Dear Colleague,

We proudly present the Advance Programme of DATE 2020. DATE combines the world's favourite electronic systems design and test conference with an international exhibition for electronic design, automation and test, from system-level hardware and software implementation right down to integrated circuit design.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency the DATE conference did not take place from 9 to 13 March 2020 at the Alpexpo Congress Centre in Grenoble, France, but it is being hosted virtually, keeping the same initially prepared programme and schedule. As a virtual participant, you will be able to watch the presentations of the different contributions, contact the authors for a fruitful discussion and access the conference proceedings.

Out of a total of 748 paper submissions received, a large share (39%) is coming from authors in Europe, 27% of submissions are from the Americas, 33% from Asia, and 1% from the rest of the world. Submissions involved more than 2400 authors from 45 different countries, a distribution that clearly demonstrates DATE's international character, global reach and impact.

For the 23rd year in a row, DATE has prepared an exciting technical programme. With the help of the 328 members of the Technical Programme Committee, who carried out 3014 reviews (mostly four reviews per submission), 194 papers (26%) were finally selected for regular presentation and 82 additional ones (cumulatively 37%, including all papers) for interactive presentation.

During the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, plenary keynote lectures will be given by Philippe Magarshack, Corporate Vice President at STMicroelectronics, and Luca Benini, Chair of Digital Circuits and Systems at ETH Zurich and Professor at University of Bologna. On the same day, the Executive Track offers hot-topic presentations given by executive speakers from companies leading the design and automation industry. Furthermore, a talk by Catherine Schuman from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will give an overview of the history of neuromorphic computing and will present the current state of research in the field.

The main conference programme from Tuesday to Thursday includes 55 technical sessions organised in parallel tracks from the four areas

DDesign Methods & Tools
AApplication Design
TTest and Dependability
EEmbedded and Cyber-physical Systems

and from several special sessions on Hot Topics, such as Memories for Emerging Applications, Architectures for Emerging Technologies (Quantum Computing, Edge Computing, Neural Algorithms, In-Memory Computing, Bio-Inspired Adaptive Hardware), Hardware Security, 3D Integration and Logic Reasoning for Functional Engineering Change Order, as well as results and lessons learned from European Projects. Additionally, there are numerous Interactive Presentations which are organised into five IP sessions.

Two Special Days in the programme will focus on areas bringing new challenges to the system design community: Embedded Artificial Intelligence and Silicon Photonics. Each of the Special Days will have a full programme of keynotes, panels, tutorials and technical presentations.

The Special Day on Embedded AI will cover new trends in cognitive algorithms, hardware architectures, software designs, emerging device technologies as well as the application space for deploying AI into edge devices. The topics will include technical areas to enable the realization of embedded artificial intelligence on specialized chips, such as bio-inspired chips, with and without self-learning capabilities, special low-power accelerator chips for aiding in vector/matrix-based computations, convolution and deep-net chips for possible machine learning, cognitive, and perception applications in health, automotive, robotics, or smart cities applications. A particular highlight of the day will be the luncheon keynote given by Jim Tung, who will present MathWorks' vision on how to leverage Embedded Intelligence in Industry.

The Special Day on Silicon Photonics will focus on data communication via photonics for both data centre/high-performance computing and optical networks on chip applications. Industrial and academic experts will highlight recent advances on devices and integrated circuits. The sessions will also feature talks on design automation and link-level simulations. Other applications of silicon photonics such as sensing and optical compute will also be discussed. As a highlight of the special day, Joachim Schultze from DZNE will talk about bottlenecks and challenges for HPC in medicinal and genomics research during his luncheon keynote.

The conference also includes a PhD Forum, where 32 selected students, who have completed their PhD thesis or are about to, can showcase their work to the academia and the industrial community.

A timely Special Initiative on "Autonomous Systems Design - Automated Vehicles and Beyond" is held on Thursday and Friday, consisting of reviewed and invited papers as well as working sessions.

To inform attendees on commercial and design-related topics, there will be a full programme in the Exhibition Theatre, which will combine presentations by exhibiting companies, best-practice reports by industry leaders on their latest design projects and selected conference special sessions. A special industrial keynote will be given by Philippe Quinio, STMicroelectronics.

On Friday, six full-day workshops cover several hot topics in the areas of Autonomous Systems Design, Optical/Photonic Interconnects, Computation-In-Memory, Open-Source Design Automation, Stochastic Computing for Neuromorphic Architectures, Hardware Security.

We know this will be a memorable event in the DATE series, because of the circumstances and the format: everybody put an enormous effort to mitigate the effects of this emergency considering the great work of this last year. We hope you are healthy, and we are sure we will all be missing the traditional networking and social flavor of the conference (as well as the Wednesday DATE Party), however health and safety was our priority.

We wish you an exciting virtual DATE 2020.

DATE 2020 General Chair
Giorgio Di Natale
TIMA Laboratory (CNRS, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble INP), FR

DATE 2020 Programme Chair
Cristiana Bolchini
Politecnico di Milano, IT