March 19 - 22, 2017
Portland-Lake Oswego, Oregon, USA

ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) Special Section: Advances in Physical Design Automation


Physical design automation has been a key enabling technology for high-quality and cost-effective integrated circuit design. However, recent advances in integrated circuit manufacturing processes and applications have brought lots of new challenges to physical design. First, physical design tools need to handle the complicated design constraints and objectives of diverse emerging process technologies like multiple patterning lithography, electron-beam lithography (EBL), directed self assembly (DSA), 3D integration, FinFET/multigate devices, photonic devices, and spintronic devices. Second, physical design is also a critical design stage to satisfy the increasingly stringent requirements in power, timing, reliability, etc. Third, given the ever-increasing design scale and complexity, it is important for physical design tools to take advantage of computing platforms employing multi-core, GPU and FPGA based hardware acceleration. These new challenges necessitate the research and development of new physical design techniques and methodology.

We welcome original contributions that address the above and other related issues. More specifically, research papers with emphasis on the following topics are of particular interest:

  • Physical design techniques targeting challenges in advanced process technologies like multiple patterning lithography, EBL, DSA, 3D integration, FinFET/multigate devices, photonic devices, and spintronic devices.
  • Physical design methodology improving power consumption, performance, variability tolerance, reliability and adaptability.
  • Physical design algorithms with better runtime and scalability by leveraging modern computing platforms.
  • Techniques addressing physical design problems by novel approaches like machine learning and neural network.

Important Dates

The tentative schedule for the special section is as follows:
Initial submission deadlineMay 15, 2017
First decisionJune 19, 2017
First revision deadlineJuly 16, 2017
Second decisionAugust 14, 2017
Second revision deadlineSeptember 11, 2017
Final decisionOctober 2, 2017
Camera-ready manuscript submission deadlineOctober 30, 2017

The general guidelines for TODAES submissions are given at:

In addition, in Step 5 of the submission process, please choose "Yes" for the question "Is this manuscript a candidate for a special issue?". Then, enter "ISPD Special Section" in the "Write Cover Letter" field on the same page.

Please address any correspondence regarding this special issue to the guest editors:

Mustafa Ozdal
Bilkent University

Chris Chu
Iowa State University