This year we celebrate the 50th edition of ISCAS. What is now the preeminent annual forum for a vibrant, multidisciplinary community of circuits and systems researchers from around the world began in 1968 as a small gathering of distinguished circuit theorists in Miami Beach, Florida. Omar Wing of Columbia University served as General Chair, and Bharat Kinariwala of the University of Hawai’i was the Technical Program Chair. While it was initially called the International Symposium on Circuit Theory, it has been known as the International Symposium on Circuits and Systems since the 1974 edition. For 50 years, ISCAS has played a central role in promoting technical exchange and progress within the field of Circuits and Systems.

In two special Pioneers of Circuits and Systems sessions on Monday, May 29 at 5:00pm, and Tuesday, May 30 at 4:30pm, we are fortunate to honor distinguished delegates from the first years of ISCAS as they share their perspectives on important technical achievements over the past 50 years and into the future.