Kicking Off 51 Years, the Design Automation Conference (DAC) Issues Call for Contributions

2014 conference to focus on EDA, embedded systems, automotive, IP design and security topics

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 24, 2013The Design Automation Conference (DAC), embarking on its 51st year as the premier conference devoted to the design and automation of electronic systems, is a not-to-miss occasion for the worldwide community of system designers, system architects, IC designers, embedded system designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, and senior managers, executives, researchers and academics in the electronics field. Continuing the tradition of being in the forefront of electronic design, DAC 2014 is seeking submissions that deal with design technologies and algorithms that address all aspects of electronic design across the following submission categories: research papers, special sessions, panels, tutorials, and co-located conferences and workshops. In addition to DAC’s best-in-class technical program, the conference offers outstanding training and education as well as superb networking opportunities. The 51st DAC will be held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California, from June 1-5, 2014.

The 51st DAC will introduce three new initiatives: automotive, IP design and security. These initiatives will form their own tracks and will include invited talks, embedded tutorials, special sessions/panels, regular research papers and designer tracks.

Submission criteria and topics are outlined briefly below. First deadline is October 21, 2013. All submission information and topic details can be found at

Research Manuscripts

Abstract due before 5pm MT November 22, 2013

Manuscript due 5pm MT December 3, 2013

A DAC research paper explores a specific technology problem and proposes a complete solution to it, with extensive experimental results. Submission includes a six-page paper and a short abstract clearly stating the significant contribution, impact, and results of the submission. Authors are encouraged to submit research manuscripts on all aspects of EDA, embedded systems and software as well as automotive design, hardware and software security, and IP design research topics.

“Work-In-Progress” (WIP) Abstracts

Abstract due before 5:00pm MT, November 22, 2013

Manuscript due 5pm MT December 3, 2013

A DAC work-in-progress provides authors an opportunity for early feedback on current work and preliminary results. Authors have two different opportunities to be part of the Work-in-Progress Poster Session.

Option 1: If authors submit a research manuscript and it is not accepted as part of the regular technical program, there will be a second opportunity to have their submission reviewed as part of the DAC WIP poster session.

Option 2: Authors submit a 100-word abstract and a one-page manuscript to be reviewed as part of the DAC Work-in-Progress Poster session.

Special Session Proposals

Due before 5:00pm MT, October 21, 2013

A special session is devoted to the following topics: traditional core EDA, embedded systems and software (ESS), automotive, security, IP design or a topic of future interest. The topic should be presented from an angle that does not overlap with content from traditional research manuscripts, having a more educational component. A complete submission should list at least three inspiring speakers who address the topic from different viewpoints. The special session submission form is streamlined this year, requiring an overall abstract for the special session plus a title, abstract, and speaker names (and contact info). Note that the organizer/submitter of the special session may also be a speaker for the session. DAC reserves the right to restructure all special session proposals.

Technical and Pavilion Panel Proposals

Due before 5:00pm MT, October 21, 2013

A good panel session explores a single, high-level issue or question with representatives of differing viewpoints. Panel suggestions may include anything that might appeal to the DAC’s broad audience as long as the topic is interesting, timely, informative, and enlightening. The topic should be relevant to one or more segments of DAC attendees. Controversy is appropriate and encouraged; bickering and personal attacks are not. Sales pitches are inappropriate in a DAC panel. Panel topics can include: general interest, business, traditional EDA, ESS, automotive design, security and IP design. DAC reserves the right to restructure all panel suggestions.

Tutorial Proposals

Due before 5:00pm MT, October 21, 2013

DAC tutorials will be scheduled as two-hour tutorials presented twice on Monday, June 2, 2014. The ideal structure is to have a single speaker for each session. DAC is looking for timely, tangible, hands-on topics that provide immediate value for the attendee. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about two different topics during the day. The areas can cover:

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