As chair, one of the most important jobs I have is to select the members of the executive committee. These are the volunteers who spend the entire year organizing the premier show for the design automation community. And if you don’t mind me bragging for a moment, I must say that I did a fantastic job.
New to the executive committee are Debashish Bhattacharya (Huawei Technologies) and Zhuo Li (Cadence), who will organize the designer track; Claude Moughanni (Lattice Semiconductor), who is organizing the IP portion of the Designer/ IP track, and Dirk Ziegenbein (Bosch), who will serve as automotive chair. Also new to the DAC sponsors committee are Bob Smith (EDAC) and Vijay Narayanan (representing ACM).
And there are many executive committee returnees who helped put together #52DAC. All told this team brings a wealth of experience and expertise, and I know they will build a great program and vibrant exhibit floor. More information about this year’s EC, including email addresses, is available here.
This past week the entire executive committee gathered in Austin for one and a half days of meetings to plan for 2016. We worked on the program matrix, planned social events, reviewed the exhibit floorplan, discussed tutorials, workshops and collocated events, and walked the convention center floor to figure out the conference layout.
But we also had a little fun at the Austin Panic Room, described as “not your typical adventure” — appropriate, as DAC is not a typical conference.
|Left to right: Rob van Blommestein, Kevin Lepine, Bob Smith, Valeria Bertacco, Naehyuck Chang, Shishpal Rawat, Dirk Ziegenbein, Michael 'Mac' McNamara, Anne Cirkel, Zhuo Li.|
How did they do it? Well, they used smarts to figure out that brute force optimization would work in the allotted time, an approach you’d expect from those in the business of designing and verifying complex ICs and systems on tight deadlines. Rather than looking for the clues to unlock a pair of three-digit locks, Naehyuck did the math and realized he could just try all 1000 possible combinations (10 possibilities, 0-9, for each digit) for each lock. He unlocked the first one in under a minute (code 039…Naehyuck has fast fingers) and the next one in about eight minutes. IMO, this really captures a tenant of EDA and design — don’t waste time finding the difficult solution when a simple one will suffice. What did I tell you, this is an amazing EC!
|Left to right: Ramond Rodriguez, Michelle Clancy, Farrah Khan, Kathy Embler, Chuck Alpert, Patrick Groeneveld, Susie Horn, X. Sharon Hu, Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, Claude Moughanni.|
However, you do not have to write a technical paper to participate in DAC. We also welcome your proposals for panels, special sessions, tutorials, and just about anything else (Pavilion, SKY talks, designer track invitations). Send in your proposals and ideas by Nov. 17 and just drop me a note if you are not sure of the right recipient. We also are looking for industry experts to serve on the designer track selection committee. If you are interested, email Zhuo and Debashish.
Help me unlock the excellent material that I just know is latent in our community, which spans academia, industry and beyond. In exchange I promise you a great conference in a dynamic, fun, quirky city.
Until next month.