Semiconductors are widely used in many products in our life, thanks to the hard working designers. To help the designers, academia and industry have been working closely to provide them better design methodologies. This technical area is called EDA (Electronic Design Automation). The reason why academia and industry work together in EDA field is that the both practical and theoretical view of the design task is necessary to come up with breaking through technologies. The cooperation has been working good so far, however, the technology has been so advanced and we have a difficult situation now: it is now becoming harder to make a 'bridge' between the realms of academia and industry. When a university professor tries to be practical, the details of the real design is now too vast to learn. When a practionist wants to see the essence behind the live design problem, he has to understand deep knowledges in many layers of abstraction levels. Today, we need an individual player right middle on the bridge, where we stands. Because of this stand point, we can have comprehensive understanding of the design process in a 'vertical' fashion. We focus in specific design process, from live application level down to the deep theoretical level, and achieve the mission: contribute to the birth of novel EDA tools that answer to the new needs in electronic industry.
Our focus is in integrated circuit design processes that are not automated yet, such as the area related to packaging technologies, photo electronics, power circuits, analog designs, and floorplanning. Our background technologies are in physical design algorithms, discrete optimization, analytical optimization, circuit simulation, computational geometry, etc.