Bio

Trent McConaghy is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Solido Design Automation, which provides variation-aware design tools for custom circuit designers at major semiconductor vendors & fabs including Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Huawei.  He was a co-founder and Chief Scientist of Analog Design Automation, which was acquired by Synopsys in 2004. Prior to that, he did intelligent systems research for the Canadian Department of National Defense.

Trent received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from ESAT-MICAS, KU Leuven, Belgium, in 2008, with Dr. Georges Gielen as promotor.  He received a Bachelor’s in Engineering (with great distinction), and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science (with great distinction), both from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1999.

He is author of the book "Variation-Aware Analog Structural Synthesis: A Computational Intelligence Approach" (Springer, 2009) with colleagues from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; and the book "Variation-Aware Design of Custom Integrated Circuits: A Hands-on Field Guide" (Springer, 2012).  He is co-editor of the books "Genetic Programming Theory and Practice VII" (Springer, 2009) and "Genetic Programming Theory and Practice VIII" (Springer, 2010).  He has authored approximately 35 journal papers, book chapters, and conference papers, and has about 20 patents granted / pending.  He has given invited talks / tutorials at many labs, universities, and conferences such as MIT, Berkeley, JPL, ICCAD, DAC, and CICC.

His doctoral thesis, entitled "Variation-Aware Knowledge Extraction and Structural Synthesis of Analog Integrated Circuits", won the international 2009 EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award.  His work was nominated for best paper in Design Automation and Test Europe, 2005.  He was awarded the 2001 Outstanding Young Alumni Award by the University of Saskatchewan for significant accomplishments since graduation.  In 1999, his team won the award for top senior thesis design in the U of S College of Engineering.

He co-organized the 2009 and 2010 "Genetic Programming Theory and Practice" workshops in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He co-organized the 2012 "International Workshop on Design Automation for Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits" at ICCAD, San Jose, CA. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines, and the Technical Program Committee of CICC. He regularly serves as a reviewer for IEEE Trans. CAD,  IEEE Trans. Evolutionary Computation, DAC, DATE, ICCAD, GECCO, CEC, ICES, ACM TODAES, Electronics Letters, and more.  Trent serves on the Board of Directors of Solido Design Automation Inc.

Specialties: Passion and tenacity to make a deep-tech business happen; IP; long-term technology vision; rapid brainstorming; production-level algorithm coding, from Python to C; writing; and invited speaking engagements.   Research interests include statistical machine learning / data mining, computational intelligence, evolutionary computation, nonlinear programming, and user interface / interaction design; with custom integrated circuit CAD applications of variation-aware design, high-dimensional circuit modeling, analog topology design, automated sizing, knowledge extraction, and symbolic modeling.  For hobbies, Trent reads, travels, and hacks brain-computer interfaces.