Principals

Matthew French

Director, SURE
Assistant director, ISI Computational Systems and Technology division

Matthew French is a research director in the Computational Sciences and Technology division at the USC Information Sciences Institute. He oversees the Reconfigurable Computing group, which performs research in application mapping, hardware /software co-design, CAD tools and front-end ASIC design.

French has led research projects investigating trust, integrity and reliability of integrated circuits; ultra-low power, cognitive and autonomous systems; and systems for space and other demanding environments. The reconfigurable computing group has explored programmable gate arrays and novel embedded computing designs, with a focus on tool development, intelligent control, and application mapping for industry and federal sponsors such as DARPA, IARPA, NASA and the NRO.

French joined ISI in 1998 from Lockheed Sanders (now BAE Systems), has authored more than 30 publications and holds two patents. He received his MEEE from Cornell University.

Jeffrey Draper

Assistant Director, SURE
Project Leader
Research Faculty, Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, USC

Jeffrey Draper is a research director in the Computational Sciences and Technology division at the USC Information Sciences Institute, where he heads the Microarchitecture and Integrated Circuits Research group (MARINA). Draper is also a research associate professor in the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering.

Draper has led numerous large micro-architecture and VLSI projects over the past two decades, including DARPA-sponsored programs on integrated circuit integrity, reliability and trust; high-performance computing; radiation hardening by design; and polymorphous architecture. His team has fabricated leading-edge radiation-tolerant SRAM chips, SOC and quadcore processors in IBM technology. MARINA also has pioneered processing-in-memory chips for data-intensive architecture.

An IEEE senior member, Draper has published more than 120 papers on computer architecture. He earned his Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and joined ISI in 1993.

Wes Hansford

Assistant Director, SURE
Director, ISI Silicon Systems division

Wes Hansford directs Silicon Systems, home to ISI’s highly successful MOSIS integrated circuit fabrication brokerage. Hansford earned his MS in electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, and worked for semiconductor icons National Semiconductor Corp. and Texas Instruments Inc. before joining MOSIS in 1985.

MOSIS is the first online brokerage for low-cost and low-volume semiconductor chip prototyping and fabrication. MOSIS also offers an educational program that fabricates student chip designs free of charge for universities across the nation. Focus areas are VLSI and MEMS fabrication, e-commerce and design/analysis tools.

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