54th Design Automation Conference Opens Call for Contributions

Inspire tomorrow’s designs with submissions in EDA, electronic systems and software, intellectual property, IoT, automotive and security

LOUISVILLE, Colo., September 27, 2016 – For 54 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 2017 is soliciting high-quality submissions on design research, design practices and design automation for the Research Track, Designer Track and  IP Track on the following themes: Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Electronic Systems and Software (ESS), Design, IP, the Internet of Things (IoT), Automotive, and Security.  The first deadline is November 15, 2016.  

Submissions are also being sought after for special sessions; poster sessions; panels; workshops; work-in-progress and tutorials under the same themes highlighted above.  Focused session themes are outlined briefly below. All submission information details can be found at https://dac.com/call-for-contributions

EDA Sessions

EDA is becoming ever more important with the continuous scaling of semiconductor devices and the growing complexities of their use in circuits and systems. Demands for lower power, higher reliability and more agile electronic systems raise new challenges to both design and design automation of such systems. For the past five decades, the primary focus of research track at DAC has been to showcase leading-edge research and practice in tools and methodologies for the design of circuits and systems.

In addition to the traditional EDA topics -- ranging from physical design to system architectures -- DAC 2017 will feature high-quality papers on  design research, design practices, and design automation for topics including low power, reliability, multicore/ application-specific/ heterogeneous architectures, 3-D integration, emerging device technologies, design automation of "things,” and their applications. DAC's EDA technical program has been ensuring the best-in-class solutions that promise to advance EDA.

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. Embedded software is taking a growing role in the final solution.

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

Design Sessions

Design content will be highlighted in both the Designer Track and the Research Track. We seek high-quality work on design research and design practices for topics including low power, reliability, multicore/ application-specific/ heterogeneous architectures, 3-D integration, emerging device technologies, design automation of "things,” and their applications. 

Design-focused content can either be submitted to the regular Research Track or to the Designer Track. If submitting to the Research Track, the same submission format and review process as for other EDA and ESS areas applies. If submitting to the Designer Track, please follow the format specified by the Designer Track.

IP Sessions

Intellectual Property (IP) content will be highlighted in both the IP Track and the regular Research Track.

The IP Track brings together the users and the creators of IP to discuss both the benefits and challenges of using IP to accelerate the development of new electronics devices, as well as improving the quality of the devices. This Track provides educational and networking benefits for IP core designers, users, and IP ecosystem providers from across the globe.  

IP-focused content can either be submitted to the regular Research Track or to the IP Track. If submitting to the Research Track, the same submission format and review process as for other EDA and ESS areas applies. If submitting to the IP Track, please follow the format specified by the Designer Track.  

IoT Sessions

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next wave in electronic systems. Its definition is inherently broad, 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 diverse areas, such 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.

Each of these has a role to play in the IoT design landscape and yet each is a challenging problem in itself. The Internet of Things can sometimes seem vast and unmanageable. Let the IoT sessions at DAC simplify it for you.

Automotive Sessions

Automobiles today are complex electrical and electronic control systems. Nearly every aspect of the vehicle 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 electronics and software development capabilities. Mastering the enormous functional complexity while satisfying safety, security and 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. The sessions focused on automotive will highlight unique challenges, 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 integration of physical systems with information systems. Notwithstanding the numerous benefits, these systems are appealing targets of attacks. Attacks on the cyber aspect of such systems can have disastrous consequences in the physical world. The scope and variety of attacks on these systems 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 54th DAC will be held at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas from June 18-22, 2017.

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). Members of a diverse worldwide community from more than 1,000 organizations attend each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives, and 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, 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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