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System design conference comes to UK for the first time

The University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) is hosting a conference that will report on new developments in the field of system design and verification within the electronics industry.

The Forum for Design Languages (FDL) will be held at from 14 to 16 September. The international forum is devoted to the dissemination of research results and new ideas in the design, modelling and verification of integrated circuits, complex hardware/software embedded systems, and mixed technology systems.

The conference is being held in the UK for the first time ever and will focus on new methods for developing fast, efficient and reliable system design for the electronics industry. Previously, FDL conference events took place across Europe.

Four key related themes will be explored: Inheritance and Modelling; Power and Performance Optimisation; Efficient Analysis and Simulation of SystemC Model, and Synthesis for System on Chip and Beyond.

Conference delegates will also be reporting new ideas on the use of energy harvesting and sensor networks in the automotive industry.

Conference chair, Dr Tom Kazmierski of the University's School of Electronics and Computer Science's, said: " Much of the electronics design industry is based here in the UK and it is a good location to attract international participation.We are particularly excited about virtual access to FDL. In fact, one of the keynote presentations will make use of virtual conferencing technology and will be given by a speaker residing in The Netherlands. For the first time ever FDL has enabled virtual participation in addition to real life presentations. We are expecting a real explosion of virtual conferences over the next few years worldwide and want to be in the forefront of this new, next generation solution to disseminating research results quickly and to wide audiences."

The FDL is organised in cooperation with the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Design Automation (TCDA) and IET in the UK.

Chris Shaw

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