UK Electronics Forum 2012


The two principal forums for UK PhD presentations, the UK Asynchronous Forum and the UK Embedded Forum, have been combined into one larger event, with a widening of the scope. The event will now cover pretty much all aspects of electronics and computer science. The aim is to bring together those involved in all aspects of electronics research, to provide means for quick publication of work in progress, and acquire valuable feedback from referees and others. As a PhD student, you may have explained your work to like-minded peers - but for a communications engineer to explain their work to a computer scientist, for example, represents a different set of challenges.


Benefits of attendance include:


Workshop proceedings will be printed for distribution at the venue. Papers must be original work, and not under consideration elsewhere.

Submission and deadlines

All papers are refereed by the programme committee. There is a size limit of 10 pages per submission. Presentation format is 25 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions and discussions. Authors are required to submit a pdf file electronically; please e-mail to, no later than May 25th 2012. Authors will be informed of the program committee's final decision by June 15th. The final version of the paper is due on July 20th. As a result of the review process, authors may be asked to present a poster instead of giving a presentation.

Location and accommodation

The workshop is held at the University of Newcastle, Research Beehive, Old Library, room 2.22. This google map shows Merz Court (School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) at the north-western corner of the University Campus; The Old Library Building, with its semi-circular shape, is right next to it. Please turn immediately left after you enter, go through the doors, and turn left to ascend the stairs. The Haymarket Metro station is next to the south-eastern corner of the campus. Merz Court is a 20-minute walk from the Central Station. Please also have a look at the University web site.

Bed and Breakfast will be provided at Castle Leazes Halls of Residence. Here is another google map to show its location. Rooms are available from 2pm onwards, by which time the workshop has already started; attendees are requested to come straight to the workshop first. Car entry to Castle Leazes is via Hunters Road and Fountain Row (signposted). The shortest walking route from the railway station is via the Leazes Park entry on the intersection of Wellington Street and Barrack Road, just past Newcastle United's football stadium.

The forum dinner will be held at Red Mezze restaurant on Leazes Park Road, adjacent to the University Campus.


The registration deadline is 31st July. After this date, accomodation can no longer be guaranteed. Please use the registration web page.

Program Committee


The general structure of the forum is shown below.

   Morning       Afternoon       Evening   
30th August, 2012 (Thursday) travel talks dinner
31st August, 2012 (Friday) talks travel

Day 1 Thursday, 30th August 2012
13.00 Registration
14.00 Adaptive Run-Time Thermal Balancing in 3D Network-on-Chip Systems Using Dynamic Programming Networks N. Dahir, R. Al-Dujaily, T. Mak, A. Yakovlev, Newcastle University
14.30 A Complex Bio-physical Model Based FPGA Design Framework Applied for Dynamic Clamp System J. Luo, T. Mak, P. Andras, A. Yakovlev, Newcastle University
15.00 Systematic Experimental Analysis and Evaluation of Routing Protocol in Wireless Sensor Networks T. Lim, I. Bate, J. Timmis, York University
15.30 Tea break
16.00 SoC Simulator on FPGA using Bluespec System Verilog M. Ghasempour, M. Lujan, J. Garside, University of Manchester
16.30 A hardware solution on multi-field packet classification K. Guerra Perez, X. Yang, S. Sezer, Queen's University Belfast
17.00 System Level Modelling of Process Variation Effects on Circuit Performance C. Ni, G. Russell, A. Bystrov, Newcastle University
19.30 Forum Dinner

Day 2 Friday, 31st August 2012
09.00 Model Driven Development Approach for Effective SOA Communication Performance Analysis W. Cheung, S. Abdullah, K. McDonald-Maier, G. Howells, University of Essex, University of Kent
09.30 SpinLink: An interconnection system for the SpiNNaker biologically inspired multi-computer K. Dugan, J. Reeve, A. Brown, University of Southampton
10.00 Surface Wave Communication Systems for On-chip and Off-Chip Interconnects A. Karkar, T. Mak, A. Yakovlev, Newcastle University
10.30 Coffee
11.00 Secure Stochastic Multipath Routing in Wireless Sensor Networks using Learning Automata A. Alshammari, A. Koelmans, A. Bystrov, Newcastle University
11.30 MPC vs. PID Controllers in Multi-CPU Multi-Objective Real-Time Scheduling Systems H. Ghazzawi, I. Bate, L. Indrusiak, University of York
12.00 Impact of Scheduler Choices on Cyber Physical Systems F. Abugchem, M. Short, D. Xu, Teesside University
12.30 Reconfiguration Strategies for Hardware-Software Energy Awareness M. Rykunov, A. Mokhov, D. Sokolov, A. Yakovlev, A. Koelmans, Newcastle University
13.00 Close


Local organisers:   Albert Koelmans  (, Alex Yakovlev  (


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