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Virginia Tech's Center for Embedded Systems for Critical Applications (CESCA) will be holding its annual workshop titled "CESCA Day" at the Owens Banquet Hall in Blacksburg, Va., on May 6.
The one day workshop will be inaugurated by Scott Midkiff, the head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the keynote address will be delivered by Jim Thorp, past head of ECE, and Hugh P. and Ethel C. Kelly Professor Emeritus, Virginia Tech. In his keynote address Thorp will discuss the role of cyber physical systems in the Smart Grid, in particular, in the smart transmissions systems, by facilitating wide area measurements in power systems.
CESCA day is mainly focused on the graduate and undergraduate students in CESCA. Currently CESCA has eight faculty members, and almost 60 graduate students, and around 10 undergraduate researchers working on various problems related to embedded systems design and deployment.
In particular, CESCA focuses on fundamental design concepts and tools for low-power hardware design, VLSI, testing and verification, secure hardware and networking, sensor networks, formal models, and languages, vision and image processing, as well as applications such as structural health monitoring, finger print characterizations, smart power grid etc.
The workshop will feature tutorials by faculty on success strategies for graduate research, finding internships, co-op and job opportunities, and the key to write successful research articles. One major aspect of the workshop will be two extensive poster sessions where the CESCA students will showcase their research in two poster sessions. Each poster session will last for 90 minutes, and will have around 20 posters from various students displaying their major research accomplishments.
Finally, a student panel, moderated by a CESCA faculty will allow some senior graduate students to express their views on the curriculum, research facilities, and exposures, and opportunities afforded to them by CESCA during their graduate studies, and their vision on future of CESCA.
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