The 56th DAC, held June 2-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, saw submissions to its research track–the heart and soul of the event for more than a half century–soar 18% percent over 2018. Attendance was 1888, up nearly 10 percent over Austin 2017, the last time DAC was held outside of San Francisco.
“It was clear that our expanded focus in the technical program on hot, emerging design application areas such as artificial intelligence, security, autonomous systems and IP resonates with our engineering attendees,” said Rob Aitken, 56th DAC General Chair. “Our industry as we know it today would not exist if not for the fundamental research that has been published at DAC for more than five decades.”
He added that as a testament to how well the expanding technical program resonated with attendees, the best-paper awards included work on AI and machine learning from Facebook (“Glow as a machine learning compiler for heterogeneous hardware”) and Texas Instruments (“Improving design performance using machine learning in synthesis”).
Two other aspects of DAC–I Love DAC passes and exhibits booth passes–experienced smaller numbers of attendees in 2019, due to several factors. DAC in San Francisco, because of its proximity to Silicon Valley, generally experiences larger overall attendance. In 2019, however, the trade war with China materially affected would-be attendees from foreign countries, who normally have affordable, direct flights into Las Vegas. Over half of the engineers from China who pre-registered for the 56th DAC did not attend. Reasons included inability to obtain visas due to the current trade war between governments. Additionally, many Silicon Valley-based exhibitors traditionally send fewer staff to DAC when it’s outside of San Francisco.
• Conference passes 1888
• I LOVE DAC passes 710
• Exhibitors’ booth staff 1439
• Total badges picked up 4037
DAC returns to San Francisco in July 2020 and will continue to serve as the industry’s premier electronics design event in the city through 2025.
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).
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