Postponed to 2021.

Due to the corona pandemic, we have decided to postpone the SMACD2020/PRIME2020 conference originally planned for July 2020 by one year. With this step we would like to contribute to reduce the risk of infection, which is difficult to predict from the current perspective.

Authors of already submitted papers will be contacted soon.

We very much regret the postponement and ask for your understanding..


As usual in SMACD Conferences, the 2020 edition will also hold a thrilling and dynamic event where MSc and PhD students can compete with their best ideas, methodologies, flows and tools with one unique yet challenging goal:

“To improve design automation for integrated circuits and systems”

Call for Competition

Topics of Interest

Modeling, simulation and synthesis for analog, mixed-signal, RF, multidomain (such as MEMS, nanoelectronic, optoelectronic, biological).


All participants must submit a paper (following the same SMACD 2020 submission guidelines) with a description of the methodology and/or tool, the design problem of their choice and the solution provided by their methodology and/or tool.

The first author of the submission and presenter at the conference must be a MSc or a PhD student!

Important Dates

6th March 2020
Paper Submission Deadline
22nd March 2020
Extended Paper Submission Deadline
17th April 2020
Author Notification
15th May 2020
Camera Ready Paper Submission
15th May 2020
Early Registration Deadline

Evaluation Criteria

A Judging Committee will select the winner(s) based on the quality of the paper, of its presentation at the conference and the live demonstration, using the following criteria:

  • Complexity of the problem posed in the paper.
  • Level of automation (e.g., fully automated, user-assisted, etc.).
  • Designer interface (e.g., problem setup, result analysis, etc.).
  • Applicability of the proposal (e.g., general approach or restricted to special problems, circuit classes or sizes, etc.).
  • Integration degree with commercial design suites and design methodologies (e.g., import and export data from these suites, usability in one or more steps of current design flows, etc.).
  • Robustness of the design solutions (e.g., against parasitics, variability, etc.) and of the proposal itself (e.g. convergence, insensitivity to input and/or starting values, etc.).

Important Notes

  • All accepted submissions in the competition will be presented by the students in special sessions at the conference and published in the conference proceedings.
  • The presenters must perform a live demo of the methodologies and/or tool.
  • SMACD organization guarantees internet connection to all participants, but required CAD tools or design kits licensing is in responsibility of each participant.
  • Papers not accepted for the competition shortlist event will still be considered by the technical program committee for the SMACD 2020 regular sessions.