Author Notification: March 21st.

Tutorials & Special Sessions

The SMACD 2023 organizing team invites researchers and professionals in the areas of the conference to propose tutorials (TUT) and special sessions (SSs) to be held in this year's edition.

Accepted tutorials and special sessions:


A tutorial on simulating Python defined ML device models in Xyce, an open source SPICE circuit simulator

Paul Kuberry, Andy Huang, Biliana Paskaleva & Shahed Reza

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, US

Xyce is an open source, highly accurate, and massively parallel SPICE circuit simulator developed at Sandia National Laboratories. The Xyce Python Model Interpreter (Xyce-PyMi), also developed at Sandia, enables the execution of devices with behavior defined in Python as part of a larger circuit simulation using Xyce. This allows the circuit designers to rapidly generate models from data and to evaluate circuit performances in a production circuit simulator, leading to a robust and higher confidence design.

In this tutorial, starting with an introduction to Xyce, the audience will be guided through installation of Xyce-PyMi, development of an electrical device defined in Python, and will be given resources for use in developing more complicated data-driven device models using Python packages such as TensorFlow.


Design Automation of Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits Using Artificial Neural Networks

Nuno Lourenço1, Nuno Horta1 & José M. de la Rosa2

1Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), PT, 2Institute of Microelectronics of Seville, IMSE-CNM (CSIC/University of Seville), ES

This tutorial shows how to use Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) for the optimization and automated design of analog and mixed-signal ICs. A survey of main (conventional) design methods and EDA tools is given to show the pros and cons of the prior art, as a motivation towards using ANNs as optimization engines. A step-by-step methodology is given to explain the key aspects to consider in the presented approach, such as dataset preparation, ANN modeling and optimization, and their application to a given design problem. Several case studies are considered as demonstration vehicles and examples at different hierarchy levels of analog IC design. The first one is based on the use of ANNs and spice-like simulators to optimize amplifiers (AIDAsoft) and the second one consists of combining ANNs and behavioral simulation (SIMSIDES) for the high-level sizing of Sigma-Delta Modulators (ΣΔMs). The tutorial is addressed to a general audience interested in learning the fundamentals and practical considerations of using ANNs as optimization engines for the automated design of analog and mixed-signal ICs.

special sessions

Automated Design and Modeling of RF Components and Circuits

José Carlos Pedro &
Luís Cótimos Nunes

University of Aveiro, PT

In the 1980's and 1990's, first linear, and then also nonlinear, RF/microwave circuit simulators, triggered a paradigm shift in RF design which also started a pronounced interest for more accurate device models. Nowadays, the pervasive use of digital signal processing techniques, more inventive modeling methods as well more effective optimization algorithms, make us believe that RF design automation can be possible in the near future. This Special Session addresses several recent advancements on both RF/microwave circuit design automation and nonlinear device modeling, providing an up-to-date view of the present state-of-the-art and the near future trends in these exciting technologies.

Reliability and Fault Tolerance in Emerging Technologies

Sarah Azimi

Politecnico di Torino, IT

The focus of this special session is on the advancements in reliability and fault tolerance techniques for emerging technologies, including FPGA, SoC, MPSoC, three-dimensional technologies (such as 2.5D/3D Integrated Circuits), nanoscale FinFET devices, innovative memories (such as PCRAM, STTMRAM, RRAM), introducing state-of-the-art investigations on the methods and techniques as well as modern implementation technologies enabling an effective and efficient development of highly reliable systems.

The topics of interest include but are not limited to all the following topics:

  • Design for Reliability
  • Design for Single Event Effect Hardening
  • Single Event Effect Modeling, Analysis, and Mitigation
  • Design and Test for 2.5D/3D ICs
  • Reliability of embedded systems such as FPGAs, SoC, and MPSoC

Emerging Technologies and Computing Paradigms for Edge Computing applications

Juan Nuñez

Instituto de Microeletrónica
de Sevilla, ES

Edge Computing applications require platforms to extract task-relevant information from increasingly large amounts of data with stringent constraints on energy efficiency, performance, cost, and reliability. Traditionally, silicon CMOS scaling has been relied upon to meet these energy and delay constraints. However, the energy and delay benefits achievable via scaling are diminishing. Therefore, there is an urge to explore new energy efficient devices and interconnects as the building blocks for energy efficient systems. This special session aims to bring together contributions focusing on different topics related to the modelling, design of circuits and systems using emerging technologies, as well as to highlight the latest advances in novel computing paradigms.

Shaping future electronic circuits and systems with emerging memory devices

Vasileios Ntinas

Technische Universität
Dresden, DE

Today's computer systems are on the verge of a paradigm shift from general-purpose architectures to cutting-edge specialized technologies optimized for particular computational workloads. This trend is driven by the increased need for autonomous, high-performance systems that can sense and process remotely on a tiny energy budget and footprint. Emerging memory technologies are increasingly growing since they provide novel nanoelectronic devices with outstanding features for single electronic components, including non-volatility, adaptability, low-power operation, and ultra-dense integration. Their operating principles arise from various physical mechanisms, based on their nanoelectronic structure, leading to a wide range of device types, ranging from ionic, and crystallographic (ReRAM, CBRAM, PCM) to magnetic, and ferroelectric devices (MRAM, FTJ, FeFET). Even though the original target of such technologies is memory, they demonstrate suitability for a wide range of novel computing and bio-inspired applications. However, the readiness of these technologies is yet far from large-scale commercialization and they are still facing fundamental issues in modeling, simulation, and circuit design. The main goal of this special session is to bring high-quality research on emerging technologies into SMACD ’23 and to create a forum for fruitful knowledge transfer between the traditional SMACD audience and researchers working on novel computing approaches that utilize emerging devices.

The topics of this special session focus on:

  • Physical and numerical emerging memory device modeling
  • Circuit design techniques for In-Memory Computing with emerging technologies
  • CMOS integration of emerging technologies
  • Variability- and reliability-aware design of emerging device-based circuits
  • Emerging devices for bio-inspired circuits and systems

Low-Voltage Low-Power Integrated Circuits for Biomedical Applications

Juan M. Carrillo &
José L. Ausín

University of Extremadura, ES

CMOS technologies and circuit techniques have facilitated the development of innovative physiological sensing devices, ensuring the validity of medical information through analog and digital signal processing methods. Traditional trends in the use of these electronic devices for healthcare are being modified by new habits for healthy lifestyles, paying special attention to prevention and monitoring as key functionalities of the technological solutions. In the last years, a new trend towards extremely low-voltage and ultra-low power circuits is emerging, motivated in part by the interest in implantable or wearable devices for biomedical monitoring, sensors, the Internet of Things (IoT) networks, and other similar applications. This special session tries to gather novel contributions and challenges related to the use of low-voltage low-power integrated circuits in the field, especially for biomedical applications.

Topics should be related, but not limited, to:

  • Bio-inspired integrated circuits
  • Biosensors
  • Diagnosis, monitoring and treatment
  • Implantable and wearable devices
  • Integrated circuits for biomedical applications
  • Internet of medical things (IoMT) networks
  • Sensors interfaces
  • Radiation Hardening Design Techniques and Methodologies

    Jorge Guilherme

    Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, PT

    Radiation-hardened (rad-hard) design is a very specialized discipline, and availability of skills set are limited. The successful use of radiation hardening techniques on the circuit design and layout allow the use of bulk CMOS circuits in a radiation environment. Radiation hardening can be achieved by using different project methodologies and layout techniques than the ones normally used. Devices may be affected by different aspects of radiation, such as the single-event effect (SEE), single-event upset (SEU), and total ionizing dose (TID) degradation. Efficient development methods and techniques are key for modern highly reliable systems.



    Tutorials allow participants to explore innovative trends and learn new techniques from experts on specific topics. SMACD solicits proposals for tutorials of 90 minutes. Tutorial proposers should provide the following information:

    • Title of the Tutorial;
    • Brief description (approx. 100 words);
    • Short bio of the organizer;


    Special sessions (SS) provide the opportunity to focus in detail on emerging topics that are not reflected in the list of conference tracks or represent a specific working field where researchers would like to meet and discuss advances.

    SS proposers should provide, the SS & Tutorials chairs, the following information:

    • Title of the Special Session;
    • Brief description of the area of concern (approx. 100 words), with a particular focus on why this is an exciting and significant topic;
    • The name, short bio and contact information of 1 or 2 session chairs willing to promote and organize the special session;
    • A list of at least 5 potential papers with authors, affiliations and tentative paper titles.

    Accepted papers for the special sessions will be included in the conference proceedings and published in IEEExplorer.

    Important Dates

    January 3rd, 2023
    SS & TUT Proposal Deadline
    February 3rd, 2023
    Paper Submission Deadline
    February 19th, 2023
    Extended Paper Submission Deadline
    February 26th, 2023
    Final Paper Submission Deadline
    March 17th, 2023
    Author Notification
    March 21st, 2023
    Author Notification
    March 31st, 2023
    Camera Ready Paper Submission
    March 31st, 2023
    Early Registration Deadline
    Call for Tutorials and Special Sessions


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