Chuck Alpert - the General Chair for the 53rd DAC
Chuck is the Group Director for Cadence Digital Signoff Group. Prior to joining Cadence he spent 17 years working at IBM Research in Austin, developing internal EDA tools. He received B.S. and B.A. degrees from Stanford University in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA in 1996.
#53DAC, 4: Announcing DAC’s First Art Show
February 2nd, 2016 by Chuck Alpert - the General Chair for the 53rd DAC
Every year DAC features something new. For the general chair, balancing tried and true conference elements with infusions of change is part of the art of putting on DAC and keeping it fresh. This year one change has to do with art itself — #53DAC features what I believe to be the first art show in the conference’s long history.
No, I’m not asking you to submit that painting you’ve been laboring over, perhaps with the help of last fall’s Bob Ross marathon on Twitch. Rather, this is a call for you to send in the best, most aesthetically interesting images associated with design automation today.
Examples include die photoshots of silicon designs, design floorplans and placemats, 3-D wiring or clock visualizations, lithographic images and thermal maps. But that list is just the starting point. Really, any image associated with how our community is helping to create the world’s astonishing array of electronic devices is welcome.
I’ve had the art show idea since a visit to the University of Bonn in 2012. Professor Bernhard Korte leads a research group there, known for writing physical design algorithms. Members of the group are regular participants at DAC.
But Professor Korte also runs the Arithmeum, a museum dedicated to preserving historical counting machines. The walls are decorated with real ASIC chip designs that have been colorized to produce true artwork.
Seeing the display of the result of powerful algorithms made the connection between EDA and art real. It occurred to me that designers and algorithmic developers were creating art every day, and that we should have a venue to showcase it. Hence, the DAC art show.
Visit the DAC Silicon / Art Technology Show page to submit your images today and let me know if you have any questions — unless it has to do with painting landscapes.
For that, you’ll have to turn to Bob Ross.