Welcome to the 28th edition of the Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI) 2018, held at Chicago, IL. GLSVLSI is a premier venue for the dissemination of manuscripts of the highest quality in all areas related to VLSI, devices, and system-level design. The location of this year's GLSVLSI is Chicago, returning to the Great Lakes region of the USA. Conference will be held at Marriott Marquis Chicago located in downtown Chicago close to Lake Michigan and South Loop.
Chicago is the home of Willis Tower, Cloud Gate and Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum of Natural History, Magnificent Mile, and Wrigley Field. The conference this year will host a social event aboard Chicago's First Lady Cruises for Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise.
This year's central theme for GLSVLSI is IoT Hardware and Heterogeneous Computing for Artificial Intelligence. The conference will showcase a program highlighted by five keynote speeches related to the central theme by the following academic, industrial, and governmental leaders:
- Matthew Casto, Chief, Air Force Research Lab, delivering the keynote entitled Hardware Assurance: Trojans, Counterfeits, and Security in an Interconnected World.
- Nikil Dutt, Chancellor's Professor, UC-Irvine, delivering the keynote entitled Self-Awareness for Heterogeneous MPSoCs: A Case Study using Adaptive, Reflective Middleware.
- Sharon Hu, Associate Dean, University of Notre Dame, delivering keynote entitled A Cross- Layer Perspective for Energy Efficient Processing -- From Beyond-CMOS Devices to Deep Learning.
- David Pellerin, Head of Global Business Development, Infotech/Semiconductor, Amazon Web Services, delivering keynote entitled Connected Devices, AI, and Scale -- Trends Driving Semiconductor Innovation.
- Wade Shen, Program Manager, DARPA, delivering keynote entitled DARPA's Data Driven Discovery of Models (D3M) and Software Defined Hardware (SDH) programs.
Complementing the keynotes are six special sessions on:
- Powering Heterogeneous IoT Systems: Design for Efficiency, Security, and Sustainability.
- Emergence of Silicon Photonics in High-Performance Computing: How can the VLSI Community Contribute?
- Artificial Intelligence at the Edge.
- Implementing and Benchmarking Post-Quantum Cryptography in Hardware.
- Stochastic and Approximate Computing for Emerging Learning and Communication Systems.
- Circuits and Systems for Autonomous IoT Devices.
For the first time in 2018, GLSVLSI program is featuring panels. Panel chairs Ioannis Savidis and Avesta Sasan will be moderating panels on the timely topics of security and machine learning, respectively
- Securing the Systems of the Future -- Techniques for a Shifting Attack Space.
- Low Power & Trusted Machine Learning.
Most importantly, GLSVLSI 2018 will continue the strong tradition of featuring a stellar technical program focusing on VLSI, devices and systems. The technical program is shaped by the strong representation of high-quality papers in the standard tracks in VLSI Design; VLSI Circuits and Power Aware Design; Computer-Aided Design; Testing, Reliability, Fault Tolerance; Emerging Computing and Post-CMOS Technologies; and Hardware Security. GLSVLSI 2018 adds a new track in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to capture the increasing interest and demonstrated competence of our community in the emerging field that also helps shape the central theme of GLSVLSI 2018. There were 161 papers submitted to GLSVLSI 2018 from 22 countries.