DATE 2016 - Call for Papers online


DATE 2016 - Call for Papers

Dresden, Germany
March 14 - 18, 2016

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Submission Deadlines

Submission Deadline
D, A, T and E papers Sunday, September 13, 2015 23:59:59 CET
Special Session proposals Sunday, September 13, 2015 23:59:59 CET
Tutorial proposals Sunday, September 13, 2015 23:59:59 CET
Friday Workshop proposals Sunday, September 13, 2015 23:59:59 CET
Exhibition Theatre Sunday, October 18, 2015
European Projects Sunday, October 18, 2015
PhD Forum Sunday, November 01, 2015
Notification of acceptance Friday, November 06, 2015
Camera-ready paper due date Friday, November 27, 2015
University Booth proposals Monday, January 18, 2016 23:59:59 CET

The 19th 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. It puts strong emphasis on ICs/SoCs, reconfigurable hardware and embedded systems, including 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:

Automotive Systems: High-end cars today have more than 100 ECUs connected by various communication buses like CAN, FlexRay and Ethernet, that are used to run several millions of lines of software code spanning across safety critical, driver assistance and comfort related application domains. Designing, verifying and upgrading such a complex hardware/software system poses several challenges for EDA engineers, computer architects, and embedded systems and software designers. Further, most of the innovation in the automotive domain is now in electronics and software, as can be seen in the form of various new driver assistance systems and functionalities. Hence, there are many interesting opportunities for the EDA and the embedded systems community in the automotive domain, which the automotive special day at DATE 2016 will seek to explore in the form of various technical sessions and discussion panels.

Secure Systems: Security is essential to create a safe and trustworthy Information and Communications Technology infrastructure. Electronics are becoming more and more integrated into the environment: the Internet of Things, Cyber- Physical Systems, Smart Cities are all novel phenomena. Data is stored in and travels from implanted medical devices to the cloud over wireless links and through optical fibers. None of this revolution will be sustainable without adding security. During this special day, several aspects of making systems secure will be addressed. We plan to look at secure HW and SW platforms, address different application domains: automotive, smart grid, or smart factory. We address security versus other functional requirements as dependability and testability, and we investigate design practices for security.

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 conference is accompanied by a comprehensive exhibition, which 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 including a broad range of design reuse technologies and services.

To inform attendees on commercial and design related topics, there will be a full programme in the Exhibition Theatre which will combine presentations by exhibiting companies, best-practice reports by industry leaders on their latest design projects and selected conference special sessions.

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, addressing design automation, design tools and hardware architectures for electronic and embedded systems. Emphasis is on methods, algorithms and tools related to the use of computers in designing complete systems. This 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:

Track A: Application Design, is devoted to the presentation and discussion of design experiences with a high degree of industrial relevance, as well as innovative design and test methodologies, and applications of specific design and test technologies. Contributions should illustrate state-of-the-art or record-breaking designs, which will provide viable solutions in tomorrow's silicon and embedded systems. In topic A7, there is the opportunity to submit short, 2-page papers that relate to industrial research and practice.

This track is organised in the following topics:

Track T: Test and Robustness, covering all test, design-for-test, reliability and design-for-robustness issues, at system-, chip-, circuit-, and device-level for both analog and digital electronics. Including also diagnosis, failure mode analysis, debug and post-silicon validation challenges.

This track is organised in the following topics:

Track E: Embedded Systems Software, is devoted to modelling, analysis, design and deployment of embedded software. Areas of interest include methods, tools, methodologies and development environments. Emphasis will also be on modelbased design and verification, embedded software platforms, software compilation and integration, real-time systems, cyber-physical systems, networked and dependable systems.

This track is organised in the following topics:

In addition to the above conference tracks, we welcome proposals for Special Sessions, Tutorials, and Friday Workshops, and submissions for the Special Days on Automotive Systems and Secure Systems.


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


The event is sponsored by the European Design and Automation Association, the EDA Consortium, 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).


Event Secretariat
Franziska Kremling, K.I.T. Group GmbH Dresden, DE
date at kitdresden [dot] de
phone: +49 351 4967-541
fax: +49 351 4956116
Eva Smejkal, K.I.T. Group GmbH, DE
date at kitdresden [dot] de
phone: +49 351 4967 312

General Chair
Luca Fanucci, University of Pisa, IT
Contact Luca Fanucci

Programme Chair
Jürgen Teich, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, DE
papers at date-conference [dot] com

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