52nd Annual DAC: The place to be in June!

By Anne Cirkel, General Chair for 2015, Design Automation Conference

Anne Cirkel, General Chair for 2015, Design Automation Conference
Anne Cirkel, General Chair for 2015, Design Automation Conference

In a few weeks, on June 7th, we will open the doors to the 52nd Design Automation Conference in San Francisco with a bang. The Monday 9 a.m. keynote features Brian Otis, director of Google’s smart contact lens project, which combines an audacious societal and technical challenge and represents why our industry is among the most dynamic in the world today. In an effort that might eventually help the more than 380 million people around the world with diabetes to monitor their glucose levels, Google’s contact lens would include “chips and sensors so small they look like bits of glitter, and an antenna thinner than a human hair.” The technology might also help correct vision in a manner similar to autofocus lenses on today’s camera. This will be the first time Google has been featured on DAC’s main stage, an auspicious way to begin the week.


The conference sessions are once again organized around the topics of electronic design automation, embedded systems and software, automotive, security, and design. Highlights on the conference schedule, put together by all-star lineup of volunteers, include:

  • 4 amazing keynote sessions and 1 visionary Moore’s Law talk
  • 8 interesting SKY talks
  • 9 tutorials, 9 workshop, and 6 collocated conferences
  • 2 management day sessions
  • 24 special sessions and panels
  • 27 research paper sessions
  • 21 designer and IP track sessions and a special poster networking session on Tuesday at 4:30 pm
  • 6 training sessions on Thursday by Doulos

Dassault Systèmes is fully engaged in solving problems around automotive electronics and software, including those related to overall increasing complexity and new security vulnerabilities. Both challenges will be addressed in our keynote sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Delphi CTO Jeffrey Owens will talk about how to wrangle this complexity — no small task as today’s vehicles, which can be equipped with more than 50 computers, possess more processing power than anything most consumers own or will purchase, as Jeffrey points out in his abstract.

On Wednesday the format on the main stage will be slightly different. John McElroy, producer of Autoline Detroit, will moderate an in-depth chat between Jeffrey Massimilla, chief of cybersecurity at GM, and Craig Smith, author of the Car Hacker Manual. Question 1: Should we just accept the fact that cars will be at least as vulnerable as our computers at home? Be there Wednesday to find out.

Thursday we’re back to blue-sky, distant-horizon stuff, the kind of imagining that likely sparked many of you to get into this industry in the first place. MacArthur genius winner John Rogers, a professor at the University of Illinois, will talk about advances in biocompatible electronics. John tends to make news wherever he goes so I hope you’ll be there when he does his keynote at DAC.

World-leading technologists with a dash of whimsy – this is why DAC is a “can’t miss week”. I hope to see you there.

Greg Sabey

Greg Sabey

Senior PR and Social Media Manager at Dassault Systemes, North America
Greg is a Contributing Editor, Navigate the Future; Senior PR and Social Media Manager at Dassault Systemes.
Greg Sabey