All of a sudden it’s nearly the end of April, high time to switch from months to weeks (just six to go now!) in the countdown to DAC, which I can guarantee is going to be a great conference. One big reason I’m confident is that, as always, we have an excellent lineup of keynoters as worthy of a stage at TED or SxSW as at the world’s premier design automation conference. See my past posts on Peter Stone (Thursday keynote) and Lars Reger (Monday) for a refresher. And don’t forget the luminaries... Read More
NXP Automotive CTO Lars Reger to open DAC Monday; time to register and book your hotel | There is no hotter topic in tech than self-driving cars. How else to explain the worldwide headlines after what can only be described as a modest little fender-bender in February in Mountain View. The culprit was one of Alphabet, Inc.’s autonomous Lexus 450hs, by now a media darling/goat. Despite the apparent and very prosaic facts — the Lexus was traveling 2 miles per hour, nobody was hurt, it was the... Read More
Autonomous bidding agents to robo-soccer | What good luck that Peter Stone, one of the world leaders in artificial intelligence (AI), is right here at UT Austin. Stone will give the Thursday keynote, an excellent reason for you to make sure to stay through the final day of the conference.
DAC’s keynotes are the highest profile events at the conference, a chance to highlight the innovation happening now and coming soon in the years ahead. Stone’s speech will likely do... Read More
Every year DAC features something new. For the general chair, balancing tried and true conference elements with infusions of change is part of the art of putting on DAC and keeping it fresh. This year one change has to do with art itself — #53DAC features what I believe to be the first art show in the conference's long history.
Colorized ASIC design displayed at the Arithmeum.
No, I'm not asking you to submit that painting you've been laboring... Read More
DAC is in its sixth decade, an astonishing run in the world of tech conferences, which tend to age in dog years. However sometimes I worry that because of this long history, public perception within the tech world about DAC lags behind the exciting ways the conference has evolved and grown in recent years, particularly when it comes to attracting hands-on designers to the Designer/IP track.
This year’s track is shaping up to be more robust than ever. We hope to attract... Read More
Call for contributions this month, an exhibitor meeting at ARM TechCon 2015 and the earliest ever opening of DAC registration | I was at ICCAD earlier this week here in Austin. It was a memorable conference and I saw much that I hope bodes well for us at DAC, including an uptick in attendance and lots of interesting research. DAC is poised to be vibrant as ever — of course largely thanks to your contributions and ideas, which are due this month.
Here are details on some key November... Read More
I am honored to be serving as chair for the 53rd Design Automation Conference, to be held June 5-9, 2016, in Austin, Texas. Somewhat coincidentally, next summer will also mark my 20th year living in the Austin area, so I’m also excited to welcome you to the city I call home. Those of you who attended Austin’s first DAC in 2013 know what a fantastic location this is for the conference. And if you haven’t been to Austin, consider this a personal invitation to come experience this... Read More
Brian Otis at the Monday keynote...
Coming out of an amazing DAC it is really hard to start planning the next event. Still, the beat goes on and the 53rd DAC planning cycle started on Friday, June 12.
What did it feel like to close the event I worked on for 52 weeks? It felt great! Especially considering how well received “my DAC” has been. It doesn’t happen very often that a fire marshal denies entry to the keynote at DAC because the room is too full... Read More
I’d like to modify a much-recycled quote by Thomas Friedman. In his 2005 book The World Is Flat, the New York Times columnist wrote: “In China today, Bill Gates is Britney Spears. In America today, Britney Spears is Britney Spears-and that is our problem.” My version: “At DAC today John Rogers was more compelling than any rock star and that is something we all should celebrate in our industry.”
The University of Illinois professor ran through a series of recent results in the world's most... Read More
When it comes to IoT opportunity, sales of services will vastly outweigh sales of goods. So said Ali Sebt of Renesas Electronics America. Think of the Nest API, which allows for building new apps that make use of data from those thermostats that keep coming up with every mention of IoT. Nest thermostats include motion sensors smart enough to tell whether it’s you or your pet that just wandered by, information that of course might be useful for a company who wants to sell alarm... Read More
Great discussion earlier today by our three panelists: Jeffrey Massimilla, chief product cybersecurity officer at General Motors; Craig Smith of Theia Labs and OpenGarages.org; and journalist John McElroy. Here are three quick takeaways in case you missed it. (Ahem, those of you who were out too late at the Denali party, I’m talking to you.)
Craig: The challenge is how to make cars secure without closing off the ability to customize and tinker, which Americans especially love to... Read More
1 p.m. Virtual to the (Near) End – Using Virtual Platforms for Continuous Integration
Wind River Systems' Jakob Engblom shared this anecdote about one aerospace customer that had recently shifted from doing testing and integration in a hardware test lab to a virtual (i.e., mostly software-based) system. One day, an engineer at the company involved in testing breathlessly announced to his colleagues a discovery he'd just made: the hardware test lab had been disassembled and lots of the... Read More
Another standing room only morning in the general session! Intel Fellow Vivek Singh started things off with a fabulous overview of Moore’s Law, which included this assurance to all naysayers: Moore’s Law will continue because at its heart it’s about brilliant engineers solving design problems day in and day out. Given ever smaller feature sizes, advances in lithography, will be critical. Think advanced lithography is intuitive? Consider that the mask on left prints the image on the... Read More
1 p.m., Telle Whitney
Companies that have more women throughout the organization thrive — demonstrating improved ROI, increased innovation and better ability to solve problems. That was the takeaway from Telle Whitney's 1 p.m. DAC Pavilion presentation on Women, Leadership and Technology. Telle is the president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute in Palo Alto, so she knows what she's talking about.
Raise the issue of women in tech and invariably people will say it all can be explained by what’s... Read More
We’re off and running here in San Francisco at #52DAC. Brian Otis’ keynote on the Google Smart Contact Lens project, which aims to provide continuous glucose monitoring to help manage diabetes, was a standing-room only event. And for good reason. Despite decades in this industry, it’s still possible to be blown away. Inspired, too, as was my colleague and past DAC chair, Soha Hassoun.
This was the designer keynote and it was great fun to listen to Brian lay out some of the design... Read More