Awards Banquet

Congratulations to all the award recipients and thank you to all banquet attendees. A complete list of DAC 50 Awards recipients is available HERE. Below is a sampling of some of the awards and accompanying banquet pictures.

DAC 50


DAC Long (12+ years) Publication Streak

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  • 12: Anand Rahunathan (1996-2007)
  • 12: Robert K. Brayton (1989-2000)
  • 13: Alice C. Parker (1983-1995)
  • 15: David T. Blaauw (1998-2012).
  • 15: Martin D. F. Wong (1986-2000)
  • 15: Yao-Wen Chang (1999-2013)
  • 17: Larry Pileggi (1991-2007)
  • 17: Kaushik Roy (1998-2013)
  • 18: Kwang-Ting (Tim) Cheng (1990-2007)

DAC Longest Publication Streak

For Having the Longest Streak of Publishing in 23 Consecutive DAC Conferences (1985-2007)

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Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli


DAC Prolific Author Award

At Least 6 DAC Papers in a Single Year

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  • 6: Massoud Pedram 1997
  • 6: Mahmut T. Kandemir 2002
  • 6: Malgorzata Marek-Sadowska 2003
  • 7: Miodrag Potkonjak 1999
  • 7: Yao-Wen Chang 2012
  • 7: Yao-Wen Chang 2013
  • 8: Robert K. Brayton 1994
  • 8: Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli 1994
  • 10: David T. Blauuw 2004
  • 10. Dennis Sylvester 2004

DAC Collaborative Award

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For Publishing at Least 20 DAC Papers Together

  • 26: David Blauuw and Dennis Sylvester
  • 23: Robert K. Brayton, Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli
  • 20: Irith Pomeranz and Sudhakar M. Reddy

DAC Authors with the Most Co-Authors
(# of Co-Authors in parentheses)

  • Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli (113)
  • David T. Blaauw (88)
  • Andrew B. Kahng (76)
  • Dennis Sylvester (67)
  • Larry Pileggi (64)
  • Kwang-Ting (Tim) Cheng (63)
  • Chung-Kuan Cheng (62)
  • Kaushik Roy (60)
  • Massoud Pedram (60)
  • Sachin S. Sapatnekar (57)

DAC Top 10 Cited Author

For Being Among the top Ten Most Cited DAC Authors in DAC's 50 Year History

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  • 10. Randal E. Bryant
  • 9. Robert K. Brayton
  • 8. Srinivas Devadas
  • 7. Kurt Keutzer
  • 6. Andrew B. Kahng
  • 5. David T. Blaauw
  • 4. Larry Pileggi
  • 3. Massoud Pedram
  • 2. Sharad Malik
  • 1. Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentalli

Bronze/Silver/Gold Cited Authors

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DAC Bronze Cited Author
Author with the Third Most Citations from DAC Publications in DAC's 50 Year History

Massoud Pedram

DAC Silver Cited Author
Author with the Second Most Citations from DAC Publications in DAC's 50 Year History

Sharad Malik

DAC Gold Cited Author
Author with the Most Citations from DAC Publications in DAC's 50 Year History

Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli


Research in DAC’s FIRST Decade (1964-1973)

(# of published DAC papers in parentheses)

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DAC Most Papers

  • Stephen Y. H. Su (4)
  • Arnold Spitalny (4)

DAC Top 10 Author

  • Ernst G. Ulrich (3)
  • John J. Allan III (3)
  • M. A. Murray-Lasso (3)
  • David W. Hightower (3)
  • Mehmet Baray (3)
  • Albert D. M. Lewis (3)
  • W. H. Sass (3)
  • Jock A. Rader (3)
  • Douglas T. Ross (3)

Research in DAC’s SECOND Decade (1974-1983)

(# of published DAC papers in parentheses)

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DAC Most Papers

  • W. M. VanCleemput (14)

DAC Top 10 Author

  • Daniel P. Siewiorek (8)
  • Melvin A. Breuer (7)
  • Tokinori Kozawa (7)
  • Robert J. Smith II (7)
  • Alice C. Parker (6)
  • Akihiko Yamada (6)
  • Ikuo Nishioka (6)
  • Toshihiko Yahara (6)

Research in DAC’s THIRD Decade (1984-1993)

(# of published DAC papers in parentheses)

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DAC Most Papers

  • Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli (32)
  • Alice C. Parker (23)
  • Robert K. Brayton (21)

DAC Top 10 Author

  • Daniel D. Gajski (19)
  • A. Richard Newton (14)
  • Ernest S. Kuh (14)
  • Srinivas Devadas (14)
  • Vishwani D. Agrawal (13)
  • Donald E. Thomas (13)
  • Randal E. Bryant (13)

Research in DAC’s FOURTH Decade (1994-2003)

(# of published DAC papers in parentheses)

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DAC Most Papers

  • Miodrag Potkonjak (35)
  • Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli (32)
  • Massoud Pedram (29)

DAC Top 10 Author

  • Malgorzata Marek-Sadowska (27)
  • Kwang-Ting (Tim) Cheng (27)
  • Larry Pileggi (27)
  • Andrew B. Kahng (23)
  • Robert K. Brayton (21)
  • Jacob K. White (21)
  • Sujit Dey (20)

Research in DAC’s FIFTH Decade (2004-2013)

(# of published DAC papers in parentheses)

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DAC Most Papers

  • Yao-Wen Chang (34)
  • David T. Blaauw (31)
  • Dennis Sylvester (30)

DAC Top 10 Author

  • Sachin S. Sapatnekar (19)
  • Andrew B. Kahng (19)
  • Anand Raghunathan (19)
  • Peng Li (19)
  • Lei He (20)
  • Kaushik Roy (21)
  • Xin Li (22)
  • David Z. Pan (25)

Best Paper Awards

DAC Best-Paper Hat Trick Award” for Winning the DAC Best Paper Award EXACTLY THREE Times
(DAC # that award was received in parentheses)

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  • Srinivas Devadas (27, 27, 32)
  • Charles J. Alpert (31, 32, 38)
  • D. G. Schweikert (10, 13, 13)
  • P. Kozak (12, 19, 21)
  • W. M. VanCleemput (16,16,16)
  • Rob A. Rutenbar (24, 39, 47)
  • Sujit Dey (31, 36, 37)
  • Sachin Sapatnekar (34, 38, 40)
  • Peng Li (40, 45, 48)

“Best Paper Silver Award” for Winning the DAC Best Paper Award EXACTLY FOUR Times
(DAC # that award was received in parentheses)

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  • Kurt Keutzer (24, 27, 28, 35)
  • Randal E Bryant (18, 24, 25, 32)

“Best Paper Gold Award” for Winning the DAC Best Paper Award FIVE times
(DAC # that award was received in parentheses)

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  • Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli (19, 20, 28, 43, 44)

DAC Service Award

For Contributions to the Success of the 50th Design Automation Conference in Austin, Texas

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  • Zhuo Li
  • Rajesh Raina
  • Kenny Rice

DAC Exhibitor Recognition Award

For 10 or More Years of Participation

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  • AMS
  • Apache Design, an ANSYS subsidiary
  • Avery Design Systems
  • Berkeley Design Automation, Inc.
  • Blue Pearl Software, Inc.
  • Calypto Design Systems
  • Cliosoft, Inc.
  • DATE
  • Duolog Technologies Ltd.
  • FishTail Design Automation, Inc.
  • IC Manage, Inc.
  • Jasper Design Automation, Inc.
  • The MOSIS Services
  • Pulsic, Inc.
  • Real Intent, Inc.
  • Starnet Communications
  • The DINI Group
  • True Circuits, Inc.
  • TSMC
  • Verific Design Automation

For 15 or More Years of Participation

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  • ARM, Inc.
  • Atrenta, Inc.
  • CAST, Inc.
  • CMP
  • Concept Engineering GmbH
  • Dassault Systemes Americas Corp.
  • Design and Reuse
  • Forte Design Systems
  • IBM Corp.
  • Library Technologies, Inc.
  • Runtime Design Automation
  • Target Compiler Technologies

For 20 or More Years of Participation

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  • ALDEC, Inc.
  • Applied Simulation Tech.
  • OptEM Engineering Inc.
  • Silicon Integration Initiative - Si2
  • Veritools, Inc.

For 25 or More Years of Participation

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  • Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
  • Mentor, A Siemens Business
  • Springer
  • Synopsys, Inc.
  • Tanner EDA Inc.

DAC Prolific Author Award

DAC 20 Club: Publishing 20-24 papers at DAC

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  • Mahmut T. Kandemir
  • Fabio Somenzi
  • Charles J. Alpert
  • Jaijeet S. Roychowdhury
  • Xin Li
  • Prithviraj Banerjee
  • C. L. Liu
  • Daniel P. Siewiorek
  • Peng Li
  • Sharad Malik
  • Igor L. Markov
  • Georges Gielen
  • Nikil D. Dutt

DAC 25 Club: Publishing 25-29 papers at DAC

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  • C. L. Liu
  • Jacob K. White
  • Sujit Dey
  • Kurt Keutzer
  • Sudhakar M. Reddy
  • Randal E. Bryant
  • Irith Pomeranz
  • Donald E. Thomas
  • Niraj K. Jha
  • Lei He
  • David Z. Pan
  • Luca Benini

DAC 30 Club: Publishing 30-39 papers at DAC

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  • Daniel D. Gajski
  • Chung-Kuan Cheng
  • Srinivas Devadas
  • Farid N. Najm
  • Sachin S. Sapatnekar
  • Dennis Sylvester
  • Kaushik Roy
  • Giovanni De Micheli
  • Anand Raghunathan
  • Jacob K. White
  • Rob A. Rutenbar
  • Malgorzata Marek-Sadowska

DAC 40 Club: Publishing 40-49 papers at DAC

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  • Yao-Wen Chang
  • Robert K. Brayton
  • Martin D. F. Wong
  • Jason Cong
  • Andrew B. Kahng
  • Kwang-Ting (Tim) Cheng

DAC 50 Club Club: Publishing 50+ papers at DAC

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  • Larry Pileggi
  • David Blaauw
  • Miodrag Potkonjak
  • Massoud Pedram

DAC Prolific Author Award -Lifetime Achievement Award

Most Prolific Author in the 50 Year History of the Design Automation Conference

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Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli


DAC Prolific Author Award

DAC Top Cited Papers

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“DAGON: technology binding and local optimization by DAG matching”

2003 - Kurt Keutzer


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“"Parameter Variations and Impact on Circuits and Microarchitecture" ”

2003 - Shekhar Y. Borkar, Tanay Karnik, Siva G. Narendra, Jim Tschanz, Ali Keshavarzi, Vivek De, James Tschanz


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"Chaff: Engineering an Efficient SAT Solver"
2001 - Matthew W. Moskewicz, Conor F. Madigan, Ying Zhao, Lintao Zhang and Sharad Malik

"Route Packets, Not Wires: On-Chip Interconnection Networks"
2001 - William J. Dally and Brian Towles


DAC Top Cited Papers

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  • “A linear time algorithm for network partitions” 1982 - C. M. Fidducia and Robert M. Mattheyses
  • “A logic design structure for LSI testability” 1977 - Edward B. Eichelberger and T. W. Williams
  • “Wire routing by optimizing channel assignment within large apertures” 1971 - H. Hashimoto and James Stevenson
  • "Efficient Implementation of a BDD Package" 1990 - Karl S. Brace, Richard L. Rudell, Randal E. Bryant
  • "First-order Incremental Block-based Statistical Timing Analysis" 2004 - Chandramouli Visweswariah, K. Ravindran, K. Kalafala, Steven G. Walker, S. Narayan
  • "Multilevel Hypergraph Partitioning: Application in VLSI Domain" 1997 George Karypis, Rajat Aggarwal, Vipin Kumar, Shashi Shekhar

DAC Innovation and Service Awards

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Most Persistant Attendee - Pat Pistilli

For Automating Assigning Reviewers - Don Thomas

For Converting to Electronic Submission - Giovanni De Micheli

For Bringing Embedded Systems and Software to DAC - Yervant Zorian and Leon Stok

For Creating Exhibitions - Hillel Ofek

For Creating Management Day - Ivo Bolsens

For Creating Panels - Bryan Preas

For Creating Pavilion Panels - Ivo Bolsens and Sharad Malik

For Creating The Demo Suites - Tom Pennino and Marie Pistilli

For Creating The Designer Track - Tom Pennino and Pat Pistilli

For Creating The Work-in-Progress Session - Soha Hassoun

For Creating The Designer User Track - Soha Hassoun and Leon Stok

For Creating The Woman's Workshop - Mary Jane Irwin

For Promoting Diversity in EDA - Marie Pistilli

DAC Service Award - The Staff at MPA


DAC Service Award - EDAC

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Served on the DAC EC for many years and until his full retirement, continued to support DAC activities - Chuck Shaw

Most supportive affiliated partner for DAC in the EDA business sector - Peter Denyer

Supported the EDA industry and the DAC conference with demonstration equipment and booth space - Brian Lowe


DAC Service Award - IEEE

For Supporting the Creation of the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation

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  • Bryan Ackland
  • Raul Camposano
  • John Darringer
  • Giovanni De Micheli
  • Al Dunlop
  • Georges Gielen
  • Rajesh Gupta
  • Graham Hellestrand
  • Steve Hillenius
  • Andreas Kuehlmann
  • Enrico Macii
  • Massoud Pedram
  • Richard Smith
  • Yervant Zorian

DAC Service Award - ACM

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For Creating the Student Research Competition at DAC - Iris Bahar and Diana Marculescu

For Creating the Design Automation Summer School - Soha Hassoun

For Creating the SIGDA Proceedings on CDROM Series - Bryan Preas and Kathy Preas

For Creating the PhD Forum at DAC - Soha Hassoun and Steve Levitan

For Creating the University Booth - Chuck Shaw, Don Thomas, Dan Gajski and Mary Jane Irwin


DAC Leadership Award

General Chair for 50 DACs

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  • P.O. Pistilli
  • A. Spitalny
  • J. Michael Galey
  • H.M. Wall
  • Robert B. Hitchcock
  • Judith Brinsfield
  • Steve Szygenda
  • David Hightower
  • Edwin Hassler
  • Robert Smith
  • James Crabbe
  • Charles Radke
  • Patricia Lambert
  • Hillel Ofek
  • Daniel Nash
  • Lawrence O'Neill
  • Dennis Shaklee
  • Donald Thomas
  • Richard Smith
  • Daniel Schweikert
  • Alfred Dunlop
  • Michael Lorenzetti
  • Bryan Preas
  • Thomas Pennino
  • Ellen J. Yoffa
  • Basant Chawla
  • Mary Jane Irwin
  • Giovanni de Micheli
  • Jan Rabaey
  • Bryan Ackland
  • Ian Getreu
  • Sharad Malik
  • William H. Joyner, Jr.
  • Ellen Sentovich
  • Steve Levitan
  • Limor Fix
  • Andrew B. Kahng
  • Sachin Sapatnekar
  • Leon Stok
  • Patrick Groeneveld
  • Yervant Zorian

DAC Foundation Award

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  • Pat Pistilli