|Chuck Alpert (right) and his doppelgänger?|
It was many years later when Reeves (or more accurately, Neo) mastered the Matrix. Is it a coincidence that now it’s my job as DAC 52 vice chair to tame the complexity of the conference matrix, the schedule that drives the entire conference program that attendees use as a guide? Neo of course had three movies over the course of four years to get the job done. We’re trying to whip this into shape in under a year, and without the benefit of any red pills.
- As always DAC will run Monday-Thursday. There will be daily one-hour keynotes at 9:00 a.m. We’re scrapping afternoon keynotes on Monday and lunchtime keynotes on Thursday. Exhibits will now open at 10:00am after the morning Keynotes and close at 7:00p.m.
- 90-minute technical sessions will begin daily at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Among other benefits, this gives us a nice 90-minute gap in the afternoon between 3:00-4:30 p.m. to visit the exhibit floor.
- SKY talks will take place on the exhibit floor (Monday-Wednesday) and upstairs (Thursday) at 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. These talks have amazing speakers and fascinating content, yet it was difficult to draw people upstairs, where they have been held in previous years. The new venue on the exhibit floor should help fill the seats, and everyone registered for DAC will now be able to attend.
- Parallel content will be reduced. In 2014, with our new initiatives in automotive and security, DAC had as many as ten parallel tracks. This drove too much attendees away from the exhibitions and left too many terrific sessions sparsely attended. 2015 will have no more than seven parallel tracks. How did we do this? Keep reading.
- Special sessions and panels are being merged into a single track. In the EDA and ESS space, there will be a total of nine sessions devoted to this type of invited content, down from 18. The reduction will allow DAC to focus on the truly exceptional content likely to draw strong attendance.
- The designer track will have two parallel tracks from Monday through Wednesday, same as last year. However, the success of the designer track drew attendees away from research sessions. So to reduce overlap, more research papers will be presented on Thursday. Historically, research content was distributed evenly across Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. But in 2015, half of the research content will be presented on Thursday, a day with no designer track conflict.
- We are no longer devoting specific days to specific types of content. IP content will be presented on Monday and Tuesday, and both Automotive and Security will have tracks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We will also have IoT content sprinkled throughout the program. The upshot is that attendees interested in specific categories of content tracks will no longer have their attention spread too thin.