Welcome to the VLSI Research Group

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The VLSI Research Laboratory at the University of Minnesota focuses on developing core circuit technologies for enabling smart and energy-efficient integrated systems. Applications we target range from internet-of-things, neuromoprhic computing, microprocessors, portable computing, sensor networks, medical devices, radiation hardened integrated circuits, to beyond CMOS computing. Our group's research frequently appears in top publications such as ISSCC, IEDM, VLSI, CICC, IRPS, and JSSC.


Recent News

May 2017:  Chen Zhou is selected as a recipient of the prestegious doctoral dissertation fellowship.

April 2017: Chen's DAC paper entitled "Secure and Reliable XOR Arbiter PUF Design: An Experimental Study based on 1 Trillion Challenge Response Pair Measurements" is selected as a best paper candidate. 

April 2017:  Congratulations to group members for getting papers accepted to major conferences on a variety of topics including a time-based neuromorphic IC, a time-based decision feedback equalizer, highly sensitive radiation sensors, secure physical unclonable functions, and a counterfeit IC detection sensor.

Sep. 2016:  The joint paper published in ICCAD 2006 with Prof. Sachin Sapatnekar’s group entitled “An Analytical Model for Negative Bias Temperature Instability”, is the winner of the 2016 ICCAD Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award. [LINK TO PAPER]

Aug. 2016:  Chen Zhou wins the best paper award at the International Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (www.islped.org) for his paper entitled “Soft Response Generation and Thresholding Strategies for Linear and Feedforward MUX based PUFs”. Chen’s best paper was selected out of 71 accepted papers.






Professor Chris Kim

Keller Hall 4-161

Phone: 612-625-2346

Fax: 612-625-4583

Email: chriskim-at-umn-d0t-edu

Website: chriskim.umn.edu


Mailing Address

Room 4-178, 

200 Union Street SE,

Minneapolis, MN 55455


Student offices

Keller 4-147C, 5-172 

Phone: 612-626-0834