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11 September 2015

Logic Analysis Tool Team Receives OSA’s 2015 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award

Logic Analysis Tool Team Receives OSA’s 2015 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award

Prototype tool for the next generation of integrated circuit analysis and design measures performance without damaging sensitive components

WASHINGTON —The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that the Logic Analysis Tool (LAT) team is the winner of the 2015 Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award. The team has developed an optics-based LAT that detects the time resolved emission of light from switching transistors within integrated circuits, operating down to .5V, thus creating a new tool for device analysis in advanced process technologies.  The group comprises researchers and scientists from, MIT, Photon Spot, Inc., DCG Systems and IBM, and has been led by Dr. Euan Ramsay of DCG Systems. The team will receive the award during the plenary session at OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), which takes place 18-22 October in San Jose, California, USA.
“The development and successful testing of the Logic Analysis Tool is an impressive example of innovation in optics and photonics,” said Philip Russell, president of The Optical Society. “Bringing together top minds from different companies, the team has created a tool that leads the way for the next generation of circuit analysis and characterization. The LAT will be vital in the creation of faster and denser microchips that consume less power, spurring further innovation.  The Optical Society is delighted to recognize the team's remarkable achievements with this award and congratulates them on their success.” 
The research team first came together in 2010 in response to a call from the Intelligence Advanced Research Program Activity (IARPA) for innovative solutions to circuit analysis. Despite being geographically dispersed and working for different organizations, the LAT team has earned praise for its cohesiveness and ability to overcome technical obstacles that surfaced during development, successfully delivering the prototype on time and on budget.  The project is a significant example of the best in cooperative innovation, and the team's results are already attracting substantial interest from the government circuit analysis community.
“We are honored to be recognized by The Optical Society with the Forman award,” said Dr. Euan Ramsay, DCG Systems, Inc. “Without the hard work and dedication of the talented members of the team, we would not have been able to achieve the results we have”. 
The Logic Analysis Tool team includes:
 ●       DCG Systems, Inc.

Dr. Euan Ramsay
Dr. Herve Deslandes
Tom Kujawa
Dr. Ted Lundquist
Benjamin Cain

 ●       IBM Watson, Circuit Diagnostics and Testing Technology

Dr. Peilin Song
Dr. Franco Stellari
Dr. Andrea Baghat-Shehata
Dr. Seongwon Kim
Herschel Ainspan
Christian Baks
Al Weger
Dr. Ulrike Kindereit

 ●       Photon Spot, Inc.

Dr. Vikas Anant
Brian Ma
Juying Shang

 ●       MIT, Quantum Nanostructures and Nanofabrication Group

Dr. Karl Berggren
Dr. Kristen Sunter
Dr. Faraz Najafi

The Paul F. Forman Team Engineering Excellence Award was established by The Optical Society in 1989 and has since been bestowed on dozens of outstanding researchers and engineers. Named in remembrance of Paul F. Forman, who, among many other accomplishments, effectively raised the visibility of optical engineering. This team award recognizes technical achievements such as product engineering, process, software and patent development, as well as contributions to society such as engineering education, publication and management, and furthering public appreciation of optical engineering. For more information on the award or the nomination process, visit OSA’s Awards & Grants page.
About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and entrepreneurs who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. OSA is a founding partner of the National Photonics Initiative and the 2015 International Year of Light. For more information, visit
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