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The 14th International System-on-Chip (SoC)

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 October 19 & 20, 2016

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The Theme for This Year’s Conference Is

“SoC Platforms for Embedded Systems.”


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Paul Pickle, Senior Vice President, Integrated Circuit Group, Microsemi.


Keynote: "A New Paradigm: Disruptive SoC Design & Market Strategies."



Bio: Paul Pickle has more than 15 years of experience in the electronics industry, and currently runs Microsemi’s Integrated Circuit Divisions including the System-on-Chip and Analog Mixed Signal groups. In this role, Paul leverages the company’s significant design and technical resources in order to accelerate innovative new customer solutions and market focused product introductions. He also plays a key role in defining the strategic direction of the Microsemi, which provides highly reliable, high-performance semiconductors for defense and security; aerospace; enterprise and communications; and industrial and alternative energy applications. Since joining the company in 1998, Paul has held positions of increasing responsibility including Corporate Vice President of Field Applications Engineering, and senior positions in both sales and marketing/product development.  Paul’s previous positions include Director of Marketing for GMT Microelectronics Corporation, and engineering positions with All American Semiconductor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree with an emphasis on electronics and controls from the University of South Florida - College of Engineering in Tampa, Florida.




Purdue University






Dr. Eugenio Culurciello, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering. Purdue University.



Keynote:  “Vision For Robots, Vehicles And Consumer Electronics: How Close Are We?”


Abstract:  We discuss the current state of the art in synthetic vision systems for robotics and consumer applications. We ask and partially answer the following questions: when will vehicles, consumer electronics, robotic helpers and computing equipment perform visual tasks that are now only the prerogative of humans? Where is robotic and artificial vision right now? How close are we to embedded vision system that perform at the level of humans? When will robot help our everyday life? We also present the state of the art hardware systems for embedded vision and discuss their performance in comparison with general purpose computer processors, graphic cards, programmable hardware and systems on a chip. We also present the current state-of-the-art work on neuromorphic hardware models of the mammalian visual system. In particular systems that model retinal pre-processing and the ventral visual pathway, with the goal of categorizing, tracking and maintaining a visual memory of tens of targets. More information can be found here: http://www.neuflow.org/


Bio: Eugenio Culurciello (S'97-M'99) received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2004 from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. He is an associate professor of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, where he directs the ‘e-Lab’ laboratory. His research interest is in analog and mixed-mode integrated circuits for biomedical instrumentation, synthetic vision, bio-inspired sensory systems and networks, biological sensors, silicon-on-insulator design. Eugenio Culurciello is the recipient of The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and Young Investigator Program from ONR, the Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE (CASS), and is the author of the book "Silicon-on-Sapphire Circuits and Systems, Sensor and Biosensor interfaces" published by McGraw Hill in 2009.




Johns Hopkins University






Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Professor Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Johns Hopkins University.

Keynote: “Designing SoC That Speak The Same Language as the Nervous System."



Abstract: Key barriers to permanent adoption and continuous use of prosthetic devices are their limited functionality and incompatibility with natural human actions. E.g., standard upper limb prosthetics require retraining of remaining muscles, or abnormal contortion of remaining parts of the limb to open/close non-anthropomorphic manipulators. In 2005 a program was initiated by the US Government to develop an upper limb prosthetic device that would be neurally integrated to the body. That is, the prosthetic limb would decode the intent of the user via motor cortex neural recordings, and feedback sensation by somatosenory cortex stimulation. The lofty goal was to develop prosthetic arms that were indistinguishable from “native” ones. As can be expected, despite the quantum leaps of innovation resulting from the program, the ultimate goal of the project remains to be achieved. There are many reasons for the elusiveness of the goal, among them is the need to develop electronics that interface seamlessly with the nervous system, and communicate with it in the same “spike-based” and “neural encoding” language. In this talk, I will describe progress on this front, and project forward to prosthetic devices that will indeed act and feel like native ones. In the future, Luke Skywalker’s arm in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, or extendable memory devices as in Johny Mnumonic will become reality due to developments in neuromorphic engineering.

Bio: Ralph Etienne-Cummings received his B. Sc. in physics, 1988, from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. He completed his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in December 1991 and 1994, respectively. Currently, Dr. Etienne-Cummings is a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and computer science at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). He is the former Director of Computer Engineering at JHU and the Institute of Neuromorphic Engineering (currently administered by University of Maryland, College Park). He was also the Associate Director for Education and Outreach of the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Engineering Research Centers on Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology at JHU. He has served as Chairman of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Technical Committee on Sensory Systems and on Neural Systems and Application, and was elected as a member of CAS Board of Governors from 1/2007 – 1/2009. He was also the General Chair of the IEEE BioCAS Conference in 2008, and serves on its Steering Committee. He was also a member of Imagers, MEMS, Medical and Displays Technical Committee of the ISSCC Conference from 1999 – 2006. He also serves on numerous editorial boards and was recently appointed Deputy Editor in Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems. He is the recipient of the NSF’s Career and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Awards. In 2006, he was named a Visiting African Fellow and a Fulbright Fellowship Grantee for his sabbatical at University of Cape Town, South Africa. He was invited to be a lecturer at the National Academies of Science Kavli Frontiers Program, held in November 2007. He won the 2010 JHU Applied Physics Lab R.W. Hart Prize for Best R&D Project in Development. He has also won publication awards, including the 2011 Best Paper Award for IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Circuits and Systems, 2003 Best Paper Award of the EURASIP Journal of Applied Signal Processing and “Best Ph.D. in a Nutshell” at the IEEE BioCAS 2008 Conference, and has been recognized for his activities in promoting the participation of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. His research interest includes mixed signal VLSI systems, computational sensors, computer vision, neuromorphic engineering, smart structures, mobile robotics, legged locomotion and neuroprosthetic devices. He has published ~200 technical articles, 1 book, 9 book chapters and holds 5 patents (plus 2 pending) on his work in these subjects.









Dr. Steve Trimberger, Fellow, Circuits & Architectures Group, Xilinx.

Keynote: “FPGA are Looking uP”



Abstract: TBA.


Bio: Dr. Steve Trimberger has been employed at Xilinx since 1988. He is currently a Xilinx Fellow heading the Circuits and Architectures Group in Xilinx Research Labs in San Jose, California. He was the technical leader for the XC4000 design automation software, developed a dynamically-reconfigurable multi-context FPGA, led the architecture definition group for the Xilinx XC4000X device families and designed the Xilinx bitstream security functions in the Virtex families of FPGAs. He has served as Design Methods Chair for the Design Automation Conference, Program Chair and General Chair for the ACM/SIGDA FPGA Symposium and on the technical programs of numerous Workshops and Symposia. He has published three books and dozens of papers on design automation and FPGA architectures. He has more than 170 patents in IC design, FPGA and ASIC architecture, CAE and cryptography. His innovations appear today in nearly all commercial FPGA devices. He is a Fellow of the ACM.

















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