CAD Contest at ICCAD










The CAD Contest at ICCAD is a challenging, multi-month, research and development competition, focusing on advanced, real-world problems in the field of Electronic Design Automation (EDA). It is open to multi-person teams world-wide. Each year the organizing committee announce three challenging problems in different topic areas provided by industrial companies. Contestants can participate in one or more problems. The prizes will be awarded at an ICCAD special session dedicated to this contest.

Since its inaugural year of 2012, the CAD Contest at ICCAD has been attracting more than a hundred teams per year (112 teams from 12 regions in 2015, 135 teams from 11 regions in 2016, and 123 teams from 10 regions in 2017, 136 teams from 11 regions in 2018), fostering productive industry-academia collaborations, and leading to hundreds of publications in top-tier conferences and journals. The contest undoubtedly boosts EDA research and keeps enhancing its impact.

Contest Problems
Problem A
Logic Regression on High Dimensional Boolean Space
(Cadence Design Systems, Inc.)
Problem B
System-level FPGA Routing with Timing Division Multiplexing Technique
(Synopsys, Inc.)
Problem C
LEF/DEF Based Open-Source Global Router
(Mentor Graphics & University of California San Diego)

Tentative Schedule
Registration deadline May 10, 2019 May 24, 2019 (anywhere on earth)
Alpha test submission June 21, 2019 June 27,2019 (anywhere on earth)
Beta test submission July 26, 2019 July 27, 2019 (GMT+8)
Final submission
August 30, 2019 September 6, 2019 (GMT+8)
Award ceremony November 4, 2019 (at ICCAD)

Awards for each Problem
1st Place Award

NTD 50,000 / team (approx. US$ 1,650)
Certificate / person
Open-source bonus for Problem C: US$ 5,500 / team
2nd Place Award

NTD 30,000 / team (approx. US$ 1,000)
Certificate / person
Open-source bonus for Problem C: US$ 1,500 / team
3rd Place Award
NTD 30,000 / team (approx. US$ 1,000)
Certificate / person
Open-source bonus for Problem C: US$ 500 / team
Honorable Mentions
Certificate / person
  ***Important Notice***
The recipients of monetary awards must be students.
The amount of monetary awards in US dollars may change due to currency fluctuation.
According to the Law of Taiwan, 10% of the monetary award will be deducted if the recipient is a Taiwanese taxpayer, whereas it is 20% if the recipient is a non-Taiwanese taxpayer.
We reserve the right to adjust the numbers of prize winners and honorable mentions.

Organizing Committee
Contest Chair Ulf Schlichtmann
Technical University of Munich, Germany
Contest Co-chairs Sabya Das
Synopsys, Inc., USA

Ing-Chao Lin
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Mark Po-Hung Lin
National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Topic Chairs
Ching-Yi Huang, Chi-An (Rocky) Wu, Tung-Yuan Lee, and Chih-Jen (Jacky) Hsu
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Yu-Hsuan Su, Emplus Huang, Hung-Hao Lai, and Yi-Cheng Zhao
Synopsys, Inc.

Alexander Volkov, Sergei Dolgov
Mentor Graphics
Lutong Wang, Bangqi Xu
University of California San Diego

Advisory IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation

ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation

Ministry of Education, Taiwan

Ministry of Education, Taiwan
Synopsys, Inc.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
TSRI, Taiwan

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