In addition to sustained strong participation from North America and Europe, a new focus on Asia and the technology advances happening there was a key component of this year’s International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD). The conference was held on November 5-8 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California.
“There is a lot of leading edge research happening today in other countries, particularly in Asia,” stated Sani Nassif, ICCAD technical program chair and 2008 General Chair. “ICCAD has always been recognized as the place to learn about the most in-depth, academic work in EDA and in keeping with this tradition we were pleased to offer such a range of speakers including those from abroad. The increasingly global set of attendees and flavor of ICCAD is but a preview of what is to come in future editions. Stay tuned for a number of new global initiaves in our next conference.”
Such expansion comes in the wake of a very successful 2007 Program, including two extremely well received keynotes from Jeffrey Welser, Director of the SRC Nano-Electronics Research Initiative, and John Kibarian, founder, President and CEO of PDF Solutions.
Increasing Asian Participation, and a First-Time Non-U.S. Contest Winner
ICCAD 2007 saw increasing participation of leading researchers and practitioners from emerging geographies, with particular emphasis on Taiwan.
A specific highlight was the ACM/SIGDA CADathlon Contest, which challenges students in their CAD knowledge and team-based algorithmic problem solving. This event routinely brings some of EDA’s top students and gives them one day to solve problems in areas such as circuit design & analysis, physical design, logic & high-level synthesis, system design & analysis, functional verification, and test & manufacturing. This year’s CADathlon featured students from National Taiwan University (NTU) as winners of both the 1st and 2nd places, making this the first time a non-US team won the competition, and the first time the top two award winners came from the same institution.
NTU’s Zhe-Wei Jiang and Tung-Chieh Chen won first place, supervised by Professor Yao-Wen Chang; and Chi-An Wu and Kai-Fu Tang won second place, supervised by Professor Chung-Yang (Ric) Huang, and tied with UC-Berkeley’s Nathan Kitchen and Donald Chai, supervised by Professor Andreas Kuehlmann.
These outstanding wins are the result of multiple initiatives driven from Taiwan, including the Advisory Office of the Ministry of Education (AOMOE), which helped select teams to participate in the 2007 CADathlon. Professor Yao-Wen Chang, who chairs the Design Automation and Test sub-initiative, leveraged the CADathlon to evaluate the effectiveness of local VLSI and SoC education programs, aimed at cultivating graduate students to meet the strong demand of the semiconductor industry in Taiwan. Professor Chung-Yang (Ric) Huang then ran a pre-contest and training program to select five teams.
In addition to the CADathlon Contest, ICCAD accepted 16 Taiwanese papers this year, which ranks second world-wide. The National Taiwan University alone produced nine of these papers including two of the nine best-paper candidates as well as one Professor Margarida Jacome Travel Grant — a first for any single institution at ICCAD.
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