2014 PhD Forum at DAC

Call for Submissions

The Ph.D. Forum at the Design Automation Conference is a poster session hosted by SIGDA for Ph.D. students to present and discuss their dissertation research with people in the EDA community. It has become one of the premier forums for Ph.D. students in design automation to get feedback on their research and for industry to see academic work in progress: 400 - 500 people attended the last forums. Participation in the forum is competitive with acceptance rate of around 30%. Limited funds will be available for travel assistance, based on financial needs. The forum is open to all members of the design automation community and is free-of-charge. It is co-located with DAC to attract the large DAC audience, but DAC registration is not required in order to attend this event.


  • Students with at least one published or accepted conference, symposium or journal paper.
  • Students within 1-2 years of dissertation completion and students who have completed their dissertation during the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Dissertation topic must be relevant to the DAC community.
  • Previous forum presenters are not eligible.
  • Students who have presented previously at the DATE and ASP-DAC Ph.D. forums are eligible, but will be less likely to receive travel assistance.

Important Dates

Submission Requirements

  • A two-page PDF abstract of the dissertation (in two-column format, using 10-11 pt. fonts and single-spaced lines), including name, institution, advisor, contact information, estimated (or actual) graduation date, whether the work has been presented at ASP-DAC Ph.D. Forum or DATE Ph.D. Forum, as well as figures, and bibliography (if applicable). The two-page limit on the abstract will be strictly enforced: any material beyond the second page will be truncated before sending to the reviewers. Please include a description of the supporting paper, including the publication forum. A list of all papers authored or co-authored by the student, related to the dissertation topic and included in the two-page abstract, will strengthen the submission.
  • A published (or accepted) paper, in support of the submitted dissertation abstract. The paper must be related to the dissertation topic and the publication forum must have a valid ISBN number. It will be helpful, but is not required, to include your name and the publication forum on the first page of the paper. Papers on topics unrelated to the dissertation abstract or not yet accepted will not be considered during the review process.

Please Note:

  • The abstract is the key part of your submission. Write the abstract for someone familiar with your technical area, but entirely unfamiliar with your work. Clearly indicate the motivation of your Ph.D. dissertation topic, the uniqueness of your approach, as well as the potential impact your approach may have on the topic.
  • In the beginning of the abstract, please indicate to which track your submission belongs to.
  • Proper spelling, grammar, and coherent organization are critical: remember that the two pages may be the only information about yourself and your PhD research available to the reviewers.
  • All submissions must be made electronically.
  • Please include the supporting paper with the abstract in one PDF file and submit the single file. There are many free utilities available online which can merge multiple PDF files into a single file if necessary.


  1. System-level Design, Synthesis and Optimization (including network-on-chip, system-on-chip and multi/many-core, HW/SW co-design, embedded software issues, modeling and simulation
  2. High Level Synthesis, Logic Level Synthesis
  3. Physical Design and Manufacturability
  4. Power and Reliability Analysis and Optimization (including power management from system level to circuit level, thermal management, process variability management)
  5. Timing Analysis, Circuit and Interconnect Simulation
  6. Signal Integrity and Design Reliability, Analog/Mixed Signals and RF
  7. Verification, Testing, Pre- and Post-Silicon Validation, Failure Analysis
  8. Reconfigurable and Adaptive Systems
  9. Emerging Design and Technologies (carbon nanotubes, molecular electronics, MEMS, microfluidic system, biologically-inspired systems, quantum computing, etc.)

Submissions dealing with power modeling, analysis, and/or optimization may be submitted to any track, depending on the abstraction level and contents of the work. Same principle also applies to variability-aware and fault-tolerant design and analysis. Please consult your advisor to determine which track is the best fit for your submission. If you still have questions about the most appropriate submission track, you are encouraged to contact the TPC Chair,  Dr. Laleh Behjat (laleh@ucalgary.ca).


List of accepted abstracts:

Wei Wu. Stochastic Modeling and Analysis for Custom Circuits
Anup Das. Design Methodologies for Reliable and Energy Efficient Multiprocessor Systems
Po-Hsun Wu, Mark Po-Hung Lin and Tsung-Yi Ho. Analog Circuit Placement Considering Monotonic Current Paths
Sangho Youn. Pre-Silicon Property Checking and Post-Silicon Bug Localization in Analog/Mixed-Signal Systems
Shupeng Sun and Xin Li. Fast Statistical Analysis of Rare Failure Events in SRAM Circuits
Xiuyuan Bi. STT-RAM Circuit and Architecture Co-design for High Performance and Low Energy
Runjie Zhang, Mircea Stan and Kevin Skadron. Pre-RTL Architectural Modeling of Power Delivery
Mahdi Nikdast and Jiang Xu. On the Impact of Crosstalk Noise in Optical Networks-on-Chip
Sai Manoj P D. 2.5D and 3D I/O Designs for Many-core Microprocessor Towards Big-data Computing
Xin HuangSheldon Tan, Zao Liu and Valeriy Sukharev. System-level Thermal Aware Reliability Analysis and Optimization
Jia Zhan. Designing Power-Efficient On-Chip Interconnect for Many-Core Systems
Lengfei Han and Zhuo Feng. An Efficient Graph Sparsification Approach to Scalable and Robust Preconditioned Harmonic Balance (HB) Analysis of Strongly Nonlinear Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuits
Parijat Mukherjee. Detection and diagnosis of out-of-specification failures in mixed-signal circuits
Li Lei. Hardware/Software Interface Assurance with Conformance Checking
Anthony Van Herrewege and Ingrid Verbauwhede. Lightweight Hard- and Software Implementations of Cryptographic Building Blocks
Marina Zapater, Jose L. Ayala and Jose M. Moya. Proactive and Reactive Thermal Aware Optimization Techniques to Minimize the Environmental Impact of Data Centers
Ujjwal Guin. Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit ICs
Qiaosha Zou. Cost and Reliability Aware System Design in Three-Dimensional Integrated Circuits
Ren-Shuo Liu and Chia-Lin Yang. System-Level Design and Optimization for Non-Volatile Memory in Servers
Amit Trivedi and Saibal Mukhopadhyay. Enabling Energy Efficient Ultra-low Power Computing with Tunnel FET
Yaojun Zhang. Reliability and Performance Robust Design for STT-RAM
Kumud Nepal. Automated Design-Space Exploration and Behavioral Approximation Methodologies for Low Area/Power Hardware Accelerators
Zhenkun Yang. Scalable Equivalence Checking for Behavioral Synthesis
Mohammad Javad Dousti. Thermal Management Using Thermoelectric Coolers
Abbas Banaiyanmofrad. Resilient On-Chip Memory Design for Many-Cores in the Nano-Era
Aadithya Karthik and Jaijeet Roychowdhury. ABCD: Accurate Booleanization of Continuous Dynamical Systems for Analog/Mixed-signal Design
Jingwei Lu. Electrostatics Based Analytic Nonlinear Placement
Jeyavijayan Rajendran. Trustworthy Integrated Circuit Design
Sangyoung Park. Energy Management Techniques for Hybrid Energy Storage Systems in Electric Vehicles
Amin Farshidi. A Self-Tuning Multi-Objective Optimization Framework for Physical Design Sizing Problems
Armin Alaghi. Analysis and Synthesis of Efficient Stochastic Circuits

Contact Information

For questions not addressed on this page, please send e-mail to Dr. Laleh Behjat: laleh@ucalgary.ca. Please include "DAC Ph.D Forum" in the subject line of your email.

Organizing Committee

Laleh Behjat University of Calgary
Shiyan Hu, Michigan Technological University
Zhuo Li, Cadence
Xin Li, Carnegie Melon University  

SIGDA Representative

Gi-Joon Nam, IBM Research


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