Welcome to ASP-DAC 2011
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to invite you to the 16th Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC) 2011. It is held at Pacifico Yokohama (Yokohama, Japan) from January 25th to 28th in 2011, jointly with Electronic Design and Solution Fair (EDS Fair) 2011. ASP-DAC offers an ideal place for all the people for exchanging ideas about challenges and solutions toward future electronic society. It is also the best place to learn about the latest advances in electronic design and automation, through presentations and discussions given by researchers not only from Asia-South Pacific countries but also from the world.
This year we received 335 submissions from 26 countries. Based on rigorous and thorough reviews on the submitted papers and results of full day face-to-face discussions, 104 papers were selected and compiled into 26 technical sessions.
We also scheduled three keynote speeches, inviting distinguished leaders from industry and academia. Each keynote is arranged at the beginning of each day. The opening keynote on 26th is entitled "Non-Volatile Memory and Normally-Off Computing" given by Dr. Takayuki Kawahara (Chief Researcher, Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi Ltd., Japan). He will introduce you a new paradigm of highly energy-efficient computing for the future. The second keynote on 27th is on the issue about the design complexity entitled "Managing Increasing Complexity through Higher-level of Abstraction: What the past has taught us about the future" given by Dr. Ajoy Bose (Chairman, president and CEO, Atrenta Inc., USA). He will give you the state-of-the-art design methodologies challenging for the ever-increasing design complexity along with the past review and future directions based on his rich experiences. The last keynote on 28th is give by one of the new leaders in the dependable electronics, Prof. Subhasish Mitra (EECS, Stanford University, USA). His talk is entitled "Robust Systems: from Clouds to Nanotubes", where he will give you a comprehensive and clear vista for realizing the dependable electronic society in the future.
The Designers' Forum is also a unique feature in ASP-DAC. It is planned so that attendees can share design experiences on actual products in industry. This year we scheduled two hot panel discussions on "High speed memory/DDR3" and "Advanced packaging/3D", as well as two oral sessions on "Wellness applications" and "SoC design methodologies" on 27th and 28th.
Students and young researchers of universities/colleges are always producing new seeds for the future. The University Design Contest is also an important annual event of ASP-DAC. This year you will find totally 26 designs on the morning of the first day.
On Tuesday, one day before the regular sessions of ASP-DAC, we scheduled tutorials for giving introductory talks on hot topics of the year. This year you will find two full-day and four half-day tutorials on "Advanced CMOS devices", "3D integrations", "Post silicon debug" and "Multiprocessor system on chip". We believe you can refresh your ideas by the state-of-the-art knowledge given by tutorial lecturers.
Finally, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to many sponsors listed in the program booklet, who supported ASP-DAC 2011, financially and technically. I also wish to express our appreciation to all the authors, speakers, reviewers, session organizers, session chairs, panelists, keynote speakers and tutorial lecturers, who are always the core staff of the conference. I can also not forget to thank all the members of Organizing Committee, Technical Program Committee, University Design Contest Committee, Technical Liaison and the Steering Committee. It would be not possible to open ASP-DAC 2011 successfully, without their voluntary and professional contributions to the conference.
I hope that all the attendees to ASP-DAC 2011 enjoy the conference and EDS Fairs, of course, along with the modern and the traditional cultures in historical city, Yokohama.