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Olin College Student Advances to Grand Finals in ACM Student Research Competition

After a summer internship at Intel Corporation, senior Jennifer Vaccaro earned a gold medal in a student research competition for her paper “Applying Computer Modeling to Post-Silicon Electrical Validation,” based on research she conducted at Intel.

Vaccaro submitted an abstract and flew to Austin, Texas for the poster session. In Austin, Vaccaro realized that her work had been accidentally accepted into the Ph.D. category. After this error was corrected, she advanced to give an oral presentation, for which she won a gold medal.

The SRC@ICCAD is a student research competition sponsored by Microsoft Research, the ACM (Association for Computer Machinery), and SIGDA (Special Interest Group in Design Automation). There are three rounds: an abstract review, a poster competition and an oral presentation. Each participant must be among the top entries in each round to progress to the next round.

Vaccaro’s work was centered around post-silicon validation, in particular adjusting the settings on silicon boards to allow the chips on the board to communicate more reliably.  Her research is focused on using mathematical models to speed up the setting-adjustment process.

Vaccaro’s research was conducted as part of a System Validation internship in the Platform Engineering Group at Intel this past summer. She worked under the direction of Dr. Nagib Hakim, who is the father of Nagy Hakim, an Olin student. 

Now that Vaccaro is a grand finalist, an extended abstract from her paper is under review where it will be judged online by academic and industry leaders. The grand finals winner will be announced and honored at the 2017 Association for Computer Machinery (ACM) awards banquet in June 2017.