PhD, Paul Sabatier University, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse
MSc, Paul Sabatier University, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse
Fellow, IEEE
Dept of Electronic & Computer Engineering, HKUST

Research Areas
Integrated Circuits and Systems (ICS)

Multi-disciplinary Themes
Bio-Systems and Bio-information Technologies (BBT)
Display and Sensors Everywhere (DSE)
Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS)

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Email : eebermak
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Research Interests
VLSI Circuits and Systems; Packaging technologies; image, olfactory and temperature sensors; Smart vision Systems; VLSI implementation of Artificial Neural Networks.

Prof. Amine Bermak received the Masters and PhD degrees, both in electrical and electronic engineering (microelectronics and Microsystems), from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France in 1994 and 1998, respectively. During his PhD, he was part of the Microsystems and Microstructures Research Group at a major French National Research Centre LAAS-CNRS, where he developed a 3D VLSI chip for artificial neural network classification and detection applications in a project funded by Motorola. While finalizing his PhD, he was offered a Post-doc position at the Advanced Computer Architecture group at York University – England, to work on VLSI implementation of CMM neural network for vision applications in a project funded by British Aerospace and the Yorkshire Post-office. In November 1998, he joined Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia as a research fellow working on smart vision sensors. In January 2000, he was appointed Lecturer and promoted to Senior Lecturer in December 2001. In July 2002, he joined the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), where he is currently a full Professor and ECE Associate Head for postgraduate education and research. He has also been serving as the Director of Computer Engineering as well as the Director of the Master Program in IC Design. He is also the founder and the leader of the Smart Sensory Integrated Systems Research Lab at HKUST. He was a member of the senate committee at HKUST.

Over the last decade, Prof. Bermak has acquired a significant academic and industrial experience. He has taught 18 different courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. For his excellence and outstanding contribution to teaching, he was nominated for the 2013 Hong Kong UGC best teacher award (for all HK Universities). He is the recipient of the 2011 University Michael G. Gale Medal for distinguished teaching (Highest University-wide Teaching Award). This gold medal is established to recognize excellence in teaching and only one recipient/year is honoured for his/her contribution. Prof. Bermak is also a two-time recipient of the “Engineering School Teaching Excellence Award" in HKUST for 2004 and 2009, respectively.

Prof. Bermak has been very actively involved in many research and industrial projects in collaboration with Motorola-France, 3D plus- France, British Aerospace-UK, Intelligent Pixel Inc. – USA. His research interests are related to VLSI circuits and systems for signal, image processing, sensors and microsystems applications.

Prof. Bermak has received five distinguished awards, including the “Best student paper award” at IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and systems ISCAS 2010 (the conference featured 1081 papers and the paper received the first prize); the 2004 “IEEE Chester Sall Award” from IEEE Consumer electronics society; the IEEE Service Award from IEEE Computer Society and the “Best Paper Award” at the 2005 International Workshop on System-On-Chip for Real-Time Applications. Prof. Bermak is a member of technical program committees of a number of international conferences including the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuit Conference CICC’2006, CICC’2007, the European Solid-State Conference 2010-11, the IEEE Consumer Electronics Conference CEC’ 2007-11, Design Automation and Test in Europe DATE2007-08. He has published over 250 articles in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings and designed over 30 chips. He is a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society committee on Sensory Systems as well as BIOCAS. He has served on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems and the Sensors Journal. He is also currently serving on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems and IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II. He is the guest editor of the November 2010 special issue in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. Prof. Bermak is a Fellow of IEEE and IEEE distinguished Lecturer.