I just came back from my first technical conference, the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC 2013) in Yokohama.
The paper I presented there should be on IEEEXplore soon. It treats a model-checking approach for distributed control applications that can help avoid schedule redesigns when adding new control loops.
The conference was a great experience. We saw approaches for converting OpenCL code to FPGA, making them much more accessible for the average user as well as research into better assessing and ultimately accessing the variability of CPUs.
We also talked to colleagues from Korea who are working on battery management topics - an area that we are also very interested in at TUM CREATE.
Given that this is a conference in Asia, I felt that German universities were very well represented, especially compared to other European universities.
Beyond the conference, I have to say that Japan is a very beautiful country (albeit probably more so in Summer) - see for instance the view on Yokohama from my hotel room below. Of course we didn’t have time to do proper sightseeing, but the overly long trains are a sight for themselves and we managed to walk the famous streets of Ginza and Harajuku among others.
So long, hopefully this will remain neither my last conference nor my last visit to Japan.