AxC20: 5th Workshop on Approximate Computing

July 19, 2020

The world-wide corona pandemic makes conference events infeasible. The health of the participants is always our top priority. Social distancing and travel restrictions also make it practically infeasible to organize large gatherings in 2020. Following DAC organization, we are currently defining the platform to showcase the technical program and let participants to discuss around Approximate Computing.

We will set up a Zoom call on July 19th 2020 (the original scheduled day) to allow participants to follow presentations and interact each other. In order to try to alleviate different time zones impact (USA, Europe and Asia), we plan to schedule (approximately) a 3 hours event from 4 to 7 PM (CEST Time).

The good news is that the registration fee is now 0$. In order to register to the event simply send an email to workshop organizers. We are always looking for Late results or crazy ideas, so do not hesitate to contact us if you intend to share your vision with the community.

Approximate Computing leverages the intrinsic error resilience of applications to inaccuracy in their inner calculations, in order to achieve a required trade-off between efficiency, in terms of performance and power demanding, and acceptable error of returned results. In particular, for audio, image and video processing, data mining and information retrieval, approximate results turn out hard to distinguish from perfect ones. In recent years, Approximate Computing applicability is broadening and it has been representing a breakthrough in many scientific areas. Suitable solutions come from approximate arithmetic operators, implemented both at hardware and software level, but from unreliable memory architectures, integrated circuit test, compilers and many others.

This year event will be in conjunction with DAC'20

The aim of this workshop is the investigation of connections between AxC paradigm and the verification, the test and the reliability of digital circuits from two points of view:

  • how the approximate computing paradigm impacts the design and manufacturing flow of integrated circuits;
  • how the verification, testing and reliability disciplines can be exploited in the approximate computing paradigms.

You are invited to participate and submit your contributions to the AxC Workshop. The workshop's areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Approximation for Deep Learning Applications
  • Approximation techniques for emerging processor and memory technologies
  • Approximation-induced error modeling and propagation
  • Approximation in Edge computing applications
  • Approximation in HPC and Embedded systems
  • Architectural support for Approximation
  • Dependability of approximate circuits and systems
  • Design automation of Approximate architectures
  • Design of reconfigurable Approximate
  • Test and fault tolerance of approximate systems
  • Hardware/software co-design of Approximate systems
  • Language, compiler, and operating system support for approximate architectures
  • Modeling, specification, and verification of approximate circuits and systems
  • Safety and reliability applications of approximate computing
  • Security in the context of Approximation
  • Software-based fault tolerant technique for approximate computing
  • Techniques for monitoring and controlling approximation quality
  • Approximation in Near-Memory and Database Processing
  • Preliminary Call for Papers

    Important Dates

    • Abstract Registration deadline : April 25th, 2020
    • Submission deadline : May 2nd, 2020
    • Notification of acceptance : May 30th, 2020

    Paper Submission

    The Workshop accepts Extended Abstract submissions (of at most two pages). Each submission has to be in a standard IEEE format. The IEEE template can be found here.

    Submission website is now close

    Organizing Committee

    General Chair: Alessandro Savino - POLITO (IT)
    Program Co-Chair: Jürgen Teich - FAU (DE)
    Program Co-Chair: Alberto Bosio - ECL (FR)
    Review and Publicity Chair: Mario Barbareschi - UniNa (IT)

    Steering Committee

    Jie HanU. Alberta (CA)
    Sybille HellebrandPaderborn U (D)
    Jörg HenkelKIT (D)
    Anand RaghunathanPurdue U (USA)
    Kaushik RoyPurdue U (USA)
    Hans-Joachim WunderlichStuttgart U (D)

    Program Committee (to include)

    Mounir BenabdenbiUniversity of Grenoble–Alpes, TIMA Laboratory. (FR)
    Stefano Di CarloPolitecnico di Torino (IT)
    Patrick GirardLIRMM (FR)
    Oliver Keszoecze FAU (DE)
    Dimitris GizopoulosUniversity of Athens (GR)
    Daniel MenardUEB/INSA Rennes/IETR (FR)
    Marco PlatznerPaderborn U (DE)
    Ernesto SanchezPolitecnico di Torino (IT)
    Lukas SekaninaBrno U (CZ)
    Olivier SentieysINRIA (FR)
    Muhammad ShafiqueTU Wien (AT)
    Marcello TraiolaINL (FR)
    Elena Ioana VatajeluUniversity of Grenoble–Alpes, TIMA Laboratory. (F)
    Arnaud VirazelLIRMM (F)


    AxC will take place in conjunction with the Design Automation Conference 2020 at San Francisco, USA


    In order to register to the event send an email to workshop organizers.