52nd Design Automation Conference: Largest Conference in Electronic Design Closes With an Increase in Attendance
14.5% increase in “I Love DAC” attendees leads to vibrant exhibition
Total conference attendance at the 52nd Design Automation Conference (DAC), the premier event on automation and design of electronic systems, exceed the DAC Executive Committee (EC) expectations with 7,011 people attending the Conference. Attendees cited the Executive Committee’s (EC’s) decision to revamp the DAC Pavilion with SKY Talks (mini-keynotes) and Fireside Chats, along with adding networking events and poster sessions on the exhibition floor, as reasons for their excitement about DAC 2015.
“Last year in San Francisco, we had 2,393 full conference passes and 1,650 exhibits-only passes compared with 2,504 and 1,889 this year”
Exhibit floor receptions on Monday and Tuesday brought visitors back onto the floor at the end of each day. Booth staff appreciated the floor opening at 10:00am rather than 9:00am, giving them the first-ever opportunity to attend keynotes. The inspiring, cutting-edge topics of all the keynotes drew large crowds as exemplified by Monday’s Keynote by Brian Otis from Google drawing over 1,300 people alone.
“This year’s DAC was all about business and growing business,” said Rob van Blommestein of S2C, Industry Liaison Chair for the 52nd DAC. “There was an increase of steady traffic for the three days of the tradeshow, but even better was the quality of the traffic. Many vendors I spoke to enjoyed a constant stream of interested, qualified visitors.”
“Last year in San Francisco, we had 2,393 full conference passes and 1,650 exhibits-only passes compared with 2,504 and 1,889 this year,” said Anne Cirkel, general chair for the 52nd DAC. “The combination of an excellent and wide-ranging technical program – with a record number of technical papers and poster presentations –with the information the vendors offered on the exhibit floor seems to have been especially appealing this year. The Google keynote on Monday was so full that the fire marshal had to shut the doors and refuse entry to some potential attendees!”
The Design Automation Conference (DAC) is recognized as the premier event for the design of electronic circuits and systems, and for electronic design automation (EDA) and silicon solutions. A diverse worldwide community of more than 1,000 organizations attends each year, represented by system designers and architects, logic and circuit designers, validation engineers, CAD managers, senior managers and executives as well as researchers and academicians from leading universities. Close to 60 technical sessions selected by a committee of electronic design experts offer information on recent developments and trends, management practices and new products, methodologies and technologies. A highlight of DAC is its exhibition and suite area, with approximately 200 of the leading and emerging EDA, silicon, and intellectual property (IP) companies and design services providers. The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDA Consortium), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and is supported by ACM’s Special Interest Group on Design.
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