As usual in SMACD Conferences, the 2022 edition will also hold a thrilling and dynamic event where M.Sc. and Ph.D. students can compete for the right to brag (and the $1,000 prize sponsored by IEEE CEDA!!) with their best ideas, methodologies, flows, and tools with one unique yet challenging goal.

“To improve design automation for integrated circuits and systems!!”


All participants must submit a paper (following the same SMACD 2022 submission guidelines) describing the methodology/tool, the design problem of their choice, and the solution provided by their methods/tool.

The first author of the submission and presenter at the conference must be an M.Sc or a Ph.D. student!

Important Dates

18th Feb. 2022
Paper Submission Deadline
4th March 2022
Extended Paper Submission Deadline
15th March 2022
Second Extended Paper Submission Deadline
1st Apr. 2022
Author Notification
13th Apr. 2022
Author Notification
29th Apr. 2022
Camera Ready Paper Submission

Topics of Interest

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

Important Notes

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

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.).
  • Robustness of the design solutions (e.g., against parasitics, variability, etc.) and, of the proposal itself (e.g. convergence, insensitivity to input and starting values, 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.).

SMACD 2022 rejects any form of discrimination and folows IEEE ethical guidelines and policies in terms of non-discrimination and privacy.


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