tinyML Talks on July 15, 2021 “Review of the TinyML EMEA Forum: The seeds have been planted, time for the EMEA ecosystem to sustainably grow!” by Theocharis Theocharides and Peter Debacker

We held our next tinyML Talks webcast. Theocharis Theocharides from University of Cyprus and Peter Debacker from IMEC presented Review of the TinyML EMEA Forum: The seeds have been planted, time for the EMEA ecosystem to sustainably grow on July 15, 2021.

The inaugural tinyML EMEA took place online from June 7th to June 10th. During the online event, the EMEA tinyML Community came together in order to find out about the tinyML movement, and research and innovation activities that take place in the EMEA region. The event’s success was reflected in the 1500+ registrants, and the 300+ attendees during the live sessions each day. During this talk, the forum’s Technical Chairs, Theo Theocharides and Peter Debacker will provide a summary of the activities that included tutorials, keynotes from industry and academia, tinytalks and partner sessions highlighting research and development across the EMEA region, a student research forum, and a networking session featuring talks from policy makers, success stories and directions on how the community can come together to promote the sustainable growth of the tinyML movement in the EMEA region. Further, Theo and Peter will share their views, and list the identified challenges, opportunities and emerging policies that are expected to shape the movement’s growth in the next few years in Europe, Africa and the Middle East as identified in the exciting panel that also took place as part of the EMEA forum.

Theocharis (Theo) Theocharides is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Research Director at the KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence at the University of Cyprus. Theocharis received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Penn State University, working in the areas of low-power computer architectures and reliable system design with emphasis on computer vision and computational intelligence applications. Theocharis was honored with the Robert M. Owens Memorial Scholarship in May 2005. He has been with the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Cyprus since 2006, where he directs the Embedded and Application-Specific Systems-on-Chip Laboratory and with the KIOS CoE since its inception in 2008. His research focuses on the design, development, implementation and deployment of low-power and reliable on-chip application-specific architectures, low-power VLSI design, real-time embedded systems design and exploration of energy-reliability trade-offs for Systems on Chip and Embedded Systems. His focus lies on acceleration of computer vision and artificial intelligence algorithms in hardware, geared towards edge computing, and in designing self-aware, evolvable edge computing systems. He serves on several organizing and technical program committees of various conferences and is currently serving as the Application Track Chair for DATE. Theocharis is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the ACM, and an Associate Editor for IEEE Consumer Electronics magazine, ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems, and the ETRI journal. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of IEEE Design & Test magazine.

Peter Debacker received the M.Sc. (Hons.) degree in electrical engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, in 2004. He worked with Philips as a system engineer and at Essensium as a System Architect before joining IMEC, Leuven, in 2011. He is currently Program Manager in the Semiconductor Technology and Systems division. He leads a team that researches semiconductor technology, architecture and algorithms to create efficient AI hardware ranging from DNN accelerators, to in-memory compute and neuromorphic hardware. Besides AI specific hardware, he works on power-performance-area (PPA) optimization of scaled CMOS technologies (for 3nm and beyond), emerging memories and beyond CMOS technologies. In his past he has worked on IMEC’s low-power digital chip and processor architectures and implementation in advanced technology nodes. His current research interests include AI, machine learning and neuromorphic computing, computer architectures, design methodologies, design-technology co-optimization, reliability, variability and low power design.

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Theocharis Theocharides and Peter Debacker

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Theocharis Theocharides and Peter Debacker

Feel free to ask your questions on this thread and keep the conversation going!

Hi, Are you planning to build a Horizon Europe Consortium ( a CSA for example)?
There were some discussions between the people attending the networking event, but we did not take a direct decision – however, it may be good to follow up. Maybe in the summit next January the EMEA community can come up with a possible action!

Are the presentation slides of today and EMEA 2021 available?
Yes, of course, on the tinyML YouTube channel.

Will next year be online as well?
We hope not. However, with the pandemic, it’s impossible to forecast. The plan is to have a physical meeting, but it’s too early to call.

It would be nice if they could be a hybrid of in-person and online.
Yes, we are debating and leaning towards that option. For people who cannot travel, we’ll try to broadcast the event with a live Q&A session so that they can participate. Of course, we need to address several issues such as time-zones, etc.