DATE 2019 in Florence received over 1,600 registrations from international experts, who celebrated another exciting conference edition

The DATE 2019 Conference and Exhibition attracted more than 1,600 registrations from over 40 countries and concluded with excellent feedback from both participants and exhibitors.

April 12, 2019 -- DATE combines the world’s favourite electronic systems design and test conference with an international exhibition for electronic design, automation and test, from system-level hardware and software implementation right down to integrated circuit design. This year, the conference was held in Florence, Italy, for the first time. It took place at the Firenze Fiera from 25 to 29 March 2019.

On Monday, the DATE week started with  five in-depth technical tutorials on the main topics of DATE as well as  a hands-on industry tutorial given by leading experts in their respective fields. The topics covered Machine Learning for Manufacturing and Test, OpenCL Design Flows for FPGAs, Approximate Computing, Hardware-based Security, and Safety and Security in Automotive, while the hands-on tutorial was on Quantum Computing with IBM Q and Qiskit.

During the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday,  plenary keynote lectures were given by Astrid Elbe, Managing Director of Intel Labs Europe, and Jürgen Bortolazzi, Director Driver Assistance Systems and Highly Automated Driving at Porsche. On the same day, the  Executive Track offered a series of business panels with executive speakers from companies leading the design and automation industry, discussing hot topics. Furthermore, a talk by Claudio Giorgione, Curator of the Leonardo Department at the National Museum of Science and Technology Milano, gave insight into life and work of Leonardo da Vinci in line with the 500th anniversary of his death, which is celebrated in Florence in 2019.

The main conference programme from Tuesday to Thursday included 58 technical sessions organized in parallel tracks from the four areas

D – Design Methods & Tools

A – Application Design

T – Test and Dependability

E – Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems

and from several special sessions on Hot Topics, such as Emerging Design Technologies, Design and Test of Secure Systems, IoT Security, Embedded Systems for Deep Learning, Augmented Living and Personalized Healthcare, Robotics and Industry 4.0, as well as results and lessons learned from European projects. Additionally, there were numerous Interactive Presentations which have been organised into five IP sessions.

Two Special Days in the programme focused on areas bringing new challenges to the system design community:  Embedded Meets Hyperscale and HPC and  Model-Based Design of Intelligent Systems. Each of the Special Days has had a full programme of panels, tutorials and technical presentations and a lunchtime keynote.

On Wednesday, the keynote on the topic of heterogeneous, high-scale computing in the era of cloud-connected devices by David Pellerin, Amazon US, was the highlight of the special day on “Embedded Meets Hyperscale and HPC”. During the Special Day on “Model-Based Design of Intelligent Systems” on Thursday, Edward Lee from UC Berkeley took “A Fundamental Look at Models and Intelligence” in his keynote.

The conference was complemented by an international exhibition for electronic design, automation and test, which ran for three days (Tuesday – Thursday) and included exhibition booths from companies and collaborative research initiatives as well as EU project presentations. The full list of participating exhibitors and sponsors including their company profiles can be reviewed online at

Furthermore, there was a full programme on commercial and design-related topics in the Exhibition Theatre, combining presentations by exhibiting companies, best-practice reports by industry leaders on their latest design projects and selected conference special sessions. Two of the highlights have been the newly created Publisher’s Session and the career session called Inspiring Futures, giving companies the opportunity to introduce their work and job portfolios.

One of the highlights of the DATE week was the DATE Party as one of the main networking opportunities during the DATE week. The party took place in the Palazzo Borghese, which is located in the heart of Firenze and is a beautiful example of neoclassic architecture. Local delights, entertaining music and a visit by Leonardo da Vinci made this evening a memorable event on its own!

On Friday,  10 full-day workshops covered several hot topics from areas like (a) Open Source and Machine Learning in EDA, (b) Emerging Techniques for Memories, Interconnections, and Quantum Computing, (c) Hardware Design, Synthesis, and Approximate Computing, as well as EDA in application domains such as (d) Autonomous Systems and IoT. Furthermore, an International F1/10 Autonomous Racing Demo took place, supported by IEEE CEDA. This presentation of open-source, affordable and high-performance 1/10 scale autonomous vehicles was a particular highlight on the last day of DATE 2019.

To review a selection of the best pictures of the DATE conference, please visit:

In 2020, the DATE conference will take place in Grenoble, France, from 9 to 13 March 2020, once again bringing together industry and research in partnership.

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


General Chair

Jürgen Teich, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), DE
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Programme Chair

Franco Fummi, University of Verona, IT
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Exhibition Theatre Chair

Jürgen Haase, edacentrum GmbH, DE
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Exhibition Chair

Luca Fanucci, University of Pisa, IT
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Local Arrangements/ICT

Luca Fanucci, University of Pisa, IT
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Frank Hannig, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), DE
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Conference Organization

Eva Smejkal, K.I.T. Group GmbH Dresden, DE
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