"What's Next"
Workshops

"What's Next" Workshops

To foster the open communication and collaboration required to develop new ERI funding opportunities, DARPA will host four ERI “What’s Next” Technical Brainstorming Workshops from 8:30am – 12:30pm PT. These concurrent Program Manager (PM)-led workshops will explore applications for next generation hardware and specialized processing. The workshops will include a discussion on the current state of the art in targeted areas and allow for community-wide dialogue and brainstorming on future DARPA directions relevant to the next phase of ERI.

The ERI “What’s Next” Technical Brainstorming Workshops are open to the public but require advanced registration from all interested attendees. For attendees interested in participating only in the workshops on July 23, a discounted one-day registration rate is available. The one-day pass permits access to the workshops as well as to other Monday ERI Summit events. Attendees already registered or planning to register to attend the full ERI Summit are not required to pay an additional registration fee to attend the workshops, but must still register to attend through the ERI Summit website.  

These workshops will focus on areas of interest to the U.S. commercial sector and to national security, specifically:

Hardware for Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) Workshop

As Moore's Law changes, the need grows to couple the design of AI software with the architecture of its target hardware. AI developers will need new hardware structures to support reconfigurable and updateable software architectures as well as adaptive AI software that can exploit dynamic hardware capabilities. DARPA program managers Dr. Hava Siegelmann and Dr. Y.K. Chen will bring together researchers developing next-generation AI software and those developing next-generation hardware. This workshop will explore cutting-edge research in both areas and end with a panel discussion to examine what this work means for future electronics.

Hardware Security Workshop

The novel architectures and design improvements created by ERI offer an opportunity for military-unique specialization within the existing commercial microelectronics market. This workshop will explore how the U.S. can use these new specialization capabilities to strengthen the security of our digital society. DARPA program managers Dr. Kenneth Plaks, Dr. Linton Salmon, and Mr. Walter Weiss will lead a discussion on the potential for hardware specialization for security. DARPA and commercial researchers will describe current research in the area. A panel discussion will follow that explores gaps in the current hardware security portfolio with an eye toward emerging technology opportunities as well as ideas for potential DARPA programs.

Hardware Emulation Workshop

System complexity has fractured the old DoD model of using human analysis for the bulk of verification, resulting in decades-long development times for complex DoD systems. Emerging system emulation methodologies used within the commercial sector show the potential for the development of an emulator that can reduce the design time for a large system by orders of magnitude. However, these methodologies require further innovation before they will be widely adopted. This workshop, led by DARPA program manager Mr. Andreas Olofsson, will provide a forum to discuss new approaches to total system emulation that will enable validation and rapid design of next-generation DoD systems. The session will consist of multiple presentations that highlight current system-level emulation approaches, challenges, and future requirements for commercial and DoD systems, followed by a general Q&A with Mr. Olofsson.

Integrated Photonics Workshop

Integrated photonics technologies promise to enable both “More-Moore” scaling for microelectronic systems and “More-than-Moore” diverse functionality. In the first section of this workshop led by DARPA program manager Dr. Gordon Keeler, DARPA seeks to address the challenges, opportunities, and impact of deeper integration of photonic interconnects within advanced microelectronic computing components such as FPGAs, CPUs, GPUs, and ASICs. Discussions will center on an ultimate goal of enabling large performance gains for future systems by nurturing an accessible ecosystem for photonics and microelectronics co-design, volume fabrication, and packaging, while driving technology innovation for next-generation needs. The second section of the workshop will focus on the potential impact of photonics for sensors, RF signaling, and atomic/quantum systems.

Dr. William Chappell

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Announced in 2017, DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) aims to address this coming critical juncture. From July 23-25, the Agency is inviting leaders of U.S. microelectronics from industry, defense, and academia to come together to build the momentum it will take to preserve the nation’s status as the leading innovator in the microelectronic technologies that underlie so much of the economy and of our defense capabilities. As a storied city that is experiencing its own resurgence, Detroit provides an ideal backdrop for DARPA’s first annual ERI Summit. As a city that has learned from the past and found new ways to propel itself forward, Detroit is poised for a self-reinvention. We hope you will be inspired by the city’s progress, reminded of the significance of this moment, and energized to define and deliver what’s next in U.S. microelectronics advancement.

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