Seminar on Topics in Electronic Design Automation

Module Number: EI78014

Duration: 1 Semester

Occurence: Winter Semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Ulf Schlichtmann

Amount of work

Contact hours: 45

Self-study hours: 105

Total: 150

Description of achievement and assessment methods

The examination consists of a written part in form of a paper and a poster (50%) and of a 20-minutes presentation followed by 5 minutes discussion (50%).


Specific seminar topics in the area of electronic design automation will be offered. Examples are analog design methodology, digital design methodology, layout synthesis, and system-level design methodology. The participants independently work on a scientific topic, write a paper of 2-4 pages and a poster, and present their topic in a talk. In the subsequent discussion the topic will be treated in-depth.

Study Goals

At the end of the seminar, the students is able to present a new idea or an existing approach in the area of computer-aided circuit and system design in an understandable and convincing manner. For this purpose, the following competencies will be acquired:

* The student is able to independently become familiarized with a scientific topic in the field of electronic design automation.

* The student is able to present a topic in a structured way according to problem formulation, state of the art, goals, methods, results.

* The student can present a topic according to the structure given above orally, on a poster, with a set of slides, and with a written report.

Teaching and learning methods

Learning method: Students elaborate a given scientific topic by themselves in coordination with the respective research assistant.

Teaching method: Introductory lessons will be given by the course coordinator, further details are discussed between research assistant and student on an individual basis. Presentation skills will be educated by a professional teacher

Media formats

All current techniques for preparing and presenting papers and talks will be applied, e.g. - blackboard, whiteboard - electronic slides, beamer - electronic word processing - electronic slide processing


A set of topics and related literature is given at the start of the course. Each participant selects his/her topic.