Mario Roberto Casu

Associate Professor
Department of Electronics and Telecommunications (DET)

  • Member of Interdepartmental Center SmartData@PoliTO - Big Data and Data Science Laboratory

Profile

Research interests

cmos integrated circuits
commercial off-the-shelf
electronic design automation
EMBEDDED SYSTEMS
field programmable gate arrays (fpga)
high-level synthesis
LATENCY-INSENSITIVE DESIGN
MACHINE LEARNING
MICROWAVE FOOD MONITORING
MICROWAVE IMAGING
MICROWAVE SENSING
network-on-chip
silicon-on-insulator
system-on-chip
ultra-wideband (uwb)
VLSI

Biography

Mario R. Casu received the laurea degree summa cum laude in electronics engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electronics and communications engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy, in 1998 and 2001, respectively. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications of the Politecnico di Torino.

His current research interests are Systems-on-Chip with specialized accelerators, System-level design and design methodology for FPGAs and ASICs, Embedded Machine Learning, and Circuits and Systems for Microwave Imaging. He is also interested in the design of circuits, systems, and platforms for industrial applications (biomedical, automotive, food). His past work focused mostly on latency-insensitive design of Systems-on-Chip (SoC) and on Networks-on-Chip.

In 2010-2011 he visited the system-level design research group of Prof. Luca Carloni in the department of Computer Science at Columbia University, where he worked on the design of SoC platforms with energy-efficient specialized accelerators. In 2017 he visited the Green-IC group of Prof. Massimo Alioto at the National University of Singapore (NUS) to work on the design of specialized on-chip accelerators for Machine Learning.

He was involved in 9 national academic research projects (of which 2 as principal investigator), 2 European academic research projects, and 7 national and international industrial projects (of which 2 as principal investigator).

He authored or co-authored more than 120 scientific papers.

He regularly serves as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals and in the technical program committee of international conferences (among which DAC, ICCAD, DATE).

Research topics

  • Embedded Machine Learning - Heterogeneous Embedded Systems (ASIC, FPGA, CPU, GPU) for an optimized execution of ML algorithms (ML); - Design of embedded ML systems for biomedical and industrial applications.
  • Microwave Imaging (MI) - Circuits and systems for generating, acquiring, and processing of signals used in MI for biomedical applications (breast cancer and stroke detection) and industrial applications (detection and classification of contaminants in packaged food).
  • Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) - Mixed-signal integrated circuits for UWB transmitters and receivers; - UWB circuits and systems for biomedical applications: breast cancer detection
  • System-on-Chip (SoC) - Latency-Insensitive Design to make SoC tolerant to interconnect delays; - Network-on-Chip design to efficiently interconnect SoC components (processord, accelerators, and memories); - SoC design starting from a high-level description; - Optimization of SoC implemented in FPGAs; - Electronic Design Automation (EDA) for SoC design.

Skills

ERC sectors

PE7_5 - (Micro- and nano-) electronic, optoelectronic and photonic components
PE7_6 - Communication technology, high-frequency technology
PE7_11 - Components and systems for applications (in e.g. medicine, biology, environment)
PE6_1 - Computer architecture, pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing
PE6_2 - Computer systems, parallel/distributed systems, sensor networks, embedded systems, cyber-physical systems
PE7_3 - Simulation engineering and modelling

SDG

Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
Goal 4: Quality education

Conferences

  • Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference, Program committee
  • IEEE Asia Pacific Conference on Circuits and Systems (APCCAS) (11/11/2022-13/11/2022), Program committee
  • IEEE Nordic Circuits and Systems Conference (NORCAS), Program committee
  • IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI-SoC), Program committee
  • Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference, Program committee
  • IEEE Nordic Circuits and Systems Conference (NORCAS), Program committee
  • IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI-SoC), Program committee
  • Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference, Program committee
  • International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), Program committee
  • IEEE Nordic Circuits and Systems Conference (NORCAS), Program committee
  • Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference, Program committee
  • International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), Program committee
  • IEEE Nordic Circuits and Systems Conference (NORCAS), Program committee
  • International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip, Participation to the organizing committee
  • International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), Program committee
  • IEEE Nordic Circuits and Systems Conference (NORCAS), Program committee
  • International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip, Participation to the organizing committee
  • Design Automation Conference (DAC), Program committee
  • IEEE Nordic Circuits and Systems Conference (NORCAS), Program committee
  • Design Automation Conference (DAC), Program committee
  • IEEE Nordic Circuits and Systems Conference (NORCAS), Program committee
  • Design Automation Conference (DAC), Program committee
  • IEEE Nordic Circuits and Systems Conference (NORCAS), Program committee
  • International Symposium on System-on-Chip (SoC), Program committee
  • International Symposium on System-on-Chip (SoC), Program committee
  • International Workshop on Formal Methods for Globally Asynchronous Locally Synchronous Design (FMGALS), Program committee
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Other research or teaching roles outside Politecnico

  • Visiting Researcher, presso National University of Singapore (1/5/2017-31/8/2017)
  • Visiting Professor, presso Chongqing Technology and Business University (27/6/2016-4/7/2016)
  • Visiting Researcher, presso Columbia University (15/11/2010-15/3/2011)
  • Visiting Researcher, presso CEA Grenoble (1/4/2001-30/9/2001)

Other titles

  • Honorary chair professor at the Chongqing Technology and Business University, China (2017-2019)

Roles as evaluator or expert

  • Bando per la Creazione e lo Sviluppo di Unità di Ricerca. 2015
    REGIONE AUTONOMA VALLE D'AOSTA - ASSESSORATO ATTIVITA' PRODUTTIVE - DIPARTIMENTO INDUSTRIA, ARTIGIANATO ED ENERGIA - RICERCA, INNOVAZIONE E QUALITA'
  • Bando a favore di imprese industriali per la realizzazione di progetti di ricerca e sviluppo negli ambiti della Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) della Valle d’Aosta. 2018
    REGIONE AUTONOMA VALLE D'AOSTA - ASSESSORATO ATTIVITA' PRODUTTIVE - DIPARTIMENTO INDUSTRIA, ARTIGIANATO ED ENERGIA - RICERCA, INNOVAZIONE E QUALITA'
  • Bando “Aggregazioni R&S”. 2021
    REGIONE AUTONOMA VALLE D'AOSTA - ASSESSORATO ATTIVITA' PRODUTTIVE - DIPARTIMENTO INDUSTRIA, ARTIGIANATO ED ENERGIA - RICERCA, INNOVAZIONE E QUALITA'
  • Bando a favore di imprese industriali per la realizzazione di progetti di ricerca e sviluppo negli ambiti della Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) della Valle d’Aosta. 2019
    FINAOSTA S.P.A.

Teaching

Courses of Study Boards

Teachings

Master of Science

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Bachelor of Science

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Research

Research fields

Research groups

Research projects

Projects funded by competitive calls

  • CONSORTIUM AGREEMENT EUROSOI - THEMATIC NETWORK ON SILICON ON INSULATOR TECHNOLOGY DEVICES AND CIRCUITS, (periodo sconosciuto) - Responsabile Scientifico
    UE-funded research
  • Green Factory for Composites, (2016-2019) - Responsabile Scientifico
    Regionally funded research - Piattaforme Tecnologiche

Projects funded by commercial contracts

  • TRATTAMENTO SEGNALI AUDIO AES/EBU PER MATRICE DI COMMUTAZIONE BASATA SU FPGA ESTENSIONE CONTRATTO 401/2008, (2009-2009) - Responsabile Scientifico
    Commercial Research
  • TRATTAMENTO DI SEGNALI AUDIO AES/EBU PER MATRICE DI COMMUTAZIONE BASATA SUL FPGA, (2008-2009) - Responsabile Scientifico
    Commercial Research

Supervised PhD students

Publications

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Society and Enterprise

Patents and other intellectual properties

  • DISPOSITIVO DI IMAGING A MICROONDE PER IL MONITORAGGIO DI DEVIAZIONI DIELETTRICHE IN UN MEZZO. national and international Patent - Responsabile Scientifico
    Commercial Research