Distinguished Lecturer Program

CEDA Distinguished Lecturer Program: Call for Nominations

The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) invites nominations for CEDA Distinguished Lecturers (DLs). The DL Program is an outreach program of CEDA that brings distinguished speakers from academia and industry to give presentations to CEDA chapters, events, and industries in a variety of venues and formats. The DLs are selected and announced in April after approval by the CEDA EC.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

• The DL nominee must be nominated by a CEDA member who does not have a conflict with the selection process. No self-nomination is allowed.

• If you are looking for a nominator we encourage you to contact the chair of your corresponding CEDA Local Chapter.

• The DL nominee must be a well-recognized expert in his/her field because of his/her research, teaching, service activities; and an inspiring speaker.


The Distinguished Lecturers will start their two-year term in April. Each Lecturer should submit up to three lecture topics in his/her field of expertise that will be posted on the CEDA Website. The Distinguished Lectures should be readily available to travel within his/her geographical area upon contact by the Chapters or appropriate organizations. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid by the Distinguished Lecturers Program, and the sharing of travel expenses with other Organizational Units (Societies, Councils, etc.) of IEEE for joint activities is encouraged.

In addition, the maximum expense limit allowed for each DLP lecture includes 1500 USD for intra-continental talks and a total of 2500 USD for inter-continental talks. Moreover, IEEE CEDA can only cover Economy Fare flights.

Please return completed nomination form to the CEDA DLP Manager, Tsung-Yi Ho (ty.ho@ieee-ceda.com).

As a part of the CEDA community, we need to spread the word about the excitement of EDA – especially to university students!

EDA has truly changed the world. Without EDA, today's extremely complex chips containing billions of transistors would not be possible. We would not have the Internet or smartphones, and cars would not have nearly the capabilities they have today. We would not dare to think of driverless cars! Our overall industrial productivity would be much lower.

EDA keeps evolving and reinventing itself. The discipline has always adapted to new challenges. In recent years, EDA has branched out from its core to also addressing biochips, security, smart grid – to name just a few.

EDA is exciting, as it is strategically located at the intersection of micro- and nano-electronics, computer science, and mathematics. Yet, many people do not appreciate the importance or the excitement and beauty of EDA. Specifically, not enough young and promising students grasp what kind of intellectual fulfillment and broad career perspectives EDA has to offer them.

CEDA Chapters (and universities or persons intending to establish a CEDA chapter) can request some of our best-known luminaries for a CEDA Distinguished Lecture at their location. CEDA will cover the travel costs of the lecturer.

Current Lectures

  • Customizable Computing at Datacenter Scale (Prof. Cong)
  • High-Level Synthesis and Beyond (Prof. Cong)
  • Majority-based Logic Synthesis (Prof. De Micheli)
  • Technologies and Platforms for Cyberphysical Systems (Prof. De Micheli)
  • 3-Dimensional Nano-Devices: Models and Design Tools (Prof. De Micheli)


Current Distinguished Lecturers

CEDA DL's have proposed exciting topics for their lectures, as shown above. Further topics may be available upon discussion.

The program will expand. We target to announce more Distinguished Lecturers in 2018. CEDA Distinguished Lecturers serve a two-year term.

Request a Distinguished Lecture for your event by completing the DL Request Form.

CEDA DL Request Form

  • DL requests are reviewed by the CEDA DL Committee.
  • Please return your completed form to Tsung-Yi Ho, CEDA's DL Program Manager. 
  • Request early, and be flexible with your dates. Our lecturers are much sought after, and they travel frequently, so they usually appreciate the opportunity to combine a Distinguished Lecture with other travel. This works best if sufficient lead-time is given.

2018 DL Visits

Distinguished Lecturer Giovanni de Micheli Visits CEDA's Hong Kong Chapter

On the afternoon of Feb. 5, 2018, Prof. de Micheli delivered a lecture under the support of IEEE CEDA Distinguished Lecturer Program. Before the lecture, a joint lunch meeting was held by IEEE CEDA Hong Kong Chapter so that all IEEE CEDA members got a chance to know and talk with Prof. de Micheli.

There were over 40 students and professors attending the lecture. Prof. de Micheli’s wonderful talk stimulated a lot of discussions and questions, ranging from technique details to future research topics and next-10-year plan. After the lecture, Prof. de Micheli had a meeting with a group of research students from Chinese University of Hong Kong to share his research experiences.

IEEE CEDA Hong Kong would like to express our gratitude to IEEE CEDA and Prof. de Micheli for this wonderful event. We feel that the lecture and sharing meetings are extremely useful. 

Photos below were taken during Distinguished Lecturer Giovanni de Micheli's visit to CEDA's Hong Kong Chapter