Mingoo Seok


1012 CEPSR
Mail Code 4712

Tel(212) 854-1701
Fax(212) 932-9421

Mingoo Seok designs, prototypes, and validates general-purpose and specialized computing and signal-processing systems. He has created novel analog, mixed-signal, and digital circuits and system architecture that improve performance, energy-efficiency, robustness, and area-efficiency and enable new features such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. His group has prototyped more than 40 test chips for demonstrations. In 2017 he won a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his project focused on next-generation computing chip design.

Research Interests

Ultra-low and low power circuits and architecture, adaptive design for process, voltage, temperature variation and long-term wearout, event-driven control systems, resource efficient artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithm acceleration, integrated power converters, hybrid analog digital computing, hardware security

Of particular interest to Seok are circuits, architecture adaptive to manufacturing process, temperature, voltage variations, and long-term wearout. He is also interested in integrated compact power converter circuits, to optimally design them with load circuits via non-conventional (e.g., event-driven) control systems. Another interest of his is machine-learning models and implementation for hardware systems having limited resources.

Seok received the BS (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea, in 2005, and the MS and PhD degree from University of Michigan in 2007 and 2011, respectively, both in electrical engineering. He was a member of technical staff in Texas Instruments, Dallas in 2011. He joined Columbia University in 2012.


  • Associate professor of electrical engineering, Columbia University, 2018–present
  • Assistant professor of electrical engineering, Columbia University, 2012–2018
  • Member of Technical Staff, Texas Instruments, Dallas TX


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Senior Member


  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2015
  • Design Contest Award, DAC and ISSCC, 2009
  • Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2008
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, 2005


  • Minhao Yang, Chung-Heng Yeh, Yiyin Zhou, Joao Pedro Cerqueira, Aurel Lazar, Mingoo Seok, “1-µW Voice Activity Detector using Analog Feature Extraction and Digital Deep Neural Network,” IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), 2018
  • Zhewei Jiang, Shihui Yin, Mingoo Seok, Jae-sun Seo, “XNOR-SRAM: In-Memory Computing SRAM Macro for Binary/Ternary Deep Neural Networks,” IEEE Symposium on VLSI Circuits (VLSI), 2018
  • Doyun Kim, Jonghwan Kim, Hyunju Ham, Mingoo Seok, “A 0.5V-VIN 1.44mA-Class Event-Driven Digital LDO with a Fully-Integrated 100pF Output Capacitor,” IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), 2017
  • Zhewei Jiang, Chisung Bae, Joonseong Kang, Sang Joon kim, Mingoo Seok, “Microwatt End-to-End Digital Neural Signal Processing Systems for Motor Intention Decoding,” Design, Automation, and Test in Europe (DATE), 2017
  • Ning Guo, Yipeng Huang, Tao Mai, Shavil Patil, Chi Cao, Mingoo Seok, Simha Sethumadhavan, Yannis Tsividis, “Low-Energy Hybrid Analog/Digital Approximate Computation in Continuous Time,” IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), 2016
  • Seongjong Kim, Joao Pedro Cerqueira, Mingoo Seok, “A 450mV Timing-Margin-Free Waveform Sorter based on Body Swapping Error Correction,” IEEE Symposium on VLSI Circuits (VLSI), 2016
  • Seongjong Kim, Mingoo Seok, “Variation-Tolerant Near-threshold Microprocessor Design with Low-Overhead, Within-a-Cycle In-situ Error Detection and Correction Technique,”, 2015
  • Teng Yang, Doyun Kim, Peter R. Kinget, Mingoo Seok, “In-situ Techniques for In-field Sensing of NBTI Degradation in an SRAM Register File,” IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), 2015
  • Teng Yang, Seongjong Kim, Peter R. Kinget, Mingoo Seok, “Ultra-compact and Voltage-Scalable Temperature Sensor Design for Dense Dynamic Thermal Management Techniques,” IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), 2015
  • Mingoo Seok, Gyouho Kim, David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester, ”A Portable 2-Transistor Picowatt Temperature-Compensated Voltage Reference Operating at 0.5V,” IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC), vol.47, no.10, pp.2534-2545, Oct. 2012
  • Mingoo Seok, Dongsuk Jeon, Chaitali Chakrabarti, David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester, ”A 0.27V, 30MHz, 17.7nJ/transform 1024-pt Complex FFT Core with super-pipelining,” IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conferences (ISSCC), pp. 342-344, 2011
  • Mingoo Seok, Scott Hanson, Yu-Shiang Lin, Zhiyoong Foo, Daeyeon Kim, Yoonmyung Lee, Nurrachman Liu, Dennis Sylvester, David Blaauw, ”The Phoenix Processor: A 30pW Platform for Sensor Applications,” IEEE Symposium on VLSI Circuits (VLSI), pp.188-189, 2008