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

DAC reserves the right to restructure all tutorial suggestions.

Workshop Proposals

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

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 Track/ Extended Abstracts

Call for Designer Track Contributions open October 1, 2013

Abstract due before 5:00pm MT, January 28, 2014

The focus of the designer track is on the design tool user community. While the regular DAC program is focused on algorithms, the designer track allows tool users to share challenges and benefits of different tools, flows, and methodologies. In addition, it provides excellent opportunities for education and networking benefits between end users and tool developers. The designer track differs from vendor-specific user forums in that it is not tied to a specific EDA vendor. 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. This is an excellent way for designers to improve their “design IQ” in a short amount of time.

Submissions may describe the application of tools to the design of a novel electronic system or the integration of EDA tools within a design flow or methodology to produce such systems. A submission may be problem-specific in scope (e.g., hardware/software-based architecture exploration, analyzing substrate coupling during floorplanning) or may address a specific application domain (e.g., designing wireless handsets). More detailed information will be available on the DAC website on October 30, 2013.

Co-located Conference Proposals

Proposals due before 5:00pm MT, October 21, 2013

DAC co-located conferences are meetings, conferences or other special events that have already obtained event sponsorship from IEEE, ACM, the EDA Consortium or another organization. DAC will provide meeting rooms at the conference center at no cost. The event will be financed and otherwise organized by the submitter.

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, 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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