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Virtual MLCAD 2020

2nd ACM/IEEE Workshop on Machine Learning
16-20 November, 2020

Slides and Videos of MLCAD'20
• YouTube: The recorded videos of all technical talks as well as most keynote / plenary talks are available in the official MLCAD YouTube channel
• Keynote “MLCAD Today and Tomorrow: Learning, Optimization and Scaling” by Andrew B. Kahng, UC San Diego, USA [ Slides (pptx)]. 
• Plenary Talk “Accelerating Chip Design with Machine Learning” by Brucek Khailany, NVIDIA Austin, USA [ Slides (pdf)
Workshop Update October 2020

Virtual MLCAD 2020 is just around the corner!
We have a great program containing 8 keynote and plenary speeches from renowned companies (Nvidia, Qualcomm, Huawai, Infineon, Xilinx, Cadence, Synopsys). More than 25 contributed papers will be presented after rigorous review. A great panel on “Future Directions for MLCAD” will also be held.
The detailed program is now available here. Registration is open here and the Early Registration deadline is November 810, 2020.
20 minute presentations of contributed papers will be made available to registered attendees. During the workshop itself, we will then focus on short highlight talks about the papers to kick off lively discussion and interaction. The workshop will run for 3 hours every day, Monday November 16 to Friday November 20 .


Due to the effect of the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19, the Virtual MLCAD Committee has decided to postpone the workshop to November 16-20, 2020. The workshop will be held virtually and it will not take place in Reykjavik, Iceland as originally planned. The paper submission deadline is August 07, 2020 August 14, 2020.


The Virtual MLCAD workshop focuses on Machine Learning (ML) methods for all aspects of CAD and electronic system design. The predecessor of this workshop series was held at the Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Conference in March 2019, followed by the inaugural regular workshop in Banff, Canada, in September 2019. The workshop is sponsored by both IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) and ACM Special Interest Group on Design Automation (SIGDA).


Virtual MLCAD 2020 will be held virtually this year from 16-20 November due to COVID-19.


Advances in machine learning (ML) over the past half-dozen years have revolutionized the effectiveness of ML for a variety of applications. However, design processes present challenges that require parallel advances in ML and CAD as compared to traditional ML applications such as image classification. As such, the purpose of the workshop is to discuss, define and provide a roadmap for the special needs for ML for CAD where CAD is broadly defined as design-time techniques as well as run-time techniques.

Topics of interest to this workshop include but are not limited to: 
• ML for system-level design 
• ML approaches to logic design 
• ML for physical design 
• ML for analog design 
• ML for power and thermal management 
• ML for Design Technology Co-Optimization (DTCO) 
• ML methods to predict aging and reliability 
• Labeled and unlabeled data in ML for CAD 
• ML techniques for resource management in many cores 
• ML for Verification and Validation 
Workshop Format

All accepted papers will be published in a proceedings by ACM which will be made available in ACM Digital Library as well as IEEExplore. Several exciting keynote and plenary talks from both industry and academia will enhance the presentations about contributed papers.

Each accepted paper is expected to be presented virtually by one of the authors at the workshop during November 16-20. Each accepted paper requires one registration.                          


Paper submissions should be full-length papers of up to six pages (PDF format, double-column, US letter size, using the ACM Conference format). Submissions must be anonymous (i.e., double-blind review process). Submissions exceeding six pages will be rejected.

Submitted papers must describe original work that has not been published/accepted or currently under review by another journal, conference, symposium, or workshop.

Submitted papers which have been accepted for presentation at the workshop will be included in the workshop proceedings.

A Best Paper Award will be presented at the workshop.

IEEE Design & Test Magazine Special Issue

A Special Issue on MLCAD 2020 will be published by IEEE Design & Test Magazine. Authors of accepted papers will be eligible to submit an extended version of their work to the special issue of this high-impact magazine. Please see here for the CfP of the Special Issue.

Important Dates
Paper Submission (extended): August 07, 2020 August 14, 2020  
Author Notification: October 07, 2020 
Camera-Ready Version: October 26, 2020 
Registration Opens: Late October 2020
Early Registration Deadline: November 0810, 2020
Virtual Workshop: November 16-20, 2020
Financial Co-Sponsors