DATE 2017 opens doors on March 27 at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland

March 15, 2017 -- 2017 is a special year for the world’s favourite electronic systems design and test conference, as we celebrate its 20th edition and it will be held for the first time in Switzerland, at the SwissTech Convention Center on the EPFL campus in Lausanne, from March 27 to 31, 2017.

On Tuesday, the conference will be opened by the plenary keynote speakers Dr. Arvind Krishna from IBM who will talk about “Design Automation in the Era of AI and IoT: Challenges and Pitfalls” and Dr. Doug Burger from Microsoft to talk about “A New Era of Hardware Microservices in the Cloud”. In addition, a keynote lecture from Prof. Giovanni De Micheli (Professor at EPFL and Director of will be given on Tuesday on "Distributed Systems for Health and Environmental Monitoring" within the initiative. On the same day, the Executive Track, including one Executive Panel Session and three Innovative Technologies & Applications (IT&A) Sessions, offers a series of business panels discussing hot topics. Executive speakers from companies leading the design and automation industry will address some of the complexity issues in electronics design and discuss about the advanced technology challenges and opportunities. A special session is dedicated to Ralph Otten, pioneer of physical design, who prematurely died in an accident.

Two Special Days in the programme will focus on areas bringing new challenges to the system design community: Designing Electronics for the Internet of Things Era and Designing Wearable and Smart Medical Devices, each having a full programme of keynotes, panels, tutorials and technical presentations.

During the Special Day on “Electronics for the Internet of Things Era” on Wednesday, there will be first perspective talks from academia (Prof. Lothar Thiele, ETH Zurich) and industry (Prof. Alessandro Curioni, IBM VP, Director IBM Zurich Labs) haring their views and experience from backgrounds of large distributed sensor networks and cognitive computing. Then there will be hot topic sessions and interactive poster presentations that will cover the entire spectrum of research challenges and current industrial practices in IoT devices and computing, storage and communication infrastructure, from smallest form factor sensors to Cloud backbone system. In addition, Keith Willett from Merck Serono will give the luncheon keynote of the day with a presentation titled “Internet of Everything is our Opportunity”.

On Thursday, the special day on “Designing Wearable and Smart Medical Devices” will start with sessions in the morning about new tools and devices for chronic and acute care, as well as for diagnosis and prevention. These sessions will include industrial and academic talks about the recent advances in devices, electronic systems and computing methodologies in the field of medical applications. Then, a keynote from Dr. Sani Nassif from Radyalis LLC will be given about “The Engineering to Medicine Metamorphosis”. Finally, the afternoon part is dedicated to a technical session and an industrial panel to present and discuss the challenges about hardware and software design of next-generation medical devices.

The full conference programme including 9 in-depth tutorials on March 27, the regular conference from March 28 to 30, and 8 full-day parallel Friday Workshops on March 31, 2017, is available online:    

Exhibition and Exhibition Theatre      

This edition includes an international exhibition for electronic design, automation and test, running for three days (Tuesday – Thursday), with special emphasis on the areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, and Wearables and Smart Medical Devices, covering from system-level hardware and software implementation right down to integrated circuit design.

The full list of participating exhibitors and sponsors including their company profiles can be found online:  

In addition, there will be a presentation theatre as part of the exhibition (Tuesday – Thursday). The eleven Exhibition Theatre sessions will highlight visionary talks from industrial leaders and best practice presentations, with contributions from EPFL, Intel, MathWorks, Mentor Graphics, Microsoft, STMicroelectronics and many more. Hot Topics will include smart medical devices, high performance computing, security for IoT, self-powered devices, smart sensors and biochips. Even a free HW platform for building own IoT devices will be provided.

The DATE 2017 Exhibition Theatre will further feature a CV fair where students will meet with companies in an informal setting and discuss opportunities for their professional career. As DATE attendees as well as the companies and institutes located in Lausanne are well known for being highly innovative, visions on technology start-ups will be discussed by academia and industry in a panel discussion in order to support technology entrepreneurship.

Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge. All exhibition theatre sessions (in room 2A) can be visited with a free-of-charge exhibition visitor registration; a conference registration is not required.

Detailed information on the Exhibition Theatre sessions is available online:  

University Booth

Another hot-spot in the exhibition is the University Booth where the leading universities and research institutes will present their latest research results with hardware and software demonstrators. With various sessions and presentations running in parallel, the University Booth is a unique place showcasing a large number of innovations covering EDA, design and test which will shape and revolutionize the way we design products in the future.

Detailed information on the University Booth programme is available at:

DATE 2017 will take place at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland

The SwissTech Convention Center is favourably located in the centre of the EPFL campus. With numerous institutions, laboratories and startups, over 24,000 students and more than 100 nationalities represented, the campus states a major global centre of science, culture and economy. SwissTech is located in walking distance to hotels and shopping facilities, and conveniently connected to public transport and downtown Lausanne. It is characterized by its spectacular architecture, innovative design and flexible modular structure – capable of adapting to any size of group and event. As the main meeting venue for visitors and business partners from all over the world, the convention centre offers a stimulating environment and a perfect venue for hosting the DATE conference, at the very heart of innovation in Europe.

Situated in the heart of the Lausanne-Morges region, the capital of the canton of Vaud is at the heart of the development of the canton of Vaud, with business, urban planning, public transport and mobility all sectors undergoing transformation. The fourth-largest city in Switzerland, Lausanne is set apart by its vocation as an Olympic city, a sustainable city and a place of training and culture. The city is not only a very popular tourist destination, but also home to many international companies, particularly the headquarters of multinationals. Quality of life and economic attractiveness combine to multiple effect! Attending DATE 2017 in Lausanne will be a memorable and unique experience for all delegates.

DATE Party – Networking Event

The highlight of the DATE week will again be the DATE Party, which offers the perfect occasion to meet friends and colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying local amenities. Thus, it states one of the main networking opportunities during the DATE week. The party is scheduled on March 29, 2017, from 1900 to 2300, and will take place in Lausanne’s most outstanding museum location: The Olympic Museum. It is beautifully located in the heart of the city, with magnificent views over the Lake Geneva and the Swiss-French Alps. Since its renovation at the end of 2013, it now hosts more than 3,000 sqm of exhibition space and a new scenography which perfectly reflects the idea and spirit behind and how rich and diverse Olympism is. Some of the themes highlighted include sports, history, culture, design, sociology, and technology.

All conference delegates, exhibitors and their guests are invited to attend the event (entrance is only possible with a valid party ticket though).

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