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Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli Celebrates ICCAD’s 30th Anniversary with Look Back at EDA

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

CEDA turned to Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli of the University of California, Berkeley, to help us celebrate the 30 anniversary of the International Conference in Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). And, he didn’t disappoint.

In a rousing talk titled, “ICCAD at Thirty Years: Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going, From Transistors to Small Planets,” Professor Sangiovanni-Vincentelli captivated the standing-room-only, lunch-time gathering November 6 in San Jose, Calif. The general chair of ICCAD in 1990, he reviewed 30 years of EDA in his inimitable way.

Professor Sangiovanni-Vincentelli’s talk, part of CEDA’s Distinguished Lecture Series, was captured on video and can be downloaded from our website found at:

Be prepared for a treat if you download his talk!

Kaufman Award Presentation Moves to DAC, Call for Nominations Extended

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Now everyone in our community will have an opportunity to personally congratulate the next Phil Kaufman Award recipient because we’re moving the ceremony to DAC in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

The presentation for the prestigious Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to EDA will be held Sunday, June 2, following the DAC Sunday Night Welcome Reception.

Yes, the sponsors — IEEE CEDA and the EDA Consortium — decided to move the presentation to DAC instead of the traditional October dinner in San Jose to give more of our community a chance to participate. It’s also a way for the industry to fully embrace and celebrate 50 years of Design Automation.


CEDA Marks 30th Anniversary of ICCAD with Talk by Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli

Monday, October 8th, 2012

This year will mark the 30th year of the International Conference in Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). Two special events planned by CEDA will take a retrospective look at the conference, and CAD in general, as it has evolved over the years.

The traditional ICCAD evening panel to be held Monday, November 5, from 6:30-7:30pm in Almaden 1 and 2 at the Hilton San Jose Hotel will revisit panel topics and predictions from years past. Moderated by Bill Joyner of the Semiconductor Research Corporation, it’s titled, “The Empire Strikes Back or Attack of the Clones? The Once and Future CAD.” For more details, visit:

CEDA’s Distinguished Lecture Series continues Tuesday, November 6, from noon-1:45 p.m. and will feature Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli of the University of California, Berkeley, speaking on the past and future evolution of computer-aided integrated circuit design. With a career spanning the life of the conference, influential in both the academic and industrial evolution of EDA, Alberto is uniquely qualified to provide a long-term perspective.


CEDA to Present Luca Carloni with Early Career Award, Joel Phillips with Outstanding Service Contribution Award During ICCAD

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Please join the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) as we present two achievement awards during the opening session of ICCAD November 5 at the Hilton Hotel in San Jose.

Luca Carloni, associate professor of Computer Science at Columbia University in New York, will receive this year’s Early Career Award for seminal contributions to system-level design, including latency-insensitive design, on-chip communications synthesis and compositional design-space exploration. Joel Phillips of Cadence Design Systems will be presented with the Outstanding Service Contribution Award for his work as ICCAD’s General Chair in 2011.

Both have made important contributions to EDA.


Video of Mark Horowitz’s Digital Analog Design Presentation at DAC Posted on CEDA Website

Monday, July 30th, 2012

If you missed the presentation at DAC on Digital Analog Design by Mark Horowitz, chairman of Stanford University’s Electrical Engineering Department, or want to see it again, you’re in luck. A video of his thought-provoking talk to an enthralled audience has been posted on the CEDA website and can be viewed at:

Professor Horowitz’s presentation, part of the CEDA Distinguished Speaker Series, offers a look at how analog tools can be more like digital design tools and illustrates ways to formally validate analog models, define analog fault models, and explore the effect of process variations.

To learn more about CEDA and its Distinguished Speaker, visit

Kaufman Award Nominations Open Through June 30

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The IEEE CEDA would like to remind the EDA community to help recognize outstanding achievements in the field through the Phil Kaufman award. The nomination deadline is coming up: Saturday, June 30, 2012!

The yearly Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions EDA is sponsored by the EDA Consortium (EDAC) and the IEEE Council on EDA. The award honors an individual who has had a major impact on the field of EDA in business, industry direction, promotion, technology and engineering or educational or mentoring. Impartiality is provided to all nominees, without regard to race, gender, age or national origin.


Stanford’s Mark Horowitz to Present Talk on Digital Analog Design During DAC

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The CEDA Distinguished Speaker Series continues with a presentation on Digital Analog Design from Mark Horowitz, chairman of Stanford University’s Electrical Engineering Department, that will be held during this year’s Design Automation Conference (DAC).

In his lunchtime talk, scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Room #303 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Professor Horowitz will outline how analog tools can be more like digital design tools. It is open to all DAC attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.


Outstanding Achievement in EDA to be Recognized During DAC

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Author: David Yeh
Director, Integrated Circuit and Systems Sciences
Semiconductor Research Corporation
Chair of the CEDA Awards Committee

Our EDA industry is made of many talented and creative individuals, many of whom are members of IEEE and participate in CEDA’s activities. I hope you’ll be able to join us as we honor some of them with achievement awards during the opening session of DAC Tuesday, June 5, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. We will also recognize three members of our community who are newly appointed Fellows of the IEEE.

The awards are the Donald O. Pederson for the best paper of IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design, the A. Richard Newton Technical Impact, the Outstanding Service Contribution and the Phil Kaufman.


Nominations Are Open for Early Career, Phil Kaufman Awards

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

My blog today is about nominations that are open for two prestigious awards. The first is the Early Career Award given by CEDA. The second is the Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to EDA, jointly sponsored by CEDA and the EDA Consortium. Both are presented annually.

The Early Career Award honors an individual who has made innovative and substantial technical contributions to EDA in the early stages of his or her career.

Full members of the IEEE at any level –– regular, senior, or fellow grades –– whose highest educational degree has been awarded no more than eight years prior to the date of the nomination deadline are eligible. The award is based on contributions measured by technical merit and creativity in performing research, and will be assessed based on the published record of the individual and references accompanying the nomination.

The award is intended to be equally available to contributors from academic and industrial institutions. Some of the specific criteria used will be the current and potential impact of the individual’s contributions, as well as contributions to the profession at large. (more…)

Deadline Approaching for A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award Nominations

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

There’s still time to submit a nomination for the A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation. The nomination, open through Wednesday, February 1, can be made by anyone who is familiar with the individual’s or group’s published work.

This yearly award for outstanding technical contributions honors the late Dr. Richard Newton, a luminary in design automation academia and industry, and dean of engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, who died in 2007. CEDA sponsors the award, along with the ACM Special Interest Group in Design Automation (ACM SIGDA). It can be given to an individual from either the industrial/commercial side of the business or academia.

The award will be presented to an individual or individuals for their outstanding technical contributions to electronic design automation (EDA), recognized over a significant period of time. Qualifications will be based on a high-impact, seminal paper published at least 10 years before the presentation of the award at this year’s Design Automation Conference. The paper must have passed through a peer-review process before publication and be an archived conference or journal publication available from or published by either ACM or IEEE. It should be a seminal paper where an original idea was first described. Follow-up papers and extended descriptions of the work may be cited in the nomination, but the award will be given for the initial original contribution.

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