IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Newsletter | Volume 14 | Issue 2 | April 2020 | CURRENT/PAST ISSUES


CASS COVID-19 Special Student Design Competition

Since the COVID-19 virus was first recorded late last year, the pandemic has spread around the world. Affected countries are desperately trying to build up supplies for healthcare workers and public as well as utilize technologies to fight the virus. This special student design competition organized by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society (CASS) aims to create technology solutions aligned with Circuits and Systems to help break the chain of infection of COVID-19 virus. The technologies can be geared for diagnostics, treatment, surveillance, and prevention, targeted for specific communities (such as nursing homes, refugee camps, etc.) or the public at large.

The competition will take place as a virtual event. The teams submit their demonstration videos (at most 10 minutes) together with reports (using the provided template) stating the main achievement, the relevance to the Circuits and Systems technology no more than 5 pages excluding appendices. The judging panel consisting of the CASS experts from all over the world selects the winners.

Winning Prize:
The winning team is invited to join the Final Phase of 2019-2020 CASS Student Design Competition, which will be held during ISCAS 2020 in Seville (11-14 October 2020). The CASS will provide a travel grant of US$1,200 within Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (Region 8) and US$1,700 for the travel from other regions, and ISCAS registration fees, for a maximum of three team members, who must be IEEE CASS Student Members.

Team requirements:

  • The teams should have from 3 to 10 members, that must be full-time high school or university students (including graduate students) (at least until 31 December 2020)
  • Each team should have at least one mentor, that must be faculty members. The mentors are not considered as team members.
  • At least 3 team members must be IEEE CASS Student Members for 2020

Judging Criteria:

  • Technical quality
  • Creativity
  • Completion
  • Relevance to the Circuits and Systems technology


  • 1-15 May 2020: Registration for the competition from here, please submit the registration form here
  • 31 July 2020: Deadline for uploading the video and report from here
  • 21 August 2020: Winner is announced
  • 12 October 2020: Live demonstration of the CASS SDC during ISCAS 2020


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Conference Re-arrangements due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The following CAS sponsored conferences will be postponed, relocated, resheduled or canceled:

ISCAS 2020

ISCAS 2020 - Postponed

ISCAS 2020 has been postponed to 12-14 October 2020. The conference will still be held at the same venue in Seville, Spain. 

  • Conference Dates: 12-14 October 2020 (tutorials day on 11 October 2020)
  • Point of Contact:
  • Website:
  • Special Notice - ISCAS 2020 Postponement

Regional Flagship Conferences

NEWCAS 2020Postponed

NEWCAS 2020 has been postponed to 2-4 November 2020. NEWCAS will still be held in Montréal, Canada at the SOFITEL Hotel. 

  • Conference Dates: 2-4 November 2020
  • Point of Contact:
  • Website:

Additional Conference Updates

ISQED 2020 - Moved to Online Format

ISQED 2020 will now be held as a virtual event. Registered authors and attendees will receive more information about the virtual program via email.

  • Conference Dates: 25-26 March 2020
  • Point of Contact:
  • Website:

VLSI-DAT 2020 - Postponed

VLSI-DAT 2020 has been postponed to 10-13 August 2020. The conference will still be held at the same venue, the Ambassador Hotel Hsinchu. 

  • Conference Dates: 10-13 August 2020
  • Website:

ISICAS 2020 - Venue Change

ISICAS 2020 has been relocated from Shanghai to Paris. The paper submission deadline has been extended to 15 March 2020. 

  • Conference Dates: 27-28 August 2020
  • Point of Contact:
  • Website:

AICAS 2020 - Postponed

AICAS 2020 has been postponed to 31 August- 2 September 2020. The conference will still be held in Genoa, Italy. 

  • Conference Dates: 31 August-2 September 2020
  • Point of Contact:
  • Website:

ESWEEK 2020 - Venue Change

ESWEEK 2020 and ESWEEK 2021 have swapped venues. ESWEEK 2020 will now be held in Hamburg, Germany and ESWEEK 2021 will now be held in Shanghai, China. The abstract submission deadline for ESWEEK 2020 remains 3 April 2020. 

  • Conference Dates: 20-25 September 2020
  • Website:

BioCAS 2020 - Canceled and Rescheduled

Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, BioCAS 2020, in Berlin, Germany, has been canceled. The conference has been rescheduled to October 2021, and will still be held in Berlin. 

  • Conference Dates: October 2021
  • Website:

IEEE CASS Virtual Distinguished Lecturer Webinar Series

First and foremost, we want to reach out and let you know that our thoughts are with you in this time of crisis. Our leadership has been working diligently to come up with ways to continue offering you membership benefits during this time of limited travel and collaboration.

We are extremely excited to announce our latest educational initiative, the "IEEE CAS Society Virtual Distinguished Lecturer Webinar Series." This initiative will allow us to continue providing CASS members with our respected and reputable Distinguished Lecturer program, while also increasing CASS visibility around the world, as anyone can attend these series. 

The first of the IEEE CAS Society Virtual Distinguished Lecturer Webinars Series will be on the topics of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. The series will consist of four 60-minute webinars during the months of April and May 2020.

We are thrilled to offer you the opportunity to attend these webinars and encourage your participation. Registration is completely free and will be limited to the first 100 registrants per event. In the case you are unable to register, you can also attend the webinar via Facebook Live, or access the webinar recording on the IEEE CASS Resource Center.

Webinar 1
29 April 9:00 AM EDT (UTC -4:00) Machine Learning Systems: Low Energy VLSI Architectures and Applications
Keshab Parhi


Webinar 2
5 May 9:00 AM EDT (UTC -4:00) 
Machine Learning and Optimization for Communications and Deep Networks
Gerald Sobelman

Webinar 3
5 May 9:00 AM EDT (UTC -4:00) 
Machine Learning and Optimization for Communications and Deep Networks
Gerald Sobelman

Webinar 4
9 May 9:00 AM EDT (UTC -4:00)
Machine Learning for Analytics Architecture 
Gwo Giun (Chris) Lee