Alex Doboli, Ph.D.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Stony Brook University, State University of New York
Stony Brook, NY, 11794-2350
Phone: ++1 631-632-1611
Fax: ++1 631-632-8494

Alex Doboli received his engineering degree in Computer Science and Engineering (valedictorian (sef de promotie), Diploma of Merit) from "Politehnica" University Timisoara, Romania in 1990. He was awarded the "Doctor" degree in Computers from "Politehnica" University Timisoara in 1997. In 2000, he received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. He was a junior faculty (asistent universitar) at "Politehnica" University Timisoara, Department of Computer Science and Engineering between 1991-1997. In Fall 2000 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he is now a Professor. Since Fall 2007, he is also an Invited Professor at Department of Automation and Technical Informatics, "Politehnica" University Timisoara. Dr. Doboli's research is in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) of analog and mixed-domain systems and networks of systems, Cyber-Physical and embedded systems, and methodologies for design innovation and data-intensive design. He has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and has advised 14 Ph.D. thesis (graduated). He co-authored with Dr. E. Currie the textbook ``Introduction to Mixed-Signal, Embeddd Design'', Springer, 2010. He received the IBM Partnership Award (2001) and the ``Traian Lalescu'' Award (for best student in mathematics) from ``Politehnica'' University Timisoara (1987). Dr. A. Doboli was an Associate Editor for Integration, the VLSI Journal (Elsevier). He is an ABET Program Evaluator. He is a Senior IEEE Member, a Member of SigmaXi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi. His h-index is 20 and i10-index is 47. He was the Vice-Chair of the IEEE Long Island Circuits and Systems Society.


Research interests

Mixed-Domain Embedded Systems Laboratory

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  • Accepted for publication: F. Jiao, H. Li, A. Doboli, ``Modeling and Extraction of Causal Information in Analog Circuits'', IEEE Transactions on CADICS (TCAD). (Aug. 2017)

  • H. Li will spend a three-month internship at Cadence Design Systems, CA and X. Liu will spend a three-month internship at LG, CA. (July 2017)

  • F. Jiao joined Marvell Technology Group, CA. (March 2017)

  • F. Jiao defended her PhD thesis "Analog Circuit Design Knowledge Mining and Circuit Causal Information Modeling". PhD committee: A. Doboli (SBU), M. Stanasevic (SBU), E. Salman (SBU), P. Milder (SBU) and X. Li (Carnegie Mellon University) (Dec 2016).

  • H. Li defended his prelim exam "Topological feature extraction and causal information mining in analog circuits". PhD committee: A. Doboli (SBU), M. Stanasevic (SBU), E. Salman (SBU), P. Milder (SBU) and G. Dundar (Bogazici University) (Sept 2016).

  • F. Jiao, A. Doboli, ``Causal Reasoning Mining Approach to Analog Circuit Verification", Integration, the VLSI Journal, Vol. 55, pp. 376-383, 2016.

  • Research-discoveries-innovations (Jan 2015).

Research interests

His research interests include all aspects of CAD for mixed-domain systems and networks of systems, including specification, modeling, synthesis, and optimization of analog and mixed-signal (analog-digital) circuits, Cyber-Physical and embedded (hardware-software) systems, Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) and SoC networks. Recently, his work has been focusing on methodologies for innovation in electronic design.

  • CAD for analog and mixed-signal systems: system sizing through optimization, automated topology synthesis, synthesis from VHDL-AMS specifications, circuit modeling and simulation, and methodologies for reconfigurable ADCs.

  • Cyber-Physical and embedded systems: specification and optimization of massively distributed systems, data modeling for massively distributed systems, centralized and decentralized decision making in distributed systems, hardware/software co-design for resource constrained systems, stochastic and heuristic methods for on-line architecture adaptation, sensing design in massively distributed and dependable systems.

  • Innovation and creativity in electronic design: metrics to capture design innovation and creativity, innovation-oriented design methodologies, design taxonomies and automated design for innovation.

  • IP core integration: bus architecture design, arbiter synthesis, substrate noise analysis, IP core placement, and bus routing.

Mixed-Domain Embedded Systems Laboratory

  • Current student members: C. D'Agostino (Ph.D. student), X. Liu (Ph.D. student), H. Li (Ph.D. student).

  • Lab Alumni: F. Jiao (Ph.D., Dec 2016, Marvell), A. Umbarkar (Ph.D., July 2014, IBM Austin), C. Ferent (Ph.D., Aug 2013, VJ Technologies), S. Kaghaz-Garan (M.S., Dec 2013) Y. Ji (M.S., Dec 2013, Google), A. Hussain (M.S., Dec 2012), V. Subramanian (Ph.D., Sept 2012, Carbon Design Inc.), M. Wang (Ph.D., Dec 2011, BNL), S. Kodasara (M.S., Dec 2010), M. Gilberti (Ph.D., Dec 2009, Motorolla), P. Sun (Ph.D., Dec 2009, IBM), Y. Zhao (Ph.D., May 2008, Techexcell), S. Kallakuri (Ph.D., Jun 2007), Y. Weng (M.S., 2008, PDF Solutions), Y. Wei (Ph.D., Feb 2007, Synopsys), J. Zhou (MS, Dec. 2006, DDC), H. Zhang (Ph.D., Dec 2005, Cadence), J. Gao (MS, Dec 2005, Marvell), H. Tang (Ph.D., July 2005, U Minnesota), N. Thepayasuwan (Ph.D., Nov 2004, Eastern Digital), V. Damle (MS, Dec 2003, Springer), R. Pai (MS, Dec 2003, Goldman Sachs).

Recent publications:
  • F. Jiao, A. Doboli, ``Causal Reasoning Mining Approach to Analog Circuit Verification", Integration, the VLSI Journal, Vol. 55, pp. 376-383, 2016.

  • F. Jiao, A. Doboli, "Three Learning Methods for Reasoning-Based Synthesis of Novel Analog Circuits", Proc. ISCAS, 2016.

  • H.Li, F. Jiao, A. Doboli, "Analog Circuit Topological Feature Extraction with Unsupervised Learning of New Sub-structures", Proc. Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference (DATE), March 2016.

  • X. Liu, A. Doboli, F. Ye, "Optimized Local Control Strategy for Voice-based Interaction-tracking Badges for Social Applications", Proc. ICCD Conference, 2015.

  • F. Jiao, S. Montano, C. Ferent, A. Doboli, S. Doboli, ``Analog Circuit Design Knowledge Mining: Discovering Topological Similarities and Uncovering Design Reasoning Strategies'', IEEE Transactions on CADICS, Vol. 34, No. 7, July 2015, 1045-1059.

Selected publications


Undergrad: ESE 124: Programming Techniques for EE/CE (Summer)
Undergrad: ESE 366: Design using Mixed-Signal Programmable Systems-on-Chip (Spring)
Undergrad: ESE 355: VLSI System Design (Spring)
Undergrad: ESE 440/ESE 441: Senior Design Project
Grad: ESE 556: VLSI Physical and Logic Level Design Automation (Spring)
Grad: ESE 566: Hardware-Software Co-Design of Embedded Systems (Fall)
Grad: ESE 588: Pattern Recognition (Spring)
Grad: ESE 670: Research Topics in EE/CE (Fall)

ESE 566, ESE 588 and ESE 670 form a course sequence that discusses model-based decision making using networks of embedded systems. ESE 566 presents the fundamentals of embedded architectures (hardware and software), networking and design methods for performance optimization. ESE 588 focuses on model development using pattern recognition and data mining. ESE 670 discusses decision making techniques, including centralized and decentralized optimization, constraint satisfaction and game theory.

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