After two times of research paper presentation at DAC (DAC 2014 and DAC 2015), I will not attend DAC 2016 this year. The main reason is I did not submit any paper there. I did not submit to ICCAD 2016 either. But I do volunteer to review the papers for those two conferences.
The reason I stop submitting papers to conferences for a while is I have two journals (the journal version of MATEX and SPICE_Diego for Prof. Ernest Kuh) published in this half year, with another one and my thesis in preparation. Moreover, I have a software engineer job at ANSYS Apache. The technologies and real impact attract me more recently. (Maybe I will focus academic research sometime later.) Besides, I feel the privilege to work with the teams consist of legends in the area of design automation algorithms, e.g., the forerunner and researchers of AWE, the creators of MIT FastCap, CMU PRIMA, UT RICE, Synopsys PrimeTime.
I am kind of laid-back compared to previous years in VLSI CAD and EDA area, because I have been going for another path of adventure, which excites me quite a bit, more than traditional EDA. You might find some clues among the lines. I will keep low-key as usual (Am I 🙂 ). Wish the results turn out to be good in the future, so that I can feel proud to update just like the products I help to build and follow, such as the industrial golden chip sign-on software – Redhawk, the first machine learning and big data platform in EDA – Seascape and the in-design power simulation tool – Seahawk.
My friends, have a good time at DAC 2016 and Austin.
My manager at ANSYS Apache Dr. Steven P. McCormick was a MIT grad working with Professor Jonathan Allen. How awesome was that the lab built a speech machine, which was used by physicist Stephen Hawking! Then, they also developed the technique and inspired the well-known AWE in EDA area. Check the references and acknowledgement from the papers or not. I do not want to emphasize this, they were quite laid-back. So went from computational linguist, speech processing smoothly to VLSI and EDA.