UC Berkeley Team to Receive First ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation

The first recipients of the ACM/IEEE A. Richard Newton Technical Impact Award in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) for outstanding technical contributions are Robert K. Brayton, Richard Rudell, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli and Albert R. Wang for their seminal paper, “MIS: A Multiple-Level Logic Optimization System.”

The award will be presented to its authors during the 46th Design Automation Conference’s opening session July 28. DAC will take place July 26 31, 2009 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA) and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) created the yearly award last year to honor the late Dr. Richard Newton, dean of Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley. The award acknowledges an individual or individuals for outstanding technical contributions to EDA recognized over a significant period of time. The selection criteria are based on a high-impact, seminal paper published by either ACM or IEEE at least 10 years ago.

Published in the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems in November 1987, the paper established the groundwork of modern multi-level logic synthesis and has triggered follow-up research over the past 20 years. The paper has made major contributions to research, education and industrial practice.

About ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation

ACM/SIGDA has a tradition of over 40 years of supporting conferences and the EDA profession. SIGDA sponsors DAC, ICCAD, DATE, and ASP-DAC, plus approximately 15 smaller symposia and workshops, while providing a broad array of additional resources to students, professors and industry members, and to the EDA profession in general via technical and educational activities, travel grants, and publications. SIGDA’s parent organization, ACM, provides its members access to a variety of ACM products and resources, including discounts on conferences, subscriptions to ACM journals and magazines, and the ACM Digital Library, an invaluable IT resource. For further information on SIGDA’s programs and resources, see http://www.sigda.org. For further details on ACM, see ACM’s home page at http://www.acm.org.

About the IEEE Council on EDA

The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) provides a focal point for EDA activities spread across six IEEE societies (Antennas and Propagation, Circuits and Systems, Computer, Electron Devices, Microwave Theory and Techniques, and Solid State Circuits). The Council sponsors or co-sponsors over a dozen key EDA conferences, including the Design Automation Conference (DAC) and the International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD), Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) and events at Embedded Systems Week (ESWeek). The Council also publishes IEEE Transactions on CAD, as well as the newly launched IEEE Embedded Systems Letters. Since its founding, the Council has expanded its support of emerging areas within EDA such as nanoscale systems, sponsored new initiatives including the Distinguished Speaker Series and is increasing recognition to members of the EDA profession via awards such as the A. Richard Newton and Phil Kaufman Awards. The Council welcomes new volunteers and local chapters. For more information on CEDA, visit: www.c-eda.org.

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