ISSCC 2021 Special Events

Special Events – Monday, February 15, 2021, Friday February 19, 2021 and Saturday February 20, 2021

On Demand Content will be available on Friday, February 5, 2021, 5:00PM PST. Live presentations and Q&A will scheduled according to the advanced program. Both On-demand content and recorded live Q&A content will be available until March 31, 2021.


Joint WIC/YP Mentoring event – Monday, Feb 15, 9:30-10:30AM PST

SSCS Women in Circuits and Young Professionals are happy to host virtual mentoring sessions. After a short kickoff from a renown engineer in our field you can choose to join a breakout room with mentors who will speak on a variety of topics. Possible breakouts are (subject to change): How to get a sponsor vs mentor, How to negotiate, How to become a leader, How to challenge management
Work/life balance, Career/self development, Communication skills, Career in Academia, Career in Industry, Career in Startups


What Technologies Will Shape the Future of Computing?

General-purpose computing has derived performance gains from clock frequency and instructions-per-clock for over four decades; achieving an impressive ~105 performance increase over the same timeframe. With the future of the traditional compute roadmap in doubt, in this event, we will discuss what other technologies could help shape the future of computing. How much further can we push traditional CPU micro-architectures, will 3D integration help extend the traditional roadmap for another decade, will dedicated accelerators become mainstream alternatives for everyday compute tasks, can memory materials or architectures provide a performance breakthrough for traditional architectures and what if error-free memory is no longer a constraint?

Going Remote: Challenges and Opportunities to Remote Learning, Work, and Collaboration

For years now, there has been a call to increase remote work, conferencing, and education. Although many companies have geographically distributed teams and students have moved to online instruction, remote working and learning has yet to become the norm despite the available technology and resources. Remote work and education provide positive environmental benefits as well as improved work-life integration and flexibility. Today, key challenges include effective communication, laboratories, isolation, and privacy. Being at the forefront of innovation, our community often leads technology adoption. In this evening session, we explore how to shape the inevitable shift to more distributed and remote styles of working and learning.

Favorite Circuit Design and Testing Mistakes of Starting Engineers

This special event will focus on typical mistakes that all starting graduate students seem to make when they first start designing circuits. Many of these errors are simple and easily avoided if only they are pre-warned. These errors show up at different phases of design, simulation, layout and testing. Renowned speakers will share their experience and provide examples of their own mistakes!

Women in Circuits Event – ICs in PandemICs

The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed a powerful test globally. As the current pandemic unfolds, revolutionary social and economic changes have accelerated that would otherwise have taken decades to materialize, especially the digital transformation of the whole world enabling virtual presence. IC industry continues to forge ahead with providing the building blocks for innovations that improve economic and social prosperity of the world. From smarter robots to automation, from connected medical devices to AI-driven data analytics; cost-effective, secure, portable and high accuracy IC technology is already in place. This special event brings together experts from industry and academia in cloud-connected biosensors, advance algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) to discuss our preparedness to combat the spread of infectious diseases now and in the future. The talks will feature recent work on accelerated drug discovery, early detection of high-spread clusters, enhanced contact tracing, continuous remote patient monitoring and data analysis with related security, and privacy concerns.


SSCS Young Professionals – Making a Career Choice

This interactive event will include several distinguished panelists representing a broad variety of career choices and diversity in the areas of start-ups, industry, research, and academia available to graduates in electrical and computer engineering. Following short introductory remarks by each panelist, this forum will open for audience interaction in which the audience is invited to express a broad range of questions to the panelists.

Download the 2021 ISSCC Advance Program