During the period 2009-2010 between the ISCAS’2009 in Taiwan and the ISCAS’2010 in Paris, the members of the Nonlinear Circuits and Systems Technical Committee (TC-NCAS) co-edited two books, wrote two book chapters, edited two special issues in CAS related journals, organized/took part in the organization of several conferences and workshops, organized several special and invited sessions, and delivered several invited lectures in numerous major conferences and workshops related to Circuits and Systems.
Contributed Book Chapters:
- 1. C. Alpert, D. Mehta, S. Sapatnekar (editors), Handbook of Algorithms for Physical Design Automation, 2010, CRC Press.
- 2. I. Zelinka, S. Celokocski, H. Richter and G. Chen (editors), Evolutionary Algorithms and Chaotic Systems, Springer, Berlin, January 2010.
- The TC-NCAS web page http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/ljilja/tcncas/ contains links to annual reports, meeting minutes, TC news, and a list of e-mail addresses and web pages of members. The TC-NCAS mailing list address is ncastc-ieee at sfu.ca. The list currently contains 67 e-mail addresses of NCAS Technical Committee members and guests. Members may subscribe or unsubscribe by sending an e-mail to ljilja at cs.sfu.ca.
TC-NCAS Officers, term ending at ISCAS 2010Chair: Zbigniew Galias (galias at agh.edu.pl)
Past Chair: Chi K. (Michael) Tse (encktse at polyu.edu.hk)
Chair Elect: Henry Leung (leungh at ucalgary.ca)
Secretary: Orla Feely (Orla.Feely at ucd.ie)
Track Chairs for NCAS track at ISCAS 2010:
Henry Leung (leungh at ucalgary.ca)
Francis Lau (encmlau at polyu.edu.hk)
Prepared by Zbigniew Galias, May 2010
Vision of the Nonlinear Circuits and Systems Technical Committee
Nonlinear effects in circuits and systems are ubiquitous. As new technologies emerge, and existing technologies are pushed closer to their limits of performance, nonlinear effects will assume greater importance. It is vital that there be a repository of theory and experience which will allow engineers to understand, exploit and control these effects. Fields such as nanoelectronics and systems biology will present us with important new challenges.
An important trend observed in the area of nonlinear circuits and systems is a rapid growth of interest in the study of large extended nonlinear systems and networks. In particular, the area of complex networks and systems is receiving increasing attention as witnessed by the large number of submissions on this topic to our transactions. In this respect main activities in our field will involve the analysis and design of nonlinear circuits and systems characterized by many interacting systems whose structure and topology will be evolving and adapting in time and space.
Thinking about future aspects of the nonlinear circuits and systems field, we cannot forget about fundamental theories and their importance in new application domains. A perfect example is the memristor, for which theory was formulated in 1970s, and which was actually built only two years ago. Currently, many new applications based on memristor properties are proposed.
As a Technical Committee we see worth pursuing the following new research directions:
- analysis, control and simulation of complex networked systems;
- analysis and synthesis of bio-inspired circuits and systems, developing nonlinear circuit models for bio-impedance and bio-electrical applications;
- analysis and design of piecewise-smooth dynamical systems and discontinuous dynamical systems.