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EDA Competition

Call for EDA Competition


  COMPETE for the $1,000 and JOIN the HALL-OF-FAME

As usual in SMACD Conferences, the 2024 edition, which will take place at Volos, Greece, from the 2nd to the 5th of July,, will also hold a thrilling and dynamic event where M.Sc. and Ph.D. students can compete with their best ideas, methodologies, flows and tools with one unique yet challenging goal:

ENHANCE DESIGN AUTOMATION FOR INTEGRATED CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS


The winner(s) of the event will receive a prize of $1,000 sponsored by


 HOW TO ENTER THE COMPETITION ?

All participants must submit a paper (following the same SMACD 2024 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!


 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.).

  TOPICS OF INTEREST

Methodologies and tools related to all topics of the SMACD24 conference (e.g., Synthesis, Sizing, Optimization, Modeling and Simulation of AMS, RF and multidomain circuits, ML and Cloud Computing EDA methodologies, EDA methodologies for Hardware Security and Emerging Devices, etc.)

  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 required CAD tools or design kits licensing are the responsibility of each participant..
  • Papers not accepted for the competition short-list will still be considered by the technical program committee for the SMACD 2024 regular sessions.

  IMPORTANT DATES

  • Paper Submission Deadline: March 10th 2024
  • Author Notification: March 26th 2024
  • Camera Ready Paper Deadline: April 8th 2024
  • Early Registration Deadline: April 8th 2024