The ARM® TechCon™ 2015 Call for Proposals EXTENDED!

Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara CA
November 10-12, 2015


Call for Proposals EXTENDED Until Monday, June 15, 2015

*All relevant proposals—including topics other than those listed below—will be considered.

  • Technical Papers & Panel Proposals are Welcome
  • Deadline for proposals: Monday, June 8, 2015 Now extended to JUNE 15th
  • Slides due: Monday October 26, 2015

ARM TechCon 2015 Technical Tracks:


1. Embedded

In today’s consumer-driven marketplace, more products use a microcontroller or microprocessor to execute dedicated tasks independently or within a larger system. Examples include digital signage, household appliances, healthcare, HVAC systems, smart metering platforms, touch-screen controllers, and motor control. In the ARMTechCon Embedded track, sessions will focus on how designers can get the most out of their microcontroller and microprocessor driven designs, from prototype and design, to debug, verification, and production.

Sample topics:

  • HW-SW debug for ARM-based designs
  • Advanced debugging on ARM Cortex-R processor-based devices
  • Implementing hardware accelerators alongside Cortex-A processor-based solutions
  • Power-efficient design
  • Combining cores: Heterogeneous multiprocessing
  • Linux/Android kernel debugging
  • Protecting your embedded system boot process from network threats


2. Networking Infrastructure/Servers

The rise of big data has focused attention very keenly on enterprise networking and servers, including those deployed in cloud infrastructure. In the ARMTechCon Networking Infrastructure/Servers track, sessions will focus on how ARM technology-based systems and subsystems can be optimized-for-purpose with the appropriate balance of computer, storage, and hardware accelerator functionality.

Sample topics:

  • Carrier-grade networking software
  • How to add more intelligence to cloud infrastructure
  • High performance computing workload analysis
  • Optimizing Ceph and Swift for ARM-based storage server platforms
  • Open-source virtual and physical cloud computing on ARM
  • Harnessing heterogeneous processing using OpenDataPlane (ODP) technology
  • Creating an Open Data Center With 64-bit ARM technology
  • GPU computing and ARM


3. Internet of Things (IoT)

Beyond the marketing hype, the IoT is rapidly becoming a broad system of small, single-purpose, low-power devices that must communicate reliably and efficiently. In the ARMTechCon IoT track, sessions will focus on how designers can make the most of their ARM technology-based designs in low power, distributed, and secure IoT systems.

Sample topics:

  • Big Data starts with little data: Connecting small sensors into back-end service platforms
  • Sub-volt IP designs for IoT
  • Distributed analytics, communication, security, Big Data & the IoT
  • Power-efficient local processing
  • ARM processors and battery life
  • Building and deploying secure Internet of Things devices
  • Energy harvesting techniques to enable battery-less operation


4. Automotive/Embedded Vision

As engineers work on designs for connected cars, they need to enable features such as lane departure detection, and vision systems will be needed for the new embedded systems inside the vehicle. Embedded vision is also critical for robotic and drone developments. The ARM TechCon Automotive/Embedded Vision track explores what designers need to know to develop, fine tune, and ensure reliability/interoperability of these types of ARM-technology-based products.

Sample topics:

  • Automotive applications of the ARM Cortex-R5 processors
  • The ARM connected car
  • Implementing an embedded vision system using general purpose GPU (GPGPU) systems
  • Robotics designs
  • Developing ASIL B / ASIL D compliant components/platforms


5. Mobile/Connectivity

As more features are enabled in mobile devices, the need for secure, reliable, and low-power transmissions is becoming greater. In the ARMTechCon Mobile/Connectivity track, sessions will focus on how to securely and reliably deliver better user experiences in low-power, connected devices using ARM technology across consumer, enterprise, and highly secure networks.

Sample topics:

  • Security & Trust:
    • Implementing mobile payment systems
    • BYOD: Separating personal and enterprise information
  • Virtual Reality: The talk is ending…The systems are coming!
  • Improving ultra low-power designs with software
  • Implementation of FIDO specification/Protecting against malware attacks
  • Performance optimization for an ARM Cortex-A implementations
  • Optimizing graphics for the next wave of premium mobile devices


6. Wearables/Sensors

As a subset of IoT and mobile, wearable technology is an expanding area with a range of OS requirements, from the very simple to the complex. In the ARMTechCon Wearable/Sensors track, sessions will focus on how designers can prioritize their design trade-offs, use existing building blocks, and optimize their ARM technology-based wearable design for the target application.

Sample topics:

  • Sensor control and sensor signal fusion
  • Interfacing with sensors
  • Developing Bluetooth Smart based peripherals
  • Implementation of graphics technology in next-generation wearable devices


7. Tools & Implementation

In the ARMTechCon Tools & Implementation track, sessions will focus on what designers need to do to get their product out the door. Topics could include error correction, measuring performance, accelerating performance, troubleshooting, and verification.

Sample topics:

  • Exception handling on the ARM architecture
  • Troubleshooting: Analysis & debugging tools
  • Verification management
  • Performance tuning and optimization of an ARM design
  • How to measure RTOS performance
  • Accelerated OS Boot

Call for Proposals Extended to Monday, June 15, 2015

*All relevant proposals—including topics other than those listed below—will be considered.



How to Submit a Proposal

Connect with more than 3,000 attendees from the ARM community by answering this call for proposals today! Prepare the following information and submit online by June 15, 2015 :

  • Title of submission
  • Conference track preference (required), secondary track preference (optional). (Reviewers may move your submission to a more appropriate track based on the content provided in the submission)
  • Session format: 50-minute technical session or panel discussion (If you have a secondary format preference, please note in the comments)
  • Audience level (all or advanced, REQUIRED) – prerequisites required for advanced
  • Prerequisites (50 words max) –required for advanced audience levels
  • Abstract (100 words max, REQUIRED) – for use on conference web site and mobile app if accepted
  • Extended Abstract (500 words max, REQUIRED) – for use by reviewers to judge your proposal. If proposing a panel, included targeted/confirmed speakers. If including hands-on demonstrations, note that here. Included a detailed explanation of your planned presentation.
  • Key takeaways (50 words max, REQUIRED) – for use in the review process
  • Comments (optional) – additional information for reviewers and staff
  • Authors are invited to upload supplemental documents to support their proposal (optional)


Review Criteria

Speaking submissions that grab our attention are:

  • Technical and reveal new ways of thinking about and applying ARM in embedded systems
  • Real-world case studies in which ARM technology is incorporated in a project, innovative application, or a solution to a technical challenge in an end product, including a detailed discussion of the trade-offs and choices made (and why) during the design process
  • A hands-on demonstration illustrating key technical principles that engage the audience in a creative or interactive way
The ARMTechCon 2015 Technical Program Committee will review all submissions based on quality, relevance, impact, and originality. Prospective authors are welcome to reference products as long as product references add to the educational value and are presented in an appropriately non-commercial fashion.
  1. Quality – Proposals should be well organized and easily understood. The abstract and summary are judged as indicators of what can be expected of the session.
  2. Relevance – The proposed session or panel should be highly relevant to the interests of the ARMTechCon audience in general and the track topic in particular. Example: real-world case studies.
  3. Impact – Sessions and Panels should contribute to the educational mission and technical nature of ARMTechCon. Submissions reporting on important results, methodologies, or case studies of special significance will be considered favorably.
  4. Originality – Reports on new design methodologies, case studies for innovative designs, or other novel results contribute to the ARMTechCon goal of providing a high-quality educational program for practicing engineers.
  5. Commercial content (less is best)– It is acceptable to use a product in a design case study or as a proof of concept for a design methodology. Product promotion is not permitted in the technical sessions. Proposals with blatant commercial/marketing content will be rejected (The presentation or panel’s focus should be on the design process, technology used, and/or trade-offs, not on selling a product).

Call for Proposals Open Until Monday, June 15, 2015


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