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International system design conference comes to UK for first time

Published: 9 September 2010

ECS is hosting a conference which will report on new developments in the fast evolving field of system design and verification within the electronics industry.

Forum for Design Languages (FDL), which will be held at the University of Southampton from 14 to 16 September is a well-established international forum 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.

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.

All these themes are of direct relevance to more efficient system design for the electronics industry and conference delegates will be reporting interesting 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, says: "We are very pleased to host FDL 2010 in Southampton this year. 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."

FDL 2010 will be held at the University of Southampton from 14 to 16 September 2010 and will be the thirteenth FDL conference following a series of highly successful events that took place in Lausanne, Lyon, Tübingen, Marseilles, Frankfurt am Main, Lille, Darmstadt, Barcelona, Stuttgart and Sophia Antipolis. FDL is organized in technical cooperation with the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Design Automation (TCDA) and IET in the UK. FDL papers will be available online via IEEEXplore after the conference.

For further information about this story contact Joyce Lewis; tel.+44(0)23 8059 5453.

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