Research Panels

Below you will find information regarding your upcoming DAC panel, guidelines for conducting the online panel discussion and best practices to prepare your for your session.

New for 2021: All accepted panels will be recorded for the DAC Archives.


  • October 1, 2020: Submission site open.
  • January 20, 2021: Submission deadline.
  • March 17, 2021: Notification - Accept or reject notifications will be emailed to authors.
  • March 24, 2021: Confirmation Forms Due - Accepted panels must submit a confirmation form.
  • May 15, 2021: Bio & Draft Slides Due - Submission deadline for draft of presntations and speaker bios (for full talks only). All material will be reviewed by the Panels Chair.
  • May 22, 2021: Slide Feedback - Deadline for the Panels Chair to communicate slide presentation feedback to speakers.
  • June 1, 2021: Final Slides Due - Deadline for speakers to submit final presentation slides.


  • You are required to use the DAC template for all presentations: 
  • ONLY PPT, PPTX, or PDF files are allowed
  • Only landscape format may be used
  • We do not allow any information in the footer except for the page number. Everything else will just distract from the content of the slides
  • Company/University name and/or logo may only appear on the title (first slide) page


Research Panels are organized as sessions within the technical conference program. Panels are intended to be of broad interest and attract a large audience. Panel topics should be interesting and timely, and the panels themselves should be engaging and informative. Each Research Panel is 60 minutes long.

A good panel session explores a single high-level issue or question and includes representatives of differing viewpoints. Controversy is appropriate and encouraged. The topic should be relevant to multiple segments of DAC attendees. This year DAC has the following topic areas: Automotive, Design, EDA, ESS, IoT, IP, Machine Learning/AI, and Security/Privacy. See the Submission Categories tab below for more information.

 We encourage the submission of ideas and suggestions for panel topics. The DAC Panels Chair will do his best to collaborate with the panel proposers to shape and refine the suggestions and to finalize the slate of panel speakers. Submitters of panel suggestions that are chosen for the conference will be recognized in the final conference program. All panels, panel speakers and moderators must receive final approval from the DAC Executive Committee, which takes into consideration the topics and the participants of all conference sessions to provide a diverse set of topics, participants and perspectives.

Note:  All panelist and moderators are required to register for the conference (a single day registration pass is acceptable). All registration waivers and exceptions will require the General Chair approval prior to the panel acceptance.

Submission Format

Please submit as much information as possible about your Panel suggestion in the web form:

  • The title of the Panel
  • Abstract, at most 500 words
  • Organizer(s) name(s), affiliation, city, state, country, and email address
  • Suggested moderator’s name, affiliation, city, state, country and email address
  • Suggested panelists’ names, bios, viewpoints, affiliations, city, state, country and email addresses
  • Intended audience
  • Controversy: What are the differing points of views that will be represented? For a panel to be interesting, it must be controversial.
  • If a similar panel has been presented at DAC or a related conference in the recent past, please indicate why the topic is relevant for presentation in 2021.

For detailed submission instructions, please click here

Submission Categories

Topic Areas

Please select up to two of the following Topic Areas:

Autonomous systems, security, machine learning/AI, design (within and beyond EDA), embedded systems, and IP


Please select up to three of the following Keywords:

  • Verification/Validation
  • Hardware security
  • Test/Manufacturing/Reliability/Safety
  • Analog & Mixed Signal
  • Architecture & System Design
  • Interconnects/networking
  • Front end design
  • Low Power
  • Back end design
  • Implementation
  • Automotive
  • System security
  • IoT
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Security & Privacy
  • Contest
  • Any

Review Process & Selection

Each submission will be evaluated by the Panels Chair, who may refine the proposals and the slate of speakers to better fit the conference program. The Panels Chair will then work with the proposers of accepted panel submissions to finalize them for inclusion in the program. Proposers of accepted panels will be acknowledged in the DAC program (online and in print) and in the DAC proceedings.