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A Look Back at CEDA’s 2010 Accomplishments

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Looking back on 2010, I’m struck by the range of industry outreach from the IEEE Council on EDA (CEDA)’s volunteers, with programs that include awards, events and publications. Before we go rushing into 2011, please bear with me as I do a bit of bragging about the past year.

CEDA recognizes the contributions of outstanding members of the EDA community by sponsoring or co-sponsoring four annual awards. In 2010, we recognized Dr. Al Dunlop, Dr. Giovanni De Micheli and Dr. Dick Smith with the Distinguished Service Award for establishing the IEEE Council on EDA.

Dr. Randal E. Bryant of Carnegie Mellon University received the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in EDA for developing Reduced Ordered Binary Decision Diagrams, forming the foundation for symbolic manipulation of logic designs.

Dr. Luca Daniel, Emanuel E. Landsman associate professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the recipient of the Early Career Award. Professor Daniel was recognized for his contribution to electromagnetic field analysis, parasitic variation-aware extraction and automated parameterized linear and non-linear stable model reduction.

And finally, Pat Pistilli was selected to receive the 2010 Kaufman award from CEDA and the Electronic Design Automation Consortium. He received it for pioneering the EDA industry and building the Design Automation Conference (DAC) as its premier showcase and networking platform.

Our sincere thank you to the 2010 award recipients for their contributions to the industry, along with hearty congratulations to all.

CEDA is a sponsor or co-sponsor of many of the leading conferences, workshops, industries events and meetings worldwide, and I’m delighted to announce that CEDA became a major sponsor of DATE, the key European EDA conference. We took over in 2010 the entire IEEE sponsorship share from the Computer Science Society.

The list of events is long and impressive, and too long for this post. Instead, let’s highlight some of the more visible industry events in addition to DATE, such as DAC, ICCAD and CANDE in the U.S. and ASP-DAC in Asia.

We offered two luncheon events at DAC and ICCAD as part of our ongoing Distinguished Speaker Series. Steve Teig, president and CTO of Tabula, described to an attentive DAC audience an approach to move beyond von Neumann computing. Dr. Lucio Lanza, managing director of Lanza techVentures, opined on “Semiconductor and EDA Industry –– A new business model?” to a packed room during ICCAD. If you missed either, do not be concerned. Both were videotaped and these videotapes are available for viewing at the CEDA website.

CEDA produces four publications: Embedded Systems Letters (ESL), a forum for quick dissemination of research on embedded systems; Design and Test (D&T), both print and in an electronic format; and Transactions on Computer Aided Design (TCAD).

These activities are done by a tireless group of volunteers. As president of CEDA, I am grateful for their ongoing support and offer each one of you an opportunity to get involved as well. If you are interested, visit the CEDA website to learn more.

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