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Valeria Bertacco of the University of Michigan to Receive Early Career Award

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Valeria Bertacco, associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, will receive this year’s Early Career Award from the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA).

Professor Bertacco will be recognized for her contributions to hardware verification, including her work on semi-formal verification, runtime and post-silicon verification, and correctness-constrained execution, during ICCAD’s opening session in November in San Jose.

With research interests in the area of design correctness, with emphasis on full design validation, digital system reliability and hardware security assurance, her creativity and technical contributions are well recognized throughout the industry.

Professor Bertacco joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2003 after working in Synopsys’ Advanced Technology Group for four years as a lead developer of two verification software tools, Vera and Magellan. She received a Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Computer Engineering degree (Dottore in Ingegneria) summa cum laude from the University of Padova in Italy.

She recently was presented with a 2011 IBM Faculty Award for her work in design correctness, full design validation, digital system reliability and hardware security assurance. The recipient of a National Science Foundation Career award, she has also been honored with the University of Michigan’s Outstanding Achievement award and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Young Investigator award.

Additionally, Professor Bertacco serves in several conference program committees, including DATE and DAC, and is an associated editor for the IEEE Transactions on CAD and the Microelectronics Journal. She is the author of three books on design validation, from pre-silicon to runtime and is actively working with Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia to modernize their computer engineering program.

CEDA established the first Early Career Award in 2009 to recognize an individual who has made innovative and substantial technical contributions to the area of EDA in the early stages of her or his career. The first recipient was Professor Igor Markov from the University of Michigan, and in 2010, the award went to Professor Luca Daniel form MIT.

The annual award recognizes an individual who has made innovative and substantial technical contributions to the area of EDA in the early stages of her or his career. Contributions are measured by the technical merit and creativity in performing research, and assessed based on the published record of the individual and the references accompanying the nomination. The award is equally available to contributors from academic and industrial institutions.
 Professor Valeria Bertacco

Discussions between Design Technology Committee, EDA vendors off to a Good Start

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

IEEE CEDA’s Design Technology Committee (DTC) invited EDA vendors to join us for an open meeting during DAC in June for EDA vendors to talk about gaps and requirements for two design flow areas –– digital implementation and functional verification.

We were pleased that 18 representatives from eight EDA companies attended the meeting, which turned out to be an open and informative exchange. Overall, attendees were supportive of our goals and efforts.

With participation from Cadence, Magma, Mentor and Synopsys, all four major EDA vendors were present. They were joined by Atrenta, Jasper, SpringSoft and Tuscany. Each has an interest in digital implementation and functional verification, and DTC study groups have established a common list of near-term gaps and requirements for both. After outlining the goals and objectives and the high-level overview of the gaps and requirements, a good discussion followed.

It was understood by the EDA companies that the DTC study groups compiled a prioritized and substantial set of common core requirements. Implementing each of the top three requirements over the next 12-18 months would address a substantial amount of our current issues.

The meeting helped to define our key objectives that include efficient discussion, clarification and implementation of such common requirements so that more bandwidth is available to engage for the advanced requirements. Follow-up actions were identified and DTC study groups are currently discussing gaps and future requirements with EDA vendors. To manage the competitive nature of the EDA industry, these are individual meetings.

The next major milestone review will be held during ICCAD in early November at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, Calif. The DTC and EDA vendors will meet to discuss findings from this process to review the status of the implementation roadmaps and to identify further actions.

For DTC member companies, the past year was a good experience in working together on common technical topics. As we expand the participation to include EDA vendors, we believe this creates efficiencies and benefits for all EDA users. Further discussions can then go beyond feature requirements to encompass use model and methodology improvements.

Under IEEE CEDA, DTC currently represents 12 leading IC companies and was formed to identify and gather common concerns, gaps and requirements for EDA and to voice them and to bring them to the attention of the EDA industry.

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