Prof. Afaq Ahmad from Electrical and Computer Engineering of College of Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University delivered keynote and invited speeches at the ‘2017 IEEE International Conference on Infocom Technologies and Unmanned Systems (Trends and Future Directions) (ICTUS’2017)’ held on 18-20 December 2017 at Int’l Academic City of Dubai (Amity Campus), UAE.
Prof. Afaq Ahmad was not only invited as one of the prominent speakers but was also selected as one of the members of the core group to brainstorm for ‘Trends and Future Directions’ towards development and design of dependable systems. Prof. Ahmad who delivered more than ten eminent invited speeches on platforms of IEEE sponsored Int’l conferences in various countries including USA, India and UAE.
In his talks, Prof. Ahmad said that nanotechnology is an exciting forefront in science and engineering has great promising future and breakthroughs that change the direction of technological advances in a wide range of applications with opportunities and challenges.
The title of the talk of Prof. Afaq Ahmad was ‘Challenges for Test and Fault-Tolerance due to Convergence of Electronics, Semiconductor Systems and Computing’ was of much discussion amongst the delegates due to his content and delivery. Prof. Ahmad while presenting his speech emphasized that “The changes which has come cannot be blocked’ but we have to redefine, reorient, redesign and reevaluate and test accordingly. He was referring to ‘nanotechnology’ and said that the technology has enormous future, such a level of the future that none of the technology has ever produced. He also emphasized on some aspects of the technology, which generates bit controversies. He said that it is up to the world to think seriously about those controversies for sake of making the world and humanity more sustainable.
In his speech, Prof. Afaq Ahmad presented and discussed about the opportunities due to nanofabric, nanoblocks, nanoswitches, nanowires and Carbon Tubes. He emphasized that how CAEN (Chemically-Assembled Electronic Nanotechnology) is taking shape of an alternative to CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor). He said that the CAEN can achieve a density of as high as more than 10 to the power of 10 (1010) gates per cm2 by using interconnected 2D arrays of nanowires. Prof. Afaq Ahmad enumerated various gifted opportunities by CAN such as configurability, duality and in-built inversion, which can be easily exploited for the use of designing Fault-Tolerant systems. Prof. Afaq Ahmad in his talk discussed about the multi-level switching and signaling and highlighted that how the technology is providing as one of the greatest opportunity in computing.