ECEDHA-C Workshop

AI, Machine Learning and Data-Driven Decision Making: Modern sensing and communication infrastructure has revolutionized the collection, transmission, storage, access, and utilization of data. Artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science are emerging fields where powerful tools are being developed to understand and exploit the information embedded in the big data that arrive with greater variety, increasing volumes, and ever-higher velocity. One of the fundamental challenges is to move AI, machine learning and data science techniques beyond pattern recognition and their incorporation into real-time decision making to address data-driven control and optimization problems of dynamical engineering systems ranging from medical devices, to energy systems, and to transportation network. This workshop aims at bringing together top experts from relevant fields, exploring research and educational opportunities for ECE departments, and developing a common understanding on technical challenges, research trends, and workforce development needs.  

Engineering Quantum Devices and Systems:It is clear that while foundational advances in quantum are constantly emerging, the time has come to transition quantum from a basic science (deeply rooted in physics) to an engineering discipline (deeply rooted in ECE departments). As a result of rapid advances in quantum computing, communications, and sensing, these technologies are approaching readiness for deployment. Quantum computing is anticipated to enable calculations that are simply not possible on classical computers, while the deployment of quantum communications would lead to transformative improvements in cybersecurity, and advances in quantum sensors promise devices with record sensitivity. Further, as these technology segments grow, there will be a critical need for talent with relevant expertise. This workshop will bring together experts in these topics to discuss opportunities in research and education for ECE Departments. The goal of these discussions will be to develop an understanding of the technical challenges, research trends, and workforce development needs.

Note: The ECEDHA-C workshop is included in the Full Conference Registration Price. Please email Claire Seifert at if you plan on participating so we can accommodate for your participation.

If you only plan on attending this workshop, registration is required at the $495 rate. Travel grants are available for qualifying participants attending only this workshop. Please see below for grant application instructions.

Grant Application Process
Participants are asked to submit the following materials toClaire Seifert,, by the extended deadline Friday, February 28, 2020:

  • The candidate's CV or short bio
  • A paragraph statement by the candidate with a description of why they would like to participate in this workshop, how it fits with their personal goals, and how it will help advance their departmental goals.

All nominations will be reviewed by the ECEDHA-C committee. Accepted individuals will receive a professional development award in the form of: 1.) travel expenses reimbursement up to$600, 2.) two nights of lodging at group rate, and 3.) complimentary registration to the ECEDHA-C workshops.






ECEDHA-C Workshop Chairs

George Pappas
Professor and Chair
University of Pennsylvania
                                        Daniel Stancil
Alcoa Distinguished Professor and Head

North Carolina State University



ECEDHA-C Workshop Schedule of Events

Friday, March 20

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am Spotlight Keynote Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:30 am ECEDHA-C Workshops Opening Session
9:30 am - 10:45 am Data Science Plenary Session
10:45 am - 11:15 am Networking Break
11:15 am - 12:30 pm Quantum Engineering Plenary Session
12:30 am - 2:00 pm Lunch and iREDEFINE Poster Session
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

Data Science Research

Quantum Engineering Research

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Networking Break
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

Data Science Education

Quantum Engineering Education

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm ECEDHA-C Roundtable: Closing Session

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors