IEEE Italy Section Summer School

Double track summer school on “Machine Learning, Energy Efficient Electronics Science and ICT Applications”

This is the Website of the Summer School of Information Engineering (SSIE) – “Silvano Pupolin”, held every summer in Bressanone (BZ), Italia. SSIE is co-organized by Profs. Michele Rossi, Matteo Meneghini and Gaudenzio Meneghesso (Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padova), and by Profs. Tiziana Tambosso and Bernardo Tellini (Chairs of the IEEE Italy section).

Message from the organizers: SSIE 2020 will not be held, as we believe it is not yet safe to deliver the school, we do not want to put our speakers and our students at risk. This has been a difficult decision to make, and we are deeply sorry about this (after 29 summer editions). However, after a careful assessment, the organizers have unanimously decided to put safety above all… It would be practically impossible to provide the adequate protection for the participants, carrying out a life event. You may wonder why we will not turn the school in an online event. This is because the school’s tradition, in which we firmly believe, has always been to provide a live participatory event, where students and Professors physically gather, go for a hike together, eat together and get to know each other. This is the spirit of the school that we do not want to betray. This is a summer school, and as such we moved it to July 2021 (from 12 to 16). The program will be roughly the same that we prepared for 2020, but even more. In 2021, the hope is to gather again in person, as we always did, to celebrate together the 30th edition of this wonderful event, which has become a tradition for most. We are preparing a huge event, be prepared for the fireworks 🙂

Next, you can find a few (the first “home made”) videos from the previous editions, to get an idea of the nice school’s atmosphere 🙂 Besides being in a one of the oldest and most beautiful town in Tyrol, SSIE builds around two main cornerstones: 1) high-quality lectures, on cutting edge technology and timely research areas, and 2) friendship, offering a unique environment where students and Professors can meet, exchange ideas, and create connections to further boost their professional and human path. We are proud of this, and we are looking forward to the next edition, and to meet you all at the school!!!

A warm welcome

Dear colleagues and students, the 30th Summer PhD School of Information Engineering (SSIE) – “Silvano Pupolin” will take place in Brixen, Italy, at the University of Padova’s premises, from the 12th to the 16th of July 2021. Every year, we make our best to offer a rich, competent, timely and exciting training program. SSIE 2021 is jointly organized by the IEEE Italy and by the Dept. of Information Engineering of UNIPD. This will be a special edition (30th anniversary), featuring 24 top-level speakers who will give lectures and seminars.

A sneak peek into the school program

SSIE 2021 explores timely and cutting edge research areas, including, machine learning techniques, energy efficient electronics and ICT applications. In detail, the program tackles:

  • Machine learning theory: lectures on cutting edge machine learning theory, including, including, “a short course on Reinforcement Learning”, “Convolutional Networks on graphs”, “explainable artificial intelligence”, “learning for non-stationary environments”, etc.
  • Biomedical applications and robotics: explainable machine learning for health applications and ML algorithms for robots;
  • Telecommunication networks: ML for software defined networking and 5G network automation, and cyber-security (e.g., authentication);  
  • Energy efficient electronics and energy harvesting: materials, designs and architectures for highly energy efficient electronics.  

The school features two tracks (machine learning and applications and electronics), two plenary speeches (“quantum Internet” and “neural networks & mass-market micro-controllers”) and a half-day student workshop (on July 15, 2021), where PhD students will have an opportunity of presenting their technical work (the best talk will receive an award, jointly presented by DEI@UNIPD and IEEE Italy). We hope you will enjoy the school, Brixen, and also take a bit of time to immerse yourself in the fresh air, exciting trails and stunning views of the surrounding mountains!!!

The SSIE organizing committee,

Prof. Michele Rossi, University of Padova, Italy (director)
Prof. Matteo Meneghini, University of Padova, Italy (co-director)
Prof. Bernardo Tellini, Chair of IEEE Italy Section (co-director)
Prof. Tiziana Tambosso, Past Chair of IEEE Italy Section (co-director)
Prof. Gaudenzio Meneghesso, University of Padova, Italy (co-director)

The honorary director

Prof. Silvano Pupolin

SSIE was first conceived & organized in 1991 by Prof. Silvano Pupolin, an esteemed colleague and mentor, who has been the SSIE Director until 2016. Silvano passed away on February 11, 2018. We remember him as a passionate Professor and a good man. He always loved organizing this school and, above all, spending time with the students, nurturing a great research community, without asking anything in return. We truly miss him. It is our duty and honor to take his legacy, and continue offering high-quality PhD training schools.

Technical endorsement

SSIE 2021 is co-organized by the DEI department @UNIPD and by the following IEEE chapters: sensors council chapter, computer society chapter, computational intelligence chapter, VT/COMSOC chapter, EMB chapter.