Workshops & Contests

Workshops and contests, such as those at the International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD) and the Design Automation Conference (DAC), have become an important driving force in pushing the EDA domain forward in different areas.  To encourage better research development on timely and practical EDA problems across all domains, CEDA sponsors many community events such as workshops, panels, contests, and technology surveys.


2017 Contests


CAD Contest

The 2017 CAD Contest at ICCAD is a challenging, multi-month, research and development competition, focusing on advanced, real-world problems in the field of Electronic Design Automation. The contest is open to multi-person teams worldwide. Contestants can participate in one or more problems in the three areas of logic synthesis, global routing, and placement legalization. For more information, including registration details, detailed problem descriptions, and contest rules, please refer to the official contest website.

Since its inaugural year of 2012, the CAD Contest at ICCAD has been a worldwide competition, conducted with joint sponsorship from IEEE CEDA and the Ministry of Education (MOE), Taiwan. Over the years, the contest has presented challenging problems and real-world benchmarks in varied topic areas while fostering productive industry-academia collaboration. In the past four years, the contest has witnessed a progressive increase in worldwide participation: 56 teams from 7 regions in 2012, 87 teams from 9 regions in 2013, 93 teams from 9 regions in 2014, 112 teams from 12 regions in 2015, and 135 teams from 11 regions in 2016. Each year winners are awarded at an ICCAD special session dedicated to this contest. Thus far, it has led to more than 95 publications in top-tier conferences and journals, which have undoubtedly boosted EDA research and extended the impact of the contest.

Contest Problem

Problem A: Resource-aware Patch Generation
Problem B: Net Open Location Finder with Obstacles
Problem C: Multi-Deck Standard Cell Legalization

Tentative Contest Schedule

1. Call for participation: February 01, 2017
2. Official website open: February 06, 2017
3. Problem description announcement: February 06, 2017
4. Registration deadline: May 03, 2017
5. Alpha test submission: June 07, 2017
6. Beta test submission: July 26, 2017
7. Submission deadline: August 31, 2017
8. Award ceremony: November 2017 (at ICCAD)

Other Information

1. For all inquiries, please send an email to cad.contest.iccad@gmail.com
Please add "ICCAD2017_Contest" to the subject line for any emails regarding the contest.
2. All updates will be announced on the official contest website:http://cad-contest-2017.el.cycu.edu.tw/CAD-contest-at-ICCAD2017/index.html
3. Archived website for the 2015 CAD contest at ICCAD: http://cad-contest-2016.el.cycu.edu.tw/

Organization

1. Contest chair: 
Myung-Chul Kim (IBM Corp., USA)

2. Contest co-chairs:
Shih-Hsu Huang (Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan)
Rung-Bin Lin (Yuan Ze University, Taiwan)
Shigetoshi Nakatake (The University of Kitakyushu, Japan)

3. Topic chairs:
Ching-Yi Huang, Chi-An (Rocky) Wu and Chih-Jen (Jacky) Hsu (Cadence Design Systems Inc., Taiwan)
Cindy Shen and Kai-Shun Hu (Synopsys Taiwan Co., Ltd., Taiwan)
Ismail Bustany (Mentor Graphics), Nima Karimpour Darav (University of Calgary) and Andrew Kennings (University of Waterloo)

Sponsors

IEEE CEDA
Ministry of Education, Taiwan
Taiwan IC Design Society
Synopsys, Inc.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
National Chip Implementation Center, Taiwan


Previous Contests


IEEE Texas Workshop on Integrated Systems Exploration (TexasWISE 2015)
Sponsored by CEDA and IEEE CAS Society
See as well the Call for Posters and the Call for Participation

ICCAD 2015 CAD Contest (Taiwan)  

The 2015 CAD contest at ICCAD is a challenging, multi-month, research and development competition, focusing on advanced, real-world problems in the field of Electronic Design Automation. The contest is open to multi-person teams worldwide. Contestants can participate in one or more problems in the three areas of system level design, logic synthesis & verification, and physical design. For more information, including registration details, detailed problem descriptions, and contest rules please refer to the official contest website.  

The CAD contest at ICCAD has been jointly sponsored by IEEE CEDA and Ministry of Education (MOE), Taiwan, since 2012 with the goal of fostering a close working relationship between members of the academia and the industry to advance the state-of-the-art in EDA. In the past three years, it has attracted 56 teams from 7 worldwide regions, 87 teams from 9 regions, and 93 teams from 9 regions. Prior to its internationalization, it was solely sponsored by MOE, Taiwan for 12 consecutive years, tremendously boosting EDA research in Taiwan. Each year winners are felicitated at an ICCAD special session dedicated to this contest. The contest has also lead to numerous publications in top-tier conferences and journals showcasing the research from the top-performing teams.
Report  

IEEE ICCAD 2014 TCAD to EDA Workshop
The slides of the presentations can be found here.

IEEE Texas Workshop on Integrated Systems Exploration (TexasWISE 2014)
Sponsored by CEDA and IEEE CAS Society 

SISPAD (Simulation of Semiconductor Processes & Devices) Workshop
CEDA organized a workshop titled "Linking Technology and Electronic System CAD" at SISPAD 2013. 
See videos from SISPAD 2013 here.