Title: Field-Programmable Gate Arrays in Event-based Systems & Applications

Peter Rössler
University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Austria

Abstract: Since their introduction in the early 1980s, Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) evolved from implementing small glue-logic designs to large, configurable multi-processor Systems-on-Chip (SoC). Today, FPGA and SoC-FPGA technology is used in an increasing number of application domains, such as the telecom industry, the automotive electronics sector or automation technology and recent market studies expect a continuous demand for these sophisticated microelectronic devices in the future. For small & medium enterprises and/or SME-dominated countries (like Austria), FPGAs can provide access to VLSI technology by avoiding the immense NRE costs of ASICs. In his talk, Peter Rössler will outline the history of FPGAs, existing FPGA architectures and players, design flow options that exist today as well pros and cons in comparisons to alternative technologies. A number of examples for real-world projects and applications will be given. Finally, the talk should give an idea how event-based systems and applications can benefit from modern FPGA technology.

Biography: Peter Rössler received his Diploma and Ph.D. from the Vienna University of Technology. Besides his work as a lecturer and director of the study program “Electronics/Business” at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien in Austria (where he is full-time employee since 2005) his main work focuses on acquisition and management of R&D projects in the field of embedded computing systems. His research interests cover topics like FPGA design, digital ASIC design, electronic system-level design as well as fieldbus technologies in various applications areas (like building automation, computer vision, measurement systems, automotive electronics, clock synchronization in computer networks or safety-critical systems). He is co-founder of a company related to building automation systems. Peter Rössler is author of 70+ publications. He is member of several program committees of national and international scientific conferences and is engaged in boards of national organizations like the Austrian Association of Electronic Engineering (OVE) or the Austrian Society of Microelectronic Systems (GMS). From 2012 to 2014 he was Chair of the IEEE Austrian Section. Peter Rössler is member of the IEEE and the OVE.

Title: Time to understand the role of time...

Mikhail Simonov
Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Abstract: Information Theory is useful to get information about a time-varying signal. However, the variability over time could be any. There are several techniques to obtain a description of a real life process. One of the abstractions comes from Wiener. Modern digital devices obtain information about a signal in digital form. Two main approaches are exploited: time-based and event-based ones. The choice of a particular approach depends on the observational process and the (control) objectives. This talk focuses on the role of timers in the observational processes. The velocity of changes, an amount of changes, and the accumulation of changes are aspects that can change significantly the utilization of observational processes. We will discuss about the stocks of time and the flows of time. We will discuss about the information transformed by derivative and antiderivative techniques. We will analyze an example from the energy distribution in a nation-wide grid.

Biodata: Mikhail Simonov received a computer science M.Sc. degree from Moscow State University, Russia, and a smart grid related Ph.D. degree from the Energy Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Mikhail has multidisciplinary and cross-sectorial experience in several European industries, service companies, in finance domain, and in academy. Mikhail has been performing R&D and teaching activities since 1999. Now Mikhail works in the European Commission.

Invited Plenary Talk

Title: Event-Based Image Sensors

Laurent Fesquet
TIMA Laboratory, Grenoble INP, Grenoble, France

Abstract: Frameless or event-based image sensors are becoming today reality. Indeed, their image data flow is drastically mitigated allowing activity and power reduction, thanks to an appropriated management of the spatial and temporal redundancies. Moreover, event-driven image sensors are an opportunity to embed built-in and native image pre-processing and seems perfectly suited to be connected to neuromorphic systems. The talk will present the main principles of event-based techniques applied to image sensing and an overview of the academic and industrial novelties.

Biodata: Laurent Fesquet (IEEE M’99, S’09) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France, in 1997. In 1995, he was a Lecturer in charge of electronics and inertial navigation systems with the French Navy Instruction Center. In 1999, he joined the Grenoble Institute of Technology, Grenoble, France, as an Associate Professor. Since 2008, he has been Deputy Director of CIME Nanotech, an academic center that supports microelectronic teaching and research activities. His research, initially focused on asynchronous circuit design, has been extended in 2000 to non-uniform sampling techniques in order to enhance the analog-to- digital conversion. Since, he has been general chair in 2009 and program chair in 2011 and 2013 of the Sampling Theory and applications conference (SampTA). He has also been the program chair of the two first editions of the Event-based Control, Communication and Signal Processing conference (EBCCSP). His current research at the TIMA Laboratory today covers asynchronous circuit design, computer-aided design (CAD) for event-based systems and non-uniform signal processing. He is currently an invited professor at EPFL in Switzerland.