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SIGDA Ph.D. Forum at DAC

The Ph.D. Forum at the Design Automation Conference (Ph.D. Forum at DAC) is a poster session hosted by SIGDA for Ph.D. students to present and discuss their dissertation research with people in the EDA community. The Forum is open to all members of the design automation community and is free-of-charge. It is co-located with DAC to attract the large DAC audience, but DAC registration is not required in order to attend this event.

The first Ph.D. Forum was held at DAC'98 in San Francisco. Since then, it has grown steadily and is now one of the premier venues for students in design automation to get feedback on their research and for industry to see academic work in progress: 400-500 people have attended the recent forums. Students use posters to discuss their Ph.D. thesis work with interested attendees. The Forum also provides an opportunity for the students to receive outside feedback on their work through the review process and from the Forum attendees.

Participation in the forum is competitive, with an acceptance rate of about 30% and 30-35 students presenting. Financial support from industry sponsors provides travel assistance for some students. In some years, we have sufficient funds to provide travel assistance for all students.

Details about the next Ph.D. Forum can be found here. The current SIGDA liason for the forum is Robert Jones of the SIGDA executive committee.


  • Students with at least one published or accepted conference, symposium or journal paper.
  • Students within 1-2 years of dissertation completion and students who have completed their dissertation during the current academic year.
  • Dissertation topic is relevant to the DAC community.
  • Previous forum presenters are not eligible

The Forum is sponsored by SIGDA and the Design Automation Conference. The Forum has received significant financial support from Altera, Cadence, IBM, Intel, Philips, and Synopsys.

Archive of Forums:
2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998

SIGDA Ph.D. Forum at DAC Program Director:
Robert B. Jones, SIGDA Liaison

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