Expert Panels

Panel Theme:  Energy and Cybersecurity Constraints on Consumer Electronics


Panel Moderator: Himanshu Thapliyal, University of Kentucky, USA, Email:


With the growth of Internet-of-Things (IoT) enabled consumer electronic devices, the potential threat vectors for malicious cyber-attacks are rapidly expanding. As an example of cyber-attack, software vulnerabilities could be exploited to remotely take control of safety-critical systems in the vehicle. These cyberattacks are threat to the reliability and safety of the consumer electronic devices, consumer’s personal information and piracy or cloning of intellectual property. As the IoTparadigm emerges, there are challenging requirements to design area-efficient, energy-efficient and secure systems. Further, due to novel computing paradigms such as quantum computing there is a threat that the fundamental public-key cryptography tools could be broken.  Considering these challenges, the panel would provide their perspective towards the energy and cybersecurity constraints on consumer electronics.



  • Ram K. Krishnamurthy, Senior Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation, USA
  • Travis Humble, Director, Quantum Computing Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Sen-ching “Samson” Cheung, Professor, University of Kentucky, USA
  • James Lyke, Program Manager, Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Systems Branch, USA
  • Saraju P. Mohanty, Professor, University of North Texas, USA
  • Information on another panelists coming soon…


Ram K. Krishnamurthyram
received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Regional Engineering College, Trichy, India, in 1993, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1998. He has been with Intel Corporation since 1998, where he is a Senior Principal Engineer and heads the high performance and low voltage circuits research group at the Circuits Research Lab in Hillsboro, Oregon. In this role, he leads research in high performance, energy efficient and low voltage circuits for microprocessors and SoCs, and has made contributions to the circuit design of various generations of Intel products, including Intel® Itanium®, Pentium4®, Xeon®, Core®, Atom®, and Quark® line of microprocessors and SoCs. He holds 110 issued patents with over 50 patents pending and has published 150 conference/journal papers and 3 book chapters on high-performance energy-efficient circuits. He serves as Chair of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Technical Advisory Board for Circuits, and has served as guest editor of the IEEE journal of solid-state circuits, associate editor of IEEE transactions on VLSI systems, and on the technical program committees of ISSCC, CICC, and SOCC conferences. He served as the Technical Program Chair/General Chair for the 2005/2006 IEEE International Systems-on-Chip Conference and presently serves on the conference’s steering committee. He has received the 2012 ISSCC distinguished technical paper award, 2012 ESSCIRC best paper award, SRC outstanding industry mentor award, Intel awards for most patents filed and most patents issued, Carnegie Mellon University alumni recognition award, MIT Technology Review’s TR35 innovators award, and recognized as a top ISSCC paper contributor. He has received two Intel Achievement Awards for pioneering high performance and energy efficient microprocessor and accelerator circuit technologies on Intel products. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and distinguished lecturer of IEEE solid-state circuits society.


Travis Humbletravis
is director of the Quantum Computing Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He oversees research and development of quantum computing technologies and their use in solving problems for scientific discovery and energy security. Working at the intersection of computing, physics, and information, he focuses on the design and development of new computing platforms. This includes developing mathematical algorithms based on quantum information, translating algorithms into software that can run on quantum computing hardware, and discovering how quantum computing can support scientific applications. He was recently awarded the prestigious Department of Energy Early Career Award to research how quantum computing can be used to support high-performance computing applications. Travis received his doctorate in theoretical chemistry from the University of Oregon in 2005. He then joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory as an intelligence community postdoctoral research fellow before becoming a member of the research staff. Travis also holds a joint faculty appointment with the University of Tennessee Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.


Sen-ching “Samson” Cheungsamson
is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the director of Multimedia Information Laboratory at University of Kentucky (UKY), Lexington, KY, USA. Before joining UKY in 2004, he was a Computer Scientist with the Scientific Data Mining Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, in 2002. His work spans a number of different areas in multimedia, including video copy detection, data mining, video surveillance, privacy protection, encrypted domain signal processing, and computational multimedia for therapy. He is the endowed Blazie Family Professor of engineering since 2013, won the R&D 100 Award in 2006, Best Poster Award in British Machine Vision Conference and Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in 2005. He is a senior member of both IEEE and ACM. His research has been supported by both industries and government agencies including NSF and DHS, with total funding more than US$5 million.He is serving or has served as an Associate Editor for 5 international journals including IEEE TRANSACTIONS OF MULTIMEDIA, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INFORMATION FORENSICS AND SECURITY, Signal Processing: Image Communications, EURASIP Journal on Information Security, and ASA Journal on Statistical Analysis and Data Mining. He is or has been an area chair for ICME (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and ICIP (2015, 2016), demonstration chair for WIFS 2015, workshop and special session chair in ICME (2015, 2016), ICASSP (2014) and ChinaSIP (2015), as well as a TPC member for over 130 conferences.

James Lykejames
is a research program manager to the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space System Branch (Space Vehicles Directorate) and an AFRL Fellow. Jim has lead over one hundred in-house and contract research efforts involving advanced packaging, radiation-hardened circuits, and scalable, reconfigurable architectures.  His new work explores innovations for space communications systems and networks.  He has authored over 100 publications, four receiving best paper awards and has been awarded eleven US patents. He is a senior member of IEEE and associate fellow of AIAA. His BSEE is from the University of Tennessee, MSEE from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and PhD from the University of New Mexico.  He was selected as recipient of the Federal Laboratory Consortium award for Excellence in Technology Transfer in 1992 and for the U.S. Air Force Science and Engineering Award in Exploratory and Advanced Technology Development in 1997 and 2000.

Saraju P. Mohantysaraju
is a Professor at the University of North Texas ( He obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of South Florida and Masteers from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore. Prof. Mohanty’s research is in “Energy-Efficient High-Performance Secure Electronic Systems”. Prof. Mohanty’s research has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), and US Air Force. Dr. Mohanty is an inventor of 4 US patents. Prof. Mohanty is an author of 220 peer-reviewed articles and 3 books. His Google Scholar h-index is 27 and i10-index is 82. He received Society for Technical Communication (STC) 2017 Award of Merit for his outstanding contributions to IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. He received 2016 PROSE Award for best Textbook in Physical Sciences & Mathematics from the Association of American Publishers for his book titled “Nanoelectronic Mixed-Signal System Design” published by McGraw-Hill in 2015. He received 2016-17 UNT Toulouse Scholars Award for sustained excellent scholarship and teaching achievements. He has been serving on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed international journals, including IEEE TCAD, ACM JETC, and IET CDS. He is the Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine since 2016. He serves as the Chair of Technical Committee on VLSI (TCVLSI), IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) to oversee a dozen of IEEE conferences since 2014. He is the steering committee chair for the iNIS and steering committee vice-chair of the ISVLSI. He is the Conference Chair of ICCE 2018, the flagship Conference of IEEE CE Society.