ACM SIGDA Student Research Forum at ASP-DAC 2021 (SRF@ASP-DAC 2021)

Virtual Forum: January 10 to January 31, 2021
Virtual Live Session: 21:00 to 23:00, January 19, 2021 (JST = UTC+09)

SRF@ASP-DAC 2021 will be held as a virtual forum for the first time due to COVID-19. The forum is composed of 28 excellent posters from Asia, Europe and North America and 2 industry talks. The forum welcomes all students, professors and industrial professionals from the relevant research community. The forum is free of charge.

Forum Website:


  • Student Presenter Registration: link
  • Attendee Registration (including Supervisors and Co-authors of Accepted Posters): link

Forum Platform
  • An Integrated Online Platform using Microsoft Teams (free registration is necessary to grant access): link
  • Download the Microsoft Teams Software: link

Please refer to the forum website to get the most updated information.

Accepted Posters

Poster ID Title Presenter Affiliation
With Publication Track
1 Next Generation Design For Testability, Debug and Reliability Using Formal Techniques Sebastian Huhn University of Bremen
2 Design Space Exploration of Energy-Efficient Approximate Arithmetic Units for Error-Tolerant Applications Haroon Waris Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
3 Efficient Post-Silicon Debug Framework for Network-on-Chip Sidhartha Sankar Rout Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi
5 Design Automation for Field-coupled Nanotechnologies Marcel Walter University of Bremen
6 Design and Analysis for Embedded Software with Limited Resources Wei Zhang The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
7 Enabling Low-Cost, High-Performance, Reliable Memory Extension System Chun-Feng Wu National Taiwan University
8 Reliable and Efficient Pre-Characterizing Techniques for Random Walk Based Capacitance Extraction Ming Yang Tsinghua University
9 Irregular Deep Data Embedding Wei Li The Chinese University of Hong Kong
10 Proving Correctness of Industrial Multipliers using Symbolic Computer Algebra Alireza Mahzoon University of Bremen
11 An Ultra-Low Energy Consumption Scheme for System Suspend to RAM Wang Weilan East China Normal University
12 A CNN Accelerator using Importance Map Guided Adaptive Activation Sparsification Wenyu Sun Tsinghua University
13 Ant Colony Optimization-Based Thermal-Aware Adaptive Routing Mechanism for Optical NoCs Wang Jing Shanghai Jiao Tong University
14 Real-Time Calculus: Revisit and Improvement Yue Tang The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
15 STICKER-T: An Energy Efficient Neural Network Processor Using Block-Circulant Algorithm and Unified Frequency-Domain Acceleration Jinshan Yue Tsinghua University
17 Fast and Lightweight Networks for Large-scale Computer Vision Applications on Terminal Devices Yuan Cheng Shanghai Jiao Tong University
20 Pearl: Performance-Aware Wear Leveling for Non-volatile FPGAs Hao Zhang Shandong University
21 Reliability-Aware Design of CNFET Circuits and Stochastic Circuits as Emerging Technologies in Post-Moore Era Chen Wang Shanghai Jiao Tong university
22 FPGA-accelerated Automatic Tomography Alignment Shuang Wen Peking University
23 Energy-Efficient Arithmetic Coding Scheme for Non-Volatile Memory Systems Yi-Shen Chen National Taiwan University
24 Robust and Energy-Efficient Deep Learning Systems Muhammad Abdullah Hanif Vienna University of Technology
25 Cross-Layer Optimizations for Resilient and Energy-Efficient Machine Learning Architectures Alberto Marchisio Technische Universität Wien
26 Hardware and Software Techniques for Securing Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems Faiq Khalid Technische Universität Wien
27 Managing Thermal Integrity in Monolithic 3D Systems Prachi Shukla Boston University
28 Power Side-Channel Security Evaluation and Application in Cryptographic Hardware Design Lu Zhang Northwestern Polytechnical University
29 LongLiveNoC: Wear Levelling, Write Reduction and Selective VC allocation for Long lasting Dark Silicon aware NoC Interconnects Khushboo Rani Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
30 Security Aware Architectural Exploration of Public Key Algorithm Debapriya Basu Roy Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Without Publication Track
4 GWalloc: A Self-Adaptive Generational Wear-Aware Allocator for Non-Volatile Main Memory Ziwei Wang Wuhan University
19 Towards the Deterministic Modeling of DNN Inference Time on GPU Weiguang Pang Northeastern University



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Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
Cadence is the industry sponsor of the SIGDA Student Research Forum at ASP-DAC 2021. Cadence is a pivotal leader in electronic design, building upon more than 30 years of computational software expertise. The company applies its underlying Intelligent System Design strategy to deliver software, hardware and IP that turn design concepts into reality. Cadence customers are the world’s most innovative companies, delivering extraordinary electronic products from chips to boards to systems for the most dynamic market applications including consumer, hyperscale computing, 5G communications, automotive, aerospace, industrial and healthcare. For six years in a row, Fortune magazine has named Cadence one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For!
Join us at the SIGDA Student Research Forum on January 19, 2021 to learn more about Cadence, and network with industry experts and Cadence executives.

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Synopsys, Inc.
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Call for Submission:
SIGDA Student Research Forum at ASP-DAC 2021 (SRF@ASP-DAC 2021)

The Student Research Forum at the ASP-DAC is renovated from a traditional poster session hosted by ACM SIGDA for PhD students to present and discuss their dissertations with experts in the design automation community. Starting from 2015, the forum includes both PhD and MS students, offering great opportunity for the students to establish contacts for their future career. In addition, the forum helps the companies and academic institutes to get an overview of the latest research and discover the extraordinary candidates for their employment.

Considering ASP-DAC 2021 is going virtual due to COVID-19, SRF@ASP-DAC 2021 will be held as a virtual forum. The forum welcomes all students, professors and industrial professionals from the relevant research community. To encourage PhD students participating in important EDA events, this year, the forum will offer a free registration to the ASP-DAC 2021 conference at the student rate for each accepted submission.


  • Students must be within 1 year (M.S.) or 2 years (Ph.D.) of dissertation completion or have completed their dissertation during the last 12 months.
  • Dissertation topic must be relevant to the ASP-DAC community.
  • Previous ASP-DAC forum presenters are not eligible.
  • Students who have presented previously at DAC/DATE PhD forums are eligible.
  • Only students with at least one published or accepted conference, symposium or journal “full” paper are eligible for awards.
  • Students must attend the forum virtually to present the poster in person without substitute presentations, or else please contact the SRF Chair in advance.

A two-page PDF abstract of the dissertation (in two-column format, using 10pt. fonts and single-spaced lines), including name, institution, adviser, contact information, estimated (or actual) graduation date, whether the work has been presented at DAC PhD Forum or DATE PhD Forum, as well as figures and bibliography (if applicable). The two-page limit on the abstract will be strictly enforced: any material beyond the second page will be ignored by the reviewers. Each accepted abstract has to prepare a poster and a short video presentation, and the student has to attend the forum virtually for real-time interactions.

To be considered for awards, a student must explicitly indicate, in the title of the two-page abstract, the venues for which the work was published or accepted, and a list of all papers authored or co-authored by the student should be included in the bibliography of the two-page abstract. The papers must be related to the dissertation topic. Those on topics unrelated to the dissertation abstract will not be considered.

Submission website:

  Submission Deadline: November 30, 2020 (firm)
  Date of Acceptance Notification: December 14, 2020
  Poster and Short Video Submission Deadline: January 5, 2021
  Forum Date: January 19, 2021


Weichen Liu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Lei Jiang, Indiana University Bloomington, US
Yaoyao Ye, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Jun Zhou, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Technical Committee:
Hiromitsu Awano, Kyoto University, Japan
Donkyu Baek, Chungbuk National University, Korea
Ateet Bhalla, Independent Technology Consultant, India
Yuan-Hao Chang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Wanli Chang, University of York, UK
Xianzhang Chen, Chongqing University, China
Yi-Jung Chen, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan
Xiang Chen, George Mason University, US
Haibao Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Sudipta Chattopadhyay, Singapore Univ. of Technology and Design, Singapore
Hsiang-Yun Cheng, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Luan Huu Kinh Duong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Shao-Yun Fang, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Ann Gordon-Ross, University of Florida, US
Chien-Chung Ho, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
Weiwen Jiang, University of Notre Dame, US
Yukihide Kohira, The University of Aizu, Japan
Hyung-Gyu Lee, Daegu University, Korea
Sicheng Li, Hewlett Packard Labs, US
Yongfu Li, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Qingan Li, Wuhan University, China
Chun-Han Lin, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Ren-Shuo Liu, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Jaehyun Park, University of Ulsan, Korea
Muhammad Shafique, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE
Liang Shi, East China Normal University, China
Donghwa Shin, Soongsil University, Korea
Masashi Tawada, Waseda University, Japan
Hoeseok Yang, Ajou University, Korea
Ming-Chang Yang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Lei Yang, University of New Mexico, US
Bei Yu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Qian Zhang, University of California, Los Angeles, US
ASP-DAC liaison:
Masashi Tawada, Waseda University, Japan
Yukio Mitsuyama, Kochi University of Technology, Japan

For queries, please send an e-mail to Prof. Weichen Liu (liu [at] Please include "SRF@ASP-DAC 2021" in the subject of your email.

Last Updated on: December 23, 2020