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How to join AHA as a Corporate Affiliate

The AHA Center brings together diverse funding sources including Intel Science and Technology Centers for Visual Cloud and Agile Hardware, DARPA research grants, and an industrial affiliates program.  Members of the affiliates program are an integral part of AHA.  They provide insights on real-world problems, opportunities, and constraints that inform and inspire AHA research.  They engage with faculty and students.  They provide a path to testing and applying our innovations, thus leading to large-scale impact.

AHA Vision and Team

The Stanford AHA Agile Hardware Center is a Stanford University research center and industrial affiliates program.  AHA will develop technologies that enable designers to easily create and add powerful feature-rich applications, computing, and communications to any intelligent device or system.  This vision requires custom application-specific accelerators and agile system and hardware development tools.  As a corporate affiliate, you'll be part of the AHA team, including five Stanford professors and their research groups:

Clark Barrett, Computer Science:  Satisfiability, formal software and hardware verification, and automated reasoning.

Kayvon Fatahalian, Computer Science:  Architecture of high-performance visual computing systems, specifically visual data analysis engine and graphics engine compiler.

Pat Hanrahan, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering:  Visualization and scientific illustration, graphics systems and architectures including a programming environment for GPUs, and rendering algorithms for natural environments.

Mark Horowitz, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering:  New design methodologies for VLSI circuits including analog and digital design methods, low-energy processors, and computational photography.

Priyanka Raina, Electrical Engineering:  Design of energy-efficient circuits and systems for demanding applications on constrained-resource devices such as accelerating multimedia applications on mobile devices.

The AHA team aims to enable a more agile hardware development flow to quickly and easily modify an existing design.  Design, validation, and software are now the critical issues.  Solving these issues requires expertise in the application area and hardware design.  The AHA team uses agile design practices and continuous integration with rapid design cycles and frequent tapeouts.  The team uses their own tools to create prototypes, and uses their own prototypes to create new systems.

IP

AHA researchers will use and develop open-source software, and it is the intention of all AHA researchers that any software released will be released under an open source model, such as BSD.

Engagement and Funding

Engagement

The AHA Center brings together diverse funding sources including Intel Science and Technology Centers for Visual Cloud and Agile Hardware, DARPA research grants, and an industrial affiliates program.  Members of the affiliates program are an integral part of AHA.  They provide insights on real-world problems, opportunities, and constraints that inform and inspire AHA research.  They engage with faculty and students.  They provide a path to testing and applying our innovations, thus leading to large-scale impact.

Corporate engagement includes the following elements:

  • Invitations to two technical retreats per year
  • Invitations to monthly review meetings
  • Invitations to on-campus seminars and workshops that are great opportunities to engage with students
  • An opportunity to serve on the AHA advisory board, thus providing input on industry considerations
  • Sharing innovations including software, tools, and hardware prototypes that we develop, under a permissive open source license
  • Active engagement with faculty members and students to discuss research and pursue collaboration

Funding

Corporate members contribute $250,000 per year with the expectation of at least three years of membership.  AHA is a Stanford University industrial affiliates program and is subject to university policies for such programs including openness in research, publication and broad sharing of results, and faculty freedom to pursue research topics and methodology of their choice. 

Apply

This corporate membership document formally describes the AHA Affiliates Program. For further information please contact Mark Horowitz at horowitz@stanford.edu. Please see
Stanford University Policies Affecting Industrial Affiliates Program Memberships for details.