Design Automation Conference Continues to Widen Scope: 53rd DAC Opens Call for Contributions

Inspire tomorrow’s electronics with cross-cutting presentations in design research, design practices and design automation

LOUISVILLE, Colo. September 25, 2015 - For 53 years, the Design Automation Conference (DAC) has been recognized as the leading-edge conference on research and practice in tools and methodologies for the design and automation of electronic circuits and systems.  DAC offers outstanding training, education, exhibits and networking opportunities for a worldwide community of designers, researchers, tool developers and vendors. The Technical Program Committee for DAC 2016 is soliciting high-quality submission on design research, design practices and design automation for cross-cutting topics in the following areas: Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Embedded Systems and Software (ESS), Design, Intellectual Property (IP), Internet of Things (IoT), Automotive Systems & Software and Security.

Submissions are invited for Special Sessions, Design/IP Track papers and presentations, poster sessions, panels, workshops, tutorials and co-located conferences. Criteria, topics and deadlines for the major tracks are outlined briefly below.

First deadline is 17 November 2015.  All submission information and topic details can be found at 

EDA Sessions

With the continuing scaling of semiconductor devices and the growing complexities of their use in circuits and systems, the traditional electronic design automation (EDA) scope of DAC is becoming broader and ever more important.  Demand for lower power, higher reliability and more agile electronic systems raises new challenges for both design and design automation. In addition to the traditional EDA topics (ranging from physical design to system architectures), DAC 2016 is looking for high-quality papers on research, practices and automation for cross-cutting topics such as low power, reliability, multicore/ application-specific/ heterogeneous architectures, 3-D integrations, emerging device technologies, design automation of "things,”  and their applications.

ESS Sessions

Embedded Systems are an increasingly interesting, disruptive and challenging field for designs ranging from mobile devices to medical devices to industrial and beyond. Embedded software is built into devices that may not necessarily be recognized as computing devices (e.g., thermostats, toys, defibrillators and anti-lock brakes), but that nevertheless control the functionality and perceived quality of these devices. Embedded systems design is the art of choosing and designing the proper combination of hardware and software components to achieve system-level design goals like speed, efficiency, reliability, security and safety.

The ESS sessions at DAC provide a forum for discussing the challenges of embedded design and an opportunity for leaders in industry and academia to come together to exchange ideas and roadmaps for the future of this rapidly expanding area.

Design/ IP Track

Design and IP content will be highlighted in both the dedicated design and IP track and regular research tracks. Design/ IP sessions are targeted specifically for practitioners, bringing together IC designers, IP core designers, IP ecosystem providers, embedded software and system developers, automotive electronics engineers, security experts and engineering managers from across the globe. These sessions offer a unique opportunity to network with and learn from other industry experts about best practices and current trends.

Combining the Designer Track and the IP Track will encourage more synergy between designers and IP developers. Hardware designers, software engineers, IP developers, application engineers and managers/ executives from leading semiconductor, systems design, IP and EDA companies will present their experiences with effective design flows, methods and tool usage, as well as IP integration and software development practices. The combined track will include presentations, poster sessions and a rich set of invited talks/ panels to facilitate information exchange and interactions.

IoT Sessions

The IoT, the next wave in electronic systems, has an inherently broad definition, encompassing everything from industrial automation to wearable devices to home security. Its components range from energy harvesters and smart sensors to data centers. What's needed to design these systems? IoT sessions at DAC aim to cover the entire spectrum, providing a holistic overview of IoT-related content in areas as diverse as EDA methodologies and tools to reduce energy, lightweight authentication and security approaches, techniques for assembling needed IP for IoT systems and methods for managing the complexity of automotive systems. The IoT can sometimes seem vast and unmanageable; the IoT sessions at DAC will provide practical insights.

Automotive Systems & Software Sessions

Nearly every aspect of today’s automobiles uses smart electronics and embedded software to make our transportation experience safer, more energy-efficient and enjoyable. Premium vehicles can have several million lines of embedded software running on hundreds of electronic control units connected not only with one another by in-vehicle networks, but also to the cloud, other vehicles and infrastructure. As the trend towards automated driving and connectivity accelerates, the ability to deliver these innovations depends more than ever on the electronics and software development capabilities. Mastering the enormous functional complexity while also satisfying safety and security, all within cost constraints, requires powerful methods and tools for all development steps.

The Automotive sessions at DAC provide a forum for people from automotive, embedded systems, security and EDA to connect, engage and exchange information. These sessions will highlight unique challenges and emerging solutions and explore the road ahead.

Security Sessions

Security sessions at DAC address an urgent need to create, analyze, evaluate and improve the hardware, embedded systems and software base of contemporary security solutions. Secure and trustworthy software and hardware components, platforms and supply chains are vital to all domains including financial, healthcare, transportation and energy. Security of systems is becoming equally important. A revolution is underway in many industries that are "connecting the unconnected.”  Such cyber physical systems -- e.g., automobiles, smart grid, medical devices, etc. -- are taking advantage of the integration of physical systems with information systems. These integrated systems are appealing targets of attacks. Attacks on the cyber part of such systems can have disastrous consequences in the physical world. The scope and variety of attacks present design challenges that span embedded hardware, software, networking and system design.

Security topics will be featured through invited special sessions, panels and lecture/ poster presentations by both practitioners and researchers to share their knowledge and experience on this evolving environment.

The 53rd DAC will be held at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from June 5 - 9, 2016.

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. Since 1964, a diverse worldwide community of many thousands of professionals has attended DAC. They include system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives as well as 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, and methodologies and technologies. A highlight of DAC is its exhibition and suite area featuring leading and emerging EDA, embedded systems, silicon, intellectual property (IP) automotive, security 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 Automation (ACM SIGDA).

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