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Wednesday, December 8 • 10:45am - 10:55am
Lightning Talk: A Secure RISC-V Based SoC for Autonomous UAVs Navigation - Davide Rossi, University of Bologna & Daniele Palossi, IDSIA USI-SUPSI Lugano

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Advanced computing platforms for autonomous drone navigation are extremely challenging drivers of Internet-of-Things edge intelligence capabilities due to the mix of requirements in terms of security, safety and high performance. We present a fully RISC-V-based SoC for high-performance and secure autonomous drone navigation. The SoC includes a dual-core CVA6 core with full support for Linux OS managing the main system functions and an RTOS such as Nuttx for time-critical tasks. The SoC is supported by a complete set of peripherals, and a parallel accelerator based on the open-source PULP platform and a root-of-trust subsystem based on the open titan project. As a capability demonstrator, we present a human pose estimation task based on a novel CNN. Inference runs in real-time, up to 135 frame/s, consuming less than 87 mW on a COTS PULP-based SoC aboard a 27-grams nano-UAV, where it achieves 1 GOPS with an efficiency of more than 12 GOPS/W. The in-field deployment of our visual NN demonstrates a closed-loop top-notch autonomous navigation capability. Our novel RISC-V-based SoC is expected to push this cutting-edge end-to performance even further, as much as 2.6 GOPS and 92 GOPS/W.

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Davide Rossi

Prof., university of Bologna
Davide Rossi, received the PhD from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2012 where he currently holds an associate professor position. His research interests focus on energy efficient digital architectures in the domain of heterogeneous and reconfigurable multi and many-core systems... Read More →
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Daniele Palossi

Daniele Palossi received the Ph.D. in Information Technology and Electrical Engineering from the ETH Zürich, in 2019. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA), USI-SUPSI, Lugano, Switzerland, and at the Integrated... Read More →

Wednesday December 8, 2021 10:45am - 10:55am PST
Room 3005/3007
  Beyond the RISC-V ISA
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