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Dr. Firas Mohamed – President of the board

He has over twenty-five years experience in the EDA industry and He is VP of Advanced R&D and GM of Silvaco France.
In 2005 he was the winner of the French National Competition rewarding innovative technologies, which led him to the creation of Infiniscale S.A. which he served as President & CEO until its acquisition by Silvaco in 2015. Firas started his professional career at Mentor Graphics with the SPICE simulation team, where he oversaw the modeling and optimization environment. In 2000, Firas took over the CAD technology development department of MEMSCAP S.A.
He is one of the first to introduce AI and Machine Learning to EDA in 1993. He is Co-chair of Si2 AI/ML Special Interest Group. Firas is author and co-author of tens of scientific papers and holds two patents on Machine Learning improvement of EDA solution. Firas holds a computer science engineer degree from HIAST, the Higher Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology of Damascus and a PhD in Microelectronics from INPG, the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble in France.

Dr. Bozena Kaminska

Dr. Bozena Kaminska is a prolific inventor with major contributions to science and innovation in multiple areas: design and test, wireless sensor networks, and nano-optical security. Her academic career spans four decades and four nations, including as Professor at the École Polytechnique of the Université de Montréal, and Professor at Simon Fraser University’s School of Engineering Science in Vancouver, where she was also awarded a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Wireless Sensor Networks (2010–2020). She holds multiple patents and has authored hundreds of peer-reviewed publications in top scientific journals including Nature, Nanotechnology, Nano, Advanced Optics, Scientific Reports, and many IEEE Transactions.
Throughout her research career Dr. Kaminska has actively worked on the commercialization of her scientific lab research and has successfully developed multiple ventures from this work. Among these is OPMAXX Inc. (founded 1997, HQ in Portland, Oregon), which was rewarded the “Best in Test Award” in 1997, 1998 and 1999, while Dr. Kaminska received the IDN “Innovator of the Year” Award in 1997. OPMAXX was acquired by Credence Corporation in 1999. Once at Simon Fraser, she developed research that led to her most recent initiative: Nanotech Security Corporation (founded 2009). Nanotech is the first company anywhere to introduce nano-optics in volume manufacturing to the commercial market, making it possible to include in products such as banknotes and other protected documents and objects. Nanotech became a publicly traded company (NTS-V: NTS) (OTCQX: NTSFF) and, in 2021, was acquired by META Materials (NASDAQ: MMAT).
Dr. Kaminska has also been involved in numerous professional committees and organizations. For 10 years (2010–2020), she was the Chairwoman of the Board of the Canadian Microelectronic Corporation (CMC), a non-profit organization that helps researchers in universities and industry across Canada’s National Design Network® develop innovations in microsystems and nanotechnologies. Her tenure was a very active one for CMC; among her lasting contributions she led a major reform of its organization and structures. During her entire professional career, Dr. Kaminska also served on multiple committees of the IEEE Computer Society, the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for NSERC (National Research Council of Canada), on the Board of Directors of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and many others.
Dr. Kaminska contributions have also been recognized through a British Columbia Innovation Council Entrepreneurship Fellow Award in 2010, and her election as Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2016.

Dr. Giota Panagiota Papavramidou

Panagiota Papavramidou holds a Ph.D in nanoelectronics and is specialized in the design of “Built-In-Self-Test” and “Built-In-Self-Repair” for embedded memories, for the improvement of manufacturing efficiency and reliability. Her thesis with the title “Memory Repair architectures for high defect densities” was ranked 1st in Europe and 2nd in the world from the IEEE Computer Society – Test Technology Technical Council. She authored and co-authored papers in the field of memory test and reliability. Currently, she works as research engineer in CEA-Leti.

 

 

 

Dr. Issam AL ZAHER NOUFAL

Issam is the General Manager of IROC since July 2022.

Before this position he was the IROC TFIT tool product manager. Prior to that Issam occupied different positions
as R&D engineer and project leader at IROC where he worked since its creation.
He authored and co-authored papers in the field of test and reliability.

Issam graduated from ENSERG and holds a Ph.D in Microelectronics from INPG, France.