52nd Design Automation Conference (DAC) Names Executive Committee

Anne Cirkel of Mentor Graphics to serve as General Chair

Design Automation Conference 2015

LOUISVILLE, Colo.--()--The Design Automation Conference (DAC), the premier conference devoted to electronic design and design automation, has named the members of the 52nd DAC Executive Committee. The Executive Committee (EC) oversees the exhibition and trade show, plans the technical program, establishes new initiatives, and manages conference operations and publicity. The 52nd DAC will be held at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA, from June 7-11, 2015.

Anne Cirkel, a senior director for technology marketing at Mentor Graphics, will serve as the general chair for the 52nd DAC. Prior to joining Mentor Graphics, Anne held marketing management positions at Analogy, Viewlogic, and Berner & Mattner. Anne holds a Master's degree in business administration with an undergraduate degree in metallurgy from RWTH Aachen in Germany.

Anne has served on the DAC Executive Committee for over eight years, first as the EDAC representative from 2007 – 2013 and then as the vice-chair in 2014. During that time Anne served on various EC sub-committees in the planning and implementation of the show from the Strategy Committee, the Industry Liaison Committee, and the Marketing Committee to the Automotive Technical Program Committee. In addition, Anne played an active role on the Executive Committee for DATE as well as the Program Committee for Embedded World.

Anne is joined on the EC by the following volunteers from across the semiconductor, automotive, embedded systems, IP and EDA industries and from academia. New seats representing security and embedded systems and software have been added to the 2015 EC committee, allowing for a more focused approach to these initiatives.

  • Vice-Chair – Chuck Alpert, Cadence, Inc.
  • Finance Chair – Patrick Groeneveld, Synopsys, Inc.
  • Technical Program Co-Chair – Sharon Hu, University of Notre Dame
  • Technical Program Co-Chair – Robert Aitken, ARM, Inc.
  • Panel Chair – Valeria Bertacco, University of Michigan
  • Tutorial Chair – Raymond Rodriguez, Intel Corp.
  • IP Track Chair - Michael McNamara, Adapt IP. Inc.
  • Automotive Track Co-Chair – Anthony Cooprider, Ford Motor Company
  • Automotive Track Co-Chair – Samarjit Chakraborty, Tech. University of Munich
  • Security Track Chair – Ramesh Karri, New York University
  • Embedded Systems and Software Chair – Robert Oshana, Freescale, Inc.
  • Designer Track Co-Chair – Daniel Bourke, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
  • Designer Track Co-Chair – Karam Chatha, Qualcomm, Inc.
  • Industry Advisory Chair – Rob van Blommstein, Consultant
  • Publicity/Marketing Chair – Michelle Clancy, Cayenne Communication, LLC
  • Past Chair – Soha Hassoun, Tufts University
  • ACM SIGDA Representative – Naehyuck Chang, Seoul National University
  • EDA Consortium Representative – Tiffany Sparks, ARM, Inc.
  • IEEE CEDA Representative – Shishpal Rawat, Intel Corp.

Kevin Lepine and Lee Wood of MP Associates, Inc., serve as conference manager and exhibits manager, respectively. In addition, the EC will be forming a Bay Area Local Committee to serve as an interface between DAC and the electronics community in Silicon Valley. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the DAC office at 303-530-4333 for more information.

“The Design Automation Conference is the premier event in our industry and the only one bringing together designers, EDA engineering teams, academia, and the vendor community. While remaining true to its roots, DAC addresses advances not just in core EDA, but in areas that greatly benefit from design automation methodologies and technologies such as embedded systems and software, automotive electronics, IP design and verification, and hardware security,” said Anne Cirkel. “We assembled a fantastic team to plan and execute the 52nd DAC and we are on course to deliver another great event next June.”

Kicking off the planning season for the 52nd DAC, Anne has committed to writing a weekly blog that will give weekly updates and highlights explaining how a conference with so many volunteers and rich technical content is developed and implemented within a year. Follow Anne’s 52 weeks of DAC blog.

About DAC

The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is the premier event for the design and development of electronic circuits and systems and for electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community representing more than 1,000 organizations attends each year: system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, embedded software engineers, senior managers and executives, and researchers and academicians from leading universities. Technical sessions selected by a committee of electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. A highlight of DAC is its exhibition and suite area, with approximately 200 of the leading and emerging EDA, embedded systems, silicon, intellectual property (IP), automotive electronics and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by ACM's Special Interest Group on Design.

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52nd Design Automation Conference (DAC) Names Executive Committee Anne Cirkel of Mentor Graphics to serve as General Chair


Design Automation Conference
Michelle Clancy, 1-303-530-4334