2017 CAD Contest at ICCAD – Call for Participation (Registration Deadline Extended to May 25, 2017)


May 16, 2017 -- The 2017 CAD Contest at ICCAD is a challenging, multi-month, research and development competition, focusing on modern, practical problems at the forefront of Electronic Design Automation. The contest is open to worldwide multi-person university teams. Contestants can participate in one or more problems in the three topic areas of logic synthesis, global routing, and placement legalization. Each topic problem is formulated by top industry experts in the area. For more information, including registration details, detailed problem descriptions, and contest rules, please refer to the official contest website:


CAD Contest at ICCAD

Since its inaugural year of 2012, the CAD Contest at ICCAD has been one of most successful worldwide academic programming competitions in EDA. In the past four years, the contest has witnessed a rapid increase in worldwide participation: 56 teams from 7 regions in 2012, 87 teams from 9 regions in 2013, 93 teams from 9 regions in 2014, 112 teams from 12 regions in 2015, and 135 teams from 11 regions in 2016. The contest has presented challenging problems, real-world benchmarks in varied topic areas, fostering productive industry-academia collaborations. Thus far, it has led to more than 95 publications in top-tier conferences and journals, which have undoubtedly boosted EDA research and extended the impact of the contest. Each year winners are awarded at an ICCAD special session dedicated to this contest.


Contest Problems

Problem A: Resource-aware Patch Generation
Problem B: Net Open Location Finder with Obstacles
Problem C: Multi-Deck Standard Cell Legalization

Tentative Contest Schedule

1. Call for participation: Feb 01, 2017
2. Official website open: Feb 06, 2017
3. Problem description announcement: Feb 06, 2017
4. Registration deadline: May 25, 2017
5. Alpha test submission: June 07, 2017
6. Beta test submission: July 26, 2017
7. Submission deadline: August 31, 2017
8. Award ceremony: November 2017 (at ICCAD)

Other Information

1. For all inquiries, please send an email to: Email Contact
   Please add "ICCAD2017_Contest" to the subject line for any emails regarding the contest.

2. All updates will be announced on the official contest website:

3. Archived website for the 2016 CAD contest at ICCAD:  http://cad-contest-2016.el.cycu.edu.tw/


1. Contest chair:

  • Myung-Chul Kim (IBM Corp., USA)

2. Contest co-chairs:

  • Shih-Hsu Huang (Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan)    
  • Rung-Bin Lin (Yuan Ze University, Taiwan)
  • Shigetoshi Nakatake (The University of Kitakyushu, Japan)

3. Topic chairs:

  • Problem A - Ching-Yi Huang, Chi-An (Rocky) Wu and Chih-Jen (Jacky) Hsu (Cadence Design Systems Inc., Taiwan)
  • Problem B - Cindy Shen and Kai-Shun Hu (Synopsys Taiwan Co., Ltd., Taiwan)
  • Problem C - Ismail Bustany (Mentor Graphics), Nima Karimpour Darav

(University of Calgary) and Andrew Kennings (University of Waterloo)


IEEE CEDA ( http://ieee-ceda.org/)
Ministry of Education, Taiwan ( http://www.edu.tw/)
Taiwan IC Design Society ( http://www.ticd.org.tw/)
Synopsys, Inc.( http://www.synopsys.com/)
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. ( http://www.cadence.com/)
MediaTek Inc. ( http://www.mediatek.com/)
National Chip Implementation Center, Taiwan ( http://www.cic.narl.org.tw/)

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