ERSA - NVIDIA AWARD
“Best Young Entrepreneur Award”
The award will be TeslaTM K20 GPU Accelerator, sponsored by NVIDIA
Inscription on plaque
"Von Neumann's architecture lasted for 75 years.
That genius can no longer lead us into the new age of computing that is upon us.
This competition seeks to acknowledge those pioneers that are helping to build the new computing landscape"
PROPOSALS: MAY 31.
Send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
Award Ceremony: Hotel Tropicana, Las Vegas, July 22
ERSA / WORLDCOMP 2013
We anticipate having about 2,000
Send your comments to
All Programmable Planet
Email from Brian Durwood
Sounds like a good idea. For FPGA, right? Guys like John Birkner and Mike Holley?
Email from Richard Shoup
Hello Toomas --
I hope you are well, and that ERSA is prospering.
It is good to see awards encouraging young researchers in this area.
But I'm wondering if ERSA (or any of the FPGA groups) have properly honored the real pioneers in this area, especially Sven Wahlstrom, who did the first work in reconfigurable logic I'm aware of at SRI and received the first patent in I think 1966 or so. Sven, if he is still with us, lives in Ukiah in northern California.
Other deserving pioneers would certainly include Ross Freeman at Xilinx and Fred Furtek at Apple and then Concurrent Logic, Atmel, etc. I see almost no mention in the Wikipedia entry for FPGAs of these early works or my PhD thesis 1970.
Best wishes for a successful conference.
Inscription on plaque, by Beercandyman
On the plaque for the winner it should read...
"von Neuman's architecture lasted for 75 years. That genuis can no longer
lead us into the new age of computing that is upon us. This compitition
seeks to acknowledge those pioneers that are helping to build the new
Re: Inscription on plaque, by
Alan Turing envisioned and developed an intelligent machine theory...
Von Neumann architected that machine...
Ivan Sutherland teached us how to communicate with it...
Moore and others fueled machine growing...
Who will be the next BIG NAME in computer machinery??
By the way, I'm under 35 so I'm one of the few possible APP candidates for the price... if I only had a brighter mind ;-)
Last Modified: 14/04/2013
The ERSA-NVIDIA Award
“BEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR”
The information age continues to surprise and challenge us all in the fast pace of evolving technology.
Developing complex, commercial applications requires multidisciplinary research and new visionary approaches.
As opportunities for new technologies continues to evolve, the need for support of young, talented entrepreneurs,
who are breaking the way into future, is higher than ever.
To support young and talented, ERSA conference, sponsored by NVIDIA, launches an Award for “Best Young Entrepreneur”.
The Award is devoted for entrepreneurs developing tools, advanced technologies and opportunities for supporting
applications, both academic and commercial, across broad area of high-performance, embedded systems implemented
as multicore systems and reconfigurable heterogeneous parallel processing systems.
Whether the applications deal with health information, mobile devices,
sensor grids, business analytics, cyber-security, telecommunications,
embedded systems, or high-performance computing in scientific research and
finance - the new applications of computing technology continue to amaze
with their possibilities and the entrepreneurship should be promoted.
The Award Committee
The Award Committee includes:
Stanford University, USA, Prof. Michael Flynn
Imperial College London, UK, Prof. Wayne Luk
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, Prof. Joerg Henkel
Keio University, Japan, Prof. Hideharu Amano
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, Prof. Simon See
NVIDIA, Can Ozdoruk, Product Manager
Altera Corporation, Steve Casselman, Principal Engineer
National Instruments, Hugo Andrade, Principal Architect
Proposals for Candidates
Who can be a candidate?
This award is open to anyone, to individuals and teams, working in the area specified in this document.
Candidates should be 35 years old or under.
Anyone can propose another person, a team or themselves, as a candidate
(as long as the candidate is aware of being nominated).
The achievements of candidate should belong to the area of developing software tools, advanced
technologies and opportunities for supporting applications, both academic and commercial, across broad area, including,
but not limiting, mobile, low-power, complex, intelligent, high-performance, embedded systems implemented as multicore
systems and reconfigurable heterogeneous parallel processing systems.
Send proposals to
Who can propose candidates?
Any individual or group of individuals can propose another person, a team or themselves, as a candidate.
For example, company can propose their young person, or a team of young persons. Group, submitting a proposal, must
not necessarily be from the same organization.
Anyone proposing a candidate should present his/her short Bio - not exceeding 300 words. Could include link to
LinkedIn profile as substitute (highly recommended). Same applies for groups. In addition, the relation to the
candidate must be indicated.
What should the Proposals contain?
Short Bio of Candidate or Team - not to exceed 500 words in length per individual. Could include link to
LinkedIn profile as substitute (highly recommended). Same applies for overall organization or company as a backgrounder.
High level overview of work to be considered - not to exceed 500 words in length.
Description of impact of work (i.e. why does it matter?) and how was impact measured / determined - not to exceed 500
words in length.
Technical details - not to exceed 3 pages (single spaced, US Letter or A4, 10 pt. typeface). Photos and diagrams are
acceptable [format(s): PDF (preferred), doc, (not docx), jpg]
List of supporting references, including published articles (electronic or traditional) in peer reviewed journals, or
major global media publishers including print, video, blogs, etc.
Please note, all proposals are public, do not include anything confidential.
May 31: Submission of Proposals for Candidates.
The candidates will be notified by email.
Send proposals to
May 20 (delayed, names of nominees will be made available as they are selected, the first names are available):
The Award Committee provides a List of Nominees (max 8 nominees).
The List of Nominees will be made public on ERSA web-site.
Nominees will be asked to prepare to present 30
min talk at the conference if they win the Award or 15 min. otherwise. The winner can submit up to 10 pages
(in IEEE transaction format) paper for post conference proceedings, or 7 pages otherwise. Deadline for post
conference proceedings is July 31, 2013.
The winner gets free registration at this year and also at next years ERSA
conference, will receive a cash prize, and will be included into the next
year's Award Committee.
All candidates can participate at ERSA conference and present their
work/achievements (not just the nominees) after an evaluation process. We
also accept poster presentation and 4-page papers in post conference
proceedings; the post-conference proceedings will go to press in October 2013).
June 17: Final Decision, the winner is selected by The Award Committee.
The winner will not be made public until the date of the Award Ceremony
(July 22, 2013).
The award committee reserves the right to not award
if no nominee is good enough.
22 July, 2013: Award Ceremony at ERSA conference in Las Vegas, The Tropicana Hotel.
ERSA is a Part of WORLDCOMP
We anticipate having about 2,000
Interesting entertainment history about Tropicana hotel
Partial or significant parts of the following movies were filmed in this hotel:
Viva Las Vegas (Elvis Presley)
7th James Bond film (Diamonds Are Forever)
The Las Vegas sequence of The Godfather II
many features of TV show called Charlie’s Angels