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Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Rahul Rithe


MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratory
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
rjrithe@mit.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. : Massachusetts Institute of Technology [June 2010 - Present]

    • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • S.M. : Massachusetts Institute of Technology [September 2008 - June 2010]

    • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    • GPA: 5.0/5.0
    • Thesis: SSTA Design Methodology for Low-Voltage Operation
    • Ernst A. Guillemin award for best S.M. thesis in Electrical Engineering

  • B.Tech. (Honors) : Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur [August 2004 - June 2008]

    • Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering
    • GPA: 9.69/10
    • Thesis: Design and Implementation of Serializer-Deserializer for High-Speed Wired Link
    • Best B. Tech. Thesis Award
    • President of India Gold Medal

Journal Publications

  • R. Rithe, P. Raina, N. Ickes, S. V. Tenneti, A. P. Chandrakasan, "Reconfigurable Processor for Energy-Efficient Computational Photography," IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), Vol. 48, No. 11, 2908-2919, November 2013.

  • R. Rithe, C. C. Cheng, A. Chandrakasan, "Quad Full-HD Transform Engine for Dual-Standard Low-Power Video Coding ," IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), Vol. 47, No. 11, 2724-2736, November 2012.

  • M. E. Sinangil, M. Yip, M. Qazi, R. Rithe, J. Kwong, A. Chandrakasan, “Design of Low-Voltage Building Blocks and ADCs for Energy-Efficient Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems (TCAS) II: Express Briefs, Vol. 59, No. 9, 533-537, September 2012.

  • R. Rithe, S. Chou, J. Gu, A. Wang, S. Datla, G. Gammie, D. Buss, A. Chandrakasan, "The Effect of Random Dopant Fluctuations on Logic Timing at Low Voltage," IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, Vol. 20, No. 5, 911-924, May 2012.

  • N. Ickes, G. Gammie, M. E. Sinangil, R. Rithe, J. Gu, A. Wang, H. Mair, S. Datla, B. Rong, S. Honnavara-Prasad, L. Ho, G. Baldwin, D. Buss, A. P. Chandrakasan, U. Ko, "A 28 nm 0.6 V Low Power DSP for Mobile Applications," IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), Vol. 47, No. 1, 35-46, January 2012.

Conference Publications

  • R. Rithe, P. Raina, N. Ickes, S. V. Tenneti, A. P. Chandrakasan, "Reconfigurable Processor for Energy-Scalable Computational Photography," IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), 164-165, February 2013.

  • R. Rithe, C. C. Cheng, A. Chandrakasan, "Quad Full-HD Transform Engine for Dual-Standard Low-Power Video Coding ," IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (A-SSCC), 401-404, November 2011.

  • G. Gammie, N. Ickes, M. Sinangil, R. Rithe, J. Gu, A. Wang, H. Mair, S. Datla, B. Rong, S. Honnavara-Prasad, L. Ho, G. Baldwin, D. Buss, A. Chandrakasan, U. Ko, "A 28nm 0.6V Low-Power DSP for Mobile Applications," IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), 132-133, February 2011.

  • R. Rithe, S. Chou, J. Gu, A. Wang, S. Datla, G. Gammie, D. Buss, A. Chandrakasan, "Cell Library Characterization at Low Voltage using Non-Linear Operating Point Analysis of Local Variations," International Conference on VLSI Design, 112-117, January 2011.

  • R. Rithe, J. Gu, A. Wang, S. Datla, G. Gammie, D. Buss, A. Chandrakasan, "Non-Linear Operating Point Statistical Analysis for Local Variations in Logic Timing at Low Voltage," Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference, 965-968, March 2010.

Research Experience

  • Reconfigurable Processor for Computational Photography, MIT [January 2011 - May 2012]

    • Computational photography applications enable capture and synthesis of images that could not be captured with a traditional camera. The high computational complexity of such multimedia processing applications necessitates fast hardware implementations to allow real-time processing. This work implements a reconfigurable multi-application processor to enable energy-efficient real-time computational photography on portable multimedia devices.


  • Multi-Standard Low-Power Video Encoding, MIT [September 2009 - December 2010]

    • Designing a reconfigurable video encoder supporting H.264/AVC High Profile and VC-1 Advanced Profile video coding standards with 4kx2k resolution at 30fps, implemented on a single low-power ASIC. The work explores algorithmic, architectural, and circuit-level innovations that can be applied to each of the functional blocks in a multi-standard video encoder to enable low-voltage operation while maintaining performance.


  • SSTA Design Methodology for Low Voltage Operation, MIT [September 2008 - April 2010]

    • Developing a computationally efficient methodology for stochastic characterization of standard cell libraries, timing path analysis and full-chip timing closure at low voltage operation. Implementation of the timing analysis methodology using commercial CAD tools and integration into a commercial IC design flow.


  • Timing and Power Characterization for Asynchronous Circuits, USC [May - July 2007]

    • Developing a characterization methodology that supports back-annotated power and timing for high-performance asynchronous circuits based on the Static Single-Track Full-Buffer Template.


  • SerDes for High Speed Wired Link, IIT Kharagpur [December 2006 - April 2008]

    • Design and implementation of a low power serializer-deserializer for high-speed data transmission over wired link using current mode signaling.

Teaching Experience

  • Circuits and Electronics (6.002), MIT - Instructor, Fall 2013

    • Conducted weekly recitations to cover course material. Implemented interactive teaching techniques to encourage student participation and enhance learning. Helped prepare problem sets, exams and laboratory assignments.


  • Graduate Student Teaching Certificate Program, MIT - Summer 2013

    • Successfully completed a certificate program to develop undergraduate and graduate-level teaching skills.


  • Preparation for Undergraduate Research (6.UAR), MIT - Teaching Assistant, Spring 2013

    • Helped undergraduate students conduct research in wide array of areas in EECS. Conducted tutorials to survey previous work for research topics in EECS. Mentored students in preparing posters, talks and writing conference quality papers.


  • Circuits and Electronics (6.002), MIT - Teaching Assistant, Fall 2012

    • Conducted weekly tutorials to discuss course material, help students understand concepts and solve problems. Helped prepare and evaluate problem sets, exams and laboratory assignments.


  • Short-Term Course on VLSI Design, IIT Kharagpur - Teaching Assistant, October 2007

    • Conducted tutorials on the IC design methodology and CAD tools and helped students with a design project.

Industry Experience

  • Texas Instruments - Systems and Applications R&D Center, Dallas, TX [June - July 2012]

    • Systems Engineering Intern: Development of efficient system architecture through algorithm-architecture co-design for computational photography applications using camera sensor arrays in mobile devices.


  • Texas Instruments - Wireless Terminal Business Unit, Dallas, TX [July - August 2010]

    • WTBU Intern: Implementation of SSTA Timing Closure Methodology for ICs operating at Low Voltage. Implemented the SSTA approach using commercial CAD tools and integrated into IC design flow. Demonstrated the approach on a DSP IC.


  • Texas Instruments - Wireless Terminal Business Unit, Dallas, TX [June - August 2009]

    • WTBU Intern: Statistical Static Timing Analysis at Ultra-Low Voltage Operation. Developed an approach for standard cell library characterization and timing path analysis at ultra-low voltage in presence of global and local variations.

Term Projects / Seminars

  • Project: A Low Power Oscillator with Feedback Amplitude Regulation [December 2009] [slides]

  • Project: Implementation of an Adaptive Equalizer using LMS Algorithm and a Digital Filter in TMS320C6711 DSP kit [April 2007]

  • Seminar: Semiconductor Devices and Applications - Back End Processes

    • Indo-German Winter Academy, Digha, India. [December 2006]

Professional Activities

  • Presentation Mentor, MIT EECS Undergraduate Research Conference (EECScon) 2013

  • Technical Program Committee Member, MIT MTL Annual Research Conference (MARC) 2012

  • Reviewer for IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Transactions on VLSI Systems, Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, Journal of Signal Processing Systems, and Journal of Real-Time Image Processing

Scholastic Achievements

  • MTL Annual Research Conference Best Presentation Award. [2013]

  • Ernst Guillemin Award for Best S.M. Thesis in Electrical Engineering, MIT. [2010]

  • Irwin Mark Jacobs and Joan Klein Jacobs Presidential Fellowship for Graduate Studies, MIT. [2008 - 2009]

  • President of India Gold Medal, IIT Kharagpur. [2008]

  • Best B.Tech. (H) Thesis Award, IIT Kharagpur. [2008]

  • InfoUSA Summer Research Fellowship 2007, USC. [2007]

  • National Talent Search Scholarship by National Council of Educational Research and Training, India. [2002]