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From the Desk of the Vice President of Technical Activities

The CEDA Technical Activities program has been busy on several fronts. We have recently added a new video presentation prepared specifically for our membership. These presentations are from the Distinguished Speaker Series and are primarily based on the best papers selected at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) and the Design Automation Conference (DAC), as well as on some invited CEDA talks.

We recently completed a video presentation featuring Subhasish Mitra's talk on "IFRA: Instruction Footprint Recording and Analysis for Postsilicon Bug Localization in Processors." The newest presentation is Vladimir Stojanovic's talk on "Optimization-Based Framework for Simultaneous Circuit-and-System Design-Space Exploration of Analog/Mixed-Signal Front Ends: A High-Speed Link Example," which should be of interest to all in our community, especially given the increasing importance of both analog and mixed signals (AMS) in ICs manufactured today. Please visit the CEDA website ( for a complete list of lectures.

CEDA will host a lunch meeting at the 2009 Design and Automation Conference with an invited lecture by Jeannette Wing (see The lunch, open to all DAC attendees on a first-come, first-served basis, will be held Tuesday, 28 July, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Dr. Wing is the assistant director of the National Science Foundation's Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (CISE), an organization that funds 84% of all academic computer science research in the US. She will detail CISE's research and education programs, including cyber-enabled discovery and innovation, cyber-physical systems, data-intensive computing, network science and engineering, socially intelligent computing, and trustworthy computing.

Also at DAC, CEDA is cosponsoring a Young Faculty Workshop. The 27 July 2009 workshop aims to service both young faculty and aspiring faculty. The key objective is to provide them with resources and guidance, to help them in their quest for initiating new research programs. Details about the workshop are available at Faculty and students are encouraged to apply for a grant to participate in this workshop. CEDA members Bill Joyner and Shishpal Rawat will join the workshop as participants providing an SRC (Semiconductor Research Corporation) and an industry perspective on research.

Interest in EDA is growing around the world. Two IEEE CEDA chapters have been formed: an IEEE CEDA Benelux Embedded Systems chapter, and an IEEE Tunisia Section CEDA chapter. The CEDA chapters are the means by which IEEE members can organize events around EDA-related topics. Our plan is to support these chapters with invited talks by prominent industry and academia researchers in EDA. Readers are welcome to start a chapter in their own geographical areas; find valuable information regarding IEEE Council Chapters at

Readers are welcome, furthermore, to provide suggestions on areas in which they would like CEDA to be more active. Please send suggestions to Shishpal Rawat,

Distinguished Speaker Luncheon and Lecture

Date: Tuesday, July 28

Time: 12:00–2:00 pm

Place: Rooms 303-305 (DAC 2009), Moscone Center, San Francisco

Topic: "Frontiers in Research and Education in Computing: A View from the National Science Foundation"

Speaker: Jeanette M. Wing, Assistant Director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (National Science Foundation), and President's Professor of Computer Science (Carnegie Mellon University)

From CEDA Publications: IEEE Embedded Systems Letters Launch

The submission website for IEEE Embedded Systems Letters went live on 19 May 2009 ( By the 6 June deadline for the July issue, we had received 36 papers, an exciting start for the new journal. Submissions are accepted on a continuous basis, with the goal to provide final decision within three months from submission. The cut-off dates for the upcoming issues are

  • 15 July 2009 for the September issue, and
  • 12 October 2009 for the December issue.

Please sign up on the Manuscript Central website for the journal if you are interested in participating in the launch as a reviewer or as an author. For more information about IEEE Embedded Systems Letters, see

Call for Participation: Young Faculty Workshop at DAC 2009

The 2009 Design Automation Conference will be hosting a workshop at this year's conference in San Francisco for new and soon-to-be faculty in the field of electronic design automation (EDA).

This one-day workshop for young faculty and individuals planning to enter academia (both senior graduate students and researchers from industry) will present topics of relevance on how to survive and succeed as a faculty member in the current academic and research climate. The workshop will be open to all pre-tenure faculty and to senior graduate students in CAD, electronic systems design, and related areas.

The full-day workshop will be organized into six sessions, with each session led by one or two senior faculty, researchers, or representatives from funding agencies. Topics to be covered include

  • establishing a research career,
  • the art of teaching an EDA course,
  • seeking tenure,
  • balancing career and life components, and
  • diversity in academia.

Each of these sessions will run one hour with time allocated for Q&A and open discussions. There will an opportunity, both during lunch and at the end of the day, for attendees to meet with representatives of the NSF, the SRC, and industry researchers.

Funds are available, based on need and travel distance, to help defray the cost of workshop attendance for both faculty and graduate students who apply to attend. It is required that you also request funding from your faculty advisor, departmental chairman, and/or dean to attend this workshop.

Please see the DAC web page at You can also see for more information, or contact Steve Levitan (

Top 10 Most Downloaded Articles in 2008 for IEEE Transactions on CAD (TCAD)

  1. "Power-Efficient RAM Mapping Algorithms for FPGA Embedded Memory Blocks," Tessier et al.
  2. "DC-DC Converter-Aware Power Management for Low-Power Embedded Systems," Choi et al.
  3. "CMP Fill Synthesis: A Survey of Recent Studies," Kahng et al.
  4. "VHDL-AMS and Verilog-AMS as Alternative Hardware Description Languages for Efficient Modeling of Multidiscipline Systems," Pecheux et al.
  5. "Asymptotic Probability Extraction for Nonnormal Performance Distributions," Li et al.
  6. "Systematic and Automated Multiprocessor System Design, Programming, and Implementation," Nikolov et al.
  7. "A Survey of Automated Techniques for Formal Software Verification," D'Silva et al.
  8. "Leakage Minimization of Digital Circuits Using Gate Sizing in the Presence of Process Variations," Bhardwaj et al.
  9. "System-Level Dynamic Thermal Management for High-Performance Microprocessors," Kumar et al.
  10. "Power Modeling and Characteristics of Field Programmable Gate Arrays," Li et al.

Upcoming CEDA Events

CEDA conferences provide excellent opportunities for those interested in learning about the latest technical trends in electronic design and automation. If you'd like to participate or you have an idea about new topics of interest for our conferences, please contact William Joyner (, CEDA vice president of conferences.

46th Design Automation Conference (DAC)

26–31 July 2009

San Francisco

CEDA Pubscom and IEEE ESL Editorial Board meetings

July 27, 2009

San Francisco

9th International Forum on Application-Specific Multiprocessor SoC (MPSoC)

2–7 August 2009

Savannah, Georgia

19th International Workshop on Power and Timing Modeling, Optimization, and Simulation (PATMOS)

9–11 September 2009

Delft (Netherlands)

International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis (CODES+ISSS)

11–16 October 2009

Grenoble, France

4th International Conference on Nano Networks (Nano-Net)

18–20 October 2009

Lucerne, Switzerland

IEEE/ACM 2009 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD)

2–5 November 2009

San Jose, California

Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design Conference (FMCAD)

15–18 November 2009

Austin, Texas

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