Call for Contributions

The 2013 Electronic System Level Synthesis Conference

May 31-June 1, 2013
Austin, Texas, USA

co-located with DAC!
50th ACM/EDAC/IEEE Design Automation Conference,
June 2-6, 2013 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX



The ever-increasing increasing need for enhanced productivity in designing highly complex electronic systems drives the evolution of design methods beyond the traditional approaches. To cover functional and especially non-functional requirements should be checked on a design model and covered during the design process. Virtual prototyping, design space exploration and system synthesis with the goal of optimized and functionally correct product implementations are needed for designing both HW and SW parts. The system design teams expect newer and more efficient methods and tools supporting better management of the design complexity and reduction of the design cycle time all together, breaking the trend to compromise on the evaluation of various design implementation options. Designing at higher levels of abstraction is a viable way to better cope with the system design complexity, to verify earlier in the design process and to increase code reuse.

The Electronic System Level Synthesis Conference - ESLsyn is a forum to discuss automated system design methods that enable efficient modeling of systems to provide the capability to synthesize HW platforms and embedded software with particular aspects related to synthesis. The main aim of the conference is to bring research institutions and industrial partners in the domain of ESL synthesis closer together by informing practitioners of the latest theoretical results, and challenging theoreticians with complex industrial problems. ESLsyn wants to provide a discussion platform for experience exchange between providers of synthesis technology and industry users, but also will be a forum to discuss scientific concepts and paradigms for the future evolution of synthesis methods. It therefore welcomes both academic and industrial participants.
Target Audience
This conference will provide an overview of existing and emerging solutions provided by both industrial partners (EDA companies) and research institutions in the domain of ESL design and synthesis. It will give an outline of synthesis methods and tools currently available in the market and discuss their applicability, performance, strengths and user experiences. Finally, the event will create a platform to foster discussion and exchange between providers of synthesis technology and industry users, as well as as serving as a forum to discuss scientific concepts and paradigms for the future evolution of synthesis methods.

ESLsyn will focus on the five key tasks related to the design and verification of complex, programmable electronic products:

  • The development of product architectures and specifications, including the incorporation and configuration of IP
  • The mapping of applications onto a product platform, including hardware/software partitioning and processor optimization
  • The creation of pre-silicon, virtual hardware platforms for software development
  • The automated synthesis of hardware and software implementations for a given architecture
  • The development of formal methods for verifying hardware and software

Within this scope, ESLsyn addresses:

  • Cyber-Physical Systems/Platforms related to ESL design flows
  • High-Level/Behavioral/Architectural Synthesis for hardware design in cooperation with ESL design flows
  • Embedded Software Synthesis that is used as part of ESL design flows
The above list is not an exhaustive list of topics addressed by ESLsyn; contributions related to ESLsyn problems in general not listed here are highly welcome. Submissions may be theoretical scientific papers, research in progress, case studies, tool use cases and best practice, as well as industry experiences.
Important Deadlines
Paper Submission Deadline: February 26 March 12 (extended)
Notification of Acceptance: April 9
Camera Ready Papers: May 1

Submission Requirements
Authors should submit full papers (up to 6 pages, double-column IEEE format) in PDF format through the web based submission system. Submitted papers should be anonymous, are required to describe original unpublished work and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The conference proceedings will be published in electronic form with an ISSN and ISBN number and made available on the ECSI website and submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore. Selected best papers from several ESLsyn conference editions will be published in a book edited by SPRINGER.

Full submission requirements, templates and submission instructions can be found at

ESLsyn 2013 is organized with the techincal co-sponsorship of CEDA.