Workshop in Emerging Computing on December 8, 2017

Invitation to the Workshop in Emerging Computing

Date and Time: December 8, 2017: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm followed by an apéro
Location: Mediensaal Collegium Helveticum, STW B 2.4, Schmelzbergstrasse 25, 8092 Zürich
Registration: The event is open to the public. Since the number of participants is limited, registration is necessary and will be processed in the order of arrival. Please register at (Susanne Lewis). Deadline is December 4, 2017.


The existing computing paradigm is becoming insufficient and ineffective as we are reaching the end of the emblematic Moore’s law. The energy demands of CMOS-based computers are soaring. Current and foreseeable demands on computing capacity, storage and communications are reaching the limitations of physical laws in terms of reliability and economics.

At the same time, the vast volume, veracity, velocity and variety of data are challenging classical methods of thinking and the very foundations of computing. We are in need for alternatives and, indeed, new and powerful technologies such as Quantum, Bio-inspired, and Crowd computing, have begun to emerge. For the first time in 80 years, our generation is presented with a unique opportunity to restructure and reinvent computing as an enabling technology and an intellectual endeavor.

Beyond advances that require harnessing these emerging computing paradigms, we have the opportunity to make substantial contributions based on lessons learned. In the past, computing developed across distinct branches of mathematics, software and hardware. Later efforts, aiming for integration, largely failed due to disciplinary and structural boundaries. We believe that future developments should traverse disciplinary boundaries to solve the pressing problems of our society by developing the mathematical, algorithmic and software innovations required to enable this transformation by taking advantage of emerging modes of computing technologies.

This event is in context with the Collegium Helveticum Program in Digital Societies (poster and booklet).


10.00 am – 10.15 am Introduction

10.15 am – 11.00 am “Cambrian Explosion of Computing in the Post-Moore Era”
Talk by Prof. Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

11.00 am – 11.45 am “SpiNNaker – biologically-inspired massively-parallel computing”
Talk by Prof. Dr. Steve Furber (University of Manchester)

11.45 am –  1.15 pm Lunch break

1.15 pm –  2.00 pm “Quantum computers – models, applications, platforms”
Talk by Prof. Dr. Frank Wilhelm-Mauch (Universität des Saarlandes)

2.00 pm –  2.45 pm “Overcoming the Power Wall by Exploiting Application Inexactness”
Talk by Prof. Dr. Sven Leyffer (Argonne National Laboratory)

2.45 pm –  3.00 pm Coffee break

3.00 pm –  3.45 pm “Crowdsourcing as a Tool for Research and Public Engagement”
Talk by Prof. Dr. Edith Law (University of Waterloo)

3.45 pm –  4.30 pm “Scale-dependent reduced precision for weather and climate modelling”
Talk by Prof. Dr. Tim Palmer (University of Oxford)

4.30 pm –  5.00 pm Break

5.00 pm –  6.00 pm Round Table Discussion

6.00 pm Apéro

Please click here to view the abstracts.

Jan Hesthaven (EPFL)
Petros Koumoutsakos (ETH Zürich)
Olaf Schenk (USI)