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Following recent editions of the SMACD Conference, SMACD 2017 will hold an event where MSc and PhD students can compete with their best ideas, methodologies, flows and tools with one unique but challenging goal:

“Improving design automation for integrated circuits and systems”.

Topics of interest include modeling, simulation and synthesis for analog, mixed-signal, RF, multidomain (such as MEMS, nanoelectronic, optoelectronic, biological).

To enter the competition, all participants must submit a paper (following the same SMACD 2017 submission guidelines) with a description of the methodology and/or tool, the design problem of their choice and the solution provided by their methodology and/or tool.

The first author of the submission and presenter at the conference must be a MSc or a PhD student!

A $1,000 prize will be granted to the winner of the competititon!


Important dates

17th February 2017
Paper Submission Deadline
3rd March 2017
Extended Paper Submission Deadline
1st April 2017
Author Notification
15th April 2017
Author Notification
15th April 2017
Camera Ready Paper Submission
30th April 2017
Camera Ready Paper Submission
15th April 2017
Early Registration Deadline
30th April 2017
Early Registration Deadline

Evaluation criteria

A Judging Committee will select the winner(s) based on the quality of the paper, of its presentation at the conference and the live demonstration, using the following criteria:

  • Complexity of the problem posed in the paper
  • Level of automation (e.g., fully automated, semi-automated, ... )
  • Designer interface (e.g., problem design setup, result analysis, ... )
  • Applicability of the proposal (e.g., general approach or restricted to special problems, circuit classes or sizes, ... )
  • Integration degree with commercial design suites and design methodologies (e.g., import and export data from these suites, usability in one or more steps of current design flows, ... )
  • Robustness of the design solutions (e.g., against parasitics, variability, ... ) and of the proposal (e.g. convergence, insensitivity to input and/or starting values, ... )

Important notes

All accepted submissions in the competition will be presented by the students in a special session at the conference and published in the conference proceedings.

The presenters are required to perform a live demo. SMACD organization guarantees internet connection to all participants but required CAD tools or design kits licensing is in responsibility of each participant.

SMACD Competition Jury members

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 14th International Conference on Synthesis, Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Methods and Applications to Circuit Design, we are honoured to have the participation of the following members of the Competition Jury:

  • Dr. Haralampos-G. Stratigopoulos, Sorbonne Universités, UPMC-LIP6, France
  • Dr. Stefano Sueri, ST Microelectronics, Italy
  • Dr. Ivan Boccuni, Micron Fundation, Italy
  • Dr. Anton Klotz, Cadence Design Systems GmbH, Germany
  • Dr. Alberto Gola, ON Semiconductor, Czech Republic