Tutorial PM4

PM4: Smart Circuit and System Solutions for Autonomous/Connected Vehicles

Sergio Saponara, University of Pisa

Abstract: The tutorial will focus on recent advances in circuits and systems for new generations of vehicles, with driver-assisted/autonomous capability, and smart mobility systems. The social and economic impact of the smart transportation field is huge since every year 90 millions of vehicles are sold worldwide and 1.25 millions of people are killed due to lack of safety. In US 3.1 billions of gallons of fuel are wasted each year due to traffic congestion. Assisted driving, and in the near future autonomous driving, will increase safety, and will enable intelligent management of traffic flows. Key enabling technologies for this scenario are the circuits and systems for vehicles’ context-awareness (not only video cameras but also Radar and Lidar), for V2X (vehicle to everything) communication and networking, for cm-accurate vehicle positioning and navigation, and for on-bard data fusion and processing in real-time and with high functional safety levels.  The interest in this research subject is demonstrated by the huge investments of companies like Google, Intel, Tesla, Ford, Uber, VW,… and by technology alliances between BMW and Intel, which recently has acquired Mobileye, and by NVIDIA, Bosch and Audi, planning autonomous BMW and Audi cars by 2021. A convergence between automotive industry and ICT/Electronics industry is foreseen in the near future. An example of this convergence is the 5G Automotive Association http://www.5gaa.org/, which includes all main cars’ manufacturers, telecom service providers, and semiconductor/electronic industry.

As prerequisite the audience should have basic knowledge in the field of Circuits and Systems and of ICT engineering, and this prerequiste is typically satifisfed by people (students, young researchers, professors, professional engineers, R&D engineer and manager from industry) attending an IEEE conference like ISCAS, which is sponsored by the Circuits and System Society.

The target audience of this talk are students, researchers, professors, engineers and managers from industry, that want to be updated on recent trends and advances in the field of smart vehicles and smart mobility. The tutorial will focus mainly on circuits and systems.

Such themes are of high interest for people operating in the electronics and ICT engineering field. As matter of fact, all main electronics and ICT companies worlwide, are investing in circuits and systems solutions for driver-assisted/autonomous vehicles and smart mobility.

There is is still lot of work to do in terms of research and development for autonomous vehicles and smart mobilities/cities in different circuits and systems topics (HPC and high safety-level circuits for automotive computing and memory, communication and networking circuits, sensor acquisition & signal processing, advanced control systems, power electronics). Therefore, there is a lot of interest not only from industry, but also from students, researchers and people from academia.


Sergio Saponara

Prof. Sergio Saponara, got the Master Degree cum laude and the PhD degree, both in Electronic Engineering, from University of Pisa. In 1999 he had a research contract with the CSMDR-CNR. From 2000 to 2002 he received a PhD research grant from STMicroelectronics. In 2002 he was a Marie Curie Research fellow at the Inter-university-Microelectronics Center (IMEC), Leuven, Belgium. Currently, he is a Full Professor at University of Pisa where he teaches several courses (and also at the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno) on electronic circuits and systems for vehicular engineering, automation and robotics engineering, maritime and naval science. He is also the promoter and scientific director of the Summer School of the University of Pisa “Enabling technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT)”, co-organized with the University of Kiel in 2016, and involving universities of Kiel, Tarragona, Grenoble and Curitiba in 2017, when it has been recognized as IEEE CASS Seasonal School. He is a co-founder and a teacher of the post-graduate Master program in “Automotive Engineering and Principles of Management” by Universities of Pisa and Florence. He is a member of the scientific council of UCAR: interUniversity Center of Automotive Research, involving Universities of Pisa, Florence and G. Marconi in Rome. He is member of the directive council of MOVET, an association of industry and universities in the field of vehicles and mobility. He was a member of the managing committee of the Engineering PhD School “Leonardo da Vinci” at Pisa University and now of the PhD School in ICT Engineering, still at Pisa University. He held also lectures on circuits and systems for vehicles for Summer Schools, PhD programs, for the Pianeta Galileo and TRIO e-learning programs of Tuscany Region, for international companies such as Magna and ABB-Power One, and for invited talks, round tables and tutorial at IEEE and SPIE conferences.
His research interests include smart sensors and actuators, also with wireless connectivity, integrated electronics, embedded DSP, new instrumentation and measurement systems. Application domains are vehicles and intelligent transports, on-board space electronics, wearable and/or wireless sensing for IoT. He co-authored about 300 international scientific papers, about 100 on international peer-reviewed journals and 200 on peer-reviewed international conferences. He co-authored 18 patents.
A complete list of his publications is available from https://people.unipi.it/sergio_saponara/publications/
He is IEEE Senior Member, IEEE IMS Distinguished Lecturer (2017-2020), member of 3 IEEE standardization activities, of the Technical committees TC-7 and TC-19 and TC-41 of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, of the IEEE Special Interest group in IoT and of the World Forum on IoT. He served in the organization of more than 100 international conferences, most from IEEE and SPIE and as guest editor of special issues in several ISI journals. He served as member of the reviewing board of more than 50 journals from IEEE, IET, Elsevier and Springer. He is also Associate Editor of several international peer-reviewed journals: IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine, IEEE Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Journal of Real-Time Image Processing from SpringerNature, Electronics Letters from IEE/IEEE, Designs from MDPI, Journal of Wireless Communications from SISPRESS, Journal of Communication Healthcare from IMEDPUB.
He is co-founder of the IoT SiG of IEEE CASS and of IEEE SPS.
He got gold leaf at IEEEPRIME 2007, best paper awards at Streaming Day2010, GE2007, IEEE IECON 2016 and the 2nd prize at Element-14 Medical design award 2011. An abstract of his PhD thesis was awarded at the 1st EDAA PhD forum in Munich, 2003, and he received the “premio giovane ricercatore” from the Senato Accademico-University of Pisa. He got also the “Outstanding Reviewer Award” from Elsevier in 2015. In the VQR2004-2010 and VQR2011-2014 all his scientific works have been evaluated with the grade “excellent”.
His technology transfer activity includes collaborations with STMicroelectronics, Renesas, Selex, Ericsson, Piaggio, Magna, AMS, CAEN, Sitael, Intecs, Rico, Flyby. He is co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Ingeniars srl, a spin-off company of the University of Pisa, which has been in the top 10 Tuscany start-up companies awarded at the StartCup2014 competition. It has been awarded in Horizon 2020 within the SME Instruments program. He is a reviewer of MIUR and EU commission. He served as project or WP manager in several national and international research projects (PRIN, FIRB, POR-CREO, ESA, FP6, FP7,..). He is associate member of the INFN, and of the National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT) and for Informatics (CINI). He joined NEWCOM and HIPEAC EU networks of excellence.