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A Brief Report

VDAT Symposium: Bangalore, August 10 - 13, 2005



Dear Colleague,

VDAT 2005 was held in Bangalore at Wipro Learning Center during Aug 10-13, 2005. From 2005, VDAT has acquired the status of a Symposium. The Symposium featured 2 full-day tutorials on August 10, one full day dedicated to VLSI Education in India, and 2 days of Symposium featuring keynote talks, technical paper presentations, invited talks, embedded tutorials, and a panel discussion. The complete technical program is available from the website -

The symposium was inaugurated by Prof. Balaveera Reddy (the Vice Chanellor of VTU), Dr Bobby Mitra (President, VSI), Dr. Surendra Pal (Chairman, IEEE Bangalore Chapter), A. Vasudevan (Wipro Technologies) and Prof. Vishwani Agrawal (Auburn University). Prof. Reddy spoke about industry-academia interaction and announced the MoU between VTU, ISA, and VSI. Dr Surendra Pal spoke about the importance of events such as VDAT conducted by professional bodies such as IEEE and VSI. A. Vasudevan expressed his happiness about hosting VDAT at Wipro Technologies and welcomed everyone to the campus. Prof. Vishwani Agrawal released the periodical of the VSI (VSI VISION). Dr Bobby Mitra gave a keynote talk entitled "High Tech Education in India," and spoke about the growing needs of the Indian semiconductor industry and how to bridge the gap.

As a part of the VLSI Education Day, following discussions were held:

  • Taking student projects to silicon - the panelists were Dr Debashis Dutta of Ministry of Information and Communication Technology who announced the beginning of SMDP-II program, Dr. D.N. Singh of SCL, Chandigarah, who announced the details of the "India Chip" Program, Dr. Dinesh Sharma of IIT Bombay who emphasized the need for "silicon exposure" in M.Tech curricula, and Dr. Satya Gupta who said ISA will announce a program that will help Indian Universitites to take student projects to silicon.

  • Student Projects in Front-End Design - the panelists were Taher Abbasi, S. Karthik, V. Kamakoti, and M. Balakrishnan.

  • Student Projects in Physical Design - the panelists were Anand Anandkumar, Navakanta Bhat, G.S. Visweswaran, Uma Mahesh, and Shabbit Batterywala.

  • Student Projects in Test and Verification - panelists included Jayanata Lahiri, Prof Vishwani Agrawal, Dr R. Parekhji, Dr Subir Roy, and Dr S. Venkat

  • The Role of Industry in VLSI Education - panelists included C.P. Ravikumar, Dr P.P. Das, Dr H.V. Ananda, and Prof. K. Jayaram.

All the discussions in the VLSI Education Day were well attended and generated lively debate with strong participation from the audience.


The keynote speakers at the symposium were - Dr Tom Williams (Synopsys), Dr. Kaushik Roy (Purdue University), Dr. Sumeet Agarawal (Intel), and Mr. Ramesh Emani (Wipro Technologies). The invited speakers included Dr Nilanjan Mukherjee (Mentor Graphics), Dr. Susmita Sur-Kolay (ISI Calcutta), and Dr. Ashok Balivada (Analog Devices).


The symposium featured about 45 technical paper presentations that represented various diverse areas and came from both academia and industry. A brainstorming session on future events of the VSI was held as part of the symposium. A panel discussion on "What is the need of the hour for Indian VLSI Industry - Execution or Innovation?" was held. The panelists who supported "Execution" included Dr Mahesh Mehendale of Texas Instruments and Mr A. Vasudevan of Wipro. Mr Rajendra Khare (Broadcom) and Mr. Rajat Gupta (Beecem Communications) spoke in favor of "Innovation." The debate generated a lot of enthusiasm and elicited several questions from the audience.


Some of the presentation foils are made available online here:

The symposium was sponosred by VSI and was held in cooperation with IEEE TTTC, IEEE CAS Society, Bangalore Chapter, and IEEE EDS/SSCS society, Bangalore Chapter.  The corporate sponsors for VDAT were Wipro Technologies, Texas Instruments, and Intel.

About 300 participants took part in the Symposium. About 100 fellowships were granted to students and faculty to enable them to attend VDAT 2005. The feedback from the participants was enthusiastic.

VSI takes this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the success of VDAT 2005. Please send suggestions on improving VDAT to vsisecy@vlsi-india.org. The announcement of VDAT 2006 will be made by November 2005.



C.P. Ravikumar

General Chair, VDAT 2005