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, 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
Functional ECO with Behavioral Change Guidance
(Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Taiwan Ltd)
Problem B
Routing with Cell Movement Advanced
(Synopsys Taiwan, Corp.)
Problem C
GPU-Accelerated Logic Rewriting
(Nvidia Corp.)

Tentative Schedule
Registration deadline

2021/05/10 17:00:00 (GTM+8)   2021/05/17 17:00:00 (GTM+8)

Alpha test submission

2021/06/05 17:00:00 (GTM+8)   2021/06/11 17:00:00 (GTM+8)

Beta test submission

2021/07/24 17:00:00 (GTM+8)   2021/07/30 17:00:00 (GTM+8)

Final submission

2021/08/30 17:00:00 (GTM+8)   2021/09/06 17:00:00 (GTM+8)

Award ceremony At ICCAD Conference (Nov. 1-4, 2021)

Awards for each Problem
1st Place Award

NTD 50,000 / team (approx. US$ 1,650)
Certificate / person
2nd Place Award

NTD 30,000 / team (approx. US$ 1,000)
Certificate / person
3rd Place Award
NTD 30,000 / team (approx. US$ 1,000)
Certificate / person
Honorable Mentions
Certificate / person
   ***Important Notice***
1. The recipients of monetary awards must be students.
2. The amount of monetary awards in US dollars may change due to currency fluctuation.
3. 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.
4. We reserve the right to adjust the numbers of prize winners and honorable mentions.

Organizing Committee

Contest Chair Tsung-Wei Huang
University of Utah, USA
Contest Co-chairs Takashi Sato
Kyoto University, Japan

Chun-Yao Wang
National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Andy Yu-Guang Chen
National Central University, Taiwan

Topic Chairs
Yen-Chun Fang, Shao-Lun Huang, Ching-Yi Huang, Chi-An (Rocky) Wu, Chung-Han Chou, Chih-Jen (Jacky) Hsu, WoeiTzy (Wells) Jong, and Kei-Yong Khoo
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Kai-Shun Hu, Ming-Jen Yang, and Tao-Chun Yu
Synopsys, Inc.

Ghasem Pasandi, Sreedhar Pratty, David Brown
Nvidia Corp.

IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation

ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation

Ministry of Education, Taiwan

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