Advisor of DA-Lab.:

 Associate Professor - Ken Choi, Ph.D.


Kyuwon (Ken) Choi is currently an associate professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Illinois Institute of Technology. He received the PhD. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA in 2002. During the PhD. he proposed and conducted several projects supported by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), NSF (US National Science Foundation), and SRC (Scientific Research Corporation) regarding power-aware computing/communication (PACC). Since 2004, More ...

Research Area

  1. Low-Power FPGA and ASIC Design for Advanced Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms for Object Detection in Future Autonomous Vehicles
  2. Low-Power Video coding algorithms for hardware implementation
  3. Low-power ASIC design for multimedia multi-core processor
  4. CAD Algorithms for power reduction in VLSI
  5. Application circuits design using emerging process technologies (Cabon Nanotube FET, FinFET etc.)
  6. Hardware encryption circuits and algorithms
  7. Design for Power (DFP): ultra-low-power techniques from system level to circuit/layout level
  8. Design for Manufacturing (DFM): process variation compensation, statistical analysis and optimization
  9. Electrical Verification for SoC Design
  10. Application Specific Design: ESL system implementation and prototyping
  11. Circuit design for new materials such as EAP and nano-tube


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Student and Research Associate Hiring


Ph.D student or Senior Research Associate(Post-doctoral)


  • ASIC design of video codec, Video coding algorithms, Circuit Design, ASIC VLSI Chip Design Experience for System-on-Chip, or CAD Algorithms Expert.
  • If you are interested in this field, please send a resume to Dr. Ken Choi. Thank you.


Recent updates

Jul 2022 - Dec 2025

DA-Lab awarded a project on "Software and hardware development of cooperative autonomous driving control platform for commercial special and work-assist vehicles by using advanced deep learning algorithms", about $780,000 for 4 years from KETI/KEIT.

Jan 2019

DA-Lab awarded a project on ''Develop an application to convert CAD models to g-code (slicer) with additional requirements for use with Interlog's M3AM system'' sponsored by Interlog.

May 2017 - Dec 2021

DA-Lab awarded a project on "Low Power H/W and S/W Design for Advanced Deep Learning Algorithms for Object Detection in Future Autonomous Vehicles", about $800,000 for 4 years from KETI/KEIT.

Mar 2016

-Prof. Ken Choi edited several journals of Springer and Wiley. Link

Mar 2016

-We have secured several projects related to the low power solutions for multimedia applications, with $1.6 millions sponsored by Federal agencies in US and South Korea. More ...

Aug 2015

-DA-Lab organized a workshop for reseachers from U.S. and South Korea. Dr. Khokhar, Chair of ECE dept., IIT, hosted the workshop. After the workshop, Dr. Ken Choi reported our reseach outcomes. More ...

Aug 2014

-DA-Lab extended project contract with KETI(Korea Electronics Technology Institute). More ...

March 2013

- We had our ASIC chip of DVC video codec fabricated! This chip was designed by DA-Lab, IIT, and fabricated using 65nm process technology by Samsung. More ...

Sep. 2012

-DA-Lab welcomed guests from KETI, and presented our research outcomes of last year. We had an annual project evaluation session this Summer, Lab director Dr. Ken Choi reported our research progress and ourcomes of last year to our guests, on the behalf of Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI). After the project report conference, KETI extended our project contract. More ...


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