Fall Symposium 2021

November 10-12


Register by Nov. 3    Agenda

Please join us in Ann Arbor, MI for the ADA Fall 2021 Symposium. The symposium will be an in-person event with the option to join remotely. Attendance in person is strongly encouraged, as the symposium will focus on seeding research expansions that align with sponsors needs, and collective brainstorming of computing challenges that our community must address in future years.

Task Liaison Meetings

Calling All Task Liaisons

ADA Center students are presenting their research at online task liaison meetings each Wednesday. Task liaisons and other interested sponsors are invited to join. Registration is not necessary, but please visit our complete liaison meeting schedule for info on how to attend each meeting.

Eastern Time

VIP-Bench: A Benchmark Suite for Evaluating Privacy-Enhanced Computation Frameworks

Meeting Type: Publication Ready

Fitsum Assamnew Andargie

University of Michigan

Postdoc Researcher

Eastern Time

DeepReDuce: ReLU Droping for Fast Private Inference

Meeting Type: Publication Ready

Nandan Kumar Jha

New York University

PhD Student

- Distributed Inference for Large Capacity Neural Recommendation Systems
Mark Wilkening, PhD Student (Harvard University)
- EVE: Ephemeral Vector Engines
Khalid Al-Hawaj, PhD Student (Cornell University)

Looking for interns or permanent hires?

Visit ADA's directory of students and postdoc researchers available for both industry and academic opportunities.

ADA Center News

$1 Million Grant From NSF Bolsters ILLIXR as Community Infrastructure for Extended Reality Research

ILLIXR is first-of-its kind open source testbed and consortium for the broad Extended Reality (XR) community, which encompasses virtual (VR), augmented (AR) and mixed reality (MR). The necessity for ILLIXR exists because of the lack of an “open-source full system benchmark and testbed to drive and evaluate innovation,” according to Sarita Adve, ADA Center PI.

ILLIXR steps into this void, but it took purposeful initiative to find the right funding opportunity for the next step. That funding came through, in the form of a $1 million community research infrastructure grant from the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) for a period  of 36 months.

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PyTorchFI Added to the Official PyTorch Ecosystem

PyTorchFI, a runtime perturbation tool for deep neural networks (DNNs) created by ADA Researchers at UIUC, has recently been added to the official PyTorch Ecosystem. This endorsement has lead to over 25,000 downloads, and it will likely lead to more researchers and developers to using … Read more

Four ADA Liaisons Recognized with 2021 Mahboob Khan Outstanding Liaison Awards

Ameen Akeel (Micron), Mike Burkland (Raytheon), Matt Horsnell (Arm), and Paul Whatmough (Arm) received 2021 Mahboob Khan Outstanding Liaison Awards from SRC. They were nominated for the award by ADA PIs. 

ILLIXR Highlighted as JUMP Research Success Story at an ISCA’21 Panel

At an ISCA’21 panel, "Is there research funding beyond machine learning and quantum?" Panelist Tim Green (Director of Innovative Research at SRC) highlighted the ILLIXR project in answer to the question “How do SRC and DARPA move the needle on a problem as complex as hardware-software co-… Read more









As the computing industry struggles to maintain its historically rapid pace of innovation, the ADA Center, based at the University of Michigan, aims to streamline and democratize the design and manufacturing of next-generation computing systems.

The Center for Applications Driving Architectures, or ADA, is developing a transformative, "plug-and-play" ecosystem to encourage a flood of fresh ideas in computing frontiers such as autonomous control, robotics and machine-learning.

Today, analysts worry that the industry is stagnating, caught between physical limits to the size of silicon transistors and the skyrocketing costs and complexity of system design.

"The electronic industry is facing many challenges going forward, and we stand a much better chance of solving these problems if we can make hardware design more accessible to a large pool of talent," said Valeria Bertacco, an Arthur F. Thurnau professor of computer science and engineering at U-M and director of the ADA Center. "We want to make it possible for anyone with motivation and a good idea to build novel high-performance computing systems."

The center is a five-year project that includes researchers from several leading universities.


We Thank Our Sponsors For Their Support

Analog Devices
EMD Performance Materials
Northrup Grumman
SK Hynix
University of Michigan
Carnegie Mellon University
Cornell University
Georgia Tech
Harvard University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Princeton University
Purdue University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Washington