International Conference Highlights Innovation in Microelectronics

Posted on: 23 June 2011

The 22nd Irish Signals and Systems Conference (ISSC), one of the longest-running conferences in signal processing and applications internationally, took place recently at Trinity College Dublin. Organised by Dr Anthony Quinn of the School of Engineering, the conference featured international keynote speakers and a range of scholarly peer-reviewed papers aimed at driving innovation in the industry.

Signal processing is a core curricular element in electrical and electronic engineering and is a key enabling technology for communications, control, circuit design, machine learning and media. Without it, the industry solutions in these areas would not be competitive, and thousands of jobs supported within these strategic sectors in Ireland would either not exist or would be threatened.

Conference delegates pictures at Trinity College Dublin.

Speaking about the conference, Senior Lecturer in Engineering Science at TCD, Dr Anthony Quinn, said: “The Irish Signals and Systems Conference (ISSC) highlights the importance of signal processing for strategic national employment priorities in areas such as medical devices, telecommunications and media technologies.  The commitment of major circuit design, telecommunications and media companies to Ireland is testament to the quality of teaching and research in signal processing in this country, and this conference provides an opportunity to explore issues ranging from fundamental signals and systems theory, to optimal implementations.”

Over the course of the two-day conference, delegates were invited to attend sessions on device design, signal processing theory and methods, communications, control and media, as well as vibrant poster sessions displaying the latest developments in microelectronics.  The academic research highlighted innovations that drive technologies in our day-to-day lives, such as developments in medical devices, mobile phones, embedded devices and consumer electronics.

The conference was sponsored by Analog Devices, Cypress, IMEX, Movidius and Xilinx, as well as by MIDAS, the Microelectronics Industry Design Association.