EWME 2016

11th - 13th May

11th European Workshop on Microelectronics Education

Technical Programme & Keynotes

Programme Summary

EWME 2016 Provisional Technical Programme Summary

Full Programme - Provisional

The full EWME 2016 technical programme is shown below:

Wednesday 11th May

8:30 Registration
9:00 Opening Session

Keynote Talk: Ian Philips, ARM Ltd. UK - Carving the perfect engineer

10:15 Coffee Break

Session 1 - Innovative assessment approaches

Yoshio Mita and Yoshihiro Kawahara
Introduction to Electronic Information Devices Try-by-yourself-style lecture on autonomous electronic devices
Clemens M. Rumpf, Aleksander A. Lidtke, Alex S. Weddell and Robert G. Maunder
Enhancing microelectronics education with large-scale student projects
Aharon Gero, Netanel Yamin and Yinnon Stav
How to Increase Students’ Interest in a Basic Electric Circuits Course?
A. Theodore Markettos, Simon Moore, Brian D. Jones, Roy Spliet and Vlad A. Gavrila
Conquering the Complexity Mountain: Full-stack Computer Architecture teaching with FPGAs
Jennifer Hasler, Sihwan Kim and Sahil Shah, Farhan Adil, Michelle Collins, Scott Koziol, and Stephen Nease
Transforming Mixed-Signal Circuits Class through SoC FPAA IC, PCB, and Toolset
12:45 Lunch

Session 2 - The future of microelectronics education

Robert Maunder
Innovation in the Undergraduate Microelectronics Programmes at the University of Southampton
Olivier Bonnaud and Laurent Fesquet
Practice in microelectronics education as a mandatory supplement to the future digital-based pedagogy: strategy of the French national network
Ľubica Stuchlíková, Arpád Kósa, Peter Benko, Juraj Marek, Aleš Chvála and Daniel Donoval
How to Prepare University Graduates as Highly Skilled Key Enabling Technologies Professionals?
Mark Zwolinski, Wolfgang Kunz, Kjetil Svarstad and Andrew Brown
The European Masters in Embedded Computing Systems (EMECS)
Uljana Reinsalu, Siavoosh Payandeh Azad, Mairo Leier, Kalle Tammemäe and Thomas Hollstein
Practicing Start-up Culture in Teaching Embedded Systems
16:15 Coffee Break

Session 3 - Innovative Course Design Development 1

Bjørn B. Larsen, Lars Lundheim, Torbjörn Ekman and Thomas Tybell
Teaching Freshmen Engineering Communication
Basel Halak and Mohammed El-Hajjar
Plagiarism Detection and Prevention Techniques In Engineering Education
Sergei Kostin, Raimund Ubar and Elmet Orasson
A Tool Set for Teaching Design-for-Testability of Digital Circuits
Maxwell Waugaman, Zakkai Davidson, Sam Dietrich, Daniel Johnson, Cassandra Meyer, Eric Storm, Avi Thaker and Ivan Wong
LEG Processor for Education
Juraj Marek, Peter Benko, Aleš Chvála, Arpad Kósa, Patrik Pribytný, Ľubica Stuchlíková and Daniel Donoval
The Secret of Successful Student Team Project

Panel - IoT impact on microelectronics education

Thursday 12th May


Keynote Talk: Jan Madsen, Technical University of Denmark


Embedded Tutorials Parallel

10:30 Coffee Break

Embedded Tutorials Parallel (cont.)

12:15 Lunch

Session 4 - Innovative Course Design Development 2

Basel Halak and Peter Wilson
Design and Evaluation of A System-on-a-Chip Course
Sarah Harris, Robert Owen, Enrique Sedano and Daniel Chaver Martinez
MIPSfpga: Hands-On Learning on a Commercial Soft-Core
Matthew Brejza, Jeffrey Hooker, Jonathan Sowman, David Oakley and Robert Maunder
Design of Digital Testbeds for Undergraduate Microelectronics Teaching
Mohamed Shalan
CloudV: A Cloud Based Educational Digital ASIC Design Environment
15:45 Coffee Break

Session 5 - Use of multimedia in microelectronics education

Geoff Merrett and Alun Vaughan
Improving Learning of Electronic Engineering Skills through e-Learning: a Case Study
Ali Al-Ataby
Innovative Teaching Tools for Large Multicultural Cohorts in Electrical Engineering and Electronics
Aleš Chvála, Juraj Marek, Arpád Kósa, Patrik Príbytný, Ľubica Stuchlíková and Daniel Donoval
2/3-D Device Simulations as an Effective Tool in Microelectronics Education
Alun Vaughan, Paul Lewin and Averil Macdonald
Virtual Experiments: Providing students with a unique online laboratory experience
18:00 Social Event

Friday 13th May


Keynote Talk: Ajay Gupta, Western Michigan University - The NSF/IEEE-TCPP Curriculum Initiative on Parallel and Distributed Computing


Session 6 - Innovative Course Design Development 3

Gilles Jacquemod, Zhaopeng Wei, Yves Leduc and Cyril Jacquemod
New QVCO Design using UTBB FDSOI Technology
Toru Nakura, Yuki Okamoto, Yoshio Mita and Kunihiro Asada
One Week TAT of 0.8um CMOS Gate Array with Analog Elements for Educational Exercise
Michele Portolan and Robin Rolland
Student-Driven Development of a Digital Tester
Dave Burke, Rishad Shafik and Alex Yakovlev
Challenges and Opportunities in Research and Education of Heterogeneous Many-Core Applications
Daniel V. Martinez, Rishad A. Shafik, Amit Acharyya and Geoff Merrett
FPGA-based Adaptive Learning System Design and Implementation using CMAC: An MSc Project Experience
10:30 Coffee Break

Session 7 - Innovative Course Design Development 4

Matthew Leiter, Lucas Goedde, Emily Fredette, Noah Chesnut, Matthew Swabey and Mark Johnson
Student use and assessment of System on Chip (SOC) Prototyping Resource
Florent Bruguier, Pascal Benoit, Lionel Torres and Lilian Bossuet
Hardware Security: from Concept to Application
Benjamin Pfundt, Marc Reichenbach, Christian Hartmann, Konrad Häublein and Dietmar Fey
Teaching Heterogeneous Computer Architectures Using Smart Camera Systems
Beatrice Pradarelli, Pascal Nouet and Laurent Latorre
Per Peers Learning Educational Approach to Teach Industrial Test to Undergraduate Students
12:45 Lunch

Organized Tour of the University of Southampton cleanrooms & teaching labs.

Those wishing to make a tour will need to make their own way to University of Southampton, Highfield campus.

Keynote Speaker

Ian Phillips. Principal Staff Engineer, ARM Ltd. UK
"Carving the perfect engineer"
Ian Phillips
Principal Staff Engineer


Engineer is a verb; a doing word. So Engineering is about creating actual economically viable solutions to societal or individual needs ... using only the technologies and tools available. Not all engineers are equal, so neither are their children. Solutions are the result of individual acts of creativity; and the good ones always uniquely balance functionality, with innovation, cost, quality and time. Invented in the 1940's, then subjected to an irresistible logarithmic pressure now known as Moore's Law, the transistor underpins todays ubiquitous Electronic Systems. These billion transistor commodity ICs are the impressive result of generations of engineers exploiting the physical and mathematical sciences available to them. But there are many other technologies which are equally vital to these systems; and many with histories only marginally less stunning. The simple and sleek interfaces of today’s Electronic Systems, bely the immense technical complexity beneath; a complexity way beyond any single company or geographic region to deliver. Their creation demands the creative contribution from teams of specialist engineers wherever they are in the world they occur ... an orchestration of invisible virtuosos, producing an inaudible technical symphony! Technologies continue to advance and as they do they offer unique potential to satisfy societies insatiable demand; for more, better, cheaper, faster. Can we continue to meet these demands? What kinds of engineers will we need to do it? And can they be cast; or must they be individually carved?


Prof. Ian Phillips, FIET, FIMA, SMIEE, CEng. is Principal Staff Engineer at ARM Ltd of Cambridge in the UK, where his role is to nurture strategic technology and opportunities until their business value can be quantified. He left school at 15 without formal qualifications, was apprenticed in electronics from 1965-69, and graduated with a 1st from University of Wales - Swansea, in 1975. He then joined Pye-TMC as an electronic design engineer; continuing as a designer and design manager through Philips, Plessey, GEC and Mitel through the exhilarating years of this technology's evolution. He joined ARM in 1998; a company at the forefront of technology and where his breadth experience is regularly challenged. Reporting directly to the CTO, his role has a very outward face and he is involved with many European Research Universities, Institutions and Government Bodies, as both advisor and technology scout. He is a frequent presenter on European stages; an advocate of improved University/Industry relationships; a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Liverpool and Plymouth; and the winner of the 2008 NMI award for his personal Contribution to Industry.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Ajay Gupta, Western Michigan University
"The NSF/IEEE-TCPP Curriculum Initiative on Parallel and Distributed Computing"
Ajay Gupta
Professor of Computer Science
Western Michigan University, USA


The incorporation of parallel and distributed computing (PDC) technology into the daily lives of users via their smartphones, wireless networks, mobile devices, social networking sites, cloud, etc., has made it imperative to impart a broad-based skill set in PDC technology at various levels in the educational fabric. However, rapid advances in computing technology and services challenges educators’ abilities to know what to teach in any given course or a session. In the push to cope with the fast-changing PDC technology, various stakeholders, including employers, face similar challenges in identifying basic expertise. The curricular guidelines developed by the NSF/TCPP working group seek to address this challenge in a manner that is flexible and broad, with allowance for variations in emphasis to accomodate different curricular cultures.

The first version of PDCS curricular guidelines was released in 2012. Over 100 institutions from the U.S. and from around the world have taken the initiative to evaluate the guidelines and to create templates as to how these topics can be adopted in various courses across the curriculum. A courseware site has been launched for contributions and download of relevant educational material, and a CDER book project is aiming to publish chapters and essays on PDC topics both for instructors and students in lower level core courses to address the lack of suitable textbooks. The recently released CS2013 ACM/IEEE Computer Science Curricula leverages the NSF/TCPP curriculum and provides a direct hyperlink to it for reinforcing its PDC coverage. In this talk we will discuss these efforts and look at a few samples.


Ajay Gupta is a Professor of Computer Science and Director of Wireless Sensor Networks Lab at Western Michigan University. He is actively involved in IEEE Computer Society activities, including Chair of the Technical Committee on Parallel Processing from 2011 to 2015 and Technical Activities Committee Vice-Chair in 2015. From 1998 to 2002, he was the Chairman of the Computer Science Department at Western Michigan University. Dr. Gupta received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Purdue University in 1989, his M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Cincinnati in 1984, and his B.E. (Honors) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani, India in 1982. Dr. Gupta’s research interests include sensor networks and systems, cloud computing, evolutionary computation, scientific computing, and design and analysis of parallel and distributed algorithms. He has published numerous technical papers and book chapters in refereed conferences and journals in these areas. He is a senior member of the IEEE and member of the IEEE Computer Society, the IEEE Communications Society, the ASEE and the ACM.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Jan Madsen, Technical University of Denmark
"A Healthy and Secure life with IoT"
Professor Jan Madsen
Technical University of Denmark


The Internet-of-Things (IoT) is referred to as digital microprocessors and sensors embedded in everyday objects. Billions of such objects are envisioned to be connected through the internet, harvesting data about the physical world which is then analyzed in the cloud. But this is a rather narrow vision, as we are now entering an age where everyday objects continuously will communicate with, and control, other objects over a global data network, effectively realizing real-time networked information and computation. This will allow a complete integration of things, people, systems and real-time real-world inputs.This talk will outline how smart connected objects give us new ways to measure, monitor, understand and optimize our body and general health. Technological developments and the convergence between different technologies, will radically change our view on health and the health system, from todays intermittent reactive system to a continuous proactive system. This will shift the focus from treatment to prevention, ensuring a healthy and secure life.


Jan Madsen is Full Professor in Computer-Based Systems at Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (DTU Compute), at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He is Head of the Section of Embedded Systems Engineering and is co-Director of DTU Compute. He is national ICT expert for EU Horizon2020 and member of the NTF evaluation panel for Nano-Tera, a Swiss Research Program on engineering complex systems since 2013. His main research interests are related to methods and tools for systems engineering of microelectronic, microfluidic and microbiological computing systems. Present research covers embedded systems-on-a-chip, wireless sensor networks (Internet-of-Things), microfluidic labs-on-a-chip and synthetic biology. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers, 12 book chapters, and 3 books. He has several best paper awards and nominations. He is General Chair for DATE 2018 and Vice-General Chair for DATE 2017. He has been General Chair for CODES 2001 and NOCS 2012, Program Chair for NORCHIP 2012, CODES+ISSS 2011, DATE 2007, and CODES 2000. He is a senior member of IEEE Computer Society, has served on the editorial board of IEEE Design & Test 2007-2015 and IET Proceedings of Computers and Digital Techniques 2005-2008. He has served on the technical program committee of numerous conferences. He has 1 pending patent in microfluidics and holds 2 patents on a bio-inspired self-healing computer architecture from which he has co-founded the start-up company, Biomicore.