Student Activities at DAC

DAC is recognized as the global event for chips to systems. DAC focuses on the latest methodologies and technology advancements in electronic design.  The 61st DAC will continue to provide several opportunities for students and early career professionals to make the connections they need to jumpstart their career in electronic design and automation.

Ph.D Forum at DAC

The Ph.D. Forum at the DAC is a poster session hosted by ACM SIGDA and IEEE CEDA for Ph.D. students to present and discuss their dissertation research with people in the EDA community. It has become one of the premier forums for Ph.D. students in design automation to get feedback on their research and for industry to see academic work in progress: hundreds of people attended the last forums. Participation in the forum is competitive with acceptance rate of around 30%. Limited funds will be available for travel assistance, based on financial needs. The forum is open to all members of the design automation community and is free-of-charge. It is co-located with DAC to attract the large DAC audience, but DAC registration is not required in order to attend this event.

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University Demonstration at DAC

SIGDA University Demonstration (UD, previously University Booth) is a great opportunity for university researchers to showcase their results and to interact with participants at the Design Automation Conference (DAC). Presenters and attendees at DAC are especially encouraged to participate, but participation is open to all members of the university community. The demonstrations include new EDA tools, EDA tool applications, design projects, and instructional materials.

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DAC Young Fellows Program

Attention all students! Are you ready to take your future career to the next level? Then don't miss the exciting opportunity to attend the 61st Design Automation Conference in historic San Francisco as a DAC Young Fellow. 

As a DAC Young Fellow, you'll have the chance to learn from experts in the industry, network with like-minded individuals, and participate in hands-on labs, career coaching, summer school, and fun contests. Plus, we'll cover your conference registration fee and offer grants of up to $1200 to help with travel expenses. The Design Automation Conference funds the program with support from Cadence Design Systems, Synopsys, and Siemens EDA.

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HACK@DAC is a hardware security challenge contest, co-located with the Design and Automation Conference (DAC), for finding and exploiting security-critical vulnerabilities in hardware and firmware. In this competition, participants compete to identify the security vulnerabilities, implement the related exploits, propose mitigation techniques or patches, and report them. The participants are encouraged to use any tools and techniques with a focus on theory, tooling, and automation.

The contest mimics real-world scenarios where security engineers have to find vulnerabilities in the given design. The vulnerabilities are diverse and range from data corruption to leaking sensitive information leading to compromise of the entire computing platform. The open-source SoC riddled with security vulnerabilities has been co-developed by Intel, the Technical University of Darmstadt, and Texas A&M University. HACK@DAC has been successfully running since 2018 with several hundred contestants from academia and industry. 

Winners of the competition will be honored at the DAC award ceremony this June at Moscone West Center, San Francisco, CA.  

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System Design Contest

The DAC System Design Contest focuses on object detection and classification on an embedded GPU or FPGA system. Contestants will receive a training dataset provided by Baidu, and a hidden dataset will be used to evaluate the performance of the designs in terms of accuracy and speed. Contestants will compete to create the best performing design on a Nvidia Jetson Nano GPU or Xilinx Kria KV260 FPGA board. Grand cash awards will be given to the top three teams. The award ceremony will be held at the 2024 IEEE/ACM Design Automation Conference.

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P.O. Pistilli Undergraduate Scholarship

The P.O. Pistilli Scholarship is funded by the Design Automation Conference and it is directed by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA).

Scholarships of $4000 per year, renewable for up to 5 years, are awarded annually to 2-7 high school seniors from the above-mentioned under-represented groups who have a 3.00 GPA or better (on a 4.00 scale), have demonstrated high achievement in math and science courses, have expressed a strong desire to pursue careers in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science, and who have demonstrated substantial financial need.


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