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Texas A&M University at Qatar hosts 26th International Conference on Microelectronics (ICM 2014)

Branch campus and ExxonMobil Qatar bring world-renowned experts to discuss microelectronics research to advances information and communications technologies.

Texas A&M at Qatar is hosting the 26th International Conference on Microelectronics (ICM 2014) 14-17 December at the Hilton Hotel in Doha.

The event, sponsored by ExxonMobil Qatar, is the premiere conference on microelectronics in the region, bringing top international researchers and experts to discuss and share the latest findings in microelectronics research.

“Texas A&M at Qatar is proud to partner with industry collaborator ExxonMobil to host the 26th edition of the ICM 2014 in Qatar, said Dr. Mark H. Weichold, dean and CEO of Texas A&M at Qatar, “which illustrates the importance of industry and academia partnerships in developing scientific solutions that directly impact the international research arena. The conference highlights the importance of microelectronics research to advance information and communications technologies and its importance to fulfilling Qatar’s National Research Strategy and National Vision 2030. As part of its commitment to Qatar National Vision 2030,Texas A&M at Qatar is dedicated to the growth of human capital and the expansion of research in Qatar and globally.”

Alistair Routledge, vice president of production and joint interest manager of ExxonMobil Qatar, said, “With 18,000 engineers and scientists and 2,000 Ph.D.s at the center of our operations, ExxonMobil remains convinced that increasing proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects is critical to building an innovative, diversified and competitive workforce. Our sponsorship of the 26th International Conference on Microelectronics (ICM 2014) further bolsters the more than QAR 5,460,000 we have invested to advance STEM education programs with key community partners in Qatar.”

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the technical sponsor of the conference, which addresses topics such as electronic circuits and systems, CAD tools and design, and nanoelectronics. It also features special topics in algorithms and architectures for mobile and multimedia systems; circuits and systems for connected health; renewable energy sources; and architectures and systems for biometrics and forensics applications.

The three-day event features three keynote speeches by international experts, including Dr. Giovanni De Micheli (EPFL, Switzerland) who will give the talk, “Technologies and Platforms for Cyberphysical Systems”; Dr. Gabriel A. Rincon-Mora (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), “Powering Microsystems – From Fuel Cells to Ambient Energy”; and Dr. Amine Bermak (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR), “Next-generation Smart Vision Sensors for Wireless Camera Network (WCN) Applications”.

ICM 2014 will also include three tutorials by field experts such as Dr. Mohamad Sawan (Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada) who will give the tutorial, “Brain-Machine-Brain Interfaces for Sensing and Subsequent Treatment”; Dr. Fethi Filali (Qatar Mobility Innovations Center, Qatar), “Connected (Automated) Vehicles: A (R)evolution”; and Dr. Abdulkader Bousselham (Qatar Energy efficiency Research Institute, Qatar), “Field Programmable Gate Arrays: From Sea-of-Gates to a System on Chip”.

The conference’s technical program includes 33 regular papers in eight sessions covering RF circuits; device characterization and modeling; digital circuits and systems; device physics and novel structures; digital signal and data processing; and analog circuits. In addition, there are 16 special session papers and 15 posters distributed.

Mazen A. R. Saghir, general co-chair of ICM 2014 and associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar, said, “We are very excited to host the 26th International Conference on Microelectronics (ICM 2014) in Qatar this year. We are also very grateful to ExxonMobil Qatar for their exclusive sponsorship of the conference and for helping us bring the conference to Qatar. Microelectronics are the foundation of modern information technology (IT) and IT is one of the pillars of Qatar’s National Research Strategy. IT will also play a crucial role in transforming Qatar’s carbon-based economy to an information-based economy as expressed in Qatar’s National Vision 2030.”