SIGDA Live is a series of webinars, launched monthly or bi-monthly, on topics (either technical or non-technical) of general interest to the SIGDA community. The talks in general fall on the last Wednesday of a month, and last about 45 minutes plus 15 minutes Q&A. Speaker and topic nominations are welcome and should be sent to All past talks are archived through our Youtube channel at: Each year we recognize one speaker with the "Most Influential Speaker of the Year" award.

Organizers: Yiyu Shi (University of Notre Dame), Qinru Qiu (Syracuse University)

Technical support: Bei Yu (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Coming Up Next:

  • William Joyner & David Yeh (Semiconductor Research Corporation)
  • Feb. 22 (Wednesday) 4pm Eastern Standard Time
  • Talk title: Industry Funding in Design Automation: What’s Important and Where’s the Money?
  • Abstract: The semiconductor industry supports universities in various ways: direct grants and contracts, student scholarships and internships, gifts, and through organizations like the Semiconductor Research Corporation, a not-for-profit consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, suppliers, and government partners which sponsors research at over 100 universities worldwide. There are technical areas in which industry wants and/or needs university research, and the speakers will address the current landscape: What challenges in CAD and test does industry face. What advances in verification, test, physical and system design, simulation, and other areas would be most helpful? And, what are the technical trends driving industry research needs. The speakers will also try to open the door on how industry decides what to fund. How does it choose among the many proposals emerging each year? How can faculty understand and advance the state of the art in the ”real world”? How are decisions at SRC different from those at government agencies such as NSF? What will it take to get the attention of industry engineers? Does SRC fund the same researchers over and over – how can new faculty make an impact and impression? These and other questions will be discussed – it is hoped that the answers will be valuable!
  • Joyner Bio: From 1998 to 2016, William Joyner was director of computer-aided design and hardware security at the Semiconductor Research Corporation, a not-for-profit consortium of semiconductor companies that supports university research. He was a Research Staff Member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, for 35 years, where he did research and managed projects in logic synthesis, hardware and software verification and test, and physical design. At IBM he had assignments on the planning staff of the IBM Director of Research and as manager of IBM Corporate Ph.D. Recruiting.
    Joyner was General Chair of the 2005 ACM/IEEE/EDAC Design Automation Conference; co-chair of the Design Technology Working Group for the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors; and associate editor of ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, and IEEE Design & Test Magazine. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and holds a BS in engineering science from the University of Virginia and a PhD in applied mathematics from Harvard University.
  • Yeh Bio: Dr. Yeh is currently a Texas Instruments assignee at the Semiconductor Research Corporation, where he is senior director and manages three research thrusts: i) Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuits, Systems, and Devices, ii) System-level Design; and iii) Computer-aided Design and Test. In his position he funds and supports university research programs addressing high-speed, low-power, robustness, and manufacturability issues in the integrated circuit design space for digital, analog, mixed-signal, and RF products. He also funds and supports university research addressing computer-aided design algorithms and testability issues used in the design and manufacturing of integrated circuits.
    Yeh joined Texas Instruments in 1990 and has been elected as a Senior Member Technical Staff. He has held positions in the Semiconductor Process and Device Center, Design Automation Division, High Performance Analog, and Analog Technology Development groups. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BS, MS, Ph.D).
  • News release: TBD

Warm Up Q&A:

  • Q1: It is often heard that without partnership with or endorsement from industry before submission, it is almost impossible to get SRC funding. Is this true?
  • A1:The industry funds research that is important to the industry, so it is logical to address their needs in proposal submissions. Communication with the industry is not mandatory but it is extremely helpful.
  • Q2: Would SRC fund more development-flavored projects (not research intensive)?
  • A2:Since SRC-funded research is intended to be pre-competitive, it doesn’t typically fund development work, which is still done internally at its members.
  • Q3: Can you share some secrets towards successfully getting SRC funding?
  • A3: Tune in to the webinar to find out!

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