ECE professors, alumni win ICCAD influential paper award
Two professors and two alumni of the Purdue University Elmore Family School of Electrical and Computer Engineering have been selected to receive the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award. ICCAD is a yearly conference devoted to technical innovations in design automation. Former ECE graduate students Rangharajan Venkatesan (PhD ECE ’14) and Amit Agrawal (PhD ECE ’05), together with Anand Raghunathan, Silicon Valley Professor of ECE, and Kaushik Roy, Edward G. Tiedemann Jr. Distinguished Professor of ECE, are receiving the honor. The award is given to the paper considered to be the most influential in research and industrial practice in computer-aided design over the ten years since its original appearance at ICCAD.
The 2021 award recognizes the paper titled "MACACO: modeling and analysis of circuits for approximate computing" published in ICCAD 2011. This paper contributed to the then-nascent field of approximate computing by establishing a methodology to rigorously analyze and quantify the behavior of an approximate circuit, enabling the principled design of approximate hardware systems.