Embedded Workshops Overview
Four embedded workshops at ISCAS 2024, coinciding with the celebration of the CAS Society 75th anniversary, are organised to showcase the excellence of CASS members' work on frontier topics - (i) Climate change, (ii) Technology for the elderly, and (iii) Information security, and (iv) Autonomous Mobility CAS. These topics are of increasing relevance in today’s world.
Firstly, the realities of climate change are undeniable, and many communities are facing the consequences of unpredictable events that are extreme (such as floods) or slow-onset (such as the accelerated temperature increase that upsets ecosystems). In this context, it is imperative for all sectors, including the electronics industry, to help adapt to climate change and to mitigate their contributions to increasing temperatures. Secondly, the rapidly aging populations are no longer limited to post-industrialized nations but are also seen in many populous countries such as India and China - in this context, it becomes important to develop solutions to assist the lives of these demographics. Thirdly, the ubiquity of information and communications technologies, from social media to sensor networks, throws open the huge challenge of data security, privacy, and integrity. There is a need to strengthen these regulatory frameworks while also developing appropriate technological solutions. Finally, the progressive evolution of electronic systems-based autonomous vehicles are going beyond merely controlling engines, into the safety, driving assistance, and communications domains. Ensuring the seamless operation of autonomous vehicles mandates highly dependable circuits and systems encompassing areas like artificial intelligence (AI), sensing, signal processing, and V2X communications.
These workshops will be organized by researchers and prominent speakers with solid experience adapting their work to these topics. Further details of each topics are discussed below.
EW1: Climate Change
The overall aim of the Embedded workshop on Climate Change is to advance the ICT community’s understanding of the role of circuits and systems in climate – both as part of the solutions to adapt to the new reality of climate change and as contributors to aggravations in climate change. Thereafter, participants will consider how to better integrate climate action into their work on circuits and systems.
The workshop is timely, since the need has never been greater to design, implement and scale up high-impact actions to address climate change. It will make use of the high scientific credibility, quality and visibility of ISCAS to push the climate agenda higher in the community working on information and communications technologies, including circuits and systems. The workshop builds on two successful editions of the EmC2 workshop organised by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society – in 2022 and 2023.
The workshop aims to give the following outcomes:
All these will be documented in the form of a white paper, carrying on the trend established via the two EmC2 workshops. This paper will be widely disseminated within CASS and IEEE, to inform and inspire other researchers.
EW2: Technology for the Elderly
The Embedded workshop on technology for the elderly, GeronCAS, at ISCAS 2024 has the overarching goal of sustaining and fostering interest in the continuous development of technology designed to empower systems for managing the care of the elderly. Through this workshop, we aim to cultivate a heightened focus on technology development specifically tailored to address the needs of seniors within the Circuits and Systems (CAS) society. GeronCAS aspires to position itself as the premier reference gathering for scientists and industry stakeholders actively involved in the creation of cutting-edge technologies and solutions dedicated to enhancing the well-being of seniors and the elderly. By providing a dedicated space for collaboration, knowledge exchange, and innovation, GeronCAS aims to play a pivotal role in advancing the field of gerontechnology within the CAS community.
EW3: Information Security
The Embedded workshop on information security at ISCAS 2024 aims to advance understanding of circuits and systems' role in supporting security for emerging technologies like Quantum Computing, AI, Smart End Devices, and Cloud Computing. Each technology faces unique security challenges, requiring tailored solutions. The workshop will discuss these challenges and highlight how circuit and system innovations contribute to their growth, while also identifying common security concerns across these technologies to encourage the development of optimized and innovative solutions applicable to a spectrum of emerging technologies. Outcomes include providing an overview of security challenges, existing circuit-level solutions, identifying coherence in security issues, and ultimately informing and inspiring researchers through a white paper.
EW4: Autonomous Mobility CAS (AutoCAS)
EW4 Full Description (to be announced)
This year's AutoCAS Workshop continues to see growing interest in Autonomous Mobility Circuits and Systems (AutoCAS) as the technological front advances rapidly and the evolution of autonomous vehicles based on electronic systems continues. Beyond engine control, they play an essential role in safety, driver assistance, and communications. Highly reliable circuits and systems covering areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), sensing, signal processing, and V2X communications are essential to ensure smooth operation of autonomous vehicles.
In this changing environment, new electronic systems aim to configure the vehicle's behavior through software in a more intuitive way. The field of circuit and system design tailored for autonomous mobility represents an important investment focus for semiconductor companies and is forecast to have significant revenue and growth trajectories. Our CAS community needs expanded opportunities for interaction and collaboration with experts exploring new trends in autonomous mobility CAS. This is essential to foster technological progress and dominance.
Accordingly, AutoCAS 2024 is ready to showcase pioneering contributions that address CAS-centric challenges arising from autonomous mobility components such as memory, sensors, ECUs, and deep neural network (DNN) processors. This workshop is intended to be a connecting point for researchers to gain insight into cutting-edge methodologies and determine their pros and cons. This valuable exposure prepares them to innovate and refine circuits and systems while imagining the needs of complex vehicles. The structure of the workshop will include a single plenary track featuring insights from six leading figures from industry and academia.
Building on this content, this year's AutoCAS Abstract has been updated to reflect last year's achievements and this year's technical challenges and expectations. As technology continues to advance, we expect the AutoCAS community to be at the forefront of innovation and drive the advancement of circuits and systems for a new era of automobiles.