2020 International Conference On Computer Aided Design

The Premier Conference Devoted to Technical Innovations in Electronic Design Automation

November 2-5, 2020San Diego Mission Bay Resort

Call for participation

The CAD Contest at ICCAD is a challenging, multi-month, research and development competition, focusing on advanced, real-world problems in the field of Electronic Design Automation (EDA). It is open to multi-person teams world-wide. Each year the organizing committee announce three challenging problems in different topic areas provided by industrial companies. Contestants can participate in one or more problems. The prizes will be awarded at an ICCAD special session dedicated to this contest.

Since its inaugural year of 2012, the CAD Contest at ICCAD has been attracting more than a hundred teams per year (112 teams from 12 regions in 2015, 135 teams from 11 regions in 2016, and 123 teams from 10 regions in 2017, 136 teams from 11 regions in 2018), fostering productive industry-academia collaborations, and leading to hundreds of publications in top-tier conferences and journals. The contest undoubtedly boosts EDA research and keeps enhancing its impact.


Contest Problems
Problem A: Logic Regression on High Dimensional Boolean Space (Cadence Design Systems, Inc.)
Problem B: System-level FPGA Routing with Timing Division Multiplexing Technique (Synopsys, Inc.)
Problem C: LEF/DEF Based Open-Source Global Router (Mentor Graphics & University of California San Diego)

Tentative Contest Schedule

  1. Registration deadline: May 24, 2019
  2. Alpha test submission: June 21, 2019
  3. Beta test submission: July 26, 2019
  4. Final submission: August 30, 2019
  5. Award ceremony: November 4, 2019 (at ICCAD)

Awards for each problem

  • 1st Place Award: NTD 50,000 / team (approx. US$ 1,650), Certificate / person, Open-source bonus for Problem C: US$ 5,500 / team
  • 2nd Place Award: NTD 30,000 / team (approx. US$ 1,000), Certificate / person, Open-source bonus for Problem C: US$ 1,500 / team
  • 3rd Place Award: NTD 30,000 / team (approx. US$ 1,000), Certificate / person, Open-source bonus for Problem C: US$ 500 / team
  • Honorable Mentions: Certificate / person

***Important Notice***

  • The recipients of monetary awards must be students.
  • The amount of monetary awards in US dollars may change due to currency fluctuation.
  • According to the Law of Taiwan, 10% of the monetary award will be deducted if the recipient is a Taiwanese taxpayer, whereas it is 20% if the recipient is a non-Taiwanese taxpayer.
  • We reserve the right to adjust the numbers of prize winners and honorable mentions.

Organizing Committee

  1. Contest chair: Ulf Schlichtmann (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
  2. Contest co-chairs: Sabya Das (Synopsys, Inc., USA) Ing-Chao Lin (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan) Mark Po-Hung Lin (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)
  3. Topic chairs: Ching-Yi Huang, Chi-An (Rocky) Wu, Tung-Yuan Lee, and Chih-Jen (Jacky) Hsu (Cadence Design Systems Inc.) Yu-Hsuan Su, Emplus Huang, Hung-Hao Lai, and Yi-Cheng Zhao (Synopsys Inc.) Alexander Volkov, Sergei Dolgov (Mentor Graphics) Lutong Wang, Bangqi Xu (University of California San Diego)