind of photonic system bounded by the design kits supplied by the silicon nano-fabs of ePIXfab. The students should take into account that the reimbursement process is quite slow."
Student
Mustafa Akin Sefunc
University of Twente, The Netherlands
Course
18-22 November 2013: "ePIXfab silicon photonics training "
imec, Belgium

"The course improved my understanding of some basic concepts in IC design since my PhD involves Analog CMOS IC design which I am new to. The course comprehensively covered the basics of Analog IC design. Also, the EPFL campus was accessible from every part of Lausanne. More so, the application procedure was straight forward and feedback process was always instant. In the future, I recommend the duration of the course to be extended so that students are taken through the course materials gradually and more thoroughly."
Student
Ameer Mohammed
University College London, UK
Course
23-27 June 2014:Transistor level Analog IC Design: theory and hands-on
MEAD, Switzerland

"The course Nanometer CMOS ICs is very well described by its subtitle – “From Basics to ASICs”. The course gives a very broad overview from the transistor to the test and failure analysis of a whole chip. It helps to set the own research topic into right context and to identify the links to adjacent topics. The discussion of the trade-offs between high-speed and low-power circuits with respect to its design, but also to the technological challenges was very helpful. Also, the discussion of the future roadmap trends concludes the course with a look into the future. The lecturer’s industrial experience in the field ensures a high quality of the course. Two hard-copy books come with the course and daily exercises support the understanding of the content. I can recommend this comprehensive training to PhD students in design as well as technology due to the many intersections."
Student
Markus Heyne
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
14-18 April 2014: Nanometer CMOS ICsbr /> imec, Belgium

"This course supplied my PhD study and research more solutions on the design of Si-based photonics, which is quite useful to get some new ideas on my Si-waveguide design. There are too many contents and the procedures, but the organization are quite patient to guide our practice. So it is quite a good course for the photonics-design training. Also we visited the VTT cleanroom to see their working environment, which is quite a good place to show the products. I am waiting for attending the next time photonics training, which is highly related my PhD research. "
Student
He Yang
Aalto University, Finland
Course
31 March-4 April 2014: ePIXfab Silicon Photonics Training
VTT Micronova, Tietotie 3, 02150, Espoo, Finland

"Due to the lectures in this course, my knowledge and insight about PLLs, CDRs and all the different building blocks have increased substantially. As my PhD study covers the design and implementation of a complex, low power clock and data recovery circuit, these lectures were of great value for my PhD research. Several experts explained their view on PLLs and CDRs and provided a high quality course. The organization ran smoothly and the location was easily accessible. Also the application procedure and feedback process were straightforward. Finally, I found that the social evening was a great opportunity to make informal contacts with the lecturers. My suggestion is that this event should be kept for further courses. "
Student
Marijn Verbeke
Ghent University, Belgium
Course
23-27 June 2014: PLLs: Advanced Techniques
MEAD, Switzerland

"The course is useful for the research on the CMOS based biosensor system. The course covers almost all the important perspectives for the IC design, it also introduces the latest developments in this field. The organization and location is quite good, it provided me a comfortable environment during the course period. The trainer responded fast and the feedbacks are quite useful. This course may include some more knowledge on analog circuit design. "
Student
Yan Li
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
14-18 April 2014: Nanometer CMOS Ics
imec, Belgium

"This course is from the basics of microelectronics process to high-level circuit implementation. I am a circuit designer at near-transistor level and I am not sure that I need all of the details we learned during the process part, even if I know that you have to know how work the things you are playing with. Otherwise, the design part were great and given by a experimented, passionate and pedagogical teacher ! His book will certainly be a reference in my future career. PS: It would be great if we could receive the slides before or during the course. "
Student
Sébastien Bernard
Université de Grenoble, France
Course
14-18 April 2014: Nanometer CMOS Ics
imec, Belgium

"The course gives the basics of SystemVerilog and , in the last two days, of Universal Verification Methodology. I found the course very interesting and useful for my PhD research, since I am involved in the design of digital circuits in 65nm CMOS technology, therefore it’s important to know a powerful language as SystemVerilog both for design and verification. The quality of lessons is very high and the instructor was knowledgeable and friendly. The location and organization are great. The application procedure was simple and the feedback process accurate. I would suggest inserting some labs session during the morning and not only in the afternoon. "
Student
Darjn Esposito
University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy
Course
14-18 April 2014: Essential verification with SystemVerilog and UVM
imec, Belgium

"The Nanometer CMOS ICs was very useful for my phd, because I’m designing Asics in nanometer CMOS technologies. The course gave a basic explanation on the production process of CMOS ICs, and the common design errors. This all illustrated with basic circuit, which made it very easy to understand. Another part of the course was about the circuit designs itself. This was a high level overview of the possible techniques to overcome the most common and biggest problems when designing a nanometer IC. This overview was very interesting, and I will certainly use this in my phd, but I think it would be even better if the techniques would be explained in more detail, and even in very low level CMOS circuits. The application for the course went very smoothly and gave enough feedback information for a fast application. The course was given at Imec Leuven, which is very easy to get to by car (for me) and was very good organized. One could directly find the location of the course and other information. " "
Student
Bram Faes
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
14-18 April 2014: Nanometer CMOS Ics
imec, Belgium

""The course offered a complete view into CMOS processing technology from the beginnings to future directions. It helped place the work of the PhD in the grand scheme of the CMOS process technology and helped me identify the areas my work can have an impact in the industry. The quality of the course was very good although it could still improve (see questionnaire) and the organization was adequate. The application and feedback process was simple enough I don’t think it would deter someone from applying. My only major nuisance from the course was addressed immediately after the end of it, which was the lack of electronic form for the course material. We received the files after the end of the course and I would suggest this happens before the course next time. " " "
Student
Ioannis Kalpyris
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
12-14 May 2014: Nanoscale CMOS process technology
imec, Belgium

"The course was vital for my understanding of fabrication technology which will help me a lot through my PhD in IC failure analysis. The quality of the course itself is very good although sometimes a lot of unnecessary details were given. Regarding the organization and location, it couldn’t be better. The application procedure and feedback process is as always a pragmatic process that we all have to endure. In general it was OK. I have a suggestion regarding the speakers, despite of the high quality of the course content, many speakers couldn’t deliver the course as it should be. The reasons return to the lack of English fluency and body language. In such intensive courses, it’s more important to get the main idea of each talk instead of going into confusing details that will be forgotten 1 month, at most, after the course. " "
Student
Ahmad Khaled
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
12-14 May 2014: Nanoscale CMOS process technology
imec, Belgium

"As a PhD student working with nanowire FETs, I needed a very direct and concise course to be up-to-date with the current fabrication techniques used. I feel “Nanoscale CMOS Process Technology” did just that. The course has given me a better insight into process integration. The lectures were all relevant to the current technology. I think researchers discussing their current and recent results from the lab is the highlight of this course. However, I feel the lectures could have been slightly shorter with less theory but more practical results and discussion to make the course more interesting. Other than that, the course application and organization was smooth. Looking forward to more such courses from EURO DOTS. "
Student
Sivaramakrishnan Ramesh
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
12-14 May 2014: Nanoscale CMOS process technology
imec, Belgium

"The Nanoscale CMOS Process Technology course gave me a complete overview of all the steps/phases for the realization of ICs, which I consider an added value to my background. The quality of the course was quite high and the course material up to date. Explanations were mostly accurate and clear. The organization was very efficient and the location adequate, including the catering service. The application procedure was simple with no problems. Through the feedback process we had the possibility to give our suggestions, in order to further improve this course. I consider this course a very positive experience. " "
Student
Manuel Mannarino
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
12-14 May 2014: Nanoscale CMOS process technology
imec, Belgium

"The course was very informative where I learned the processing steps. The course gave me a detailed insight to the problems and solutions that often occur when dealing with CMOS processing. The lecture given by various scientist and professors was very informative and they were ready to help and answer their audience upto there level of satisfaction. The addressing speakers where well prepared except in few cases.The lecture was organized according to the timings and any change in location or change in timing of lecture was informed well in advance. I wish to thank the organizer for all their effort in organizing such an informative lecture series. The application procedure was very smooth without much problems. The feedback process was very well organized." "
Student
Vikas Dubey
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
12-14 May 2014: Nanoscale CMOS process technology
imec, Belgium

"As a first year PhD student, this course has been for me an important turning point to understand the field were I’m in, as it gave me a broad view of the main “actors” in the photonic field in Europe. The course was organized in a very clear and propaedeutic way so that I learned how to design an optical circuit using the proposed software. I had no particular problem with the application to this course as they answered to my requests in a very fast way. Concluding, the only thing I can suggest to the course organizers, is to ask for the DKLAs signature at the same time as the application request because, as in my case, the university can take some time to provide it. "
Student
Antonio Mariano
Università degli studi di Pavia, Italy
Course
31 March - 4 April 2014: ePIXfab Silicon Photonics - Full Design Training
VTT, Micronova, Finland

"The course Nanoscale CMOS process technology addressed a broad range of topics on CMOS design, fabrication, evaluation and etc. As a Ph.D. student working on the semiconductor research, this course contains all the basic aspects I need, as well as provide an insightful perspective to guide my future research. The quality of the course is great since it collects expertise from professionals working specifically on the areas it has covered. The catering is also good. The application procedure is clear and flows smoothly. One suggestion by me could be that the time arrangement is very tight. From 9am to 17pm every day, 5 days in a row. It could feel overwhelmed sometimes. "
Student
Jiaqi Li
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
12-14 May 2014: Nanoscale CMOS process technology
imec, Belgium

""This has been my second time at the Workshop on Advances in Analog Circuit Design and it is confirmed to be a really important occasion for a Ph.D. student. This year I could even more appreciate the topics, since during my Ph.D. course I increased my knowledge in the microelectronics, and so I could actively follow all the presentations. In the AACD workshops, my favorite aspect is the panel discussions at the end of each day. During the panel discussion, not only are reexamined the concepts introduced in each topic, but also are introduced and discussed new aspects concerning the topic of the day. The IST of Lisboa is a nice University, close to the metro station and easy to reach with public transportation from the airport. Moreover, the city of Lisboa has a unique charm and offers wonderful scenery for the social events of the workshop. The application procedure is simple and clear, as the feedback process. I suggest to advertise more the scholarship from Euro-Dots within the Italian universities because many of my colleagues have never heard about these opportunities. "
Student
Claudio De Berti
Università degli studi di Pavia, Italy
Course
8-10 April 2014: AACD 23rd Workshop on Advances in Analog Circuit Design
Lisbon, Portugal

""Interesting talks to know state of the art of advanced analog design solution. It explained very clearly that part of the efficiency and performance increase can be obtained from technology scaling, but new circuit architectures and technique have to be developed to really push the limit of performances to meet the growing request of new applications and overcome future bottleneck. The ideas presented in this Workshop are very interesting and open in my mind way of thinking to overcome the limit for my future development and design of A‐to‐D converter. Simple procedure to apply and good communication to obtain information about workshop. Perfect organization of sessions, really comfortable accommodations. Very useful short presentations and large space to constructive discussion and questions. Congratulations at the organizers for the choice of argument."
Student
Cavallo Domenico
Università degli studi di Pavia, Italy
Course
8-10 April 2014: AACD 23rd Workshop on Advances in Analog Circuit Design
Lisbon, Portugal

"The course was of great value for my PhD research since it covered all relevant topics on how to participate in and submit chip designs for a multi project wafer (MPW) run. In addition I have learned more about photonic chip design. The quality of the course was generally very good since it addressed all questions I had regarding MPWs. The same applies to the organization and location. We have been provided with all important details for the course beforehand which made it very convenient for us attendees. Furthermore the location was suited well for the purpose of the training. The application procedure was easy to understand and to follow. For upcoming courses I would suggest to put a little bit more emphasis on the different building blocks of all the different foundries so users get more familiar with the technology. To gain additional time to explain the technologies in more detail, one could cancel or shorten the lab tour. I would assume that most of the course attendees know how measurements are done. "
Student
Marcel Zeiler
Dublin City University , Ireland
Course
31 March - 4 April 2014: ePIXfab Silicon Photonics - Full Design Training
VTT, Micronova, Finland

"The course was very useful for me and my studies, since it gave a very well prepared overview over IC design verification and System Verilog. My PhD research is focused on the design of embedded systems using emerging, non-volatile memory technologies and verification is a core part in my experimental studies.
The course material and the presentations were very well structured and the exercise sessions helped to apply the acquired knowledge. The instructor was very knowledgeable in the context of advanced
verification and was able to answer all questions. "
Student
Matthias Hartmann
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
14-18 October 2013: Advanced Verifications
imec, Belgium

"Generally, it is a very good course and very well organized. From my perspective, it brought me another way of thinking problems. Since I am a PhD student focusing on digital PLLs, I understand digital PLLs. Without listening to different opinions about analog and digital PLLs from those professors, I can not form a comprehensive understanding of their advantages and drawbacks. And also, they let me know some interesting works that were done by others but I did not know before. Most of the professors were very well prepared and gave very good lectures. Also, I can have interactions with them in the class. They gave some case study of the latest development in this area. But a minor imperfection would be that not all the professors kept their lecture material updating with the latest development in this field. And also, if the professors can talk about their own opinion of the future technical trends in this field, that is perfect. "
Student
Zhirui Zong
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Course
24-28 June 2013: PLLs: Advanced Techniques
imec, Belgium

"The value of the course clearly lies in the overview you receive of the research going on in the field of semiconductor technology. Both the added insight in familiar topics as an encounter with many new to me were enlightening. The great quality of the course, mainly given by imec employees, is further enhanced by external speakers. The organization at the site of imec was clear and well done, as were the application and feedback procedures. Although the broad spectrum of topics is enlightening, the quality of the course could be further improved by creating a more coherent bigger picture."
Student
Raf Appeltans
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
2-6 Sepember 2013:Beyond CMOS
imec, Belgium

"The course gives thorough information about digital implementation flow for ASICs with state-of-the-art design techniques. The content of the course is precise and not excessive. The flow of the lectures is very well organized. The technical content is covered in the morning lectures and steps in the toolflow relevant to the lectures are shown in the afternoon laboratory sessions. This gives the opportunity to apply the concepts on the design as soon as they are explained. Thanks to presence of the instructor during the lab sessions, it is possible to discuss different aspects of the design process. The course not only covers the concepts of ASIC design but also considers low power at each level of implementation. Therefore, it is very suitable for researchers and engineers in the digital design field."
Student
Ogun Turkyilmaz
Grenoble Institute of Technology - INPG, France
Course
5-9 November 2013: Advanced digital physical implementation flow
imec, Belgium

"I found the course interesting and useful as it gave me an overview of the IC design verification. The content was up to date. The course is valuable for my PhD work. I am working on architecture-application co-design for embedded processors. Although I am working at the system level design, one of the key aspects of my work involves also understanding the verification challenges and techniques. The comprehensive contents of the course were useful in this regard. The application procedure was pretty simple and straightforward. The course was organized well. The instructor was knowledgeable and friendly. The course material is also well prepared. "
Student
Prashant Agrawal
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
14-18 October 2013: Advanced Verification
imec, Belgium

"The highlights of this course are the professional and top research results from imec. Students can learn the most possible solutions people are discussing at the moment to replace or improve CMOS technology. This also provides ideas of our own research direction. The organization is good, and it is easy to arrive imec by bus. The application procedure and feedback process are generally good. Though it is confused for me that some people can pay after they receive the scholarship, but I was asked to pay before the course started."
Student
Chen-Yi Su
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
2-6 September 2013: Beyond CMOS
imec, Belgium

""The goal of the course was to address all possible applications out of CMOS. I think the content of the course was too wide for one week course. Some of the presentations (e.g. Flexible electronics, MEMS, Energy harvesting,...) were out of the goals of the course beyond CMOS where you expect to see the possible solutions for replacing the conventional CMOS technologies. at the end my suggestion to make the course more valuable is: it would be good to split this course into two separate courses, one beyond silicon for the next generation of CMOS technology and another course for using the capability of CMOS technology in biotechnology, mechanics, energy,... " "
Student
Amir-Hossein Tamaddon
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
2-6 September 2013: Beyond CMOS
imec, Belgium

"In my view, participation in the course Beyond CMOS was an interesting experience. The course coincides with my scientific interests. Problems mentioned during lectures covered practically the whole area of modern microelectronics and nanoelectronics. Lectures were conducted in an interesting way and included both theoretical introduction to the topic and examples of above mentioned subjects. I think that such a arrangement of material allowed to acquire a much greater extent of presented issues. The strengths of the course are in addition to an excellent selection of topics of lectures, the presence of the best specialists in the field who were able to present even the most complex issues in a clear and inspiring way. Schedule was well laid out and coffee breaks allowed to stay focused during the whole day of lectures. In my opinion, it is difficult to find some particular weaknesses of the course. They include lack of part of the presented material in the lectures notes. It seems to me that it was also possible to give a lecture about materials for power electronics, like SiC and III-N materials. Particularly important topics for the problems with conventional energy sources. It would be a great addition to lecture on photovoltaics. "
Student
Andrzej Taube
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Course
2-6 September 2013: Beyond CMOS
imec, Belgium

"The course Advanced Digital Physical Implementation Flow provided the participants with detailed information concerning the design of the digital integrated circuits considering low power design. Each particular step of the design was divided into lectures and practical exercises. The lectures were at very high level. We were given an opportunity to try particular steps of the design in tools of the company Synopsys during the practical training. The course is very suitable for designers who want to start dealing with ASIC design and have only basic knowledge of microelectronics. New information obtained during the course will be used during my PhD research and during scientific projects focused on the design of integrated circuits. Location of the course was very good. The city of Leuven is a nice place and suitable for organizing similar courses. "
Student
Marián Pristach
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Course
5-9 November 2013: Advanced digital physical implementation flow
imec, Belgium

"The course provided many valuable information for my PhD research. I had learned most of the steps required for digital chip design flow using the Synopsys tools. The course started with lectures that were followed by computer lessons every day. The content of the course was at a very high level and every particular step was described precisely. The lecturer answered all questions asked by the audience and she was expert on the digital chip design in deed. The course was well organized. I was provided with all required information before the beginning of the course by e-mail. Application procedure and consequential feedback process were realized by a step-by-step process, that was well described on the course website and euro-dots website. I would like to suggest you to organize a EURO-DOTS course in the Czech Republic."
Student
Marek Bohrn
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Course
5-9 November 2013: Advanced digital physical implementation flow
imec, Belgium

"The lectures in this course discuss the digital physical implementation flow (for low power applications). As my PhD study covers the design and implementation of a complex, low power digital clock and data recovery circuit, these lectures were of great value for my PhD research. The course gave a good overview of the basic techniques and each step of the flow was discussed in more detail. The course material was thus well structured and neatly provided. The organization ran smoothly and the location was easily accessible. Furthermore, the application procedure and feedback process were straightforward. A suggestion for this course would be to focus more on advanced and smaller technology nodes.using simulation software, as well as the testing and failure analysis, to build nanoelectronic devices by the 65 nm and 45 nm process characteristics and constraints. However, the quality of the course contents has been very well. The course was well organized, in a very attractive location at IMAC Academy. The application procedure was very clear and quite straight forward, as is the feedback process. Therefore, I would recommend the course especially to a person who is working with IC design family."
Student
Marijn Verbeke
Ghent University, Belgium
Course
5-9 November 2013: Advanced digital physical implementation flow
imec, Belgium

"The course '' Design for manufacturability flow'' was very useful for my PhD work. The course was focused on a variety of topics related to designing and manufacturing of the nanoelectronic chips using advanced deep‐submicron technology nodes. This course was involved in lectures and lab exercises with four areas of emphasis: manufacturing processes (flow and modules), equipment/control, systems, and design for manufacturing using simulation software, as well as the testing and failure analysis, to build nanoelectronic devices by the 65 nm and 45 nm process characteristics and constraints. However, the quality of the course contents has been very well. The course was well organized, in a very attractive location at IMAC Academy. The application procedure was very clear and quite straight forward, as is the feedback process. Therefore, I would recommend the course especially to a person who is working with IC design family. "
Student
Naseem Salim Abdel
Lund University, Sweden
Course
1-4 October 2013: Design for Manufacturability Flow
imec, Belgium

"The Beyond CMOS course 2013 gave a good overview of future technologies, device architectures, and materials in nanoelectronics, but also in photovoltaic, optoelectronics, and NEMS. The speakers are experts in the field and could provide insights in the state-of-the-art knowledge in their respective research domain. Although only a small part of the course covers my own research topic, the lectures can help every PhD student to think outside the box, which results in new ideas for their own project. It is a very comprehensive course, which requires a lot of attention from the audience to follow intently all sessions within the five days from morning till late afternoon. The course closed with an assignment (two weeks for fulfillment) as the examination. However, a short feedback about the quality of that task’s solution would be helpful for the students. "
Student
Markus Heyne
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Beyond CMOS 2-6 september 2013
imec, Belgium

"Overall the “Beyond CMOS “ was a very interesting course to follow for PhD students in engineering with variety of topics presented from experts in the field. The highlight was the wide variety of topics, discussing both the state-of-the art and the fundamentals. The overall organization was very good with few minor drawbacks. The application procedure and the feedback was very quick and smooth. "
Student
Stella Deheryan
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Beyond CMOS 2-6 september 2013
imec, Belgium

"One of the most important advantages of the course is its broadness in terms of the nature of covered topics. Even though the structure of the course is “breadth first”, the amount of detail that goes into each subject is very sufficient. That way, both “novice” and “expert” attendees can receive novel and relevant information. Many of the lecturers are heavily involved in various aspects of the semiconductor manufacturing and their insights during the lectures were really valuable and relevant to the interests of a PhD candidate. With respect to documentation support, the course was also very well organized. Finally, the venue of the course was very relevant, giving the chance for the attendees (and especially
PhD candidates) to have a view of a state-of-the-art semiconductor research facility."
Student
Dimitrios Rodopoulos
National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece
Course
Beyond CMOS 14-18 october 2013
imec, Belgium

"The course provided me with the new ideas about my work and broadened my scope on the topics adjacent to my research field. The quality of the course was very good as well as organization and location. The application procedure was easy and the feedback survey was good. I would personally like to have lunch provided for the course attendees."
Student
Pavlo Fesenko
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Beyond CMOS 2-6 september 2013
imec, Belgium

"This course was in the domain of interest of my PhD thesis since it has shown all the steps of industrial testing, and specifically for ADC testing. The course was of high quality : high quality slides and explanations (every student were given a printed version of the slides), and hands-on the CNFM tester through the dedicated industrial software. The course was well organized and the location easy to find. The application procedures was a little bit difficult to find since it wasn't available on the EURODOTS website. No further suggestions nor recommendations."
Student
Renaud Guillaume
Grenoble University, France
Course
COMBO TEST TRAINING 2-6 september 2013
CNFM Montpellier, France

"My PhD project is on the ultra-low energy transceiver for wireless sensor network. We target to apply some of the practical aspects of mixed signal IC design to the ultra-low energy wireless receiver IC that we proposed. Aspects like technology trends, ultra-low power interfaces, digital noise coupling issues, supply noise robust designs, fully differential amplifier designs can directly be applied to improve the practical applicability of the next version of our proposed receiver. The quality of the course content is very high and I am very satisfied with it. The balance between the in-depth analysis and intuitive understanding is critical because of the wide variety of topics involved in this course. The organization of the course is very good. The mead course website is very informative, which was useful. Proper timing of the course lectures, break arrangements, and other arrangements are efficiently done. The location is excellent and the cruise dinner was a perfect break between the length lectures. Thanks for organizing the course it in such a nice location. Added benefit was to visit EPFL and attend an IEEE lecture on ultra-low power designs. Application procedures are well described in the website so I did not face any problem. Feedback process is done the end of the course, it is a better choice in my opinion instead of filling feedback form after each lectures. I hope the feedbacks will help to improve the course even further in future. The topics of the course are already very well thought of and taught by very renowned and world class professionals. However, some changes in the topics can make the course even more interesting. First of all, the second day session on noise coupling in a IC can be divided into 2/3 parts so that it helps to understand this very important topic in a better manner. In my personal opinion, more clear slides (less items per slides) also make it easier to understand and remember. Design techniques (like buffer and digital circuits which introduce low di/dt noise) to reduce the supply noise injection can be added to this part. Other topics can be considered adding in the course are 1) ESD robustness for RF input/output pins, 2) Details of low voltage analog techniques, 3. Distortion improvement techniques etc."
Student
Ramen Dutta
University of Twente, The Netherlands
Course
26-30 August 2013, Practical Aspects of Mixed Signal IC Design
Lausanne, Switzerland

"My PhD topic in imec is about biomedical electronics, with the opportunities of joining this “Beyond CMOS” course, I know more of other research fields around semiconductor. I will recommend other students to join this course because of the high quality. I like the content of this course, it covers broad area of different topics. It is an intensive way to let me catch the research going on different fields from mine. Most of the lecturers give clear introduction to each topic and bring the challenges of nowadays research. They also tell the state of the art in scientific and industrial fields, this brings a quick summary of what are the concepts at the back of certain technologies or products. I like the location of the course and the coffee time in between the lectures. It gives me a chance to have networking with other PhD students. I think the 5 days course with so many lectures is quite intense. Sometimes it was hard to focus the last lecture at the end of day. From the EURO-DOTS website, it is mentioned that the lunch is included in the course fee. However, it ends that for imec PhD students, we don’t get any free lunch voucher and have to pay the 5 days lunch by ourselves. This makes me confused since we also need to pay for the course fee as other non-imec PhD students. The application procedure is quite clear and efficient. I am looking forward to attending other courses."
Student
Yun-Hsuan Chen
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Beyond CMOS 2-6 september 2013
imec, Belgium

"In general, the course gives a great overview of CMOS and its applications in various fields going from hard core CMOS to magnetic, biomedical and environmental uses. Since I am doing my PhD in the biomedical field I am not very familiar with CMOS-technologies, it was very interesting to learn more about CMOS itself and how constant improvements are implemented in IMEC and other nanotechnology centers. The organization was good, everything went as planned. After the course, we wrote a paper on one of the topics to receive the ECTS-credits. This was communicated well and I had no problems completing the task. To touch a minus of the course, some of the teachers went too much into depth in their talks (probably without realizing in because they are specialized in that field). This made it very hard to understand the essence of the talk and consequently I was lost after the introduction slides. To improve on this I would suggest a general practice session for a non-specialized audience."
Student
Ruben Van Roosbroeck
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Beyond CMOS 2-6 september 2013
imec, Belgium

"I would like to thank to all people involved in the course organization and to all lecturers for providing us such a remarkable course. It was one of the highest quality courses in my education so far, especially from the practical point of view. Overall, very nice week spent in beautiful Lausanne, with a lot of useful things learned and several established professional connections. The application procedure was quite straight forward and the feedback process was nice. In my opinion, offered courses are not visible for all interested students, so it would be nice to publish it and advertise it more comprehensively."
Student
Katic Janko
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Course
Power Management 26-30 august 2013
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

"This course will help me design parts of a high frequency power management system. The quality of the courses was very good, well constructed. Regarding the organization, it was nice, maybe not enough signalization on the EPFL campus. The lunches were really good. I experienced some trouble with the payment (it was not seen by EPFL) which is a little bit stressful (I was wondering where did my money go), but eventually it was arranged. The application procedure was simple enough. I enjoyed the social evening, great way to discuss with participants in a different context. I would suggest to not change much things, just make the formation more visible on the campus."
Student
Neveu Florian
INSA Lyon, France
Course
Advanced Analog IC Design 26-30 August, 2013
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

"The program was very comprehensive, however the main focus was generally given on the subject itself instead of how the subject would fit into Beyond CMOS technology. Some courses did manage to deliver a strong message on how their subject fits into Beyond CMOS and could really deliver a clear practical image on what the future would hold for their subject. Other subjects were very theoretical and focused on the general research. The strong points of the program are the wide spectrum of topics related to Beyond CMOS research and the academic level of expertise to which the location suited itself very well. But to make the program stronger I would suggest to add more speakers related to industry and to shift the focus from the academic point of view to the more practical/industry point of view."
Student
Pieter Weckx
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Beyond CMOS 2-6 September 2013
imec, Belgium

"I was very satisfied by the Beyond CMOS course I attended in Imec, both from the point of view of the organization and of covered contents and topics (which is certainly the most important thing). The lessons were in general all very interesting, and the “quality” of the speakers was outstanding. Being a Ph.D. student at the final stage of my iter, the course resulted particularly relevant for me since it gave me the possibility to explore new (and sometimes unheard of) research fields and topics. Moreover, as being an electronic engineer currently working in a department of physics, I could have looked at the topics from both angles. For this reason, I might recommend to include in the next course some lessons regarding advanced physics characterization techniques (such as ESR – electron spin resonance, IETS – inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy and IPE – internal photoemission spectroscopy, etc..) which have been used extensively in CMOS research and will certainly be of importance for exploring future advanced devices beyond CMOS technology. Regarding the application procedure, I appreciated the availability and the kindness of imec staff which was helpful and efficient, as always."
Student
Francesca De Stefano
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Beyond CMOS 2-6 September 2013
imec, Belgium

"This course greatly opened my eyesight in the mixed signal design. It showed me many practical details, some of which are rarely introduced in the textbook. In sum, this course not only gives me a fish, but also teaches me how to fish. Organization of social event is awesome, and it offered me a great opportunity to chat with geek peers. Also the sign and guide to teaching place and dining hall are very clear. Thanks for all of what you had done. However, some of the contents in the course are not suitable for beginner and fresh engineers. Might next time lectures give the audiences more samples in an adequate teaching speed? instructors were highly experienced and the presentations were thorough and easy to follow. The organization was exceptional and the feedback process was prompt. The course gave me an overall knowledge of analog IC design principles, and will be really useful not only for my PhD studies, but also for my entire progress as an electronic engineer, covering the gap in the design of analog blocks, such as filters, OTAs, buffer amplifiers, etc. I am grateful i was given the chance to learn from top-class experts."
Student
Wen Wu
Imperial College London, UK
Course
Practical aspects of mixed-signal Ics 26-30 August, 2013
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

"The Advanced Analog CMOS IC Design course, which was held in EPFL, Lausanne, covered a large range of the microelectronics area, from modeling of MOS and bipolar devices, to analog design of elementary and more advanced blocks using low-power techniques. The instructors were highly experienced and the presentations were thorough and easy to follow. The organization was exceptional and the feedback process was prompt. The course gave me an overall knowledge of analog IC design principles, and will be really useful not only for my PhD studies, but also for my entire progress as an electronic engineer, covering the gap in the design of analog blocks, such as filters, OTAs, buffer amplifiers, etc. I am grateful I was given the chance to learn from top-class experts."
Student
Angelos Antonopoulos
Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece
Course
Practical aspects of mixed-signal Ics 26-30 August, 2013
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

"The Advanced Analog CMOS IC Design course was a great experience. Besides having the opportunity to get to know famous professors and analog designers, the course has improved my knowledge in this area, and the provided material will be much helpful in future studies and chip designs. Since I am currently working with CMOS readout circuits for FET-based THz sensors, for me the main highlights were the courses of Prof. Eric Vittoz and of Prof. Willy Sansen. The course organization was faultless and the location was very pleasant. The scholarship program is a great initiative and I hope it continues going on in the future course editions."
Student
Suzana Domingues
University of Trento/Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Course
Advanced Analog IC Design 26-30 August, 2013
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

"First of all it was a great pleasure to participate in the course: “Gaz sensors”: Chemical synthesis and integration of nano-objetcs for micro-electronic applications, provided by AIME. During the week course I master the technique of electrochemical sensor preparation and characterization, and prepared series of ammonia sensors. It appeared not as difficult task as I was thinking before, and I can apply knowledge and techniques obtained for my own research activities. After the course I can work forward with my own sensing device, which is necessary for my thesis work. Even if there is not all the equipment in the laboratory I am working, I’ve met some really good specialists whom it is possible to cooperate and arrange some experiments together afterwards. The AIME personnel are really professional and easy to work with; also the laboratory is really good equipped and well located in University campus. The application procedure was easy with fast replies and assistance."
Student
Konstantin Koshmak
Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
Course
“Gaz sensors”: Chemical synthesis and integration of nano- objects for micro-electronic applications 23-27 September, 2013
AIME Toulouse, France

"The Nanometer CMOS ICs course was very useful for my PhD as a part of my research deals with the design of a compact driver chip for MEMS actuators. The lecturer was very competent and his teaching was clear and easy to understand. The examples he gave were very relevant because of his work performed at Philips and NXP. The small homeworks and exercises help in better understanding the topics. The two books that came with the course are clearly written and topics are explained profoundly. However, the course is quite intensive as a lot of topics are dealt with in only one week, but this didn’t degrade the effectiveness of the course if you read the books afterwards. The organization, the location and the application procedure were good for me."
Student
Dellaert Dries
Ghent University , Belgium
Course
Nanoscale CMOS Ics 8-12 April, 2013
Leuven, Belgium

"Advanced analog implementation flow course will be very helpful in my PhD work. This course expanded my knowledge in designing analog circuit in new technologies. Including theoretical and the practical problems. Schedule was very intensive but new knowledge was presented step by step: from technological aspects, through mathematical modeling, to designing and optimizing analog circuit. The first circuit was simple amplifier and last complex differential amplifier with automatic compensation structure.
I have enjoy also Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (STFC/RAL), institution where course took place. "
Student
Mateusz Baszczyk
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Course
Advanced Analog Implementation flow
February 4-8, 2013
Leuven, Belgium

"The one week program on Nanoscale CMOS Processing Technology provided us with both in-depth as well as overview of different aspects associated with semiconductor processing. The course was appropriately structured so as to follow the individual steps of the CMOS processing in a sequential way. The location of the course in imec enabled us to interact with different experts of field and personally, I found the after class interaction with the lecturers to be highly conducive for learning. Eventhough some of the lectures weren’t fully covered, I was satisfied to have grasped the basics associated with the field. But I feel there could have been a dedicated overview lecture to give us an insight into current research trends focusing on performance enhancement in FINFET / sGe technology etc. Though we had an interesting lecture on future of scaling, it would be interesting to know the current industrial trend for the next 4 or 5 years and my recommendation would be to include the same. "
Student
Sathish Kumar Dhayalan
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Nanoscale CMOS Process Technology
May 13-17, 2013
Leuven, Belgium

"This course helps me a lot. I am currently working on the reliability of the low-k material in the interconnect system. So, an introduction on the etching, metal deposition, FEOL and BEOL reliability is a huge supplement for my background. It helps me to connect the knowledge of different processes together.
This course is very comprehensive to every aspects in CMOS technology. The fundamental information of the whole silicon processing technologies and beyond is detailed explained and well presented. The organization and application procedures are also good.
There is one small suggestion. The students in the course come from different fields. The communication between them is very helpful and this can be improved by certain ways, for example, collaborating a final report."
Student
Chen Wu
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Nanoscale CMOS Process Technology
May 13-17, 2013
Leuven, Belgium

"The course was very useful for my PhD research purposes. I have learned very much about analog circuits design and EKV model. The quality of the course was very high and the schedule very intensive. I have really enjoyed RAL as a host institute.
The application procedure was simple and encouraging. I received very quick response for every question I had asked. I am looking forward to the next course.
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Student
Piotr Dorosz
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Course
Advanced analog implementation flow February 4-8, 2013
Leuven, Belgium

"During second week of April I took part in the course titled Nanometer CMOS ICs guided by Harry Veendrick. The course was very interesting and it had covered very wide field of topics. It was very important to me to get the most contemporary view of the CMOS technology and industry, and the course has fulfilled my needs. I was very pleased of organization at the imec, it is very interesting and inspiring place."
Student
Piotr Mierzwiński
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics April 8-12, 2013
Leuven, Belgium

"The course focuses on the basis of the design of analog and digital integrated circuits. As the motto of one lecturer's book says : "From Basics to ASICs", the course content incorporates the physical phenomena in a MOS transistor with the emphasis on the second order effects in deep submicron and nanometer technologies, fabrication process, aspects of IC design from top to bottom hierarchy level, low power and robust IC design in the latest technologies, IC testing and failure analysis, current trendsand roadmaps for future applications. Mr. Harry Veendrik is a competent lecturer. Both the application procedure and feedback process are well-organized. I recommend this course to persons starting their adventure with CMOS IC design as well as for an experienced one."
Student
Kleczek Rafal
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics April 8-12, 2013
Leuven, Belgium

"The coursed focused on a variety of topics related to designing and manufacturing of the integrated circuits. At the course the MOS physical model was introduced, elemental steps of manufacturing process were explained, a few techniques related to digital IC design was presented and finally – the testing and failure analysis. As the course content was very wide, mostly only the essential information in each topic was presented, without getting into details. The course was well organized, in a very attractive location. I would recommend the course especially to a person who is a beginner in ASIC design, as the course gives very perspective at the whole process.
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Student
Piotr Otfinowski
AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics April 8-12, 2013
Leuven, Belgium

"I am actually working with the conception of novel designs for logic devices using 2D materials like graphene, MoS2 or WSe2. This workshop gave me a very comprehensive understanding of how logic devices are been build nowadays. This way I can try to keep my design landed and have integrated from the beginning the solutions to the technological restriction that my devices can face. In short, I learned what were the solutions of Si technologies so I can apply them (more or less) with this new 2D materials technologies. The quality was really good. The professor demonstrate a lot of expertise in its domain and was very clear with the transmitted information. The location and the organization was as well very good. For the application procedure everything was smooth and clear. However, for the feedback section I consider that there was too much redundancy. We had to feel one written evaluation of the course plus one evaluation from imec itself plus this evaluation. It would be better if we could link all of them together and then do only one evaluation. It will be nice if the workshop could be organized after the PTW meeting days at imec. Those people from imec that take the course will have a hard time finishing the assignment due to all the activities they normally have for the presentations and poster of the PTW week at imec."
Student
Lockhart de la Rosa, César Javier
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics April 8-12, 2013
Leuven, Belgium

"In my Ph.D., I use molecular dynamics, density functional theory and non-equilibrium Green function formalism techniques to model 2D and “quasi-2D” materials and. I expected this course to provide an insight on the modeling techniques that I will use on one side, and on the implementation and issues with the integration into devices in the other hand. In my opinion, this course clearly fulfilled my expectations. It was taught by experts who have strong knowledge in their own field of research. A very satisfactory point is that the handouts of this course are very clear and comprehensive. The timing was well respected and the location was easy to reach. The application procedure was quite straightforward and the same comment can be done for the feedback process. The only thing to change would be to give the handouts for each course before its beginning."
Student
Tuomas Sakari Poikela
University of Turku, Finland
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics April 8-12, 2013
Leuven, Belgium

"The course is well organized with respect to both the schedule and the contents. The distribution of the lectures is excellent, covering both the essentials and state-of-the-art topics. All the lecturers are topclass experts in their corresponding fields, and are very nice to communicate with. It was such a great enjoyment to listen to these lectures. The topics of this course are very much related to my current research. It provides me deeper understanding of many fundamental students, and clarifies plenty of confusions I had previously. I was also inspired by some of the interesting comments and ideas from the lecturers, and ready to try some of them in my design. In addition, since majority of the participants are from industry, it was a great pleasure for me as a student to meet and talk with these amazing people who work in the field."
Student
Sha Tao
KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Course
Low-Power Analog IC Design July 1-5, 2013
Lausanne, Switzerland

"This course was very useful for my PhD project which concerns the development of some building blocks like LVDS transceiver, ADC converter, etc… used in High Energy Physics experiments at LHC. In particular, I am working about the upgrade of ALICE inner detector for which one of the first aim is to preserve power consumption by lowering the supply voltage to 1.8 V and use monolithic pixel in 0.18 μm CMOS technology. For this purpose all lectures was really dense of useful information because they allowed me to approach more deeply at the advantages and drawbacks of the weak inversion together with a practical method to optimize the analog circuits versus specs. (schematic and layout). I liked the location of the course and the social dinner. All people was so helpful and also for this reason the course period was so productive. Anyway, the EURO DOTS application procedure is a little bit tricky because of the high number of web links to visit. So, maybe the application procedure could be lighter."
Student
Lattuca Alessandra
Università di Torino, Italy
Course
Low-Power Analog IC Design July 1-5, 2013
Lausanne, Switzerland

"This course has had a big value for me in terms of help given to my PhD research. I understood advanced techniques to improve accuracy and speed specifications of converters design, thus it helped me to meet more efficiently project requirements. The quality of the course, thanks to all the professors that have been present, has been very high. Organization, logistic and location have been also very well structured and much appreciated. The application procedure pretty clear and simple as well."
Student
Filippo Schembari
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Course
Low-Power Analog IC Design July 1-5, 2013
Lausanne, Switzerland

"Attending the course “Nanoscale CMOS Process Technology” at imec was, beyond doubt, of a significant value for my PhD project in many aspects. As an intensive 5-day training, not only it helped in refreshing and filling some gaps in the basic knowledge, but also it provided a unique opportunity to learn about the most up-to-date technological developments from the professionals that are very active in today’s research in the field. Smooth and clear administration process as well as good organization and comfortable environment only contributed to a very positive overall experience. There should definitely be more courses like these."
Student
Tomislav RESETAR
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Nanoscale CMOS Process Technology
May 13-174, 2013
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"I think that this course is too important for the PhD research and in special for one who starts his research, because it gives you an essential content about semi-classical scenarios. All course content are very high quality, but there are so hard when you try to understand everything in a few hours. For this reason, I think that this course should last more than one week in order to reinforce all new ideas and in order to make more practices.
I hadn’t any problem to organize my travel and accommodation because supervisors gave us a lot of information about the city like how to arrive to the university or where we can stay there. Also, they gave us a lot of information about the timetable and the breaks. In my opinion, “coffee-breaks” are very important because you can talk with your classmate or in order to ask some questions to the professors."
Student
Cristina MEDINA BAILON
Universidad de Granada, Spain
Course
Nano-scale MOS transistors: Semi-classical modeling and applications
May 20-24, 2013
Udine, Italy

"Attending the course “Nanoscale CMOS Process Technology” at imec was, beyond doubt, of a significant value for my PhD project in many aspects. As an intensive 5-day training, not only it helped in refreshing and filling some gaps in the basic knowledge, but also it provided a unique opportunity to learn about the most up-to-date technological developments from the professionals that are very active in today’s research in the field. Smooth and clear administration process as well as good organization and comfortable environment only contributed to a very positive overall experience. There should definitely be more courses like these."
Student
Tomislav RESETAR
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Nanoscale CMOS Process Technology
May 13-17, 2013
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"The course was really interesting for my Research Doctorate. The topics were thoroughly examined and many new aspects have now become part of my knowledge in the field of microelectronics. Unique were the panel discussions at the end of each day : seeing some of the greatest exponents of analog electronics discuss so animatedly was exciting. Discussions were continuing also during the coffee breaks and even at dinner. The MINATEC campus is a perfect location, comfortable and practical. The application procedure is simple and clear, as is the feedback process. Its been a 3-day full immersion in some aspects of the analog electronics: its been very profitable for my career as PhD student."
Student
Claudio DE BERTI
Università degli studi di Pavia
Course
EAdvances in Analog Circuit Design, AACD
8-12 April 2013
MINATEC Campus, Grenoble, France

"Recent work at LEEME is focused, but not limited, to the development of novel metal oxide sensors for gas and/or liquids measurements and characterization. Wireless sensing is also in the scope of our research, and I was interested in attending AACD sessions about power management and smart wireless interfaces in order to help me to better investigate the design of a dedicated wireless gas sensor node, which is an important step for realizing what can be called as a Wireless Electronic Nose (WENOSE). Program of the workshop covered latest research topics in analog circuit design needed with well-organized schedule. I recommend students working in the field of Analog Design to attend the next AACD workshop!"
Student
Shahin LUAY
University of Sienna, Italy
Course
EAdvances in Analog Circuit Design, AACD
8-12 April 2013
MINATEC Campus, Grenoble, France

"The value of the course for research is highly estimated due to its uniqueness and good quality. The content fits perfectly the PhD research needs. Organization and location are perfect. Apllication procedure and feedback process are efficient and reactive. For imec case, I would like to suggest to move the training after the Program Techical Week (PTW), where presentations to partners are given, as a week of conference."
Student
Julien MAILFERT
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
8-12 April 2013
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"For me, this course is especially important. As a student with a chemistry background who is working in CMOS IC field, I found it is really hard to do my research without deep understanding of IC. And it brought some frustration as well hearing my colleagues talking about something I don't understand. By knowing the basic principles of field-effect, now I have a clearer picture of CMOS and especially about the part I have been working on. It definitely helps my PhD. I was very excited to finally know the story of CMOS IC after 2 years doing researches in this industry. I would say the course content is pretty packed. It is almost the whole book of "Nanometer CMOS IC". The lecturer is the author of this book and he is also a good talker. He explained complicated concepts in a logical and clear manner. Although the scope of the courses is large and many things covered, he managed to explain in as short as one week. It is the first time I receive such a course. At the beginning, I found it was pretty challenging. Thanks to the good explanation of the lecturer, in the end I managed to learn something and passed the exam. The quality of the organization is also good. It is located at the city I live so I don't have any problem."
Student
Yiting SUN
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
8-12 April 2013
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"It is my pleasure to attend such an interesting course. It indeed support my background and strengthen my research capability. The course has not only brought a systematic view and fundamental theory about the CMOS ICs but also updated many essential issues in an advanced technology node. I really appreciates the exercise session and several industrial stories. The application procedure and feedback process look perfect to me. The organization and other logistics are good as well. To conclude, I strongly recommend other students to enroll this course for their professional career in the future."
Student
TRONG HUYNH BAO
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
8-12 April 2013
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"It is important to know how to design a msk for fabrication in different foundries (imec, LETI, IHP) and what are the important parameters that have to be considered there. As it is a difficult process to translate the technical terms of different industries to a design, an automated software like "Phoenix" can make life easier. Overall the contents of the course were good. The organisation was good and the documentation as well.The application procedures were good and easy and there were opportunities to give feedback. The location itself was quite expensive considering the quality of food and accomodation."
Student
Imad FARUQUE
University of Ghent, Belgium
Course
ePIXfab Full Training
24-28 Marchl 2013
TNO, Eindhoven The Netherlands

"The course gave an extensive overview of some common and less common characterization techniques in semiconductor research, both interesting for academic researchers as industry workers. Some of the presented techniques are definitely of value in my PhD work where I do advanced characterization of UT-EOT devices. The quality of the course is very high and it is very up to date. The actual research labs were a bit more ‘academic’ (e.g. less professional) than I expected though. The course atmosphere was very pleasant with a lot of jokes and anecdotes. The teaching staff was easy to talk to and lunch meetings are definitely a plus! The informal contact (with such high level researchers!) should definitely be kept in the future. The application procedure was a minus since the course in the first stage. Furthermore, I definitely think that not only the course outline but also the objectives should also be mentioned on the EURO-DOTS website. To finish, I think it’s very good that the exercise sessions were given by actual researchers, but it would have been interesting for them to show us a bit of their topics and actual work, and maybe give a short presentation about it."
Student
Erik Bury
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Course
Electrical Characterization of Semiconductors Materials and Devices
22-25 October 2012
Grenoble, France

"The quality of the content of the course was chosen very well. The presentation of Mr. Sicard and Mr. Boyer was very informative. The course gave me very important informations on my future research topics. Also, the use of the supplied software and the materials could be essential for my work. Quality of organization, location, application procedure and feedback, everything OK!"
Student
Gerald Hilber
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Course
An Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility of Integrated Circuits
24-28 September 2012
INSA Toulouse, France

"The SiNANO summer school represented for me an important opportunity to have a deeper knowledge of state of the art in the context of silicon-based device concept and modeling. The lectures ranged a wide spectrum of arguments, from mainstream to biochip applications. I think that this aspect is very important in order to have a comprehensive overview on electron devices, which is difficult to achieve in normal PhD activities. The location and the accommodation was simply fantastic, the conference building was in Bertinoro in the top of an hill, a peaceful place where you can relax in the break from a lecture and the following one. The organization was perfect, so that the only think I had to think about was to learn as more as possible. "
Student
Nicola Ciocchini
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Course
Sinano Summer School 2012
27-31 August 2012
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"The summer school I’ve attended was excellent in terms of both planning and execution. The themes associated with each day provided a quite broad overview of the select subjects related to my field of research and allowed me to gain a familiarity with aspects in the developments of nanotechnology, which would otherwise require tedious self-study to obtain. The overall profile of the speakers was topnotch, each being experts in their respective field. The location and setting was also magnificent and refreshing, the organization was taken care of such that the students were able to concentrate on the coursework and the lectures. "
Student
Cem Alper
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Course
Sinano Summer School 2012
27-31 August 2012
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"The course dealt with most of issues related to the world of nanoeletronics, materials sciences and, in general, nanotechnology, where I has been involved with my PhD research program. So it represented a valuable opportunity to enlarge my knowledge in the field of nanotechnology. Furthermore, I appreciated the variety of discussed topics and the large number of speakers invited to talk about their researches and their scientific expertise in their own fields: that provided a huge stream of information, ideas, stimuli for my research. The quality of the seminars was very high; most of the presentations was very impressive. The location was very ok, wonderful, and also the accomodation and the logistics of the events resulted properly studied an planned in the best way: very good hotel, large seminar room,… The application procedure was straightforward and also the feedback we could give at the end of the course. The only suggestion I can provide is to repeat this kind of events (very interesting) and to enlarge even more the matters and topics to be discussed."
Student
Giovanni Azzellino
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Course
Sinano Summer School 2012
27-31 August 2012
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"This course has been very meaningful for my PhD research: it dealt with the main PhD topic, the limits of measurements on biological samples; even the seminars on different topics (on electronic devices e.g.) were interesting, allowing me to broaden my perspective on the future trends of electronic. The seminars where told mostly by well prepared and competent professors, and were divided into thematic areas allowing us to better focus on the different thematic areas considered. The location is wonderful, and the accommodation was properly planned: transportation, meal, hotel, seminar room, they were all satisfying. The application procedure was straightforward, as well as the feedback we could give at the end of the course. "
Student
Davide Bianchi
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Course
Sinano Summer School 2012
27-31 August 2012
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"I've found the SINANO SCHOOL 2012 a very valuable course for my PhD research (new device typologies for ultra low power electronics). The courses were of high scientific level but clear enough even for people that does not work in the covered field. The logistics organization was very good, and the location delightful. I had no problem at all in the application procedure. By any point of view (scientific and human in particular) this school was a very good experience."
Student
Alberto Revelant
Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy
Course
Sinano Summer School 2012
27-31 August 2012
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"I think that this PhD summer school was a great experience. The course contents were very high level, regarding technology edge issues. They covered a broad technology area, and the topics were interesting even if they weren’t close to my research topic. Most of the lecturers had very good presentations and teaching skills. The organization and the location were excellent, it is difficult to find something to improve about organization. "
Student
Luca Milani
Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
Course
Sinano Summer School 2012
27-31 August 2012
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"The main topics about the micro-electro-mechanical systems, their simulations and techniques for preparation were presented in "MEMS design and prototyping" course. This course was very helpful for of my PhD work, and provided me a good insight about the MEMS devices. It gave me an overview of problems that people are facing and give new look at one I have. I learned a lot of useful hints and advices for simulations and productions. However, the course will have a great value in all my future works. High-quality materials for hands on, including well-functioning software and the overview of the program was very beneficial. The lecturer was EXCELLENT and had good theoretical and practical experiences. This led to some very interesting discussions. The lecturer was also expert in the field who was very enthusiastic and easily approachable. The excursion in IMT’s labs and seeing facilities was very useful to understand the process techniques. Quality of the content of the course was at very high level. The organization was very professional and all the procedures were nice experience. The application procedure is easy and straightforward, all the emails and questions were responded quickly. All necessary information was provided before the course. From accommodation and travel information to lecture room and lunch locations, everything was there. The EURO-DOTS web pages are well arranged. Communication with EURO-DOTS and STIMESI was good. Overall, it was one of the best courses I’ve ever followed, in my opinion. There is no suggestion I can give to the course organizer to improve the course I can only highly recommend this course to the Master and PhD students who are interested in the micro-electro-mechanical systems. "
Student
Jan Pekarek
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Course
MEMS Design and Prototyping
7-11 May 2012
IMT, Bucharest, Romania

"As my PhD thesis is focused around studying the immunity of integrated circuits in electromagnetic interference environments, this course fits exactly with what I need. The course content was interesting as theoretical and practical sessions were organized. I had also the opportunity to visit Toulouse and to have delicious lunches with all the participants. As for the application procedure, it was simple. I didn’t also have to wait for a long time to get a positive answer. However, I think that many PhD students did not hear about EURODOTS programme, it would be great if you let students know about you by diffusing eligible courses in universities and doctoral schools websites."
Student
Linda Grodd
University of Siegen, Germany
Course
Winterschool on organic electronics
4-9 March 2012
Donnersbach, Austria

"The Winterschool on Organic Electronics was very useful for me as a Ph.D. student of organic electronics. The given tutorials were a good mixture of experimental and theoretical topics and most of the tutorials gave a good introduction to the respective topic. Contributed talks were a good cross-section of the different facets of the wide field of organic electronics. There were fruitful discussions with professors as well as other Ph.D. students also about my own talk giving me good suggestions for my further research. The location (and schedule of talks) was perfect for people who like skiing but for non skiers the break after lunch (4 hours) was a bit too extended. It would have been nice if there had been organized also other social activities apart from skiing. Apart from that organization was good. The feedback process was done via questionnaires that were filled out by the participants. What I was missing was something like a script at least about the tutorials. "
Student
AYED Ala
Bordeaux 1 university, France
Course
An Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility of Integrated Circuits
24-28 September 2012
INSA Toulouse, France

"This course is excellent matched with my Ph.D. research topic, which is related to mm-RFIC design. The materials and speakers are full of experiences, who can give me support directly on my current work. Thanks Prof. Thewes, the organization is perfect. The application procedure is clear and the feedback process is friendly held after the last lecture. The suggestions and recommendations I have mentioned in the evaluation form submitted after the last lecture. Thanks!"
Student
Ban Wang
ESPLAB-IMT-EPFL, Switzerland
Course
Advanced RF Implementation Flow
10–14 September 2012
Berlin, Germany

"Course highlights:
  • Lecturers are experts with extensive experience
  • Access to contact information for lecturers
  • High quality and availability of educational materials and references
  • Modern and well-equipped university premises with internet access
Lowlights:
  • None
Suggestions:
  • Short University excursion and preview of exciting workplaces that are in EPFL
Benefits for PhD work:
  • The course broaden my knowledge of power converter topologies, requirement on semiconductor power devices in power switching converters, characterization of switching semiconductor devices and device parameter extraction for circuit simulation."
Student
Ľubomír Sládek
Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia
Course
Power Management
27-31 August 2012
Lausanne, Switzerland

"This course has been an invaluable experience for broadening my knowledge of electron devices and the nano world in general. The lectures touched a very large amount of topics, but all still related to the nanoelectronics. This is important because it allowed me to know something about things that are not strictly related to my research activities. The speakers’ quality was outstanding and they were able to give their lectures in an easily understandable way. Many thanks to the organizing committee; managing a course like this is no easy feat. As a suggestion, since device simulation is a really important field, I would have liked more lectures dedicated to this topic, including numerical issues and pitfalls."
Student
Patrik Osgnach
Università di Udine, Italy
Course
Sinano Summer School 2012
27-31 August 2012
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"The fifth edition of Sinano Device Modeling Summer School has been a great experience for the outstanding quality of the speakers and for the cutting-edge results and perspectives shown during the presentations. The variety of topics, nevertheless all connected to nanoelectronics, made this Summer School an optimal vehicle to understand last results on nanoelectronics from multiple perspectives. The courses were well-organized and the location was really pleasant and relaxing. The application process was smooth and linear. Concluding, the whole experience was great and the organization was successful and meticulous."
Student
Francesco Maria Puglisi
Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
Course
Sinano Summer School 2012
27-31 August 2012
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"This was really very relevant for my PhD research, because I am also working on device modeling in my PhD. The course gave me an overview of what other research teams are working on mostly device scaling which is also very relevant for my PhD. The course was really well structured and its contents were standard and they meant my expectations. The course was really well organized in a quiet and mountainous place, where one can easily concentrate on studies and networking other than walking in the city. The organization team was really committed and loved what they were doing. The application process had no problem; it was straight forward and easy. I recommend that this course should be advertised more to members involves in device modeling as it is helpful to them in terms of networking and sharing a global nanotechnology discussion platform"
Student
Robert Setekera
Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
Course
Sinano Summer School 2012
27-31 August 2012
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"My PhD research is focused on the development and modeling of innovative volatile silicon memories. Within this framework, the course was a real chance to keep up with the state of the art of energy efficiency in modern CMOS and post-CMOS systems, along with the physical understanding and the simulation of nanoscale devices such as tunnel FETS, carbon nanotubes and silicon nanowires. The contributions from well-known researchers from all over the world were really helpful in this sense, furthermore I had the chance to exchange my research experience with PhD students from many universities. The location was awesome, just like the organization: even the more intriguing lecture cannot be followed properly without coffee!"
Student
Giovanni Maria Paolucci
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Course
Sinano Summer School 2012
27-31 August 2012
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"A major part of the talks were related to my research area that is Tunnel FETs. The lectures during the final day which was organized by the STEEPER project was especially helpful as the lectures were directly involving Tunnel FETs. I gained a lot of knowledge and insight from the lectures which would of great help in my research. The quality if the course content was very good with eminent researchers from different fields speaking on their respective topics. It was a privilege to get a chance to discuss my research problems with such experts. The event was very well organized. I was very happy with the food and the accommodation provided. The application process was very straight forward and smooth.My suggestion would be that instead of four days with 9am to 7pm, I would rather prefer 5 days with 9am to 5pm. "
Student
Arnab Biswas
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Course
Sinano Summer School 2012
27-31 August 2012
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"The Sinano summer school 2012 has been a very instructive experience, for the PhD research is very important to have contact with other students and researcher from other university or companies. The quality of the course was very high and advanced, and the content very interesting as well. The organization was almost perfect, in a really beautiful location as well. The application procedure was very easy and clear. My only suggestion is that probably could be better to have lecture regarding the same topic with different perspective instead of repetition."
Student
Onofrio Pirrotta
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Course
Sinano Summer School 2012
27-31 August 2012
Bertinoro, Forlì-Cesena, Italy

"The Stimesi Course has been useful for the development of my PhD research. The simulation tools, which lead to design devices and the fabrication processes, and simulate the behavior of them, will be the most useful tools learned for the development of the PhD, because the versatility and power of them. The learning method was appropriate and adequate, and there was a large introduction of the fabrication techniques, which is necessary. The course content had the adequate level to achieve the objectives proposed.

In general, the quality of organization was good, and the application procedure was easy, but there was some difficulties solving questions about EURO-DOTS. However, all the problems presented were solved quickly."
Student
Jordi Samà
University of Barcelona, Spain
Course
Tronics and MULTIMEMS MEMS Processes
25-29 June, 2012
Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain

"The main development of my PhD work is to design a local CMOS amplifier for an NMR receiver, based on LNA topologies, passive components and dealing with ESD. This development requires a deep knowledge on RF analog IC's and I am glad to say that I got all the bases I was missing with this course and even more than I was expecting (mainly at RF-system level). The content of the course and the quality of the presentations was very good in general and the organisation was good. The only suggestion I have is that the lectures overlap a bit and that could be avoided and replaced by a simulation workshop or something like that."
Student
Josué Trejo Rosillo
Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
Course
RF Analog IC Design
25-29 June 2012
Lausanne, Switzerland

"In general this course helps me to better understand the limiting factors and potentialities of deep submicron CMOS. The course was very complete, with a strong technical content that covered the majority of the blocks that compose a RF system. The speakers confirmed the expected quality, since they are quite referenced in the scientific community. I liked the balance between the academic and industrial experience presented. The location is well suited, being very easy to access. The organization was fantastic, where nothing was left behind. The communication process during registration was thorough and the replies where very fast to all the doubts presented. I suggest for a next edition a better organization of the technical content of the lectures, to make even easier to follow."
Student
Sérgio Pires
University of Aveiro, Portugal
Course
RF Analog IC Design
25-29 June 2012
Lausanne, Switzerland

"The MEAD course provided quality lectures by leading researchers in their field. The lectures that related directly to my PhD research gave me the opportunity to learn about problems that other researchers on this topic encountered, and how they solved them. The other lectures resulted in a better overview of the rest of the RF analog field, and helped me keeping the big picture instead of completely focusing on my PhD topic. The organisation was excellent, for the educational part as well as the social evening and lunch/networking moments. Lausanne made a beautiful backdrop for this course, and the public transportation network made getting to the EPFL campus that much easier. The EURO-DOTS application was transparant and straight-forward, stating very clear which requirements have to be fulfilled and what documents had to be sent. I believe this program should be promoted more towards PhD researchers, so that more students can benefit from courses like the MEAD RF Analog IC design that I followed."
Student
Wouter Steyaert
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
RF Analog IC Design
25-29 June 2012
Lausanne, Switzerland

"The main goal of my PhD work is the development of a dynamic current test method and current sensing hardware for testing SRAMs. At this course, the same technology was used at labs which I use for my design. Thus, the content of both the lectures and labs was very useful for my PhD work. The content and the quality of the course were both at very high level. I gained lots of new and useful information. Course organization and location were fair. The application and feedback process were good. I would recommend this course to everyone who is interested in CMOS analog design in advanced technologies."
Student
Gábor Gyepes
Slovak University of Technology,
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Course
IDESA – Advanced Analog Implementation flow
25-29 June 2012
Graz, Austria

"Main goal of my PhD work is a development of parametric methods for BIST of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits in nanotechnologies. Therefore, the scope of the course was very useful for my future PhD research. The lectures and exercises were very well organized and the speakers had an excellent knowledge of presented issues. The feedback process was very good. The organization and location of the course was acceptable. I would recommend this course to those students who are interested in analog IC design in nanotechnology."
Student
Daniel Arbet
Slovak University of Technology,
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Course
IDESA – Advanced Analog Implementation flow
25-29 June 2012
Graz, Austria

"The Gas sensor course provided me with a very good and essential techniques of developing gas sensors based on nano-electronics, in my case , my research field is gas sensors and our lab is working on thick film sensors. Course at AIME gave me the opportunity to explore another important way to develop gas sensors and consider this technique for future comparative or specific application research.
AIME facilities are well equipped and suited for gas sensor development starting from wafer level to final electrical characterization. Multiple analysis and test equipment are also available throughout the course. The fact that AIME located is in the heart of INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse), that helped me to visit other research groups working in the field of nano-electronics.
Program of the course covered both practical and theoretical aspects needed with well-organized schedule, I recommend students working in the field of nano-sensors in general - not only in gas sensors- to attend this course next year."
Student
Luay Shahin
University of Siena, Italy
Course
Gas Sensors
11-15 June, 2012
AIME - Toulouse, France

"The EURO-DOTS course gave me a lot of background information, and thus helps me to understand the challenges upcoming in Nanoscale MOS transistors. Besides from that a small part of the contents I already knew, because we used in a publication, also here it was good to expand my knowledge a bit.

The couse was of high quality and all the organization was fine. I would suggest to reduce the amount of theory a little bit. I believe it is still very much…"
Student
Tom van Hemert
Universiteit Twente, The Netherlands
Course
Nano-scale MOS transistors
28 May-1 June, 2012
Udine, Italy

"My Phd topic is Nanoelectromechanical devices based on graphene. It was crucial for me to understand the physics of Nanodevices and the course in udine provided exactly that. The prof's of udine who organized the course on 'Nano-scale MOS transistors' were extremely helpful and reachable. The 5 day course in udine was properly planned and organized. A nice course to have an overview and to make a solid foundation for the future work of PhD. I would strongly recommend this course to students who have just started their PhD program. This course can even be helpful to the students working on the experimental side in order to know the theoretical limitations at Nano level and to get some of the key concepts on fundamentals of nanolectronics."
Student
Pankaj Sharma
EPFL, Switzerland
Course
Nano-scale MOS transistors
28 May-1 June, 2012
Udine, Italy

"A part of my research activity concerns the simulation of customized rectifying devices at very high frequencies, that requires a study of transport and scattering phenomena in semiconductors. Thus, the participation to the course gave a substantial contribution to my understanding of mentioned phenomena. The theoretical part of the course included the content of high scientific value and the availability of practical lessons permitted the practical application of exposed concepts. The organizing committee made available a lunch in the university cafeteria and a cheap and pleasant accommodation in the center of studies. The organization of an online questionnaire allowed an easy way to leave a feedback for the course."
Student
Volha Varlamava
DIET – Sapienza Universita’ di Roma
Course
Nano-scale MOS transistors
28 May-1 June, 2012
Udine, Italy

"During my phD, I have two mains objectives:
  • Modeling of the stress induced by process steps and by boosters (CESL, SiGe source and drain, STI, …
  • Effect of mechanical stress on electrical properties (mobility, Vsat,…)
The second need me to have a good knowledge of the transport in semiconductor. So, during the course, many topics was very useful for my PhD: Schrödinger equation resolution method, bands structure of silicon, semi-classical transport approach, the Monte-Carlo resolution method, scattering mechanisms and the effect of mechanical stress on bands structure… The content of the course was good and it was what I expected, what I needed. The organization was perfect: for our arrival, a lot of e-mails have been sent and we known exactly where we can sleep (list of hotels), how reach Udine and the university. The organization of the course was very good (room, lunch …). The only suggestions I have: to spend more hours for the course. Maybe we could have started at 8 am and have less time for lunch."
Student
Olivier Nier
Université de Grenoble, France
Course
Nano-scale MOS transistors
28 May-1 June, 2012
Udine, Italy

"The course was so helpful, and it gave me a deeper insight in my field of research. It was so extensive which acquired high concentration and effort during the course. Lecturers were well prepared and enthusiastic for the course. The course was well organized, however large amount of information during this short period made the course less efficient. Home assignments were really useful to complete the learning process, and they could be more effective if I had more time to work on them. In general, it was a good starting point to attack problems in modeling and simulation for nanoCMOS transistors."
Student
Sam Vaziri
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Course
Nano-scale MOS transistors
28 May-1 June, 2012
Udine, Italy

"This course delivers more than a good introduction into the quantum mechanics basics behind MOS transistors. Starting at Schrödinger equation, applying general assumptions lead to a model used for state of the art device simulation. The topic is rounded up with discussing the strained silicon technologies and a practical implementation of a simple Monte Carlo simulation algorithm. Because my thesis topic deals with device simulation and degradation of MOS transistors, the lecture gave me deep insight and also extended my background knowledge from the previous electrical engineering study. I just can recommend this course to everyone who is interested into a deep insight behind the MOS transistors and quantum mechanics. Summarized, it was an amazing week in Udine."
Student
Michael Waltl
Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Course
Nano-scale MOS transistors
28 May-1 June, 2012
Udine, Italy

"My PhD research activity is focused mainly on circuit and device level electrothermal simulation. Attending the course on nanoscale MOS simulation has allowed me to strengthen my background on the Monte Carlo methods and modern device modeling. The course was very detailed and thorough and it was taught by world-leading experts on the subject. Given the depth of the lectures, however, I think I would have been able to benefit from them even more had I knew in advance the background requirements. For the same reason, I found the assigned homeworks challenging and I would have appreciated a more detailed "tutorial" approach. The provided accommodation, lecture locations and general organization were all excellent even if I would have focused a little more on social activities, providing for example a guided tour to the beautiful city of Udine. In conclusion, I am very happy I had the opportunity to attend this course, and I look forward to attending other Eurodots courses."
Student
Alessandro Magnani
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Napoli (Italy)
Course
Nano-scale MOS transistors
28 May-1 June, 2012
Udine, Italy

"In my research group the use of Monte Carlo methods are of relevant importance; although I'm not working on CMOS models, I consider an enrichment in my education the seeing of applications of MC techniques on subjects from different technological areas. The quality, location, and organization of the course was very good. The announcement maybe lacked a strict definition of the target students desired to attend the course. For example whether it is only intended for people currently working on nanoscale simulations or not. The feedback process was very good. I think it would also be useful to include the development of complete examples (perhaps very simple) in the three sections of theoretical classes. The way professor Esseni has done this in his section was excellent."
Student
Carlos Manuel Formigli
University of Bologna, Italy
Course
Nano-scale MOS transistors
28 May-1 June, 2012
Udine, Italy

"The course took place at CIME NANOTEC, a micro-bioelectronics laboratory of the University of Grenoble. It took 4 days of which 3 days were lecture and one day of hands-on training in the lab. The lecturer, Dr. Pascal maiily, gave an overview of all the principles of biosensors and associated electronics used in medical implants and other medical equipment. Examples are blood glucose and oxygen sensors, configuration of DNA antibody sensors and nerve signal recording/stimulation electrodes. The quality of his explanations was very high since he was an active researcher and professor in that subject for many years. Also the course material (scripts) are of high quality and will serve me as a work of reference in the future. The acquired knowledge will be of high value for my PhD research in medical implant design since it includes not only theoretical equations and considerations but also a lot of experience in practical application. The course organization was flawless, the lecture room and laboratory equipment very professional and the accomodation suggestions absolutely suitable. Application procedure and feedback process were smooth and simple as usual. Only suggestion to improve the process and facilitate it even more is to omit the money advance of €1,000 the student had to pay."
Student
Daniel Rossbach
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität/Freiburg, Germany
Course
Bioelectronics
21-25 May 2012
CIME, Grenoble, France

"Since my PhD thesis is around low-power electronics used for implants in living tissues, the information and the background knowledge I got from the course was of high importance for me. The course refers to a huge amount of biochemical basics which, a I understand now, are really necessary to understand the interaction between sensor and tissue. Our lecturer gave us a nice introduction into these topics and was really able to provide us the whole picture of bioelectronics at the end. Beside that, he was also able to give us exact answers to our very specific questions which we were run into during our thesis. The organization was very well performed. We were warmly welcomed by the organization staffand introduced to CIME and the lecturer. They also organized our accomodation and all our questions, wishes and requests were handled exemplary. The communication with MEAD staff was very simple and fast without any complications."
Student
Armin Taschwer
University of Freiburg, Germany
Course
Bioelectronics
21-25 May 2012
CIME, Grenoble, France

"Currently my PhD research activity is focused on the area of bioelectronics sensors. For that rason and within this context, this course allowed me to enhance my background and made me gain an insight into the working methods and the technology used nowadays in this subject. However, although I think it was too much material for only 4 days (in fact some topics could not be explained as there was not enough time for them), the contents of the course and the teacher fully met my expectations. As to the organization, it was great. I had no problem finding the place and Philippe Morey was so helpful with us. In my opinion, and with regard to my research, it was a highly productive and interestingcourse which, in addition, gave me the opportunity to contact other students and professors involved in these topics."
Student
Cristina Fernandez Sanchez
University of Granada, Spain
Course
Bioelectronics
21-25 May 2012
CIME, Grenoble, France

"The course provides a solid overview and insight of the challenges and potential solutions for the advanced nodes and future scaling on logic and memory, which I found very interesting. At the same time few presenters went more than just skin deep and almost all spend too much time in introduction, which was disappointing. The speakers were very knowledgeable of the topic they were presenting and could explain the problems in a simple way. The strongest point was the chance to discuss with the experts, the concepts they presented through the Q&A. Also the course was structured in a way such as to give a complete overview of the CMOS processing. Beyond the courses my remark is on the organization of the stay. There was no help provided for the meals, entering the building, exiting the building and moving around. When each talk finished there was no information about where lunch will be, how to go there what the options are. That was confusing and went to the point of being annoying. Every time I had to tailgate a person to go into the building that the courses were held. Had to guess where the cafeteria is and what is included in ticketed lunch. Furthermore I was expected the lunches to be more organized to allow for networking."
Student
Michael Zervas
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Course
Nanoscale CMOS Process Technology
7-11 May, 2012
imec, Leuven, Belgium

"The major part of my PhD work consists in preparation of two-dimensional photonic structures. As the structures dimensions are in hundred nanometer scale, the analysis using standard optical microscopy is not sufficient and more precise techniques are required. The course provided by Institute of Photonics and Electronics, STU, Bratislava, was oriented in analytical, electrical and optical methods for characterization of such structures. Presented analytical methods (scanning microscopies, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy) as well as methods for characterization of semiconductor devices fit well with the objective of my dissertation, thus the lectures were meaningful and helpful. I highly appreciate the discussions with lecturers after lectures and high professional level of lectures."
Student
Ivana Kubicova
University of Zilina, Slovakia
Course
Complex Analysis of Advanced Micro-/Nano-electronic Structures
16-20 April 2012
Bratislava, Slovak Republic

"The EURO-DOTS course was a great opportunity to become familiar with optical, electrical and structural methods of characterization micro and nanoelectronic structures. The lectures were interesting, everything was clearly explained and lecturers were professionals on that field. In case of questions or doubts concerning the lecture, professors answered on it during the lecture or after that. During hands-on training the instructors have presented in details the measurement equipment and explained basic steps of measurement process and analysis of the results. The organization of the course was very good, location was easy available. The registration procedure was simple and fast. The course was also a great chance to meet professors and PhD students working on similar topics, establish contacts which hopefully will be fruitful in the future."
Student
Wojciech Dawidowski
Wrocław University of Technology, Poland
Course
Complex Analysis of Advanced Micro-/Nano-electronic Structures
16-20 April 2012
Bratislava, Slovak Republic

"The course helps me better understand the principles of evaluation of electronic structures which is necessary to realize in field of bioelectronics. Due to necessity to realization of sensors for measurements of biosignals such as capacitive sensor for measurement of intraabdominal pressure or sensing electrode for contactless measurement of ECG signal I will be able to realize more precise measurements. Lectures of course were chosen with respect of knowledge level of audience. The lectures were in mutual continuity. Lecturers were able to react to questions of audience during the lecture as well as after lecture with respect of technical aspect. Organizers were willingly solved additional questions before course via email communication as well as during course. During course was evoked friendly atmosphere. I have only one comment about maybe little bit precise complied with schedule."
Student
Michal Jurcisin
Technical University of Košice, Slovakia
Course
Complex Analysis of Advanced Micro-/Nano-electronic Structures
16-20 April 2012
Bratislava, Slovak Republic

"In general this course was useful in terms of broadening my understanding of the issues which affect manufacturability of deep sub micron electronics. I carry out research in the area of regular circuits and variability suppression through regular layouts, so the contents of this course were essential to my work. In terms of current work however, I did not get what I was looking for and as I understand it these topics will be addressed in next year’s edition of the course. The content of the course was relevant but could be more up-to-date. The speakers were extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

I did however feel that the schedule could have been better organized, especially on the last day. The location was good and the local organization excellent. The application procedure for the course was easy. The feedback process was comprehensive, though it could be made anonymous.

My suggestion for this course would be better scheduling of the lectures and labs and making the labs more up-to-date."
Student
Kasyab Parmesh Subramaniyan
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Course
Design for Manufacturability
20-23 March 2012
University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

"It is my pleasure to write a testimonial about the course I have attended recently in University of Glasgow. Firstly, let me express my thanks and gratitude to IDESA and EURODOTS for helping the PhD students by supplying means of information that helps to bridge the gap between Universities and cutting edge Industries. It was a great opportunity for me personally as a student to attend a course that is conducted by experts in the field with hands on labs to give me a better idea and feeling of the up to date industry tools for design of VLSI circuits.

In conclusion I am fully happy with IDESA/EURODOTS helping hands to students.

I hope to attend more courses from IDESA."
Student
Mahesh Poolakkaparambil
Oxford Brookes University, UK
Course
Design for Manufacturability
20-23 March 2012
University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

"I feel very satisfied, from the quality of the course and for the added value. In particular, the “Nanometer CMOS ICs” course is valuable to my research since it has given me a general and broad overview on the current advanced CMOS technology on use, technology which I use for my circuit designs. I also applied some of the learning for didactic purposes. The quality of the course (lecturer’s expertise and teaching skills, didactic material) was high and suitable for the context. The organization was good, since the application procedure was quite smooth. I haven’t yet received any feedback. The location was suitable for the course. From a PhD student’s perspective, I would recommend to keep offering courses whose content is valuable for both industrial and didactic purposes, like the "Nanometer CMOS ICs" course."
Student
Giovanni Mangraviti
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
12-16 March 2012
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"Information from the course will be used in my PhD research, in its final part, during the design and layout of the final chip and its blocks. Lots of new information about modern IC technologies was presented in the course.

Quality of the content of the course was at very high level. Most of the information was practical and hard to find in literature.

The selected location was adequate. The IMEC institute is in Leuven university campus and easy to reach. Organization of the course was efficient. All necessary information was provided before the course.

The application procedure was easy and everything was going fast. The EURO-DOTS web pages are well arranged. Communication with EURO-DOTS and IMEC institute was good.

I would like to suggest you to organize some EURO-DOTS course in the Czech Republic."
Student
Marek Bohrn
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
12-16 March 2012
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"The course is unique, since it presents a huge and complex topic to people with different backgrounds. Lecturer has an experience of 40 years in the industry and academics. Succeeded many projects and written many publications. The chapters are comprehensive and they have high quality. The course covers the IC design levels in a hierarchical way. Different design levels are supported by the visuals. Organization and distribution of the content to 5 days are well done. Course location is easy to access, and course room was large enough for all. Application procedure was simple, and we were well directed and guided. We got quick responses to our e-mails. My overall evaluation for the course is good. The food was only sandwiches for 3 days. And the amount of drinks was not enough for the crowd."
Student
Halil Kükner
imec and KULeuven, Belgium
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
12-16 March 2012
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"The Nanometer CMOS ics course was very well fitted into my PhD research since was for me the opportunity to bridge the gap between several filed in the semiconductors industry which don’t directly belong to my research. The quality of the course was extremely high, the material very up to date and explanations accurate. The teacher was able to explain many different topics always with the same confidence and clarity. The location was in my opinion very well equipped and the catering service very efficient I never had problem with the organization in general. The application procedure was straightforward. I tried to be as clear as possible and as honest as possible in the feedback processes, in both the first just after the class and this testimonial as well maybe these could be collapsed to just one survey. The only suggestion I have concerns the timetable I think it was very hard to keep on following 8-9 hours per day."
Student
Umberto Celano
imec and KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
12-16 March 2012
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"The course was helped me to brush my past studies related process flow in IC fabrication process with new ideas that are exclusively using in today’s manufacturing technology. It has given brief overview on all process steps starting from silicon wafer to final IC’s. Though, half of the course was totally new to me like packaging, coding and preparation of layout, I got some knowledge on them also. The course was well organized by the speaker in a flow related from day to day to understand the things. I have no complaints related to this course rather I would suggest people to do this course. Finally thanks for asking my opinion on this course."
Student
Ajay Kumar Kambham
Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
12-16 March 2012
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"I found the course ‘Nanometer CMOS ICs’ very useful for my PhD. I´m working on CMOS NEMS so the main challenge in my research is tried to use the new Nanometer CMOS Commercial Technologies to develop the smallest electromechanical systems to exploit all its advantages. So It is quite important to understand deeply the CMOS fabrication process and all the second order effects that appears due to the dimension reduction.

In this course, Harry Veendrick made a very clear explanation of all the important aspects of CMOS Technologies from basis to effects of scaling. A very clear overview of all the process was done giving me a new point of view.

I found the organization and location perfect. The application procedure was very easy. I wouldn´t change anything."
Student
José Luis Muñoz Gamarra
Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
12-16 March 2012
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"The Nanometer CMOS ICs course summarizes in a clear form the basic and advanced knowledge of the design of digital integrated circuits. The lectures were at very good level. Informations presented in most of the chapters was extension of the knowledge that I got in my previous studies of the microelectronics. These new informations will be used in my PhD research and at on another projects focused on the design of integrated circuits.

Location of the course was accurate. The city of Leuven is a nice place with university and IMEC institute and is suitable to organize similar courses.

The book provided with the course contains many useful informations that could not be presented within the limited time of the course."
Student
Marián Pristach
Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
12-16 March 2012
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"The course provides valuable context for my research, since I do research on the materials level with an important emphasis on both fundamental physics and technological applications. Requirements and considerations on higher levels of abstraction in CMOS technology and design are therefore important for me. The quality of the content was very high, in the sense that it was presented in a hands-on pragmatic way by somebody with years of experience in the field. The organization was good, no particular remarks there. We had a small problem with the registration but this was taken care of immediately. The location –for me- was ideal since I work at the KUL next door to IMEC. "
Student
Leander Dillemans
KULeuven, Belgium
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
12-16 March 2012
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"The course helped me a lot in understanding the basic requirements for building a chip which is one of the crucial parts in completing my PhD. It also helped me learn the precautionary measures we have to take while designing the chip in new technologies. The course gave a good description of circuit design, manufacturability and test. The location of the course was well chosen. The course was organized satisfactorily. The application process was quite fast and prompt. The feedback process was satisfactory. Overall the course was useful and was organized very well. The instructor was able to answer all the questions and doubts satisfactorily. The only suggestion from my point of view would be to increase the length of the course from 5 to 10 days or split the course into two parts. Because, there is too much to learn and 5 days is not enough time to grasp all the knowledge."
Student
Varadan Savulimedu Veeravalli
Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
12-16 March 2012
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"I study the optical properties and some optical techniques on III-V alloy semiconductors/devices and collaborated in this field with IBM research Zurich. Inside the DUALLOGIC framework I came across high mobility III-V nmos devices with their possibilities, but mainly with their shortcomings on the transistor level. The shortcomings draw my interest from the physics point of view and the course managed to put the specific field in the general picture of nanometer IC’s R&D. The course allowed me to communicate with people working on nanometer CMOS on different abstraction level, giving insight into the major design and fabrication issues which I vaguely heard about before. Although a minor problem occurred with my application, everything turned out well afterwards thanks to the organization. Preventing this in the future might be the only suggestion possible in case you have additional information about what went wrong, allowing you to optimize the application procedure."
Student
Tomas Smets
University of Leuven, Belgium
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
12-16 March 2012
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"The 'Nanometer CMOS ICS' course was very interesting and satisfying. Without going too deep in all the topics , the course gave a very good overview and a “full history” of the CMOS technology, from basic principles to current and future technology. The integration of the course with homework and exercises helps to become confident with the main subjects of the course, but sometimes due to the high intensity of the lectures, it is not easy to do them in the evening. So probably expanding the course and reducing the lectures per day would be useful. Professor was very competent and nice, always explaining with example related to the “state of art” and pushing students to do exercises. The location and organization was very good for me, and registration procedure was quite easy, thanks to Imec support. So my conclusive opinion on the course is very positive, and I would recommend it to PhD students working on Nanoelectronics and semiconductor physics."
Student
Emilio Scalise
University of Leuven, Belgium
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
12-16 March 2012
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"I found the course interesting and useful as it gave a full overview of the IC design. The content was up to date and covered challenges faced by industry today.
The course is valuable for my PhD work. I am working on architecture-application co-design for embedded processors. Although I am working at the system level, one of the key aspects of my work involves also understanding the underlying physical design and circuit level aspects. The comprehensive contents of the course were useful in this regard.
The application procedure was pretty simple and straightforward. The course was organized well. However, it would have helped if an agenda for the course was also made available at the beginning of the course. Also, it would be useful if the slides of the course are also distributed. Besides, on 2 days at least there was not enough water and coffee during the course."
Student
Prashant Agrawal
University of Leuven, Belgium
Course
Nanometer CMOS Ics
12-16 March 2012
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"The Winterschool on Organic Electronics was very useful for me as a Ph.D. student of organic electronics. The given tutorials were a good mixture of experimental and theoretical topics and most of the tutorials gave a good introduction to the respective topic. Contributed talks were a good cross-section of the different facets of the wide field of organic electronics. There were fruitful discussions with professors as well as other Ph.D. students also about my own talk giving me good suggestions for my further research.
The location (and schedule of talks) was perfect for people who like skiing but for non skiers the break after lunch (4 hours) was a bit too extended. It would have been nice if there had been organized also other social activities apart from skiing. Apart from that organization was good. The feedback process was done via questionnaires that were filled out by the participants.
What I was missing was something like a script at least about the tutorials."
Student
Linda Grodd
University of Siegen, Germany
Course
Winterschool on organic electronics
4-9 March 2012
Donnersbach, Austria

"During this course a lot of significant topics related to my PhD research were imparted. Almost all of the tutorial lectures were didactically as well as contentswise far above an average lecture course. All so the short presentations were mostly interesting and plausible. The organization, including transport, catering and leisure activities was very good. The application and feedback processes were kept as easy and reasonable as possible. The only suggestion I have is, that this school should be held yearly and not only on a two years basis.

The application procedure was easy and everything was going fast. The EURO-DOTS web pages are well arranged. Communication with EURO-DOTS and IMEC institute was good.

I would like to suggest you to organize some EURO-DOTS course in the Czech Republic."
Student
Christopher Lorch
Eberhard-Karls-University Tuebingen
Course
Winterschool on organic electronics
4-9 March 2012
Donnersbach, Austria

"As a graduate student for the past four years in the organic electronics discipline I felt fortunate to be accepted to this Winter School. The extensive tutorials in this program provide both the chance to learn new topics and to delve into one’s subjects of interest. Perhaps equally important is the large number of short contributions which enable many students the chance to present and expose their work with both young and experienced audiences. The Winter School is situated in an Alpine ski resort, far away from other distractions, which is an excellent place to meet new friends and network with potential colleagues. Planning the trip might be somewhat challenging for foreign students but with the help of the secretary and coordinator all this bureaucracy is avoided, including that of the Winter School and EURO-DOTS applications process. I would strongly recommend student participating in a research involving organic electronics to apply and take part in this Winter School as I am sure they would both benefit from and enjoy the stay."
Student
Ariel J. Ben-Sasson
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Course
Winter School on Organic Electronics - Self-Assembly and Hybrid Devices
3-8 March 2012
Lausanne, Switzerland

"The IDESA course I attended in Wuppertal at the end of January 2012 was very interesting to me. Basically all the topics are useful or will be useful during my PhD work. In addition I work with Cadence tools and this course was perfect to acquire knowledge and skills with them. I was even able to take contact with tools that I have never used before (i.e. Encouter) but they will be fundamental during my work.
My project involves design of a low power consumption transceiver in 65 nm TSMC technology node and during my PhD I must pass through all the digital design flow and this course gave me the possibility to have a good overview of the main low power techniques used and how to implement them in the design flow.
Digital design covers a great part of my project and a good knowledge of design flow aspects and problems related to this is mandatory for me to have a better understanding of the project. The IDESA course gave me the possibility to review and to enlarge my knowledge about digital design flow steps like floorplanning, place and route, clock tree synthesis and optimization.
This course matches almost perfectly with my needs, apart for the technology node, however I work with TSMC 65 nm, so TSMC 90 nm has a lot of contact points with it. I found all the course material very interesting and useful to understand and to make myself familiar with all passes in the design flow and I’m using it when I work on the digital design flow as a guide through the steps of the flow. Beyond this, I think the laboratories were a good chance to learn how the tools work and how to manage it, even how to cope with some bugs. In conclusion I think that this course in Wuppertal was an excellent occasion to learn a lot of things about digital design flow and tools for me, for my PhD project and for my future work activity in general."
Student
Daniele Felice
University of Roma, Italy
Course
Advanced Digital Physical Implementation Flow
30 January - 3 February 2012
Wuppertal - Germany

"The focus of the course was mainly on digital chip back-end flow, in which we mainly do, placement , routing , clock tree synthesis, floorplanning, formal verification and tape-out. The contents were presented with a good focus on low-power design. The course was teaching students how to design a chip with power considerations in practice. This was covering power-aware synthesis and optimization as well as considerations related to multi-voltage designs, shut-off power domains and similar subjects. The course was presenting a detailed description on the importance of taking different corner cases into account at design and timing/power verifications stages.

As a PhD student, whose PhD research involves thermal/power analysis of multi-core system-on-chips and thermal aware architectures, the course was providing a really nice ensemble of topics which I can exploit efficiently to improve the quality of my research. In fact, I began using what I had learned during the class just when I arrived back to my Lab. What I learned during the class helped me to develop some set of new designs at physical level and use them during my multi-scale thermal/power analysis research.

Moreover, it was a nice experience to stay at Wuppertal for one week, to explore the city and to get in contact with people living there. The organization of classes, transportation, restaurant and other things was great. The registration process for the course was very easy, especially, they allow students to pay for the course at a later time and after attending the course which is very valuable in my idea. Each student was asked to fill-out a form in which he could specify his point of view about the course and give ideas and suggestions about improving the quality of represented material."
Student
MOHAMMADSADEGH SADRI
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA - ITALY
Course
Advanced Digital Physical Implementation Flow
30 January - 3 February 2012
Wuppertal - Germany

"Beyond CMOS is an excellent course discussing a wide range of most recent ideas and implementations in the world of nanotechnology striding beyond the most successful semiconductor technology ever. The course is presented by highly knowledgeable experts in their very own field and the presenters have never failed to keep the audience mind-boggled and intellectually inspired. Anyone who has attended this course will certainly feel that they have a close encounter with the forefront of technologies. After attending this course, I am profoundly stimulated to apply what I have learned from the course in my current and future research. The quality of organization is absolutely first-class and the course takes place in the easily accessible and very strategic location of IMEC in Leuven. The application process is unbelievably straight-forward and simple through EURO-DOTS and attendees can always provide their valuable feedbacks to benefit the next cohorts of nano-aspirers. I would strongly encourage research students as well as engineers working in nanotechnology to embark on this amazing eye-opening experience.

The course is valuable for my PhD work. I am working on architecture-application co-design for embedded processors. Although I am working at the system level, one of the key aspects of my work involves also understanding the underlying physical design and circuit level aspects. The comprehensive contents of the course were useful in this regard. The application procedure was pretty simple and straightforward. The course was organized well. However, it would have helped if an agenda for the course was also made available at the beginning of the course. Also, it would be useful if the slides of the course are also distributed. Besides, on 2 days at least there was not enough water and coffee during the course."
Student
Joon Huang Chuah
University of Cambridge, England
Course
Beyond CMOS
29 August-2 September 2011
imec Belgium, Leuven, Belgium

"The organization of the course was excellent from lectures to social events. The content helped me to see a broader view of power management systems and also in understanding “the big picture”. The course was also a great opportunity to meet people working in the power management industry."
Student
Matthew Turnquist
Aalto University, Heslinki, Finland
Course
Power Management
29 August-2 September 2011
Lausanne, Switzerland

"I found the power management course to be of very high quality with high caliber, renowned presenters. The course content covered was a broad range of relevant topics, and classes were held in the very nice premises at EPFL, Lausanne. The EURO-DOTS application process was flawless and I am happy that such programs are available for us PhD students. "
Student
Toke Meyer Andersen
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Course
Power Management
29 August-2 September 2011
Lausanne, Switzerland

"I am sure that attending the course will positively benefit my thesis and future work. It gave me an overview of problems that people are facing and give new look at one I have. In the filled of my work I can see constant shift from full custom design to more and more mixed-signal designs with great increase in digital signal processing and fast interfaces.

The imported factor was a social one. Through discussion with lecturers and more experienced participants I could hear what problems they face in they work (industrial experience).

The course also gave me opportunity to understand more how to proceed with my future career. The organization was very professional and all the procedures were nice experience."
Student
Tomasz Hemperek
University of Bonn, Germany
Course
Practical aspects in Mixed-signal IC Design
22-26 August 2011
Donnersbach, Austria

"Since I followed the course in the last year of my PhD program, it weakly affected my research. This was a shame, because I learned a lot of useful hints and advices for analog and mixed-signal design. However, the course will have a great value in all my future works. The course offered top quality speakers and lessons covering high-level aspects of microelectronic design, all in a beautiful location. It was one of the best courses I’ve ever followed, in my opinion. The only one suggestion I can give to the course organizer is to improve and better plan the timetable of the lessons.

I suggest to other PhD students, involved in analog/mixed-signal design, to follow such a high-grade course in the beginning of their PhD program; this will give a great help to their research. Moreover, the course will be very useful also to their careers as microelectronics designers."
Student
Marco Crescentini
University of Bologna, Italy
Course
Practical aspects in Mixed-signal IC Design
22-26 August 2011
Donnersbach, Austria

"This is one of the best training course I've ever attended. The contents of the course are both substantial and novel. Most lecturers are the contributor to the relevant knowledge themselves, and they have very deep understanding of the subjects they are talking about. The course greatly inspires my research, and my first publication during PhD directly results from the idea originated from this course. I was also impressed by the course organization and the beautiful scenery around the course venue. I did enjoy the social events during the course as well. The application procedure is easy and most of my emails were replied very quickly. I strongly recommend this course and I hope to participate again in the future."
Student
Shiwei Wang
University of Edinburgh, UK
Course
Micro-Power analog IC Design
25-29 June 2011
Lausanne, Switzerland

"The RF Analog IC Design course provided both a good overview of today’s challenging aspects of designing RF transceivers and specific insights into the latest solutions and circuit techniques. The lectures were held by recognized top experts from both academic and professional world, thus providing the audience an interesting and instructive comparison between the two points of view. The overall organization was very good as well as the communication with organizers. My only suggestion regards the replacement of circuit modeling courses, since the topic lends itself much more to a personal study than to an oral presentation due to the large amount of mathematical formulas that must be introduced."
Student
Federico Pepe
Politecnico di Milano
Course
RF Analog IC Design
21-25 June 2011
MEAD, Lausanne, Switzerland

"The main topics about RF integrated circuits and systems design were presented in "RF Analog IC Design" course. This course was very helpful for of my PhD work, and provided me a good insight about the RF front end. All the lecturers are EXCELLENT and have good theoretical and practical experiences. Inviting lecturers from both of the academic and the industry was one the good things about this course.

This course was held on at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. The course organizers at EPFL provided very good services and facilities. The course registration was done by the "Mead Education". The application procedure is easy and straightforward, all the emails and questions were responded quickly.

I recommend this course to the Master and PhD students who are interested in the theoretical and practical issues about advanced RF circuits and systems design."
Student
Malihe Zarre Dooghabadi
University of Oslo, Norway
Course
RF Analog IC Design
20-24 June, 2011
Lausanne, Switzerland

"Everything I was exposed to during this course has already benefitted my work. From transistor modeling, gm-c filters and layout tips, this course covered very important aspects of analogue circuit design. All the lecturers were experts in the field who were very enthusiastic and easily approachable. The course was attended by both academia and industry. This led to some very interesting discussions. The lectures took place at EPFL, which is easily accessible. The course organization was excellent. From accommodation and travel information to lecture room and lunch locations, everything was there. The excursion and the dinner organized were very good and a great opportunity to network. The application process both for the course and for the scholarship was simple and straight forward. I would have really liked if there was an in-depth step-by-step design exercise starting from hand calculations, moving to simulations and layout. Overall, I am very happy with the course and I highly recommend it."
Student
Panagiotis Kassanos
University College London, UK
Course
Micropower Analog IC Design
20-24 June 2011
EPFL MEAD Lausanne, Switzerland

"These courses are very interesting and provide a large insight and knowledge in terms of CMOS scaling trends and its limitations. This made me understand the reason of scaling and also helps me to understand the behaviour of MOSFETs devices, SOI Technology, and nanoscale CMOS fabrication trends. They are with great importance and will be useful in my research and also when writing up my thesis in the future.

The presentations are well organized and structured to point out the challenges for CMOS scaling. May be it was interesting if participants are given chance to visit IMEC’s facility then they understand process difficulties and challenges regarding nanoscale fabrication.

To improve this training in the future I suggest that the organizers include technologies comparisons used in industry for DC, RF, mixed mode and perhaps system-on chip applications. This will help participants to better understand the scaling trends, from the technological point of view and also economic limits. "
Student
Khaled BEN ALI
Un.catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Course
Nanoscale CMOS Process Technology
2-6 May 2011
imec, Leuven, Belgium

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