50th Design Automation Conference (DAC) Issues Call for Contributions

A celebration of 50 years of innovation and research

LOUISVILLE, Colo. –– September 17, 2012 –– The Design Automation Conference (DAC), celebrating its 50th year as the premier conference devoted to the design and automation of electronic systems (EDA), is the oldest and largest conference in EDA. The first DAC was held in 1964 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Half a century later, DAC 2013 is a not-to-miss occasion for the worldwide community of system designers, system architects, IC designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers, executives, researchers and academics. As well as planning for a robust technical program, the DAC Executive Committee is planning several memorable and exciting events that will be announced in the upcoming months.

The 50th DAC will be held at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, from June 2-6, 2013. For video highlights of DAC from 1963-2013, see http://www.dac.com/

DAC is seeking submissions that deal with tools, algorithms, EDA tool usage and design technologies for all aspects of electronic circuit, system, and embedded design for DAC 2013. In addition to conventional EDA topics, DAC 2013 invites submissions on embedded systems and software (ESS) topics and various other EDA and ESS related categories. This includes User/Designer Track submissions, Wild and Crazy ideas (WACI) submissions, Special Sessions, Panels, Tutorial proposals and co-located events.

Submission criteria and topics are outlined briefly below. In addition to well established EDA and ESS subjects, special focus areas in 2013 include embedded software and architectures, multi-core, security, virtualization, energy harvesting, emerging devices, cloud computing, parallelization, 3-D, design for manufacturability, cyber-physical systems, bio interfaces, bio sensors, and bio design automation. First deadline is October 29, 2012. All submission information and topic details can be found at www.dac.com.

EDA Research Manuscripts

Abstract due 5pm MT November 27, 2012

Manuscript due 5pm MT December 3, 2012

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 an abstract of approximately 60 words clearly stating the significant contribution, impact, and results of the submission.

Embedded Systems and Software Manuscripts

Abstract due 5pm MT November 27, 2012

Manuscript due 5pm MT December 3, 2012

Embedded systems and software topics at DAC 2012 were a huge hit, resulting in more than 33% of the conference’s technical content focused on ESS. Authors of research manuscripts on all aspects of embedded systems and software as well as EDA research topics are encouraged to submit. All embedded systems and software manuscript submissions must adhere to the same rules outlined for the EDA research manuscripts.

Perspectives Manuscripts

Abstract due 5pm MT November 27, 2012

Manuscript due 5pm MT December 3, 2012

Perspective manuscripts should contain information of significant interest to the DAC audience, but need not be traditional to the DAC program. Original research results are not  required. Perspective papers enable authors to submit papers that do not follow the traditional form (introduction, problem statement, algorithms, experimental results) of a typical research paper.

  “Work-In-Progress” (WIP) Abstracts
Abstract due before 5:00pm MT, November 27, 2012

Manuscript due 5pm MT December 3, 2012

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 you submit a research manuscript and it is not accepted as part of the regular technical program, authors can have 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.

“Wild and Crazy Ideas” (WACI) Manuscripts
Abstract due 5pm MT November 27, 2012

Manuscript due 5pm MT December 3, 2012

DAC invites submissions with genuinely forward-looking, radical, and innovative ideas in the area of electronic design or electronic design automation. The WACI sessions feature novel (and even preliminary or unproven) technical ideas that do not fit the conventional mold, that inspire discussion among conference attendees, that create a buzz, and that get people talking. Research that incrementally improves on prior work is not suited for this category.

WACI submissions may present less-developed, but highly innovative ideas related to areas relevant to DAC. They do not have to explore specific technology problems/solutions with extensive experimental results (as with regular DAC manuscript submissions).

Special Session Proposals
Due before 5:00pm MT, October 29, 2012

A special session is devoted to either a traditional core EDA topic, a topic of future interest, or an ESS topic. The topic should be presented from an angle that does not overlap 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 angles. 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 29, 2012
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 community 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. DAC reserves the right to restructure all panel suggestions.

Tutorial Proposals
Due before 5:00pm MT, October 29, 2012
In 2013, DAC tutorials will be scheduled as two-hour short tutorials presented multiple times on tutorial day so that attendees can cover three topics of their choice. DAC is looking for tangible, hands-on topics that provide immediate value for the attendee. The areas can cover:

  • Traditional EDA topics (for example "How to architect a parallel timing analyzer")
  • Hot design topics (for example "How to design a low-power memory controller") or
  • Emerging software development topics (for example "How to get started on writing iPhone apps")

DAC reserves the right to restructure all tutorial suggestions.

Workshop Proposals
Due before 5:00pm MT, October 29, 2012

DAC invites you to organize a workshop on topics related to design, design methodologies, and design automation. DAC workshops are considered a central part of DAC’s technical program and span anywhere from two to nine hours. A workshop organizer is responsible for developing the agenda, selecting, inviting and confirming the speakers, and communicating the workshop details to the DAC office. DAC’s responsibility includes the financial management, setting registration fees, coordinating the logistics of the event and publicity.  A Workshop is not a forum for a single vendor to advertise its technology.

Designer/User Track Extended Abstracts
Submission site opens January 7, 2013

Abstract due before 5:00pm MT, February 6, 2013

The DAC Designer/User Track offers IC designers and embedded software developers from across the globe a unique opportunity to network with and learn from other industry experts. This unique track features presentations on a wide variety of EDA topics, providing insights and experiences with in-house and commercial tools and flows. Designers and software developers from Intel, IBM, Samsung, TI, Toshiba, Qualcomm, AMD, Freescale, and other leading IC companies will present their experiences on effective design flows, methods, and tool usage. There is no other way to improve your “design IQ” in such a short amount of time.

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