50th Design Automation Conference (DAC) Names Executive Committee

Yervant Zorian of Synopsys to serve as General Chair

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 23, 2012 — The Design Automation Conference (DAC), the premier conference devoted to electronic design and design automation (EDA), has named the members of the 50th DAC Executive Committee (EC). The Executive Committee oversees the exhibition and trade show, plans the technical program, establishes new initiatives, and manages conference operations and publicity. The 50th DAC will be held at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from June 2-6, 2013. Yervant Zorian, chief architect at Synopsys, will serve as general chair of the 50th DAC and lead the Executive Committee. Dr. Zorian studied computer engineering at University of Southern California, graduating in 1983. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from McGill University in 1987. Since then he has lead positions at Bell Laboratories, LogicVision, Virage Logic and Synopsys.

Dr. Zorian is joined on the Executive Committee by the following volunteers from across the electronics, semiconductor, embedded systems, and EDA industries and from academia:

  • Vice Chair / Finance Chair – Soha Hassoun, Tufts University
  • Technical Program Co-Chair – Donatello Sciuto, Politecnico di Milano
  • Technical Program Co-Chair – Charles Alpert, IBM Corp.
  • Panel Chair – Magdy Abadir, Freescale Semiconductor Inc.
  • Tutorial Chair – Michael McNamara, previously with Cadence Design Systems Inc.
  • Past Chair – Patrick Groeneveld, Synopsys Inc.
  • Design Community Chair – Robert Jones, Intel Corp.
  • Industry Liaison Chair – Tiffany Sparks, ARM Inc.
  • Publicity Chair – Michelle Clancy, Cayenne Communication
  • New Initiatives Chair – Nikil Dutt, University of California, Irvine
  • Europe / Middle East Representative – Norbert Wehn, University of Kaiserslautern
  • Asia / South Pacific Representative – Cheng-Wen Wu, National Tsing Hua University
  • ACM SIGDA Representative – Naehyuck Chang, Seoul National University
  • EDA Consortium Representative – Anne Cirkel, Mentor Graphics Corp.
  • IEEE CEDA Representative – Andreas Kuehlmann, Coverity Inc

Kevin Lepine and Lee Wood of MP Associates, Inc, serve as conference manager and exhibits manager, respectively.

“For 50 years, DAC has been the key event for the electronic design, embedded systems and design automation communities to meet, learn and discover new research, new products, and new developments,” said Yervant Zorian. “As we begin to plan DAC’s 50th Anniversary in Austin, the executive committee is committed to providing attendees with an enhanced overall experience at both the exhibition and technical conference. We are looking forward to an exciting event to celebrate 50 years of innovation and research.”

In addition, the executive committee has formed an Austin Local Committee (ALC) to serve as an interface between DAC and the electronics community in the Austin area. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the DAC office at 303-530-4333 for more information.

About DAC

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems and for electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, ranging from system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, embedded software engineers, senior managers and executives to researchers and academicians from leading universities. Close to 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. A highlight of DAC is its exhibition and suite area with approximately 200 of the leading and emerging EDA, embedded systems, silicon, intellectual property (IP) and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by ACM's Special Interest Group on Design.

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