IEEE Presents Annual TexasWISE Workshop

With the advent of integrated circuits and systems permeating into many fields, the industry has fostered a growing need for inter-disciplinary research. To address this rising trend, IEEE sponsors Texas Workshop on Integrated System Exploration (TexasWISE). The workshop was cofounded by the CESG members with Drs. Hu and Khatri serving on the organization committee this year. This workshop bridges the gap between industry and academia by inviting researchers from both sides to come together and explore new paths of innovation. The goal of the workshop is to establish Texas as a leader of exploratory research beyond IC design.

This year Dr. John P. Hayes, of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Dr. Louis K. Scheffer, of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Dr. Jan M. Rabaey, of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley, will give plenary talks.

Dr. John P. Hayes will give a plenary talk titled, “Stochastic Computing: A Low-Cost Approach to Some High-Value Applications”, in which he will dissect stochastic computing and present relevant research from his group at Michigan. Turning the attention to industry, Dr. Louis K. Scheffer will follow with, “Cells, Circuits, and Cybernetics”, where he will point out the need for integrated systems between biology and electronics. Lastly, Dr. Jan M. Rabaey will present, “The Innovation is in the Mind – The converging Trajectories of IT, Neuro, and Nano”, that dives into the complexity of neuroscience-information technology interaction.

In addition to the plenary talks, there will be a panel session titled, “Top Industrial Problems in Integrated System Design: How can universities help?” organized by Dr. Khatri. The panelists include Dr. Jacob Abraham of the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Charles Alpert of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (Moderator), Mr. Ken Hansen of Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Dr. Richard Muyshondt of Intel Corporation, Dr. Kevin Nowka of IBM Research, Austin, and Dr. Mahesh Sharma of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

The workshop will also include a student poster session, which is chaired by Dr. Hu. Posters from seven Texas universities and a Brazilian university will showcase the latest research activities and results on integrated systems.

TexasWISE will be hosted at the JJ Pickle Research Campus, Commons Learning Center, at the University of Texas in Austin on Friday, March 21st, 2014. The program will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 5:20 PM, with breaks scattered intermittently. There will be several other universities and organizations involved including Rice, Southern Methodist University, University of Texas, IBM Research, and IEEE Central Texas CEDA Chapter.