Workshop: Accelerating AI – Challenges and Opportunities in Cloud and Edge Computing, Toronto

February 18, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

CMC Microsystems is pleased to organize a one-day workshop highlighting the challenges and opportunities of AI acceleration from the cloud to the very edge. The same workshop is hosted twice on different days at different locations. You may attend either or both. If you are interested in another date, view the workshop in March.

This workshop aims to bring together experts from industry and academia to share their latest achievements and innovations targeting both training and inference from cloud to edge, with a focus on:

  • new architectures and approaches to accelerate deep learning (DL) workloads,
  • software stack and deep learning frameworks,
  • open-source processor technology RISC-V customized with ultra-low power highly-specialized computing engines for DL inference at the very edge, and
  • the latest trends in AI chip design and commercialization.

Key Themes

  • AI applications, frameworks and software stack
    • Computer vision, NLP, Autonomous driving, Robotics, 5G
    • Model Quantization, Pruning, Optimization, Compiler and Runtime.
    • Programming models: OpenCL, OpenCV and OpenVX
  • DL Inference at the edge
    • Open-source processor technology (RISC-V)
    • Ultra-low power highly-specialized computing engines IPs
  • DL training and inference accelerators in the data center
    • FPGA, GPUs and Custom Accelerators
  • Impact of Future DL Models on Hardware Design
    • DL Model standardization and interoperability.
  • AI Chip Design and Commercialization
    • Hardware/Software Co-Verification and Co-Design for FPGA and ASIC.
  • CMC Microsystems infrastructure for supporting cloud and edge computing research
    • CAD tools and flows for Processor design and prototyping for RISC-V and ASIPs
    • FPGA/GPU cluster for machine learning

Why Attend

  1. To promote innovation, adoption and early access to advanced technologies including silicon and systems for accelerating AI workloads from cloud to the edge.
  2. To share insights and experiences with others; explore collaboration opportunities and connect leaders from industry to AI researchers and start-ups.
  3. To Influence technology selection (roadmap) and development activities of emerging AI trends.
The workshop is open to professors, research associates and graduate students at Canadian universities as well as industrial attendees who wish to provide input and advice.

Pricing and Registration

Attendee Group Price Registration
Student $50
Academic with Subscription $100
Industry $150


Dr. Yassine Hariri, Hariri@cmc.ca
CMC Microsystems

Over 15 years of experience in advanced computing systems from the cloud to the very edge, with a focus on artificial intelligence, computer vision, video, image and sensor fusion workloads acceleration, FPGA based prototyping, software stack and domain-specific hardware architectures. Currently leading projects related to the specification, development, implementation, deployment and support of the next generation of advanced computing infrastructure mainly FPGAs, GPUs, and Custom Hardware for AI applications. Dr. Hariri earned his B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Ecole Marocaine des Sciences de l’ingénieur, Casablanca, Morroco, in 1998, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Ecole de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Montreal, QC, Canada, in 2002 and 2008, respectively, all in electrical engineering.


If you have any comments or questions regarding the contents or registrations of these two workshops, please contact Dr. Yassine Hariri at Hariri@cmc.ca.


Course cancellations must be received in writing at least one (1) week before the beginning date of the course in question to receive a full refund of the registration fee. A cancellation made after the deadline will not receive a refund. CMC Microsystems makes no commitments on refunds for travel or accommodations.

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