Call for Papers

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Special Session

Modeling, design and control of power converters with non linear passive power components

Switching-Mode Power Supplies (SMPSs) are intrinsically switching nonlinear systems, which efficiently convert and transfer electrical power from a source to a load. Nowadays, a large research activity is devoted to increasing converters’ power density and efficiency while reducing their weight, volume and cost, especially in view of on-chip integration. Enhanced power electronics is required to handle properly the modern growing demand for electrical power. Especially in critical applications (e.g., related to the military and aerospace area) and in microelectronic devices needing on-chip integration, further advances are necessary for SMPSs to achieve high reliability, stability and efficiency, as well as lower weight and volume. This session hosts innovative contributions on SMPS modelling, simulation and control, aimed at fulfilling design specifications while ensuring converter safe operation and fault-tolerance, thanks to an innovative exploitation of passive power components nonlinearity, such as power inductors saturation. More information can be found at this link.

Special Session

New Solutions for Analog and Radio-Frequency Layout Synthesis

Unlike digital circuits, where the low-level phases of the design process are automated using established methodologies, the layout of analog and radio-frequency circuits is mostly drawn manually using computer-aided design frameworks. Although its automation has been intensively studied in the last three decades, still, there is no established automation flow in the industrial environment, resulting in a time-consuming and difficult-to-reuse design methodology. The aim of this Special Session is to bring together new research contributions dealing with analog and radio-frequency layout synthesis, spanning from the device methodologies up to the system level. More info on this Special Session are available at this link.

Special Session

Latest advances in variability impact on devices and circuits functionality

The extreme variability exhibited by the electric features of devices manufactured at nanometer scale has become a major challenge for the evolution of nanoelectronics. The source of this variability is the matter and charge discretization, which dramatically affects performance and reliability of electronic systems. Variability due to fabrication process or due to aging of devices during circuit operation provokes a strong reduce of the system reliability. Thus, variability has moved from being a problem affecting basically the manufacturing process to become a global concern that demands a new paradigm, a different design process that accounts for variability at all abstraction levels of both, design and implementation. Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Characterization of device reliability.
  • Modelling and simulation of variations at device and circuit levels.
  • Techniques and tools for variability and reliability simulation
  • Variability and reliability-aware design methodologies.
  • Sensors and circuits for Process-Voltage-Temperature-Aging (PVTA) variation monitoring.
  • Compensation techniques at device, circuit and system levels.
More info on this Special Session are available at this link.


The conference proceedings will be submitted to IEEExplore.

Important Dates

31st March 2018
Final Paper Submission Deadline
18th March 2018
Paper Submission Deadline
2nd March 2018
Paper Submission Deadline
5th May 2018
Author Notification
15th April 2018
Author Notification
20th May 2018
Camera Ready Submission
30th April 2018
Camera Ready Submission
20th May 2018
Early Registration
30th April 2018
Early Registration

Areas of Interest


  • Compact modeling
  • Performance and behavioral modeling
  • Power and thermal modeling
  • Reliability and variability modeling
  • Multi-domain modeling
  • RF/microwave/mm-wave modeling
  • Modeling languages and applications
  • Linear and non-linear model order reduction
  • Circuit and system theory and applications
  • Fault modeling

Simulation, verification and test

  • Behavioral simulation
  • Numerical simulation methods
  • Symbolic simulation methods
  • Simulation and estimation methods of variability and yield
  • Analysis of reliability effects (aging, electro-migration, stress, etc.)
  • High-frequency simulation techniques
  • Multilevel simulation techniques
  • Multi-domain simulation
  • Formal and functional verification
  • Fault simulation and diagnosis


  • Multilevel design methodologies
  • Synthesis methods of multi-domain circuits and systems
  • Physical synthesis
  • High-frequency circuit and system design
  • Low-power design techniques
  • Parasitic-aware synthesis
  • Variability-aware and reliability-aware design methodologies
  • Performance monitors and self-healing techniques
  • Test and design-for-test methods
  • Fault tolerance
  • Language-based synthesis techniques
  • Optimization methods applied to circuit and system design

Applications of modeling, simulation and synthesis in

  • Automotive
  • Bio-electronics
  • Security
  • Internet-of-Things
  • Communications
  • Renewable systems
  • Energy Management
  • Engineering Education

Technical Sponsors

SMACD 2018 is Technically Co-sponsored by IEEE, IEEE CEDA and IEEE CAS.