2020 ICCAD








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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, 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
X-value Equivalence Checking
(Cadence Design Systems, Inc.)
Problem B
Routing with Cell Movement
(Synopsys, Inc.)
Problem C
GPU Accelerated Logic Re-simulation
*Amazon GPU credits will be provided to participating teams.
(Nvidia Corp.)

Tentative Schedule
Registration deadline May 8, 2020 (23:00, GMT+8) May 15, 2020 (23:00, GMT+8)
Alpha test submission June 14, 2020 (23:00, GMT+8) 
Beta test submission July 19, 2020 (23:00, GMT+8) July 22, 2020 (23:00, GMT+8)
Final submission
August 23, 2020 (23:00, GMT+8) August 26, 2020 (23:00, GMT+8)
Award ceremony November 2, 2020 (at ICCAD Virtual Conference)

Awards for each Problem
1st Place Award

NTD 50,000 / team (approx. US$ 1,650)
Certificate / person
Open source bonus for Problem C: NVIDIA GPU cards (about US$5000 value) / team
2nd Place Award

NTD 30,000 / team (approx. US$ 1,000)
Certificate / person
Open source bonus for Problem C: NVIDIA GPU cards (about US$1500 value) / team
3rd Place Award
NTD 30,000 / team (approx. US$ 1,000)
Certificate / person
Open source bonus for Problem C: NVIDIA GPU cards (about US$500 value) / team
Honorable Mentions
Certificate / person
   ***Important Notice***
1. The recipients of monetary awards must be students.
2. The amount of monetary awards in US dollars may change due to currency fluctuation.
3. 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.
4. We reserve the right to adjust the numbers of prize winners and honorable mentions.

Organizing Committee

Contest Chair Ing-Chao Lin
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Contest Co-chairs Ulf Schlichtmann
Technical University of Munich, Germany

Tsung-Wei Huang
University of Utah, USA

Mark Po-Hung Lin
National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

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

Kai-Shun Hu and Ming-Jen Yang
Synopsys, Inc.

Yanqing Zhang, Haoxing Ren, Ben Keller, and Brucek Khailany
Nvidia Corp.

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.
Nvidia Corp.
Taiwan Semiconductor Research
Taiwan IC Design

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