DAC Tutorials

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


DAC tutorials can be 1.5 or 3 hours sessions which will be held on Monday, December 6th.  The short tutorial proposal must include 2 speakers and the long tutorial submission should have 3 or 4 speakers. Speakers in a tutorial must represent multiple different organizations; in other words, a tutorial must not be fully presented by a single organization.


TIMELINE

  • November 17, 2020 - Submission Deadline
  • February 24, 2021 - Accept/Reject Notification
  • March 17, 2021 - Final Tutorial Details due for the DAC website
  • May 17, 2021 - Draft presentation slides due for review
  • May 22, 2021 - Feedback communicated to presenters on slides
  • June 1, 2021 - Final presentation slides due. Slides will be distributed to attendees approximately 6 weeks prior to the event

PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS

  • DAC2021 PowerPoint template usage is required 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
  • Please include your name/affiliation and a short bio to your first slide to introduce yourself to the audience.

Note: Every presenter is required to provide their presentation slides for electronic distribution to the tutorial attendees. Please seek legal approval from your company before submitting your proposal to us on November 17, 2020.  Secure legal approval of your final content (e.g. logos, IP, referenced content) before you submit your slides to us on May 15, 2021.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the timeline for Tutorial submission and reviews?

  • November 17, 2020 - Submission Deadline
  • February 24, 2021 - Accept/Reject Notification
  • March 17, 2021 - Final Tutorial Details due for the DAC website
  • May 17, 2021 - Draft presentation slides due for review
  • May 22, 2021 - Feedback communicated to presenters on slides
  • June 1, 2021 - Final presentation slides due. Slides will be distributed to attendees approximately 6 weeks prior to the event

How are Tutorials structured at DAC?

DAC tutorials are 1.5 or 3 hour tutorials presented by you on Monday, December 6, 2021. This format enables attendees to participate in multiple tutorials, as well as in other DAC activities. In addition, DAC attendees will have the opportunity to learn about two different topics during that day. The preferred structure for a tutorial is to have multiple viewpoints on a topic from multiple presenters with different affiliations.

What topics is DAC looking for in a Tutorial?

DAC is looking for timely, relevant and tangible hands-on topics that provide immediate value and learning for its attendees on design, methodology, design automation fundamentals, as well as automotive electronics, hardware and embedded system security, machine learning and Internet of Things. Sample Topic Areas:

  • Traditional EDA topics (e.g., " Prevent Clock Domain Crossings from Breaking Your Chip")
  • Hot design topics (e.g. "How to design a low-power memory controller")
  • Autonomous systems, ML, Security (e.g. “Security Opportunities and Challenges of Emerging Technologies”)
  • Cloud, Embedded systems, IP (e.g. “EDA in the Cloud – Best Practices for Cloud Migration”)
  • Emerging software development topics (e.g. "How to get started writing iPhone apps")

What is the Tutorial submission process?

All proposals must be submitted by 5:00pm PT (-08:00 GMT) on November 17, 2020. For further information regarding DAC submissions, visit the DAC website or email the Tutorial Chair, Renu Mehra.

What do I need to include in the content of the Tutorial proposal?

Your proposal must include ALL of the information listed below and should be entered online on the tutorial submission page found at dac.com. Proposals that do not include the requested information will NOT be considered for review and selection.

Be sure to include:

  1. The Title of the tutorial
  2. Two to three sentences outlining the topic to be discussed
  3. Abstract of the tutorial, written to help a potential attendee decide if they should join your tutorial (about 500 words)
  4. Relevant Topic Area(s) from the list provided
  5. Complete contact information of the Organizer and Presenter(s) (name, affiliation, city, state, country, and email contact information)
  6. If your topic is similar to those of tutorials held at a recent DAC or other events, cite the tutorial and state the similarities and differences with your proposal.

IMPORTANT: Confirm the participation of your Presenter BEFORE submitting your proposal on November 17, 2020. Do not wait until February to find out if your tutorial has been accepted before obtaining confirmation.

What is the DAC Tutorial selection process?

The DAC Tutorial Chair, assisted by the DAC Technical Program, Executive and Special Focus Committees, selects tutorials for inclusion in the DAC program.

Tutorials are selected based on:

  • Breadth of interest in the area and the timeliness of the topic
  • Technical depth and breadth of the proposal
  • Differentiation from other tutorials and special sessions
  • Multiple viewpoints on the topic from multiple presenters with different affiliations
  • How well the topic fits within the overall content of the conference

For a submission to be accepted, all feedback provided by the Tutorial Chair must be implemented in the final tutorial.

Note: Every presenter is required to provide their presentation slides for electronic distribution to the tutorial attendees. Please seek legal approval from your company before submitting your proposal to us on November 17, 2020.  Secure legal approval of your final content (e.g. logos, IP, referenced content) before you submit your slides to us on May 15, 2021.

Who is Involved in a Tutorial?

Tutorial Organizer: The Organizer coordinates all tutorial activities with DAC, including insuring that content is delivered in a timely manner and that the final presentation goes smoothly; follow through is critical.

  • The Organizer must interact frequently with the DAC Tutorial Chair.

  • The Organizer writes the proposal for the tutorial and the abstract that is submitted for proposal evaluation.

  • The Organizer selects and confirms the participation of the Presenter(s) (who could include the Organizer).

  • The Organizer writes the material that will be included in the Conference Program. It is very important that the Organizer write the Conference Program material to help a potential attendee decide whether they should attend this tutorial.

  • The Conference Program material should describe the target audience (e.g. EDA User, EDA tool developer, designer, SW engineer, Academic, embedded systems developer, etc.), and their expected level of familiarity with the topic (Expert/Intermediate/Beginner).

  • An Organizer can propose multiple tutorials on aligned topics with different speakers.

Presenter(s): The Presenter(s) is/are responsible for delivering the presentation.

  • The Presenter(s) must have a good speaking voice, and be clearly understandable by English speakers.

  • The Presenter(s) must be comfortable speaking before a large audience, and maintaining control of the audience.

  • The Presenter(s) is/are responsible for insuring that the presentation slides and any handouts are of professional quality, clear and easy to understand, complete, and can be covered within the tutorial timeframe.

  • The Presenter(s) is/are responsible for being at the DAC Tutorial room 20 minutes before each scheduled presentation and staying until 10 minutes after the scheduled completion time to answer questions and coordinate a smooth delivery of the material.

  • The presenters must represent multiple different organizations.

How should I select a topic and a presenter?

First, the tutorial should be clear, informative, interesting, timely, and instructional. Please keep these qualifications in mind as you develop your topic ideas and consider your potential presenter. The topic should be relevant to one or more segments of DAC attendees, including: DA developers, designers, SW engineers and engineers who use DA, managers of DA developers and users, embedded systems developers, and members of the EDA industry.

When selecting a Presenter, choose a good communicator who is effective explaining technical problems to a non-specialist audience. Consider that attendees expect to learn from a tutorial. Remember, presenters represent approaches and experiences, not companies. It is the responsibility of the Organizer to choose a presenter that has interesting viewpoints on the proposed topic.

Will my Tutorial be modified or changed?

There is a strong chance that the initial proposal may be changed. Once the tutorial submission has been reviewed, the Tutorial Chair will provide initial feedback that must be incorporated in the final tutorial. See timeline above for the deadlines.

What happens if more than one Tutorial submitted cover the same topic?

If multiple tutorial proposals are submitted on the same or similar topics, the Tutorial Chair may choose to accept one proposal over the others; or may decide to merge the proposed tutorial teams and require a unified presentation.

DAC is dedicated to the success of the tutorial program! Once the selection is final, you will be sent detailed guidelines and deadlines to assist you with your planning.

I still have some questions. Who do I contact?

If you have any questions, please contact Renu Mehra, 58th DAC Tutorial Chair.