Special Sessions

Special Session # 1: Hardware Security

Abstract
This session brings together the leading research group representatives in hardware security and provides a snapshot of the latest efforts in this domain. The topics covered in the session include security of microfluidic biochips, cryptographic protocols and critical infrastructures, as well as security enablers, such as physically unclonable functions (PUFs) and random number generators. The sessions elucidates vulnerabilities, attacks and defenses for these diverse applications.

Organizers(s): Ozgur Sinanoglu, Associate Professor, New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Special Session # 2: Circuits and Systems for Implantable Biomedical Devices

Abstract
Biomedical implants are to place devices or tissues inside or on the surface of the body. Implants are being utilized in many applications, such as pacemaker, cochlear implant, hip implant, knee implant, deep brain stimulation, and so on. By implantation of biomedical devices, patients have been able to improve their quality of life. With the progress of modern electronics, newly developed technology has not only enhanced the performance of implanted devices and miniaturized their sizes, but also created possibly new treatments for different diseases. Low power design is a basic requirement for these devices in order to extend the battery life. Programmability is the other important concern during the design of the devices so that their functions can be well adjusted for each individual patient. This special session is dedicated to the novel development of circuits and systems for implantable biomedical devices. The topics include filter design for application of cochlear prosthesis, circuit and system architecture for wireless neural recording, and wireless image acquisition system for artificial knee implant surgeries, smart artificial urinary sphincters, and neural stimulators for retinal prosthesis.

Organizer(s): Chung-Chih Hung and Morris (Ming-Dou) Ker, Biomedical Electronics Translational Research Center (BETRC), National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Special Session # 3: Sensors for the Internet of Things

Abstract
This session is dedicated to recent advances in the development of innovative sensor platforms for the Internet of Things. It highlights the use of advanced materials such as metal oxides and graphene in the design of novel sensors for various IoT applications. It also addresses the sensor energy problem, both in terms of low-power sensor design and self-powering solutions.

Organizer(s): Ibrahim M. Elfadel, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Special Session # 4: Low-power SoCs for wearable healthcare

Abstract
This session highlights the work of active and leading research groups in the fields of low-power ECG signal processing. The topics covered in the session include logarithmic ECG processors, Wavelet based ECG signal processing, current advancements in compressive sensing and lab-on-chip sensor arrays for biomedical sensors.

Organizer(s): Hani Saleh, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE