The first Workshop on IC Advances in China (ICAC Workshop), co-organised by the University of Macau’s (UM) State-Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI and the University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESTC), was held successfully in Chengdu recently. The workshop aimed to provide a platform for participants to have open technical discussions, to explore collaboration opportunities, and to brainstorm new ideas and directions. The workshop attracted 150 participants, including industry practitioners and leading Chinese scholars and engineers in the field of integrated circuits who have published papers in the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) or the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC) in the past two years.
The workshop featured six keynote speakers and 21 regular speakers from renowned universities and institutes in China, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, UESTC, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and UM. One third of the participants are design engineers or managers from the industry; one third are professors; and the rest are postgraduate students.
Six professors from UM, namely Mak Pui-In, Sin Sai-Weng, Lu Yan, Yin Jun, Chan Chi-Hang, and Chen Yong, reported their recent projects, covering a wide range of topics such as wireless communications, data conversion, and power management.
The honorary chairs of the workshop were Prof Wang Zhihua from Tsinghua University and Prof Rui Martins from UM. The conference chairs were Prof Li Qiang from the UESTC and Prof Mak Pui-In from UM. The idea of organising such an interactive workshop was proposed by Prof Lu Yan on the day of the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.