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UMass Amherst to Host Annual IEEE Conference

The 11th edition of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Annual Symposium on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Design will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on August 19 to 21, 2012. The conference is being staged on campus thanks in large part to the efforts of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Sandip Kundu, one of the two program co-chairs and the local arrangements chair for the conference Organizing Committee. The symposium explores emerging trends and novel ideas and concepts in the area of VLSI.

VLSI is the process of creating integrated circuits by combining thousands of transistors into a single chip. VLSI began in the 1970s when complex semiconductor and communication technologies were being developed. The microprocessor is a VLSI device.

The symposium covers a range of topics: VLSI circuits, systems, and design methods; system level design and system-on-chip issues; new areas and technologies such as nano- and molecular devices, MEMS, and quantum computing. Future design methodologies will also be one of the key topics at the workshop, as well as new CAD tools to support them. Over almost two decades the symposium has been a unique forum promoting multidisciplinary research and new visionary approaches in the area of VLSI. The symposium is bringing together leading scientists and researchers from academia and industry. The papers from this symposium have been published as the special issues of top archival journals.

The symposium program will include contributed papers and speakers invited by the Program Committee, as well as a poster session. Keynote addresses, panels, and special sessions are planned as well. Authors should send PDF versions of their papers through the web-based submission site, as described on the symposium website: (December 2011)