EDAthon 2018

8 July 2018 (Sunday) Co-located with ISVLSI 2018

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Sponsored by IEEE CEDA, Organized by IEEE CEDA Hong Kong Chapter

Co-organized by

Dept. of COMP of PolyU, Dept. of CSE of CUHK, Dept. of EEE of HKU,

Dept. of CS of CityU, Dept. of ECE of HKUST

EDAthon is a whole-day programming contest (9:00am-3:00pm programming + 3:30pm-4:30pm seminar) that features interesting and challenging topics in Electronic Design Automation (EDA). It is also a unique opportunity to bring together talents for EDA which enables the rapid advancement in computer technology. The contest will involve solving interesting problems in the broad context of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) of integrated circuits and systems. It will emphasize on team work, problem solving skills and programming techniques for EDA applications. It is a goal of EDAthon and CEDA HK to promote EDA in Hong Kong and her neighboring regions, and to nurture the best of the next-generation students and professionals for the EDA community.

The contest is open to two-person teams of graduate students or senior undergraduate students currently full-time enrolled in a university, specializing in EDA or related areas. Teams will be selected based on their academic backgrounds and their relevant EDA programming experiences. A fixed sum of travelling grants will be offered to a certain number of teams subject to fund availability and discretion of the organizing committee. In the contest, there will be five problems selected from the following areas:

      • System Design and Analysis
      • Logic and High-level Design
      • Physical Design
      • Circuit Analysis
      • Emerging Technologies, e.g., DFM, Security, Biochip, Machine Learning in EDA etc.

During the contest, students will be given the problem statements and some sample test data. The answers will be judged based on their correctness under the given constraints using hidden benchmarks. The teams winning the contest will be rewarded with trophies and cash prizes.


  • 11 Apr 2018 - Call for participation released, open for enrollment emails
  • TBD - High-level Description of Problems

Relevant Research Papers

  • TBD

Past EDAthon

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