With strong focus on autonomous intelligence; 32nd edition of VLSI Design conference concludes successfully

The 32nd International Conference on VLSI Design and 18th International Conference on Embedded systems concluded recently at New Delhi. The conference witnessed more than 1000 participants from Industry, Government and academia.

In an effort to promote Indian talent, NXP Semiconductors drove a design contest based on NXP Semiconductors Modular IoT Gateway Reference Design Kit featuring NXP’s leading i.MX6 processor. The contest witnessed participation from numerous engineers, teams comprising of engineers from industry and students from university were shortlisted to go ahead in converting their ideas into application solutions using the NXP Gateway kits. The conference also hosted Hackathon sponsored by Cadence on their Tensilica AI processor was attended by teams from several universities across India.

Further, to discuss the challenges faced by women in the field of engineering, the conference for the first time dedicated second day of the conference as ‘Women in Engineering (WIE) Day’ sponsored by Intel.  WIE forum was chaired by Ms. Ashwini Khandekar and Ms Seema Naswa. Eminent women from the industry like Pamela Kumar, Viji Ranganna, Prof. Basabi Bhaumik, Krishna Paul, V. Bharati, Dr. Lipika Dey, Ms. Prof. Shobha Vasudevan, Reenee Raizada Tayal, Priya G., and Sumedha Limaye, took part in the discussion and shared very strong opinions around how the challenges for women in engineering can be addressed.

Additionally, the event hosted sessions on trending topics like, The Autonomous Automotive Robustness Duo: Challenges and Practice in Functional Safety and Security, designing   in   the   Next Generation IoT-AI Ecosystem, Vision based Autonomous Systems, Hardware Security of Embedded Systems and IoT Environment, IoT for Smarter Healthcare: From Device to Architecture, Applications and Analytics and many more.

The conference also included several visionary keynotes from Industry, Academia and Research. Meindert Van Den Beld, NXP Semiconductors focused on the four pillars of the Internet of Things – sensing, connectivity, processing and safety & security. Srini Maddali, Qualcomm discussed next generation technology enablers for 5G regime. Sanjay Gupta, NXP Semiconductors showcased NextGen Innovations Opportunities where India can build an edge. Prof. Nikil Dutt, University of California at Irvine talked about self-awareness in computing. Prof Vijay Narayanan discussed the motivation and mechanisms for in-memory computing. Dheemanth Nagaraj, Intel discussed the efforts in the industry to adapt computing systems and architectures to the data-centric future. Alok Jain, Cadence Design Systems stressed on smarter verification techniques. Prof. Kaushik Roy, Purdue University pointed out that the entire computing infrastructure could be potentially re-engineered in a brain-inspired computing methodology. Prof. Rajesh Gupta, University of California, discussed on infrastructure for new generation of cyber-physical systems. Jaswinder Ahuja in his banquet address focused on enabling the data driven economy for the fast-changing world.

Many interesting panel discussions were hosted during the conference discussing the challenges and futuristic opportunities to overcome these challenges and were also attended by, Puneet Singh, Qualcomm, Sidhartha Mohanty, Intel, Dr. Ramachandra Budihal, Wipro Limited, M. Balakrishnan, IIT Delhi, David Yeh, Semiconductor Research Corporation, Chandra Shekhar Vice Chancellor, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, Pradip Bose, IBM, Prof. Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, Pennsylvania State University. Amit Verma, DSCI, Rajamohan Varambally, STMicroelectronics, Amardeep Punhani, NXP Semiconductors, Amit Sharma, DRDO.

Industry leaders such as NXP Semiconductors, Qualcomm, Intel, Mentor Graphics, Cadence system, STMicroelectronics, WD participated and showcased solutions on cutting edge technologies that will help paving the way for digital transformation and opening a new world of opportunities for both, industry and academia.

This five-day long conference was the ‘First Go Green’ VLSID conference in the history of VLSI Design conferences which saw over 100 sessions covering 200+ presentation on cutting edge technologies by the industry leader across 200 global organizations. The fellowship program of this edition of the conference was a big success, as for the first time there were fellowship participants from each state of India. India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), Data Security Council of India (DSCI), IIT Delhi, IIIT Delhi were collaboration partners in the conference. Ten number of IEEE and ACM societies technically co-sponsored this year’s conference.

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