Extended deadlines for SS: September 15, 2018 September 30, 2018
Paper notification: September 16, 2018 September 30, 2018

The 30th International Conference on Microelectronics (ICM2018)


16-19 December 2018
Sousse, Tunisia

We are pleased to announce that authors of the selected papers will be invited to resubmit an extended version to be considered for publication at the following journal:
A special issue of Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing Journal


About ICM2018


The International Conference on Microelectronics (ICM) has been held in numerous countries across the Southern Europe and Western and Southern Asia for the past 29 years. The 30th edition of the conference will be hosted by Computer and Embedded Systems Laboratory (CES lab) in Tunisia. In ICM 2018, several topics will be discussed such as Circuits and Systems, CAD Tools and Design and Micro/Nano electronics and special topics. It will include oral, poster sessions and tutorials given by experts in state-of-the-art topics. The regular technical program will run for three days. Moreover tutorial sessions will be held on the first day of the conference. Perspective authors are invited to upload full papers using the ICM2018 Electronic Submission Portal below.

Call for papers


You are invited to upload full papers using the ICM2018 Electronic Submission Portal below. Regular papers should be prepared with the official IEEE paper template of no more than 4 pages including results, figures and references. Your submission should contain sufficient details to allow for critical review. All submissions will be evaluated by at least two reviewers.
Papers are solicited in, but not limited to, the following topics:

General Circuits and Systems

Analog and RF circuit design techniques
Digital signal and data processing
Wireless communication systems
Nonlinear circuits
System on Chip (SoCs)
VLSI for Signal and Image Processing
Integrated antenna and front-end co-design
Signal Processing in Communications

CAD Tools and Design

Simulation (process, device, circuit, logic, timing, functional)
Layout (placement, routing, floor planning, symbolic, ERC, DRC)
Silicon optimization
Parallel embedded systems
Testing: Formal verification
CAD for FPGAs
High level synthesis tools
Design and Testability

Micro/Nano electronics

Device characterization and modeling
Device physics and novel structures
Process technology, CMOS, BJT
BiCOMS, GaAs
Reliability and failure analysis
Optoelectronics
MEMS Devices
Packaging and surface mount technology

Keynotes/ Tutorials



Call for special session proposals

The ICM 2018 conference include special sessions on highly specialized topic areas, within the scope of the conference and its themes.
The conference organizing committee invites professionals to propose special sessions that complement the regular program of the conference.



The topic of a special session proposal should be timely and compelling.
Prospective tutorial speakers are invited to submit their proposals before the 15th of July, 2018   20th of August, 2018 (extended) by e-mail in a single pdf file to Special Sessions Co-chairs:
Hassen Mnif: hassene.mnif@enetcom.usf.tn
Eric Kerhervé: eric.kerherve@ims-bordeaux.fr
Naim Ben Hamida: nbenhami@ciena.com



Call for papers for special sessions

Four proposals for special sessions have been accepted:

Special Session 1: Special session on Energy Efficient Cyber Physical Systems

Special session organizer:
Dr. Davide Patti: davide.patti@dieei.unict.it


We invite the submission of papers for the special session before the 15th of September, 2018  30th of September, 2018 by E-mail to the organizer of the session.
More details could be found in the call for special session.

Special Session 2: Special session on Dimension Reduction Technique in Signal Processing and Machine Learning

Special session organizers:
Dr. Nasar Aldian Ambark Shashoa: dr.naser.elec@gmail.com
Dr. Adel Saad Emhemmed: dr.adel.elec@gmail.com
Dr. Sliman KA. A. Yaklaf: tasnimy@yahoo.com


We invite the submission of papers for the special session before the 15th of September, 2018  30th of September, 2018 by E-mail to the organizers of the session.
More details could be found in the call for special session.

Special Session 3: Special session on Renewable Energy: Challenges and Opportunities in Africa

Special session organizers:
Dr. Abbas Dandache: abbas.dandache@univ-lorraine.fr
Dr. Emmanuel Simeu: Emmanuel.Simeu@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr
Dr. Mohamed Tabaa: tabaa.mohamed@emsi-edu.ma


We invite the submission of papers for the special session before the 15th of September, 2018  30th of September, 2018 by E-mail to the organizers of the session.
More details could be found in the call for special session.

Special Session 4: Special session on New Architectures and Design for Intelligent and Connected Transportation Systems

Special session organizers:
Dr. Atika Rivenq: atika.menhaj@uphf.fr
Dr. Ihsen Alouani: ihsen.alouani@uphf.fr


We invite the submission of papers for the special session before the 15th of September, 2018  30th of September, 2018 by E-mail to the organizers of the session.
More details could be found in the call for special session.



Call for tutorial proposals

The ICM 2018 organizing committee invites proposals and ideas for tutorials to be held as part of the conference.



The topics should be of sufficient relevance with respect to the general scope of the conference.
Prospective tutorial speakers are invited to submit their proposals before the 15th of July, 2018   20th of August, 2018 (extended) by e-mail in a single pdf file to tutorial Co-chairs:
Mohamed Atri: mohamed.atri@fsm.rnu.tn
Mohammad Baker: baker.mohammad@Kustar.ac.ae
A. Al Maashari: amaashari@squ.edu.om



KEYNOTES:
ICM 2018 keynotes include:


Keynote Speaker1

Neural Signal Recording Amplifiers

Abstract
Wearable and implantable medical devices have shown great benefits in monitoring health conditions and combating various diseases that cannot be cured by conventional medical means. The physiological and neural signal acquisition is at the very front end of such devices, and its performance is critical to the overall system. This talk will start with a quick introduction of the neural signal recording, followed by several neural recording amplifier designs, in which different circuit techniques are employed to improve the performance. The talk will conclude with the recent trend in neural signal recording amplifier design.

Qualifications of the speaker

Dr. Yong Ping Xu received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 1994. He was a Lecturer at University of South Australia, Adelaide, from 1996 to 1998. He joined the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1998 and is now an Associate Professor. His research interests include integrated circuit design for MEMS, sensors, and biomedical applications. Dr Xu isa member of Technical Program Committee of 2017 Symposium on VLSI Circuits (VLSI). He served ITPC of IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) from 2014 to 2018 and the TPC of IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (A-SSCC) from 2009 to 2013.

He was the Organizing Committee Chair for A-SSCC 2013 in Singapore and has been a member of A-SSCC Steering Committee since 2014.Dr Xu is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (2017 and 2018).

Keynote Speaker2

A Self-powered IoT SoC Platform for Wearable Health Care

Abstract
This talk will focus on an IoT Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) as part of research work which targets applications in self-powered chip sets for use in public health, ambient intelligence, safety and security and IoT.
One such application, which we will discuss in details, is a ground breaking self-powered IoT SoC platform for wearable health care. More specifically we will present a novel fully integrated ECG signal processing system for the prediction of ventricular arrhythmia using a unique set of ECG features extracted from two consecutive cardiac cycles. Two databases of the heart signal recordings from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the MIT PhysioNet were used as training, test and validation sets to evaluate the performance of the proposed system. The system achieved an accuracy of 99%.The ECG signal is sensed using a flexible, dry, Graphene-based technology and the system is powered up by harvesting human thermal energy. The system architecture is implemented in Global foundries’ 65 nm CMOS process, occupies 0.112 mm2 and consumes 2.78 micro Watt at an operating frequency of10 KHz and from a supply voltage of 1.2V. To our knowledge, this is the first SoC implementation of an ECG-based processor that is capable of predicting ventricular arrhythmia hours before the onset and with an accuracy of 99%.

Qualifications of the speaker

He is a professor and Chair of ECE at Wayne State University, Detroit, Fellow IEEE, Adjunct professor with KUSTAR, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Prof. Mohammed is a prolific author and entrepreneur in the field of chip design / test and nanotechnology, spent over 25 years in academia and industry in the US and Europe He obtained his BS and MS from Cairo University, Egypt and His PhD from the University of Manitoba, Canada , all in electrical engineering. He held a Research Chair on nano-electronics circuits at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) where he founded the RaMSiS Research Group there. He had visiting appointments in Finland (Aalto university), Norway (NTH and University of Oslo), the Netherlands (Twente University) and Japan (Tokyo Institute of Technology).

He is the Founder of the Ohio State University's (OSU) Analog VLSI Lab, one of the foremost research entities in the fields of analog, mixed signal and RF integrated circuits and served as its Director.
He Joined KUSTAR, the UAE in 2011, where he held the ATIC (now Mubadala Technology) Professor Chair and is Founding Chair of the ECE Department. He is the Founding Director of the Khalifa Semiconductor Research Center (KSRC) . His current research focuses on CMOS RF and mm-wave ICs , energy harvesting and power management, wearable Biochips and Systems on Chip ( SoCs) for the Internet of Things ( IoTs) and smart self-driving vehicles. He joined Wayne State University in Detroit, MI,USA as professor and Chair of ECE while maintaining his position at KUSTAR as an Adjunct.
He leads a research team that developed the first CMOS combo 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi Radio chip which was commercialized. More recently He developed with his colleagues the world first self-powered wearable device that predicts the onset of a heart attack long before it happens and is currently in the process of commercializing it in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, a world leading hospital in cardiology. He advised the work of over 50 Ph.D. students and of over 100 M.S. students. He authored or co-authored over 20 books and over 170 journal publications, 300 conference papers and has 15 US patents granted and several pending.


TUTORIAL SESSIONS:

ICM 2018 Tutorials include:


Tutorial1: Cyber-physical system design challenges

Abstract
Due to major breakthroughs in software and engineering technologies, embedded systems are increasingly being utilized in areas ranging from aerospace and next-generation transportation systems, to smart grid and smart cities, to health care systems, and broadly speaking to what is known as Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). A CPS is primarily composed of several electronic, communication and controller modules and some actuators and sensors. The mix of heterogeneous underlying technologies poses a number of technical challenges to the design and more severely to the verification of such complex infrastructure. In fact a CPS shall adhere to strict safety, reliability, performance and security requirements, where on needs to capture both physical and random aspects of the various CPS modules and then analyze their inter-relationship. Oftentimes however, system bugs remain uncaught during the analysis and in turn cause unwanted scenarios that may have serious consequences in safety critical applications. In this keynote talk, we introduce some of the challenges surrounding the design and verification of contemporary CPS with the advent of smart technologies. In particular, we will introduce recent developments in the use of formal methods for the modeling, analysis and verification of CPS and display a few real world CPS case studies using physical components based on photonics integrated circuits.

Qualifications of the instructor

Prof. Sofiène Tahar is Professor and Senior Research Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science with “Distinction” in 1994 from the University of Karlsruhe and his Diploma degree in Computer Engineering in 1990 from the University of Darmstadt, Germany. Prof. Tahar is founder and director of the Hardware Verification Group (http://hvg.ece.concordia.ca) at Concordia University. He has made contributions and published over 400 papers in the areas of formal hardware verification, microprocessor and system-on-chip verification, analog and mixed signal circuits verification, VLSI design automation, and formal probabilistic,statistical and reliability analysis of systems.

Prof. Tahar has received several awards and distinctions, including in 2007 Concordia University’s Senior Research Award earning him the title of University Fellow. In 2010, he was the recipient of a national Discovery Accelerator Award,given to the top 100 researchers in Canada in engineering and sciences. He is member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec, Senior member of IEEE and Senior member of ACM.


Tutorial2: Machine Learning for EDA

Abstract
Machine learning and deep learning become a new evolving addition to the field of design and design automation flows. This tutorial covers machine learning as well as deep learning algorithms and application methodologies that are necessary to build EDA applications and flows. The tutorial starts with classical machine learning methods. This is followed by introduction to deep learning algorithms and motivation behind why deep learning starts taking off. Finally, the tutorial is concluded by demonstrating how the different ML/DL algorithms can be applied to solve some practical EDA problems, namely in the fields of functional verification and physical verification.
Description
The tutorial includes three major parts:
    1.   Part1: Introduction to Classical Machine Learning
    2.  Part2: Introduction to Deep Learning
    3.  Part3: Application to Common EDA Problems

Qualifications of the instructor

Dr. Eman El Mandouh is Quality Director for IC Verification and Validation Solutions Division, Mentor Graphics Siemens Business. She has more than 18 years of experience in the field of digital design and functional verification technology, namely simulation based verification, advanced formal verification solutions, coverage driven verification, intelligent test generation, FPGA Prototype & Debugging. She received her PHD in 2018, from Cairo University, Computer Engineering where she obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. Her PHD graduation thesis is about “Exploring Machine Learning techniques in Functional Verification Field”, she has published number of articles in the field of functional verification, machine learning, data mining, big-data techniques with function verification and Software testing.

Working as quality manager for EDA, Eman has been certified from world quality institutes such as Green Belt Six Sigma for Information Technology and Software Engineering from the European Software Institute (ESI) and Quality Manger and Organizational Excellence from American Society of Quality.


Tutorial3: Automotive Digital Twin: ADAS System verification

Abstract
Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are taking more control of Electronic Control Unit (ECU) hardware/software architecture definition and exploration mainly due to the rise of new technologies in ADAS and autonomous vehicles. The increasing number of cars with ECUs containing tens of processors, and the need to accelerate the simulation of thousands of driving scenarios and design parameters to ensure safety and reliability in autonomous driving has expanded the use of hardware emulation in the loop based on its capacity and functional verification merits. In this presentation, an integrated heterogeneous system of systems framework to simulate and verify multiple ECUs is presented. The framework allows co-development of the automotive system application software, operating system and controller hardware together with the mechanical system actuators, sensors, and the physical world environment/traffic scenarios all in one. A comprehensive manual/automatic braking system use case consisting of four ECUs at different levels of abstraction is used to demonstrate the tools and interface technologies developed in-house and integrated with third-party tools. The first dashboard ECU acts as a CAN frame monitor and exerciser. The second engine control ECU is modeled as a virtual platform running an AUTOSAR software stack and engine control application. The third transimission controller ECU (digital subsystem) is modeled in Register Transfer Language (RTL) and a Bare-Metal application on a RISC-V running in a hardware emulator. The mechanical part of the braking system is modeled and exported as a Functional Mockup Unit (FMU) and connected to the hardware emulator using an FMI Transport Application (FMITAP) that is based on SystemC TLM 2.0 & FMI 2.0. The fourth ADAS Control ECU is modeled as a virtual platform running an automated emergency braking system application. This platform is wrapped as an FMU and imported together with Sensor and ADAS Scenarios. The effect of a crossing traffic scenario can be easily simulated, tracked and analyzed in all ADAS control loop elements.

Qualifications of the instructor

Dr. Ashraf Salem is Engineering Director in Mentor Graphics Egypt. He manages a group of 200 engineers working in the development of Emulation, Simulation Embedded Systems and Automotive products. Dr. Salem obtained his Ph.D. from Grenoble University, France in 1992. He got his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Ain Shams University in 1983, 1987 respectively. He was the CEO of the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) and professor of Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University. Dr. Salem participated in the establishment of ANACAD branch in Egypt in 1995 that then has been acquired by Mentor Graphics and became one of the largest multinational development centers.

Dr. Salem participated in the establishment of Software Engineering Competence Center and Information Technology Institute in Egypt. He published more than 120 scientific articles in the fields of Computer Aided design of Digital circuits. He chaired the technical committees in a number of international conference, and he supervised more than 20 PhD and M. Sc. thesis in digital design and Embedded systems. Also, he participated in a number of international research projects and developed one of the pioneer research products for formal verification in the eighties.

Organizing Committee


Honorary co-Chairs

Lotfi Kamoun, ENIS, Tunisia
Mohamed Elmasry, U of W, Canada

General co-Chairs

Mohamed Abid, ENIS, Tunisia
Mohamad Sawan, PM, Canada

Tech. Prog. Co-Chairs

Mourad Loulou, ENIS, Tunisia
Ahmed Madian, Nile Univ., Egypt

Special Sessions Co-Chairs

Hassen Mnif, ENETCom, Tunisia
Eric Kerherve, IMS, France
Naim Ben Hamida, CIENA, Canada

Tutorials Co-Chairs

Mohamed Atri, FSM, Tunisia
Mohammad Baker, KH. Univ. AEU
A. Al Maashari, SQ Univ. Oman

Panels Co-Chairs

Mohammed Ismail, WS. Univ. USA
Amine Bermak, HBK. Univ. Qatar
Noureddine Boulejfen, CRMN, Tu

Plenary Talk Co-Chairs

Magdy Bayoumi, Louisana.U. USA
Brahim Mezghani, ENIS, Tunisia
Fabrice Monteiro, Lorraine Univ., Fr

Industry Liaison Co-Chairs

Mohamad Tabaa, EMSI, Morocco
Achraf Salem, M.G, Egypt
Zied Marrakchi, M.G, Tunisia

Publicity Co-Chairs

Piero Malcovati , PaviaUniv., Italy
Abderrazak Jemai, INSAT, Tunisia
Mohammed Ben Salah, KACST,KSA

Publication Co-Chairs

Abdallah Kassem, NDU, Lebanon
Mouna Baklouti, ENIS, Tunisia
Mounir Samet, ENIS, Tunisia

Finance Co-Chairs

Kais Loukil, ESCS, Tunisia
Tarek Ouni, ENETCom, Tunisia

Local Arrangement Members

Wassim Jmal, Chair, ISSATG, Tu
Agnes Ghorbel, ENIS, Tunsia
Amina Magdich, PNU, Riyadh, KSA
Dorra Mallouli, ENIS, Tunisia
Imen Ghorbel, ENIS, Tunisia
Manel Euchi, ENIS, Tunisia
Rahma Aloulou, CRNS, Tunisia
Tarek Frikha, ENIS, Tunisia
Yassin Aydi, ENIS, Tunisia

International Coordinators

Falah Awwad, UAEU, UAE
Fouad El HajHassan, LU, Lebanon
Khaled Salama, KAUST, KSA
Mohamed Masmoudi, ENIS, Tunisia
Said Belkouche, UCA, Morocco
Mountassar Maamoun, Blida, Algeria
Abbes Amira, Qatar Univ, Qatar
AbdoulRjoub, JUST, Jordan
Ahmed Ammari, Oman
Mohab Anis, AUC, Egypt
Abbas Dandache, Lorraine U., France

Important Dates




Full Paper Submission

July 15, 2018    August 20, 2018 (extended)



Notification of Acceptance

September 16, 2018    September 30, 2018 (extended)



Camera Ready Submission

October 11, 2018

Submission


We invite Research Papers submission to the conference which should not exceed 4 pages using the IEEE Standard template without page numbers:
http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html
The full papers should be submitted in PDF format through the online submission system EasyChair

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Papers accepted for Oral Presentation will be submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

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Travel and Accommodation



Visa Information

Visa Policy information
https://www.diplomatie.gov.tn/en/nc/

Accommodation

The ICM2018 will be held in Sousse, Tunisia.
More information about the hotel will be announced soon.

Airport

The main airports to join Sousse are:
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Enfidha Hammamat International Airport                  Logo
Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport       Logo





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CES laboratory, ENIS, SFAX, Tunisia