Simulation Optimization Systems (SOS) Research Laboratory
the Simulation Optimization Systems (SOS) Research Laboratory paved the
way to the world's first statistical modeling/yield-driven design
technology used within major CAD/CAE products. International research and
industrial collaborations, including
Optimization Systems Associates Inc. ("OSA"), founded by
Dr. John W. Bandler, has been vital.
We collaborated in the creation of OSA's RoMPETM, HarPETM and OSA90/hopeTM, featuring the world's most powerful harmonic balance optimizer, as well as in EmpipeTM, Empipe3DTM, EmpipeExpressTM, empathTM and the breakthrough Space Mapping and Geometry Capture technologies. The Empipe family became the foundation of Agilent HFSS Designer and Momentum Optimization (Agilent Technologies).
The world's most advanced family of L1, L2, Huber and minimax optimizers have been implemented in a friendly CAD environment. Pioneering software development for CAE, including design centering, optimal assignment of tolerances, postproduction tuning and production yield enhancement continues. We have worked on efficient techniques for large-scale optimization, active device parameter extraction, physics-based statistical device modeling and simulation, design centering and yield-driven design for GaAs microwave/millimeter-wave monolithic integrated circuits.
We have integrated optimization software with microwave measurement technology, full-wave electromagnetic (EM) simulators, and SPICE-like simulators.
Our historical association with OSA resulted in state-of-the-art commercial CAE software being available to us from many groups, most notably Sonnet Software, Inc., Ansoft Corporation and Agilent EEsof EDA.
Funding includes grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Micronet Network of Centres of Excellence.
J.W. Bandler holds NSERC Strategic Grants with M.H. Bakr (McMaster University), N.K. Nikolova (McMaster University) and Q.J. Zhang (Carleton University).
Short Term Goal
To advance the state of the art in modeling of engineering devices and optimal design of complex engineering systems through Space Mapping Technology.
Dr. Bandler's achievements and commercial software implementations include design centering and yield-driven design for which he received the IEEE MTT-S Microwave Application Award in 2004.