March 27-30, 2022
Banff, Alberta, Canada,
and virtual participation across the world

ISPD Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of physical design automation over multiple decades. The purpose is to recognize their lifetime of achievements and contributions in terms of research work, education, and professional service.

The 2021 International Symposium on Physical Design paid tribute to Dr. Louis K. Scheffer's contributions to physical design.

Dr. Louis K. Scheffer started his EE career studying IC design under Carver Mead. when there were only a few circuit tools, and no publicly available physical design tools. As ICs got bigger, he participated in the design, improvement and commercialization of many of the physical design tools of today, first at Valid Logic then Cadence, including DRC, placement, routing, floorplanning, timing analysis, crosstalk control, and others. His contributions were technical (papers, patents, and products), social (chair of ISPD, TAU, and ICCAD) and academic (taught CAD at Stanford and Berkeley). He then got involved with SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) by suggesting better electronics they could use, and finally biology at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, using EE techniques to try to understand the function and structure of the brain.

Award Recipients

2021Dr. Louis K. Scheffer (postponed from ISPD 2020)
2019Prof. Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli
2018Prof. Te C. Hu
2017Prof. Satoshi Goto
2016Prof. Ralph Otten
2015Prof. Kurt Antreich
2014Dr. Bryan Preas
2013Prof. Yoji Kajitani
2012Prof. C.-L. Liu
2011Prof. Ernest Kuh

ISPD Best Paper Award

Since 2002, ISPD has recognized excellence by giving a best paper award.

Award Recipients

2021 Siddhartha Nath and Vishal Khandelwal, "Machine Learning-Enabled High-Frequency Low-Power Digital Design Implementation at Advanced Process Nodes”
2020 W. Ye, M. Alawieh, Y. Watanabe, S. Nojima, Y. Lin, D. Pan, "TEMPO: Fast Mask Topography Effect Modeling with Deep Learning"
2019 N. Ryzhenko, S. Burns, A. Sorokin, M. Talalay, "Pin Access-Driven Design Rule Clean and DFM Optimized Routing of Standard Cells under Boolean Constraints"
2018 C. Alpert, W. Chow, K. Han, A. Kahng, Z. Li, D. Liu, S. Venkatesh, "Prim-Dijkstra Revisited: Achieving Superior Timing-driven Routing Trees"
2017 H. Zhang, F. Zhu, H. Li, E. Young, B. Yu, "Bilinear Lithography Hotspot Detection"
2016 W. Chang, L. Chen, C. Lin, S. Mu, M. Chao, C. Tsai, Y. Chiu, "Generating Routing-Driven Power Distribution Networks with Machine-Learning Technique"
2015 H. Chien, S. Han, Y. Chen, T. Wang, "A Cell-Based Row-Structure Layout Decomposer for Triple Patterning Lithography"
2014 S. Roy, P. Mattheakis, L. Masse-Navette, D. Pan, "Clock Tree Resynthesis for Multi-corner Multi-mode Timing Closure"
2013 H. Xiang, M. Cho, H. Ren, M. Ziegler, R. Puri, "Network flow based datapath bit slicing"
2012 J. Yan, C. Chu, "Optimal Slack-Driven Block Shaping Algorithm in Fixed-Outline Floorplanning"
2011 K. Yuan, D. Pan, "E-Beam Lithography Stencil Planning and Optimization with Overlapped Characters"
2010 L. Luo, T. Yan, Q. Ma, M. Wong, T. Shibuya, "B-Escape: A Simultaneous Escape Routing Algorithm Based on Boundary Routing"
2009 Q. Liu, S. Sapatnekar, "Synthesizing a Representative Critical Path for Post-Silicon Delay Prediction"
2008 S. Plaza, I. Markov, V. Bertacco, "Optimizing Non-Monotonic Interconnect Using Functional Simulation and Logic Restructuring"
2007 V. Khandelwal, A. Srivastava, "Variability-Driven Formulation for Simultaneous Gate Sizing and Post-Silicon Tunability Allocation"
2006 J. Xiong, V. Zolotove, L. He, "Robust Extraction of Spatial Correlation"
2005 T. Chan, J. Cong, K. Sze, "Multilevel Generalized Force-Directed Method for Circuit Placement"
2004 N. Viswanathan, C. Chu, "FastPlace: Efficient Analytical Placement using Cell Shifting, Iterative Local Refinement and a Hybrid Net Model"
2003 T. Wang, Y. Lee, C. Chen, "3D Thermal-ADI: An Efficient Chip-Level Transient Thermal Simulator"
2002 A. Rohe, U. Brenner, "An Effective Congestion Driven Placement Framework"