Young Investigator Training Program

Thanks to a financial contribution from ACRI (the Italian Association of joint-stock Savings Banks and Foundations of Banking Origin), ISCAS2018 proposes a Young Investigator Training Program (YITP). This aims at promoting scientific collaboration between young researchers and Italian research institutes and is dedicated to researchers from Europe or worldwide who will attend ISCAS 2018. The YITP will also provide financial support for traveling to Italy and attending ISCAS, in the form of research awards as detailed in the following.

Who can apply?

The ISCAS 2018 YITP is reserved to early stage researchers that will attend (and, possibly, present an oral or poster contribution) to ISCAS 2018 conference. Applicants must also:

  • be PhD students or PhD holders by no more than 10 years;
  • hold a position in a foreign (non-Italian, worldwide) research institution. There are no requirements on the nature of the applicants’ position: the ISCAS 2018 YITP is open to full-time and part-time researchers from both private and public institutions.

What does it cover?

Successful participants to the ISCAS 2018 YITP program will receive a research grant covering:

  • the fee for ISCAS 2018 conference registration.
  • travel costs, lodging, and meals for the stay in Florence during ISCAS, plus an entire one-month visiting period in one of the research centers of the ISCAS 2018 YITP Network. A detailed list of currently available centers, together with the scientific responsible and a list of tentative research topics is available below. The one-month stay should immediately precede or follow ISCAS 2018, as a single return trip to Italy will be refunded

The overall amount of the research award will depend on the country of origin:

  • 3000€ (if traveling from Europe)
  • 4000€ (if traveling from outside Europe)

The total number of positions that can be funded ranges from 12 to 17, depending on the country of origin of the awardees.

How does it work?

To apply to the ISCAS 2018 YITP, a candidate must be ready to:

  • attend ISCAS 2018. A proof of registration to the conference is not required to apply to YITP program, but registration details will be asked before granting the awards;
  • stay for a one-month period in one of the research centers of the ISCAS 2018 YITP Network of his/her own choice.

YITP Main Sponsor

YITP Gold Sponsors

YITP Committee

Sergio Callegari
University of Bologna (ITA)

Pamela Abshire
Univesity of Maryland (USA)

Eduardo Da Silva
Fed.Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (BRA)

Fabio Pareschi
University of Ferrara (ITA)

Wouter Serdijn
Delft Univ. of Technology, (NL)

Mauro Mangia
University of Bologna (ITA)

Important Dates
February 28, 2018
Final Paper submission

March 16, 2018
YITP application deadline

The ISCAS2018 YITP Network

The research centers where candidates can choose to spend their one-month research stay are listed in the table below.

Politecnico di Torino
Dept. Electronics and Telecommunications

Prof. Danilo De Marchi,
Prof. Maurizio Zamboni,
Prof. Gianluca Piccinini,
Prof. Gianluca Setti,

Available positions: 3
Suggested Research Topics:
  • Bio-Inspired Electronics for the design of low power electronic systems
  • Nanocomputing: study of architectures bases on emerging technologies, either based on conduction or on field-coupling. Exploitation of new device characteristics to enable new architectural solutions.
  • Nanocomputing: study and modeling of new devices for nanocomputing, either based on conduction or on field coupling. Verification of models through physical level simulation and application to simple circuits.
  • Design and Implementation of Class E Switching Power Converters.
  • Artificial intelligence algorithms in compressed/neuromorphic domains.

University of Bologna
Advanced Research Center for Electronic System “E. de Castro” (ARCES)

Prof. Riccardo Rovatti,

Available positions: 3
Suggested Research Topics:
  • Circuits, systems and algorithms for Compressed Sensing applications
  • Statistical processing in the Big Data paradigm
  • Optimization in the design of resonant DC/DC converters

University of Pavia
Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering (Integrated MicroSystems Lab)

Dr. Edoardo Bonizzoni,
Prof. Franco Maloberti,

Available positions: 3
Suggested Research Topics:
  • Ultra-wide band sigma-delta modulators for car radio applications
  • Ultra low power analog-to-digital converters for biosensors
  • Single Inductor Multiple Outputs DC-DC converters for high voltage applications

Politecnico di Milano
Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria

Prof. Angelo Brambilla,

Available positions: 2
Suggested Research Topics:
  • Fast and reliable algorithms for power flow analysis of large and very large power networks composed of a very high number of radial networks
  • Algorithms for the estimation of manifold crossings in hybrid (stochastic) dynamical systems

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

Dr. Marco Crepaldi,

Available positions: 1
Suggested Research Topics:
  • Development of wireless sensor networks for health monitoring in elderly and people with disability
  • Design of linear regulators based on all-digital operational amplifiers for low-power implantable devices
  • Impulse-Radio Ultra-Wide Band systems for high density neural recording devices based on FPGA control

University of Rome “La Sapienza”
Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications

Prof. Alessandro Trifiletti,

Available positions: 2
Suggested Research Topics:
  • Implementation of SCA on cryptocores based on leakage power analysis
  • Study and implementation of ultra low power class AB OPA

University of Trento
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, in collaboration with IRST

Prof. Gian Franco Dalla Betta,
Dr. Jacopo Iannacci,

Available positions: 2
Suggested Research Topics:
  • Sensor nodes implementation with applications to IoT

University of Catania
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica, Elettronica e Informatica

Prof. Gaetano Palumbo,

Available positions: 2
Suggested Research Topics:
  • Amplification techniques for ultra-low-power nano-scale CMOS circuits
  • Analog circuit design techniques enabling the Internet of Things

University of Naples “Federico II”
Dipartimento di Ingegneria elettrica e delle Tecnologie dell'Informazione

Prof. Mario di Bernardo,

Available positions: 2
Suggested Research Topics:
  • analysis and control of complex networks and networks of stochastic agents
  • control of nonlinear systems
  • bifurcations and chaos in piecewise smooth systems
  • synthetic biology

Application submission procedure

Interested candidates should apply for the ISCAS 2018 YITP by sending an email message with subject “ISCAS 2018 YITP Application” to, attaching the following mandatory documentation:

  1. The ISCAS 2018 YITP Application Form, completed in all parts, dated and signed. This form must include (in order of preference) at least three research centers that the candidate would like to visit.
  2. A one-page abstract (included in the Application Form) describing the specific research topics that the candidate would like to work on during his/her stay. Connection with proposed topic is encouraged but is not mandatory.
  3. In case the applicant is an Author of a paper accepted for presentation at ISCAS 2018, the corresponding details.
  4. An updated CV (max 2 pages at no less then 10 pt char size + list of publications highlighting up to 3 of them best matching the proposed research activities).

If possible, please combine the signed application form and the CV in a single PDF file.

Selection process

All applications will be reviewed and ranked by the selection committee, whose members are listed in this page. The YITP Awards will then be assigned starting from the top-ranked applicants, until the entire budget of the program is used. The final deadline for YITP application is Friday, March 16.

Multiple funding applications

The ISCAS2018 organizing committee understands that researchers applying for the Young Investigators Training Program may also be seeking partial support from other sources. This is encouraged and welcome. However, please note that even if ISCAS2018 itself provides diverse support programs for students and young professionals, our limited budget will not allow us to support any single person under more than one program at once.

Multiple applications to different ISCAS2018 support programs can improve your chances of success, but in this case the evaluation committees will decide under which single program you are going to be supported.