DATE 2017 in Lausanne received over 1,500 registrations from international experts, who celebrated the 20th edition of the conference and exhibition

Apr 3, 2017 -- The DATE 2017 Conference and Exhibition closed doors last Friday, March 31, 2017, receiving more than 1,500 registrations from over 50 countries and ending with excellent feedback from both participants and exhibitors.

2017 was a special year for the world’s favourite electronic systems design and test conference, as the community celebrated its 20th edition and it was held for the first time in Switzerland, at the SwissTech Convention Center on the EPFL campus in Lausanne, from March 27 to 31, 2017.

DATE 2017 received 794 paper submissions, a large share (42%) coming from authors in Europe, 32% from America, 25% from Asia, and 1% from the rest of the world. This clearly demonstrates DATE’s international character, its global reach and impact.

For the 20th successive year, DATE presented an exciting technical programme, comprising 78 technical sessions and 11 Exhibition Theatre sessions. The DATE week started on Monday with nine in-depth tutorials and the popular PhD Forum, hosted by EDAA, ACM SIGDA, and IEEE CEDA.

On Tuesday, the conference was opened by the plenary keynote speakers Dr. Arvind Krishna from IBM presenting “Design Automation in the Era of AI and IoT: Challenges and Pitfalls” and Dr. Doug Burger from Microsoft who talked about “A New Era of Hardware Microservices in the Cloud”. In addition, a keynote lecture from Prof. Giovanni De Micheli (Professor at EPFL and Director of was given on "Distributed Systems for Health and Environmental Monitoring" within the initiative. On the same day, an Executive Panel Session and three Innovative Technologies & Applications (IT&A) Sessions offered a series of business panels discussing hot topics. Executive speakers from companies leading the design and automation industry will address some of the complexity issues in electronics design and discuss about the advanced technology challenges and opportunities. A special session was dedicated to Ralph Otten, pioneer of physical design, who prematurely died in an accident.

Two Special Days in the programme focused on areas bringing new challenges to the system design community: Designing Electronics for the Internet of Things Era and Designing Wearable and Smart Medical Devices, each having a full programme of keynotes, panels, tutorials and technical presentations. On Wednesday, Keith Willett from Merck Serono gave the luncheon keynote titled “Internet of Everything is our Opportunity”. On Thursday, a keynote from Dr. Sani Nassif, Radyalis LLC, titled “The Engineering to Medicine Metamorphosis”, gave interesting insights on new domains to exploit all the work done in the EDA community.

The accompanying international exhibition ran for three days (Tuesday – Thursday) and hosted 21 exhibition booths with special emphasis on the areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, and Wearables and Smart Medical Devices, covering system-level hardware and software. Furthermore, the popular University Booth animated the show with 39 demonstrations from 13 different countries. Another hot-spot was the Exhibition Theatre highlighting visionary talks from industrial leaders and best practice presentations. Contributions came from EPFL, Intel, MathWorks, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, STMicroelectronics and many more. It also featured a CV fair, where students met with companies in an informal setting to discuss opportunities for their professional career.

The DATE Party, the main networking event during the DATE week, was a unique experience for all attendees, as it took place in Lausanne’s most outstanding museum location: The Olympic Museum. With its spectacular location in the heart of the city, visitors could enjoy magnificent views over the Lake Geneva and the Swiss-French Alps. Furthermore, the local delights offered as well as the possibility to visit the great exposition rooms, made it a memorable evening!

Finally, the eight Friday Workshops attracted more than 450 attendees and completed the DATE week successfully.

DATE continues attracting high participant numbers and therefore manifests its status as the leading electronics and embedded systems design and automation (EDA ) conference worldwide, shaping the future of the industry.             

“DATE 2017, in its 20th edition, proved to be the top scientific event in Design, Automation, and Test of microelectronics and embedded systems for the academic and industrial research communities worldwide. With the foundations of a really strong technical programme, including a vibrant set of keynotes, special sessions, and also new technologies demonstrators in the exhibition, the numerous designers, developers, executives, researchers and professors that attended DATE in Lausanne had the opportunity to show and discuss about their latest technologies, products, research results and vision to shape the future of next-generation Internet-of-Things (IoT) systems and smart wearable devices. DATE 2017 provided a perfect gathering environment to enabling the thinking of tomorrow’s technologies to improve the quality of life and energy efficiency of our society”, said DATE 2017’s General Chair Professor David Atienza.

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In 2018, the DATE conference will take place in Dresden, Germany, from March 19 – 23, 2018 - once again bringing together industry and research in partnership.

We are already looking forward to welcoming you at the next DATE conference!

DATE 2017 Press Contacts

General Chair
David Atienza, EPFL, CH
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Programme Chair
Giorgio Di Natale, LIRMM, FR
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Press Chair
Fred Santamaria, DATE, FR   
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Publicity Chair
Aida Todri-Sanial         
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Exhibition Theatre Co-Chairs
Jürgen Haase, edacentrum GmbH, DE  


Marisa Lopez-Vallejo, UPM, Spain     
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Exhibition Co-Chairs
Fabien Clermidy, CEA Leti, FR
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Andrea Acquaviva, Politecnico di Torino, IT
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Local Arrangements/ICT
Homeira Salimi, EPFL, CH
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Conference Organization
Franziska Röhrig, K.I.T. Group GmbH, DE       
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