Summer Course

The Summer Course on Neural-network Optimised VLSI Accelerators (NOVA) is a 5-day live-in programme at Zhuhai, China. The goal of this course is to bring together world-renowned researchers and the brightest postgraduate research students and professionals in a weeklong intensive course where participants exchange ideas and experiences in developing and deploying state-of-the-art acceleration technologies focusing mainly on neural network systems and their applications.

During the week, experts from around the world will be delivering lectures and hands-on exercises on cutting-edge acceleration technologies targeting FPGA platforms. Through these exercises, participants get to experience first-hand the potential of using application accelerators in their research. Participants also get a chance to showcase their latest research, and discuss their need for high-performance computers through poster sessions.

The course’s target audiences are PhD or master students, advanced undergraduate students in their final year, and engineers in a relevant profession. Enrollment will be on a competitive basis.

Organizer and Sponsor


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Corerain Artificial Intelligence Application Innovation Academy Institute

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Course Director

Wayne Luk, Imperial College London



Draft Program

Important Dates

Application Deadline: 30 June, 2019

Notification: 7 July, 2019

Confirm Attendance: 12 July, 2019

Registration at the Workshop: 28 July, 2019

Course Dates: 29 July-2 August, 2019


Venue: Zhuhai Tangyi Hotel
Tel: +86 13530419039
Address: Gangwan No.1 Science Creation Park, Jintang road, Tangjia, Zhuhai, China


Required document:
CV and one-page description of current research
Supervisor's endorsement and confirmation of student status
Given the intense nature of the course, applicants with the following skills are highly recommended:
Experience in C/C++/Java programing
Experience in HDL coding and digital system design
Experience with computer/FPGA/GPU programming
Registration fees:
Free for students, 10,000 RMB for other participants
It covers:
Course Material
Accommodation with double occupancy from July 28(Check in) to August 2, 2019(Check out)
Lunch from July 29 to August 2, 2019 (Dinners will not be covered) 
Half day excursion


Tel:+86 13530419039

Address:Gangwan No.1 Science Creation Park, Jintang road, Tangjia, Zhuhai, China