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The IEEE Council for Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) Distinguished Speaker Series will feature in-depth presentations of the best works in EDA over the past year, as demonstrated by their reception at our community's top conferences—such as International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) and the Design Automation Conference (DAC)—and IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design (TCAD). Each presentation, which will take place before an audience of experts, will be followed by discussion. Videos of the events will be posted on the CEDA Web site.
"The Distinguished Speaker Series is the first of many value-added programs that CEDA will offer IEEE members with an interest in design automation," says Andreas Kuehlmann, CEDA's vice president of Technical Activities. "We believe it will give designers, researchers, and others a more comprehensive look at the latest breakthrough technologies and developments in this vital, thriving, and exciting community."
Winner of the 2005 IEEE/ACM William J. McCalla ICCAD Best Paper Award, Zhenhai Zhu of Cadence Berkeley Labs will kick off the series. Zhu will present "FastSies: A Fast Stochastic Integral Equation Solver for Modeling the Rough Surface Effects" during the Silicon Valley Chapter of the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society meeting on 15 May at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at Cadence Design Systems' San Jose headquarters at 2655 Seely Ave., Bldg. 5. Similar talks are planned for DAC in July and ICCAD in November.
TCAD receives on average 50 submissions every month. Of these, 30 are new papers and 20 are revisions. Our current backlog of papers that have been accepted but are waiting for publication is at 187 papers, equivalent to a full year of TCAD issues. Clearly, this is an unacceptable delay for our authors whose papers have been accepted for publication. To address this delay, in the short term, the publishing societies (IEEE Circuits and Systems Society and IEEE CEDA) have agreed to invest resources to buy pages to clear this backlog. In addition, we are taking measures to control article length as well as improve our turnaround times to ensure our long-term efficient operation. If you have any suggestions, please drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most-downloaded articles from IEEE Xplore in 2005 among CEDA publications cover topics from wireless sensor networks to local watermarks to an interview with Patrick Gelsinger of Intel Corp. In TCAD and IEEE Design & Test of Computers, 17 and 19 of the top 25 articles, respectively, were published in 2005–2006, indicating great topical currency. See the table for more details.