Dear Members of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society,

At the beginning of this New Year, I would like to convey my best wishes and sincere thanks to all of you. I wish you a very happy New Year full of happiness and success in your personal and professional lives. I would like to thank all volunteers for spending their time to serve the members and the Circuits and Systems (CAS) community. 2018 has been a very exciting year marked by many achievements and new initiatives for the society. We have many reasons to celebrate and look forward to another wonderful year ahead.  

As I mentioned in the 2018 message, my goals as the President are to strengthen our technical leadership in the field of circuits and systems and to create value for our members. What follows is a list of highlights of the many accomplishments we have achieved in 2018. I will group them into three areas: Technical Activities, Publications, and Member Services.

Technical Activities

The forthcoming wave of Artificial Intelligence (AI) could have a profound impact on all aspects of our society and lives.  The society as the leader in the field of CAS has much to offer in AI ranging from AI hardware acceleration, energy efficient system architecture, design methodology, and tools, emerging devices, to neuromorphic computing, algorithms, and applications. To facilitate the interaction among researchers, scientists, and engineers working in the field of AI, we will launch the first IEEE International Conference on Artificial Intelligence Circuits and Systems (AICAS) in March 2019 in Hsinchu, Taiwan. AICAS will serve as a platform for the society to promote AI-related research and activities, and to provide training for those who want to work in AI. You are welcome to join this exciting event in March 2019. Thanks to Prof. Myung Hoon Sunwoo, VP Conferences, and AICAS Organizing Committee members for leading this effort.

While AICAS serves as a forum for disseminating knowledge and stimulating new ideas in AI, it is also important to reach out to the industry. For this purpose, we launched two very successful industry events, i.e. the First CAS-Silicon Valley AI for Industry Forum in Silicon Valley on September 21st, 2018 and the First IBM-CAS AI Compute Symposium at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center THINKLab in Yorktown Heights, NY, on October 25th, 2018. Both events brought AI technology to the center of high-tech hubs. The Silicon Valley event was held in collaboration with Intel, where experts from Intel, Google, Facebook, and MIT covered a wide range of topics in AI from energy efficient system architecture, methods to accelerate deep neural networks, to centralized data processing. The event saw more than 330 attendees, of which 66% are non-IEEE Members. The presentation slides are available on the CAS Santa Clara Valley Chapter website: http://sites.ieee.org/scv-cas/2018/09/21/ieee-circuits-and-systems-society-silicon-valley-cas-sv-artificial-intelligent-for-industry-forum/. You are welcome to download these slides.

The IBM-CAS event was held in collaboration with IBM and the IEEE Electron Devices Society. The event had over 155 attendees from multiple companies and universities. It started with two keynote speakers from IBM and ARM, followed by two Invited Talks from Intel and IBM, and two Technical Sessions on “Bio-inspired Computing” and “Emerging Technologies”. It also had a student poster session, where about 30 students presented their compelling research. The symposium closed with a panel discussion on “Artificial Intelligence or Artificial Stupidity: How smart will smart AI be?”  The panelists included the keynote and invited speakers, as well as an IBM Fellow. The panel discussion will be available on IEEE TV. Feel free to watch this exciting event. In 2019, we plan to organize similar events around different parts of the world.

The successes of these events are not possible without our dedicated volunteers. I would like to thank Prof. Eduard Alarcon, VP Technical Activities, for investing his time into these wonderful events. I deeply appreciate Dr. Yen-Kuang Chen of Intel (a member of CASS BoG Technical Activities Division) for initiating the First CAS-Silicon Valley AI for Industry Forum, and Dr. Rajiv Joshi of IBM for organizing the First IBM-CAS AI Compute Symposium.

Brain-related electronics is another field that CASS is deeply involved in. In 2016, the society launched the first Brain Circuits and Systems workshop (BrainCAS) as a side event of BioCAS2016. BrainCAS is dedicated to promoting collaborations between very different disciplines. In 2018, we initiated a NeuroCAS Workshop as a post BioCAS2018 event, which focuses on ECoG and peripheral/autonomic nervous system interfaces and prostheses. A mixture of structured discussions and informal networking sessions encouraged researchers, scientists, and clinicians to generate novel research ideas and build new collaborations. Thanks to Prof. Tim Constandinou (a member of CASS BoG Conference Division)  and the team for a great job!

Food is important to everyone. In 2017, we launched the Food Circuits and Systems Workshop (FoodCAS) along with BioCAS2017. This year for the first time, FoodCAS will become a satellite event of ISCAS2019 in Sapporo, Japan. It will focus on a wide range of technologies that CASS can offer to smart agriculture. More details can be found at http://www.knt.co.jp/ec/2019/foodcas/. Thanks to Prof. Danilo Demarchi and the team for organizing the first FoodCAS satellite workshop in ISCAS2019.

In addition to the aforementioned events, we also organized a UK CAS Tutorial on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, three Seasonal Schools on Physical Design Automation, Logic Synthesis and Verification, Industry Internet-of-Things, respectively. Similar events will be organized in 2019. We welcome you to send us your proposal if you are interested in organizing a Seasonal School in your region or country in 2019.

Publications

Publications are an important platform for the society to disseminate knowledge to the readers. The quality of CAS publication reflects our technical strength in the field. I am glad to report that under the leadership of Prof. Manuel Delgado Restituto, VP Publications, and the effort from the Editors-in-Chief, Editorial Boards, Reviewers, and authors, almost all CASS journals are achieving their best performance, including the Impact Factor, Eigenfactor Score, and Article Influence Score. Congratulations to our Editors-in-Chief, Dr. Andreas Demosthenous of TCAS-I, Dr. Chi K. Michael Tse of TCAS-II, Dr. Shipeng Li of TCSVT, Dr. Mohamad Sawan of TBioCAS, and Dr. Eduard Alarcon of JETCAS.

Fast publication is one of our goals for CAS journals. This year, we invested heavily to increase the number of pages for our main publications including IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I (TCAS-I), IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II (TCAS-II), IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (TCSVT), IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (TBioCAS), and IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics on Circuits and Systems (JETCAS). We have allocated more than 2800 extra pages for the above journals to shorten the time from e-publication to printed version. This is the largest increase in page budget for CAS journals in recent years. Our target is for all our journals to go from e-publication to printed version in less than 6 months.

Circuits and systems are in the frontier of many emerging fields. To meet the demand of authors and readers, we created a new platform in 2018, i.e. a journal tracked conference called “International Symposium on Integrated Circuits and Systems” (ISICAS). It is established to attract high-quality papers while providing opportunities for authors to share their results with the public in a very short time frame. ISICAS is a new form of conference, where all accepted papers are published in the Special Issues of TCAS-I and TCAS-II in 2018. Authors are given the opportunity to present their results to a large group of an audience during the conference. The paper processing time is extremely fast, i.e. less than 6 months from paper submission to publication, which sets a record in any CAS sponsored journals. The success of ISICAS2018 inspired us to offer more to our members and authors. In 2019, in addition to TCAS-I and TCAS-II, TBioCAS will join the ISICAS2019. Authors can submit their papers to the ISICAS2019 Special Issues of TCAS-I, TCAS-II, and TBioCAS before March 1st, 2019. ISICAS2019 will be held in Venice, Italy from August 29-30, 2019. Details can be found at http://ims.unipv.it/ISICAS19/. Thanks, Prof. Franco Maloberti, Past President, and the ISICAS2019 team for this great initiative.

Member Services

As a professional society, members are the most important assets to the society. At the management level, we are committed to improving services, creating values, reaching out to the industry and YPs, and promoting Women in Engineering. Chapters are the focal points for serving our members in different regions. In 2018, we initiated the following outreach programs at the local level:

  • Low Power Image Recognition Challenge
  • CASS Spinoff Ideas Contest
  • Industry outreach programs: (1) CAS-Silicon Valley AI for Industry Forum, and (2) IBM-CAS AI Compute Symposium
  • Outreach for Student Branch Chapters
  • African Workshop on Circuits and Systems
  • South-East Asia Workshop on Circuits and Systems
  • CAS Workshops in South China
  • Local workshops for newly formed chapters
  • Region 1-7 Student Research Competition
  • Region 8 Chapters Workshop Tour
  • Region 9 Industry Tour
  • Region 10 Networking CASS Chapters

The feedback we have gotten from the above programs are very positive. We are going to invest more in chapters to boost local activities in 2019. I am happy to report that the society registered a healthy increase in its membership in 2018, i.e. 5.24% increase in overall membership, and 16.15% increase in Region 10. In addition, 4 new CAS Chapters and 6 new Student Branch Chapters were created in 2018. Thanks to Prof. Yoshifumi Nishio, VP Regional Activities & Membership, for being very active in organizing events and recruiting members.

Most IEEE journals set a “page break” on how many free pages the author(s) can have for their paper. For CAS publications such as TCAS-I, TCSVT, TBioCAS and JETCAS, the “page breaks” are 9 pages, i.e. every paper can have up to 9 free pages. After the “page break” of 9 pages, each additional page was charged at an over-length page charge of $175 per page. This over-length page charge can create a financial burden for many authors. In order to help our authors, the society has invested the operational surplus to reduce the over-length page charge from $175 to $125 per page. Furthermore, the “page breaks” for TCAS-I, TCSVT, TBioCAS, and JETCAS have increased from 9 to 11 pages in 2018, i.e. the authors will have 11 free pages for each accepted paper. We hope that the increase in “page break” and the decrease in over-length page charge will encourage authors to publish papers in CAS journals. The society will continue this practice if the operational surplus is sufficient to support it.

The review process of CAS journals relies on the EDICS (Editor’s Information Classification Scheme), which is used to help the Editor-in-Chief to select the best reviewers for a submitted paper. With the fast change in the CAS field, it is necessary to keep the EDICS up to date. Under the leadership of Prof. Eduard Alarcon (VP Technical Activities) and Prof. Manuel Delgado Restituto (VP Publications) and with the help of all Editors and Technical Committees, the existing EDICS has been reviewed and revised to clearly define the fields of interests of CAS journals. We will update the EDICS in 2019. We hope the new EDICS will help authors to better classify their papers and speed up the review process.

Continuous education is an important part of life long learning. To provide more educational resources to our members, we published four e-books in 2018,

  • “Power Management for Internet of Everything” edited by Sergio Saponara (University of Pisa, Italy)
  • “Enabling Technologies for the Internet of Things: Wireless Circuits, Systems, and Networks” edited by Mathieu Coustans and Catherine Dehollain (both of EPFL, Switzerland)
  • “Low Power Circuit Design Using Advanced CMOS Technology” edited by Milin Zhang and Zhihua Wang (both of Tsinghua University, China), Jan Van der Spiegel (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Franco Maloberti (University of Pavia, Italy)
  • “Circuits and Systems for Biomedical Applications – UKCAS2018” edited by Hadi Heidari (University of Glasgow, UK) and Sara Ghoreishizadeh (University College London, UK).

These books are free for CAS members. You can download them from the CAS Resource Center at https://resourcecenter.cas.ieee.org/.

 

WiCAS (Women in Circuits and Systems) and YPs (Young Professionals) are two focus groups within CASS. WiCAS group promotes CAS activities among women engineers and researchers, while YP group helps the society to design programs suitable for young professionals. We have a dedicated WiCAS event in ISCAS every year. I welcome you to attend the WiCAS session in ISCAS2019 in Sapporo, Japan. In 2018, we also launched the YP Mentoring Sessions in CAS flagship conferences, including ISCAS2018, APCCAS2018, and ICECS2018. These mentoring sessions serve the following purposes: (1) to introduce YPs to the world of CASS; (2) to facilitate experience sharing amount members; (3) to provide advice in early career development; (4) to encourage YPs to actively participate in CAS related activities; (5) to create opportunities for YPs to volunteer their services to the society; and (6) to attract YPs to join the society. The YP sessions will be organized regularly in our flagship conferences. We encourage YP members to participate in these sessions in 2019. Thanks, Prof. Jennifer Blain Christen for leading the effort for WiCAS group and Prof. Hadi Heidari for YP Group.

I am deeply grateful to all volunteers for their hard work and commitment to serve the society, which have made these accomplishments possible. Thanks to Prof. Franco Maloberti (Past President) for leading the Nominations, Constitution and Bylaws, and Awards committees, Dr. Amara Amara (President-Elect) for chairing the Long-Term Strategy Committee, Prof. Chang Wen Chen (VP Financial Activities) for managing the finance of the society. Thanks to Prof. Pamela Abshire, Prof. Elena Blokhina, Dr. Gabriele Manganaro, Prof. Mohamad Sawan, and Prof. An-Yeu (Andy) Wu for serving the Board of Governors (BoG) in the past three years. Special thanks to the following members, who chair the various committees in the society:

  • Prof. Enrico Macii, Chair of Society Fellow Evaluation Committee.
  • Prof. Joos Vandewalle, Chair of Charles A. Desoer Technical Achievement Award Subcommittee.
  • Prof. Randall Geiger, Chair of Society Education Award Subcommittee.
  • Dr. Gabriele Manganaro, Chair of Industrial Pioneer Award Subcommittee.
  • Prof. Tor Sverre Lande, Chair of Mac Van Valkenburg Award Subcommittee.
  • Prof. Wouter Serdijn, Chair of Meritorious Service Award Subcommittee.
  • Prof. Yoshifumi Nishio, Chair of Chapter-of-the-Year Award Subcommittee, Chair of Student Travel Awards subcommittee, Chair of Pre-Doctoral Scholarship Subcommittee.
  • Prof. Manuel Delgado Restituto, Chair of Biomedical Circuits and Systems Best Paper Award Subcommittee, Chair of Circuits and Systems for Video Technology Best Paper Award Subcommittee, Chair of Darlington and Guillemin-Cauer Best Paper Awards Subcommittee, Chair of Outstanding Young Author Best Paper Award Subcommittee, Chair of Very Large Scale Integration Systems Best Paper Award Subcommittee.
  • Prof. Elvis Mak, Chair of Distinguished Lecturer Selection Committee.

In 2019, we will maintain our momentum and continue to work hard to achieve our goals, i.e. to strengthen our technical leadership in the field of circuits and systems, and to create value for our members. I invite you to join us to make CASS a better home for all our members. I thank you once again for what you have done, and what great things I anticipate that you will do for the society in 2019.

Yong Lian
President, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society