SPI2 In-person Workshop at UIUC (Nov 16-17) – Registration is Live

Please fill out this online registration form if you plan to attend the workshop: https://forms.gle/oyS1CzLeA6xFf9Qt9. The registration deadline for the workshop is 9th November, 2022.

Interested industry, government, and academic researchers, please join us for the inaugural workshop on SPI2 Design Research, to be held in person on Nov 16-17th, 2022 at UIUC. This workshop will build on recent virtual events that focused on recent breakthroughs in design automation for spatial packaging of interconnected engineering systems (see below for more technical details), and now we are in the planning stages for a SPI2 research consortium. We hope that you can join us to help define the structure of an applied research consortium with the goal of jump-starting the transition of SPI2 design automation from fundamental research to practical and impactful design methods and tools. We are interested in your input that will help us determine applied SPI2 research priorities, as well as company engagement options that may provide the best long-term value. This consortium will be part of a large effort that we call the SPI2 research and practice ecosystem and will complement ongoing fundamental research efforts by addressing the key needs for the translation of advanced SPI2 design into practice. 

The event will begin with a dinner and reception the evening of November 16th at the Beckman Institute at UIUC, and November 17th will be a full day of working sessions and opportunities to meet with SPI2 design researchers. We will introduce the first version of an open-source SPI2 design software tool at the workshop. This software tool will be a focal point of the consortium, and consortium members will be the first practitioners to put these revolutionary new SPI2 design methods into practice, helping their organizations gain a significant competitive edge in industries where SPI2 design decisions are a bottleneck to new performance levels, capabilities, and accelerated design cycle times. We plan to grow this consortium into an NSF IUCRC, and early members will help to influence the creation of this center, as well as have opportunities to join other initiatives that are part of the SPI2 ecosystem.  

Primary Nov 2022 SPI2 workshop goals:

  • Initial definition of the structure of an applied SPI2 design research consortium, which may lead to the creation of an NSF IUCRC. 
  • Provide an opportunity for individuals from a diversity of industries to engage and share ideas related to the common thread of complex SPI2 design decisions. 
  • Develop an understanding of the most pressing industry needs and challenges connected with SPI2 design. 
  • Refine road mapping for the SPI2 research and practice ecosystem, focusing on long-term success in the translation of fundamental research into practice

The planned SPI2 Consortium is anticipated to be launched in 2023. Membership fees for this consortium will be relatively low, and will support:

  • Time for SPI2 graduate students (MS, PhD), researchers (postdocs, scientists, etc.), and faculty to engage with partners. 
  • First access to an initial SPI2 software tool, and support to learn the associated methods and application of the tool (generating a competitive advantage for companies positioned to be among the first to deploy SPI2 design automation).
  • Continued iterative expansion and refinement of the SPI2 software tool
  • Integrative efforts at the pre-competitive level, picking up where UIUC support leaves off (providing a foundation for an anticipated NSF IUCRC)
  • Opportunity for participants to have an influence on the rapidly growing and dynamic research topic of SPI2 design

Draft agenda for Nov 2022 SPI2 workshop:

Nov 16th (Wednesday) evening:

  • Welcome and Overview  
  • Dinner
  • Networking reception

Nov 17th (Thursday – whole day, ~ until late afternoon): 

  • Multiple working sessions with specific goals related to the formation of the SPI2 consortium
  • Some of the working sessions will be available as hybrid opportunities, but the main networking opportunities will only be available in person. 

Please direct any questions to Prof. James Allison (jtalliso@illinois.edu) or me (speddad2@illinois.edu). To learn more about 3D SPI2 research, please visit our website at: https://spi2.illinois.edu/. We would also like to encourage you to subscribe to the SPI2 research email listserv: https://lists.illinois.edu/lists/info/spi2

What is SPI2 Design, and how are recent breakthroughs changing the landscape of complex engineering system design?

SPI2 refers to 3D Spatial Packaging of Interconnected Systems with Physical Interactions, and SPI2 design decisions must be made for vitually all physical engineered systems (from ‘chips to ships’). Designing the layout of heterogeneous interconnected components, as well as routing their interconnects, all while accounting for physics interactions such as heat transfer and electromagnetic interference, is a supremely complicated engineering problem. In practice, SPI2 design decisions are made, at least in part, directly by humans. This limits designable system complexity and potential reduction in design cycle times.  

Recent breakthroughs in mathematical representation and engineering design science are enabling for the first time the automated design of SPI2 systems. These new holistic SPI2 design methods stand to completely transform design and manufacturing capabilities across a wide swath of engineering application domains, spanning scales and application domains of great importance to humanity. This is an important opportunity for companies and other stakeholders to join this collective effort early, to become pioneers in learning how to put SPI2 design automation into practice using recent advancements in comprehensive design methods and software tools, and to influence directly SPI2 research priorities addressed by the forthcoming SPI2 consortium. SPI2 research is at the center of a large initiative supported by the UIUC Grainger College of Engineering that aims to build a sustainable ecosystem for SPI2 design research and practice. Partners will have an opportunity to be among the first engineering organizations that break free of the manual design tasks that limit SPI2 system complexity and the pace of technological advancement. 

More specifically, SPI2 design automation has the potential for significant impact on applications where the placement of components within tight, complex spaces and the routing of their interconnects (wiring, fluid channels, etc.) currently relies at least in part on manual human design tasks, and involves the added complexity of spatially-dependent physical interactions, such as heat transfer, electromagnetics, and structural vibrations, as well as life-cycle processes (assembly, maintainability, etc.). The UIUC SPI2 team has translated SPI2 design automation into solution of initial practical problems, largely in collaboration so far with automotive, aerospace, and engineering software companies. We are seeking both to deepen our engagement with companies in these domains, as well as diversify our engagement with other technical sectors, such as biomedical devices and microelectronics.  

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