The CADathlon is a challenging, all-day, programming competition focusing on practical problems at the forefront of Computer-Aided Design,
and Electronic Design Automation in particular. The contest emphasizes the knowledge of algorithmic techniques for CADapplications,
problem-solving and programming skills, as well as teamwork.
In its 15th year as the "Olympic games of EDA," the contest brings together the best and the brightest of the next generation of CAD
professionals. It gives academia and the industry a unique perspective on challenging problems and rising stars, and it also helps attract
top graduate students to the EDA field.
The contest is open to two-person teams of graduate students specializing in CAD and currently full-time enrolled in a Ph.D. granting
institution in any country. Students are selected based on their academic backgrounds and their relevant EDA programming experiences.
Partial or full travel grants are provided to qualifying students. CADathlon competition consists of six problems in the following areas:
More specific information about the problems and relevant research papers will be released on the Internet one week prior to the
competition. The writers and judges that construct and review the problems are experts in EDA from both academia and industry. At the
contest, students will be given the problem statements and example test data, but they will not have the judges' test data. Solutions
will be judged on correctness and efficiency. Where appropriate, partial credit might be given.
The team that earns the highest score is declared the winner. In addition to handsome trophies, the first place and the second place teams
receive cash award, and the contest winners will be announced at the ICCAD Opening Session on Monday morning and celebrated
at the ACM/SIGDA Dinner and Member Meeting on Monday evening.
This project is sponsored by ACM/SIGDA, IBM Research, and Cadence.