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The Design Automation Conference has been the most important resource for information on the electronic design and design automation industries for many decades.
CONVENED THURSDAY, June 06, 2013, 11:20 AM - 12:00 PM
TOPIC AREA: GENERAL INTEREST
KEYNOTE: DAC Best Paper Awards and Keynote: "Crystal Ball: From Transistors to the Smart Earth"


Design Automation started gaining visibility in the late 1960s when large companies such as IBM and Bell Laboratories were developing new products based on Integrated Circuit technology. The ICs of the time had only a few tens of transistors but the design costs were raising and the need to obtain circuit right the first time became clear. The scientific content of tools and methods for ICs ranged from physics to mathematics in a mix that is rare to see in any other engineering field.

EDA companies have risen and declined, the consideration of the financial community for EDA has been periodically increasing and decreasing, and the algorithms used in EDA have swung from general purpose techniques borrowed from mathematics, computer science, operation research, and artificial intelligence, to ad hoc techniques that leverage the nature of the specific design problem to be solved. Yet, valuable sediment has been deposited by these tides over the years. Progress is achieved when new methodologies crystallize, with new tools and techniques acting as catalysts, that the construction of layers of abstraction are the steps that have helped us reach new heights, that the progress of EDA technology has slowed down just when complexity has reached levels never seen before.

The designer community must leave its traditional shores, under attack by the swarm of killer transistors (more than 1 Billion transistor circuits have been realized), and sail towards a new world where transistors have been tamed. The advances in technology have made it possible to dream about a “smart planet” where trillions of devices are available for humanity.

Design automation and design communities must plan and build together the ships needed to traverse the stormy seas that are facing us in the era of the “Swarm”. If we wish to reach the land of opportunity that technology unveils, computer scientist, algorithm designers, MEMS designers, human machine interface experts, biologists, communication system experts, even lawyers and political scientist have to come together if we want that the smart planet be really smart and not a living hell.

Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, Fellow of the IEEE, member of NAE and the Buttner Chair of EECS, University of California, Berkeley, helped founding Cadence and Synopsys, the two largest EDA companies and is a member of the Board of Directors of Cadence, Sonics, KPIT-Cummins and Accent, of the Science and Technology Advisory Board of GM, and of the Technology Advisory Council of UTC. He consulted for major world-wide companies such as IBM, Intel, TI, ST, HP, ATT, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Kawasaki Steel, Telecom Italia, Pirelli, Daimler-Benz, and BMW. He is the President of the Strategic Committee of the Italian Strategic Fund and of the Italian National Council of Research Trustees. He is member of the Executive Committee of the Italian Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Lester Center for Innovation of the Haas School of Business and of the Berkeley Roundtable of the International Economy. He is a member of the High-Level Group, of the Steering Committee, of the Governing Board and of the Public Authorities Board of the EU Artemis Joint Technology Initiative. He is member of the Scientific Council of the Italian National Science Foundation.

He received the Kaufman Award for “pioneering contributions to EDA” and the IEEE/RSE Maxwell Medal “for groundbreaking contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the development of electronics and electrical engineering or related fields”. He has won 5 best paper awards and a best presentation award at DAC. He is an author of over 880 papers, 17 books and 3 patents.


Speaker: Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli - Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA