NSF-SIGDA-DAC Design Automation Summer School

June 2-3, 2007
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

Sponsored  by


Important Links


Final Program



DASS 2005 2001


Vikas Chandra

Kartik Mohanram

Steve Levitan

Sister forums

CADathlon at ICCAD

Ph.D. Forum at DAC

University Booth at DAC

The Design Automation Summer School will be held at San Diego, CA on June 2-3, 2007. Note that this is the Sat-Sun period before the Design Automation Conference (DAC) and that DASS is co-located with DAC at the Convention Center, San Diego, CA. Note that the 2007 SIGDA Ph.D. Forum at DAC will be held on June 5, 2007 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.


We are currently accepting applications for DASS from students enrolled full-time in M.S./Ph.D. programs. Instructions on how to apply are available here. The deadline for submitting applications is April 27, 2007.



About DASS

The Design Automation Summer School (DASS) will offer graduate students the opportunity to participate in a two day intensive course on selected areas of research and development in design automation (DA). Each topic of instruction in this course will be covered by a distinguished speaker who will define the topic, describe recent accomplishments in considerable detail, and outline upcoming challenges. Interactive discussions and follow-up activities among the participants will round off an intensive yet comprehensive activity geared towards graduate students in DA.


The school is intended to broaden and complement a limited and often highly focused curriculum in DA that is currently offered at universities. The DASS is co-sponsored by the NSF, ACM SIGDA, and DAC. The goals of the DASS dovetail well into the sponsors’ primary objectives of investing in the education of the next generation of engineers and computer scientists and achieving broadened participation from underrepresented populations. The DASS is also intended to complement educational and professional development activities in the electronic design automation arena including scholarships, awards, and outreach projects such as the University Booth, the CADAthlon, and the Design Automation Conference (DAC) Ph.D. forum that have met with tremendous success over the past decade. These programs are intended to introduce and outline emerging challenges, and to foster creative thinking in the next crop of DA engineers. Simultaneously, they also help the students hone their problem solving, programming, and teamwork skills in additional to fostering long-term collegial relationships. Together, these programs serve as an innovative initiative to assist in the development of top students in the field of electronic design automation. Simultaneously, they provide a platform for academia and industry to focus attention on the best and brightest of next generation DA professionals.