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DATE 2018
2018 Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition
Event in series DATE
Dates 2018/03/19 (iCal) - 2018/03/23
Location: Dresden, Germany
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Important dates
Submissions: 2017/09/10
Papers: Submitted 766 / Accepted 270 (35.2 %)
General chairs: Jan Madsen
PC chairs: Ayse K. Coskun
Keynote speaker: Amnon Shashua, Christopher Voigt
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Call for Papers

DATE 2018 - Call for Papers

Dresden, DE March 19 - 23, 2018

Submission Key Dates

Submission - Deadline

  • D, A, T and E papers: Sunday, 10 September 2017 23:59:59 CET
  • Monday Tutorial proposals: Sunday, 10 September 2017 23:59:59 CET
  • Friday Workshop proposals: Sunday, 10 September 2017 23:59:59 CET
  • Special Session proposals: Sunday, 17 September 2017 23:59:59 CET
  • PhD Forum: Sunday, 15 October 2017 23:59:59 CET
  • European Projects: Sunday, 15 October 2017 23:59:59 CET
  • Exhibition Theatre: Sunday, 29 October 2017 23:59:59 CET
  • Notification of acceptance: Friday, 10 November 2017
  • Camera-ready paper due date: Thursday, 30 November 2017 23:59:59 CET
  • University Booth proposals: Sunday, 14 January 2018 23:59:59 CET

The 21st DATE conference and exhibition is the main European event bringing together designers and design automation users, researchers and vendors, as well as specialists in the hardware and software design, test and manufacturing of electronic circuits and systems. DATE puts strong emphasis on both technology and systems, covering ICs/SoCs, reconfigurable hardware and embedded systems, and embedded software.

The five-day event consists of a conference with plenary invited papers, regular papers, panels, hot-topic sessions, tutorials and workshops, two special focus days and a track for executives. The scientific conference is complemented by a commercial exhibition showing the state-of-the-art in design and test tools, methodologies, IP and design services, reconfigurable and other hardware platforms, embedded software, and (industrial) design experiences from different application domains, e.g. automotive, wireless, telecom and multimedia applications. The organisation of user group meetings, fringe meetings, a university booth, a PhD forum, vendor presentations and social events offers a wide variety of extra opportunities to meet and exchange information on relevant issues for the design and test community. Special space will also be allocated for EU-funded projects to show their results.

The Conference

The conference addresses all aspects of research into technologies for electronic and (embedded) systems engineering. It covers the design process, test, and tools for design automation of electronic products ranging from integrated circuits to distributed large-scale systems. This includes both hardware and embedded software design issues. The conference scope also includes the elaboration of design requirements and new architectures for challenging application fields such as telecom, wireless communications, multimedia, healthcare and automotive systems. Persons involved in innovative industrial designs are particularly encouraged to submit papers to foster the feedback from design to research. Panels, hot-topic sessions and embedded tutorials highlight and inform about emerging topics.

Special Days in the programme will focus on two areas bringing new challenges to the system design community:

Future and Emerging Technologies: The demands of future applications far exceed the capabilities of today’s computing systems. Yet the progress in traditional computing hardware technologies has begun to stall at the exact moment when these exciting applications are demanding large improvements with respect to functionality, performance, and energy efficiency. This special day will explore transformative concepts that will revolutionize future computing systems. Examples include emerging nanotechnologies such as carbon nanotubes, emerging nanosystem architectures through dense heterogeneous integration, emerging computation models based on quantum information processing, and emerging application domains such as microfluidics. The special day will also address how the DATE community will play a major role in enabling these advances.

Designing Autonomous Systems: Autonomous vehicles and robots are prominent examples for a larger trend towards embedded and cyber-physical systems autonomy serving many purposes: function automation, function adaptation, platform adaptation, and handling the dynamics of function integration on large open networks (e.g. Industry 4.0). In autonomous systems, the current separation of design process and operation in the field will be replaced by a life-time process of in-field adaptation. Continuous change and evolution, application interference, environment dynamics and uncertainty have complex effects, which must be controlled to adhere to safety, availability, and security guarantees where needed. This special day will cover the latest trends in autonomous systems and the resulting challenges for design processes and EDA tools.

On the first day of the DATE event, half-day in-depth technical tutorials are given by leading experts in their respective fields. The tutorials are well suited for researchers, tool developers and system designers.

Friday Workshops concentrate on specialised and novel topics.

The Exhibition

The vivid accompanying exhibition states a unique networking opportunity for vendors of tools and services for hardware and embedded software for the design, development and test of Systems-on-Chip, IPs, Embedded Systems, ASICs, FPGAs and PCBs. Furthermore, it states the perfect venue for industries to meet university professors to foster their university programme and especially for PhD Students to meet their future employers.

A full programme in the Exhibition Theatre will again combine presentations by exhibiting companies, best-practice reports by industry leaders on their latest design projects and selected conference special sessions.

The full list of participating exhibitors and sponsors including their company profiles can always be found online: Topic Areas for Submission

Within the scope of the conference, the main areas of interest are organized in the following tracks. Submissions can be made to any of the track topics.

Track D: Design Methods and Tools, This track addresses design automation, design tools and hardware architectures for electronic and embedded systems. The emphasis is on methods, algorithms, and tools related to the use of computers in designing complete systems. The track’s focus includes significant improvements on existing design methods and tools as well as forward-looking approaches to model and design future system architectures, design flows, and environments.

This track is organised in the following topics:

   D1 System Specification and Modeling, Click here for details
   D2 System Design, High-Level Synthesis, and Optimization, Click here for details
   D3 System Simulation and Validation, Click here for details
   D4 Formal Methods and Verification, Click here for details
   DT5 Design and Test for Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits and Systems, and MEMS, Click here for details
   DT6 Design and Test of Secure Systems, Click here for details
   D7 Network on Chip, Click here for details
   D8 Architectural and Microarchitectural Design, Click here for details
   D9 Power Modeling, Low-Power Design, and Power-Aware Optimization, Click here for details
   D10 Temperature and Variability-Aware System Design and Optimization, Click here for details
   D11 Reconfigurable Computing, Click here for details
   D12 Logical and Physical Analysis and Design, Click here for details
   D13 Emerging Technologies for Future Computing, Click here for details
   D14 Emerging Technologies for Future Memories, Click here for details

Track A: Application Design, This track is devoted to the presentation and discussion of design experiences with a high degree of industrial relevance, real-world implementations, and applications of specific design and test methodologies. Contributions should illustrate innovative or record-breaking designs, which will provide viable solutions in tomorrow's silicon, embedded systems, and large-scale systems. In topic A8, there is the opportunity to submit 2-page papers that expose industrial research and practice.

This track is organised in the following topics:

   A1 Power-efficient and Sustainable Computing, Click here for details
   A2 Communication, Consumer and Multimedia Systems, Click here for details
   A3 Automotive Systems and Smart Energy Systems, Click here for details
   A4 Healthcare, Wellness, and Assistive Technologies, Click here for details
   A5 Secure Systems, Circuits, and Architectures, Click here for details
   A6 Reconfigurable and Robust Systems, Click here for details
   A7 Applications of Emerging Technologies, Click here for details
   A8 Industrial Experiences Brief Papers, Click here for details

Track T: Test, Reliability, and Robustness, This track covers all test, design-for-test, reliability, and design-for-robustness issues, at system-, chip-, circuit-, and device-level for both analog and digital electronics. Topics of interest also include diagnosis, failure mode analysis, debug and post-silicon validation challenges, and test or fault injection methods addressing system security.

This track is organised in the following topics:

   T1 Modeling and Mitigation of Defects, Faults, Variability, and Reliability, Click here for details
   T2 Test Generation, Simulation and Diagnosis, Click here for details
   T3 Design-for-Test, Test Infrastructures, Test Standards, Click here for details
   T4 System-Level Reliability Design, Analysis and On-line Test, Click here for details
   DT5 Design and Test for Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits and Systems, and MEMS, Click here for details
   DT6 Design and Test of Secure Systems, Click here for details

Track E: Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems, This track is devoted to the modeling, analysis, design and deployment of embedded software or embedded/cyber-physical systems. Areas of interest include methods, tools, methodologies and development environments. Emphasis will also be on model-based design and verification, embedded software platforms, software compilation and integration, real-time systems, cyber-physical systems, networked systems, and dependable systems.

This track is organised in the following topics:

   E1 Real-time, Networked, and Dependable Systems, Click here for details
   E2 Compilers and Software Synthesis, Click here for details
   E3 Model-based Design and Verification, Click here for details
   E4 Embedded Software Architectures, Click here for details
   E5 Software Architectures for Cyber-Physical Systems, Click here for details

In addition to the above conference tracks, we welcome proposals for Special Sessions, Monday Tutorials, and Friday Workshops, and submissions for the Special Days on Designing Electronics for the Internet of Things Era and Designing Wearable Electronics and Smart Medical Devices.


Click the links below for a full list of the executive and programme committee members:

   DATE Executive Committee
   Technical Programme Committee


The event is sponsored by the European Design and Automation Association, the Electronic System Design (ESD) Alliance, the IEEE Council on EDA, ECSI, ACM – SIGDA, and RAS.

In cooperation with IEEE Computer Society test technology technical Council (tttC), IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS), International Federation for Information Processing (iFiP).


Conference Manager

General Chair Jan Madsen, Technical University of Denmark, DK Contact Jan Madsen

Programme Chair Ayse Coskun, Boston University, US

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