DAC announces first set of keynotes for 2019

By Chris Edwards |  No Comments  |  Posted: April 9, 2019
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Electronic musician Thomas Dolby will be among the keynote speakers at the 56th Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Las Vegas.

Dolby, who is also a visiting academic at Johns Hopkins University, will give a talk entitled “Hors D’Oeuvres from Chaos” ahead of the second full conference session on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. He will ask why electronic music has yet to embrace machine learning in the same way the video- and games-production worlds have.

The following day, Bas Verkaik, founder of Netherlands-based SPIKE will deliver a keynote that looks at how a student project at the Eindhoven University of Technology developed a long-range electric motorcycle with a swappable battery and took it around the world in 80 days.

Thursday’s keynote session will feature MIT’s James DiCarlo, who will describe work on reverse engineering visual intelligence and how this can guide the development of brain-computer interfaces as well as novel AI implementations.

As well as early morning keynotes, DAC will feature a collection of SKYtalk mini-keynotes in the DAC Pavilion. On Monday June 2nd, Hava Siegelmann of DARPA will focus on AI systems that are able to continue to learn throughout their operational lifetimes, using lessons from biological research into brain structure.

On Wednesday, Gurtej Sandhu of Micron Technology will look at the future for memory technology. Another scheduled SKYtalk will be given by DARPA’s Serge Leef, who will look at methods to bring greater security into chip designs.

According to the organisers, the DAC 2019 research track program and designer tracks broke records for the total number of paper submissions and accepted papers. The research track saw an 18 percent increase in submissions across the conference topic areas on design, embedded systems and software, autonomous systems, IP, security and machine learning. Designer-track submissions increased by 10 percent overall. The number of machine-learning and AI architecture research papers grew by 68 percent from 2018.

Advance registration for the conference, which offers attendees discounts, is open now until May 10, 2019. Registration for the I Love DAC free three-day show and keynote pass sponsored by Avatar Integrated Systems, ClioSoft, and Truechip is open through May 17.

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