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12-15 June 2022 - Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy

17th International Conference on PhD Research in Microelectronics and Electronics

The conference photos by Antonio Aprile (University of Pavia) and Gianluca Giustolisi (University of Catania) are available for download!

PRIME 2022 will be held in presence (provided that the Covid-19 pandemic situation allows it) at Tanka Village in Villasimius, Sardinia, Italy and will be co-located with SMACD 2022. PRIME has been established over the recent years as an important conference where PhD students and post-docs with less than one year post-PhD experience can present their research results and network with experts from industry, academia and research.

The main goals of the conference are:
to encourage favourable exposure to PhD students in the early stages of their careers
to benchmark PhD research in a friendly and cooperative environment
to enable sharing of student and supervisor experiences of scientific and engineering research
to connect PhD students and their supervisors with companies and research centres

PRIME 2022 will feature a conference program reflecting the wide spectrum of research topics in Microelectronics and Electronics, building bridges between various research fields. In addition to the technical sessions, opportunities for the conference attendees will be the keynote talks, exhibits and social events. The conference is technically co-sponsored by IEEE and IEEE CAS and accepted papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore subject to meeting IEEE Xplore's scope and quality requirements.

Areas of Interest

Analog/Digital Signal Processing
Computer Aided Design
Analog/Digital/Mixed/RF IC Design
Integrated Power ICs
Sensors/Systems and MEMS
Semiconductor Memories
RF, Microwave and mm-wave Circuits
VLSI and SoC Applications
Visual Signal Processing
Energy Harvesting
Flexible Electronics
Technical Trends & Challenges

Other topics within the electronics field will also be considered.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: March 4th, 2022 March 11th, 2022 HARD DEADLINE
Notification of acceptance: April 1st, 2022 April 13th, 2022
Final paper submission deadline: April 29th, 2022

Organizing Committee

Franco Maloberti (University of Pavia) General Chair
Edoardo Bonizzoni (University of Pavia) Technical Program Committee Chair
Piero Malcovati (University of Pavia) Publication Co-Chair
Elisabetta Moisello (University of Pavia) Publication Co-Chair, Finance Chair, WiCAS & YP Co-Chair
Antonio Aprile (University of Pavia) Publicity Co-Chair
Alessandro Cabrini (University of Pavia) Publicity Co-Chair
Marta Daffara (Pragma Congressi) Local Arrangement Co-Chair
Massimo Barbaro (University of Cagliari) Local Arrangement Co-Chair
Giulia di Capua (University of Cassino and S.L.) WiCAS & YP Co-Chair

Steering Committee

Franco Maloberti (University of Pavia)
Catherine Dehollain (EPFL)
Alberto Gola (Power Integrations)
Bernd Deutschmann (TU Graz)
Elena Blokhina (University College Dublin)
Gunhan Dundar (Bagazici University)
Anton Klotz (Cadence)
Ravinder Dahiya (University of Glasgow)
Nuno Horta (University of Lisbon)

Technical Program Committee

Aisha Alhammadi (University of Sharjah) Federico Alimenti (University of Perugia)
Salvatore Amoroso (SYNOPSYS) Laurent Artola (ONERA)
Massimo Barbaro (University of Cagliari) Didier Belot (CEA-LETI)
Roc Berenguer (CEIT) Edoardo Bonizzoni (University of Pavia)
Paulo F. Butzer (UFRGS - Brazil) Francesco Centurelli (Sapienza University of Rome)
Yuan-Ho Chen (Chang Gung University) Pasquale Corsonello (University of Calabria)
Gian-Franco Dalla Betta (University of Trento) Marcello De Matteis (University of Milano Bicocca, University of Salento)
Carl Debono (University of Malta) Catherine Dehollain (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)
Manuel Delgado-Restituto (Institute of Microelectronics of Seville) Richard Dorrance (Intel)
Li Du (University of California, Los Angeles) Gunhan Dundar (Bogazici University)
Luca Fanucci (University of Pisa) Vittorio Ferrari (University of Brescia)
Giuseppe Ferri (University of L'Aquila) Gianluca Giustolisi (University of Catania)
Joao Goes (UNL - Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia) Alberto Gola (Power Integrations)
Marco Grassi (University of Pavia) Alfio Dario Grasso (University of Catania)
Jorge Guilherme (Instituto Politecnico Tomar) Xinfei Guo (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Mohit Kumar Gupta (Krishna Institute of Engineering & Technology) Xinfei Guo (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
Ku He (The University of Texas at Austin) Stefan Heinen (RWTH Aachen University)
Nuno Horta (Universidade de Lisboa) Ji-Hoon Kim (Ewha Womans University)
Jorge Lagos (imec) Marco Lanuzza (University of Calabria)
Sun Lei (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) Antonio Lopez-Martin (Public University of Navarra)
Leandro Lorenzelli (FBK-CMM Center for Materials and Microsystems) Nuno Lourenço (Instituto de Telecomunicações)
Chao Lu (Southern Illinois University) Paolo Madoglio (Intel)
Torsten Maehne (Berner Fachhochschule (BFH)) Pui-In Mak (University of Macau)
Piero Malcovati (University of Pavia) Franco Maloberti (University of Pavia)
Maurizio Martina (Politecnico di Torino) Ricardo Martins (Instituto de Telecomunicações - ULisbon)
Rui Martins (University of Macau) Nicola Massari (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)
Francesco Mazzilli (Melexis) Ivan Miro Panades (CEA)
Elisabetta Moisello (University of Pavia) Pietro Monsurró (Sapienza University of Rome)
Gaetano Palumbo (University of Catania) Luis Parrilla (University of Granada)
Roberto Passerone (University of Trento) Salvatore Pennisi (University of Catania)
Stefania Perri (University of Calabria) Wolfgang Pribyl (Graz University of Technology)
Ruediger Quay (Fraunhofer) Egidio Ragonese (University of Catania)
Jaime Ramirez-Angulo (New Mexico State University) Lodovico Ratti (University of Pavia)
Valerio Re (University of Bergamo) Sergio Saponara (University of Pisa)
Naohiko Shimizu (Tokai University) Carlos Silva Cardenas (PUCP)
Hector Solar (CEIT) Gino Sorbello (University of Catania)
Vincenzo Stornelli (University of L'Aquila) Antonio Strollo (University of Napoli)
Roland Thewes (TU Berlin) Alberto Tosi (Politecnico di Milano)
Maurizio Valle (University of Genova) Elena Ioana Vatajelu (INP - TIMA Laboratory)
Nicoleta Wacker (Infineon) Mustafa Yelten (Istanbul Technical University)
Yang Zhang (imec)

Conference Venue

Tanka Village

The conference venue is the Tanka Village, a marvelous resort in Villasimius, on the coast of south Sardinia. Tanka Village features a variety of sports facilities, including five tennis courts, football pitches, bowling greens, volleyball courts and a gym. Furthermore it features a private beach, five restaurants (including one poolside) and six bars.

With different locations around the resort, accommodation ranges from rooms to suites to bungalows. All air-conditioned, they also feature a fridge, satellite TV and a balcony or patio. Moreover, Tanka Village features a large olympic-size swimming pool, as well as a shallow water area including a waterfall. The resort overlooks the stretch of coast from Simius beach to Porto Giunco, connecting two of the most beautiful beaches in southern Sardinia. The centre of Villasimius is 1 km from Tanka Village, while Cagliari Elmas Airport can be reached in approximately 1-hour drive.

VOI Tanka Village
Via Degli Oleandri 7, 09049 Villasimius (IT)


Discounted Rates for PRIME/SMACD Participants

105,00 € per person per night half board in a double room
147,00 € per person per night half board in a double room for single use
additional 20% discount for the third/fourth person staying in the third/fourth bed (limited availability)
+ tourist tax 4€/person/night from the age of 10 years

Half board treatment includes a rich international breakfast buffet, dinner with Mediterranean cuisine and local traditional proposals, water, wine, beer and soft drinks on tap during meals.

We remind that lunches are INCLUDED in the conference registration fee.

125,00 € per person per night full board in a double room
167,00 € per person per night full board in a double room for single use
additional 20% discount for the third/fourth person staying in the third/fourth bed (limited availability)
+ tourist tax 4€/person/night from the age of 10 years

Discounted rates are valid from 10 to 19 June.

Book Your Stay

1. Go to VOI Tanka Village.
2. Choose your language.
3. Click on BOOK.
4. Fill in the requested dates and the code written exactly like this: PRIME/SMACD.
6. To see the reduced rate, click again on the left button CHECK AVAILABILITY.

General Terms

Check-in from 4.00 PM
Check-out before 10.00 AM
Deposit equal to 30% of the total booking by credit card or bank transfer
Copy of the receipt of the deposit must be sent to tanka.mice@voihotels.com

Reductions for third/fourth bed (children's ages are to be considered for years not completed)

Compulsory fee for infant 0/3 years: € 25.00 per infant per day
Child (3 - 11.99 years) in 3rd - 4th bed: 75% reduction
Adults: reduction of 20% of the adult stay fee


30% of the stay booked for cancellations made at any time after booking
100% of the booked stay for cancellations made from 7 to 0 days before arrival or in case of no show

Shuttle service from/to Cagliari airport is organized for all those staying at Tanka for arrivals on 12 June and departures on 16 June.

Information for Authors

The PRIME 2022 Call For Papers is available for download. The working language for the conference is English, which will be used for all presentations and printed material.
Any author can submit an unlimited number of papers, but the same speaker cannot present more than two papers.
The first author/presenter of each paper must be either a PhD student, a Master's student or a Bachelor's student; by PhD student we mean a student who is currently working toward his/her PhD thesis or who has discussed his/her PhD thesis whitin one year in advance of the paper submission deadline.
The maximum number of authors per paper is five (the student, the advisor and no more than three co-workers).

Paper format and submission guidelines are illustrated in the Submissions section.

Reviewing Process

Papers submitted for review must clearly state:
the purpose of the work
how and to what extent it advances the state-of-the-art
specific new results and their impact

The degree to which the paper deals with these issues will affect whether the paper is selected. The most frequent cause of rejection of submitted papers is lack of new results. Only work that has not been previously published at the time of the conference will be considered.
Submission of a paper for review and subsequent acceptance is considered by the Committee as an agreement that the work will not be placed in the public domain prior to the conference. The quality of the conference will be guaranteed by a thoroughly selected Technical Program Committee, which will provide feedback to the authors.


Based on the reviewers' and the awards-committee's evaluation top 30% papers will be awarded as follows:
GOLD LEAF Certificate for the top 10% papers
SILVER LEAF Certificate for papers between top 10% and top 20%
BRONZE LEAF Certificate for papers between top 20% and top 30%

Special Issue

The authors of the top ranked papers in both PRIME and SMACD 2022 conferences will be invited to submit extended versions of their manuscripts for possible publication in a Special Issue of Integration, The VLSI Journal (Elsevier).

Plagiarism and excessive re-use of earlier material

Papers submitted for PRIME 2022 will be checked for plagiarism and improper re-use of authors’ earlier material using IEEE CrossCheck.

Ethical policy

PRIME 2022 follows IEEE ethical guidelines and policies in terms of non-discrimination and privacy.

Final Paper Submission

Final papers are due on April 29th, 2022 (this is a firm deadline for the production of the proceedings). Authors should submit their papers using their EasyChair proceedings author role for PRIME 2022.
Papers have to be checked and certified by PDF eXpress prior to submission! Authors have to submit the PDF file that they receive back from PDF eXpress.
The final paper version has to include the proper copyright notice.
Submitted papers must respect the following specifications.
Paper Length: The maximum number of accepted pages is 4, including all figures, tables and references.
Paper Size: Only US Letter (8.5" x 11") or A4 (210mm x 297mm) formats are allowed.
Paper Format: Authors should prepare the manuscript according to the IEEE double column conference paper template style.
File Size: The size of the PDF files submitted should not exceed 2.0 MB.

Copyright notice to be added on the paper final version

The appropriate copyright clearance code notice is to appear on the bottom of the first page of each paper according to the guidelines set forth in the Cataloging/Copyright Instructions for an IEEE Conference Proceeding. Detailed instructions can be found here.

For papers in which all authors are employed by the US government, the copyright notice is:
U.S. Government work not protected by U.S. copyright
For papers in which all authors are employed by a Crown government (UK, Canada, and Australia), the copyright notice is:
978-1-6654-6700-1/22/$31.00 ©2022 Crown
For papers in which all authors are employed by the European Union, the copyright notice is:
978-1-6654-6700-1/22/$31.00 ©2022 European Union
For all other papers the copyright notice is:
978-1-6654-6700-1/22/$31.00 ©2022 IEEE

PDF eXpress check and certification

1. Go to IEEE PDF eXpress.
2. Use this conference ID: 55000X
3. Use PDF eXpress to check or create your PDF file.
4. Once you have a GOOD PDF file, return to PRIME 2022 final submission website (EasyChair) and upload your final submission.

IEEE copyright release

The completed IEEE copyright release must be filled by April 29th. Authors should log in on the PRIME 2022 EasyChair webpage using their proceedings author role, click on "Sign Copyright Agreement" and follow the instructions.

Registration Fees

Early Registration (within May 5th)
Standard Registration (after May 5th)
Student and Life IEEE/CASS Members 525€ 575€
Student non member 550€ 600€
IEEE/CASS member 570€ 620€
Non member 600€ 650€
Welcome cocktail (additional for accompanying person) 30€ 30€
Gala Dinner (additional for accompanying person) 100€ 100€

Registration is due for all participants (both presenters and attendees only). Registration payment for AUTHORS is due by May 5th, 2022. Payment is possible by credit card or bank transfer.
Contact for registrations: info@prime-conference.org.
REGISTRATION INVOICE: registration is confirmed only upon payment receipt.
The invoice will be sent after payment by e-mail prior to the conference (please fill in the invoicing details during the registration procedure) and is not available on Conftool. The official document is issued by Pragma Congressi srl, Corso Mazzini 14 - 27100 Pavia, VAT IT02031910181.

What is included?

Maximum 2 papers to be presented
Full access to the technical program
Welcome reception (on June 12)
Gala dinner (on June 14)
WiCASS event
Coffee breaks and lunches (on 13-14-15 June)
Shuttle* from/to airport on arrival (June 12) and departure (June 16)
*to book this service you will be requested your Tanka Village reservation code

Cancellation Policies

Before 15 May, 100% refund (an administration fee of 150€ is however due)
After 15 May, no refunds
Substitutions are always accepted

For italian public institutions: please contact us before paying the fee (info@prime-conference.org)

Transportation to Tanka Village

The nearest airport to the conference venue is Cagliari (CAG), which is located at around 50 km from the Tanka Village (average travel time: 50 minutes). The cost of a private transportation (no group shuttle) is around 120€.
A shuttle service will be made available from/to Cagliari Airport at fixed times on arrival date (June 12th) and departure date (June 16th). The maximum estimated waiting time from your arrival in Cagliari Airpot to shuttle departure is 2 hours. If you wish to use this service, please fill in the following form with your arrival/departure time and Tanka Resort reservation code.

It is the responsibility of the attendee to arrange appropriate insurance cover in connection with their attendance at the conference.

Conference Schedule

Oral Presentations

The duration of formal oral presentations is 15 minutes, followed by Q&A.
Please prepare your presentation in the 16:9 landscape format.
Supported file types are .ppt and .pdf.
To ensure that everyone gets the most from the conference, the schedule will be strictly enforced by each Session Chair.
A PC will be available in each room for speakers' use during their presentations.
Speakers should upload their files to the venue PC at least 10 minutes in advance of the session they are presenting in.
The official PRIME 2022 conference logo is available here.

Presenters are asked to verify that all necessary presentation materials are in place and tested in their presentation venue well before the session begins; moreover, they are requested to find an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the venue and podium enviroment. The members of the Organizing Committee will be available to help throughout the conference.