SAN FRANCISCO, CA— March 8, 2021— For 58 years, the future of innovation for the design and automation of electronic systems and circuits has been found at the Design Automation Conference (DAC). DAC is now accepting nominations for the Under-40 Innovators Award at the 58th DAC. The award will recognize up to five of the top young innovators (nominees should be 40 years or younger in age as of June 1, 2021) who are recognized as the upcoming leaders providing innovation in the field of design and automation of electronic systems. The Under-40 Innovators Award is sponsored by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
From beyond the traditional automation surrounding chip implementation, design automation is rapidly expanding to new areas such as neuromorphic computing, biological systems, cyber-security and cyber- physical systems. Within the electronics industry, the advent of new technologies and alternate scaling approaches using new integration methods are emerging as traditional CMOS technology scaling slows down. Young innovators are redefining and shaping the future of the design automation field in industry, research labs, start-ups and academia, and DAC wants to recognize the best and brightest.
The Under-40 Innovators Award is open to people in industry or academia with notable technical contributions in the field of design and automation of electronics. Nominees are individuals who have made their contributions through work within an organization to the design automation community and to the broader society. The award recognizes specific contributions such as commercial products, software or hardware systems, or specific algorithms or tools incorporated into other systems widely used by industry and academia. Nominations that emphasize only metrics such as number of publications, patents, and citations will not be sufficient. The impact as measured by commercialization and/or wide adoption of the nominee’s contributions is required.
The nomination for this award should include a one-page summary (fewer than 500 words) of the nominee’s technical work with specific emphasis on the impact of the work, a cover page with the email address, daytime telephone number and date of birth of the nominee. All nominations should be supported by at least three letters of recommendation. One of those letters of recommendation needs to be from a leader inside the nominee’s organization. Self-nominations are not allowed.
Up to five awards will be given each year at DAC, sponsored by ACM, and IEEE. For more information and to apply visit: https://www.dac.com/Conference/Under-40-Award. Nominations must be received by May 30, 2021. The winners will be recognized at the opening session at the 58th DAC being held December 5-9, 2021 at Moscone West Center, San Francisco, CA.
The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives to researchers and academicians from leading universities. Close to 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. A highlight of DAC is its exhibition and suite area with approximately 200 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon, intellectual property (IP) and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by ACM's Special Interest Group on Design Automation (ACM SIGDA) and IEEE’s Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA).
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Michelle Clancy, 58th DAC Publicity/Marketing chair