ADA Center Annual Symposium 2020

May 18th-21st

Symposium will be hosted virtually.

About ADA



Reimagining How Computers Are Designed

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.



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

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

Omer Anjum

Omer Anjum University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Postdoc Researcher

- Benchmarking Privacy-Enhanced Computation
Fitsum Andargie, Postdoc Researcher (University of Michigan)
- Rapid Accelerator Bootstrapping with BaseJump Socket
Zihou (Paul) Gao, PhD Student (University of Washington)
Radha Venkatagiri

Radha Venkatagiri University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ADA e-Workshop: Democratizing Error-Efficient Computing

Eastern and Eastern

Task 2.3/2775.009 - Programmer-Friendly Distributed Data Access Protocols

A talk that will address the limitations of Error-Efficient Computing through foundational contributions that enable error-efficiency as a first-class design principle across the computing stack

ADA Center News

ADA Launches New Projects

The ADA center launches 9 new collaborative projects to bridge the gap between current research projects. Learn More

Design Flow Img


ADA Hosts Third Student Hackathon!

University of Washington PI Zachary Tatlock and his team led the effort this year, in collaboration with CRISP PI Luis Ceze and his students. The hackathon was centered on Domain Specific Languages and compilers. The hackathon framework of choice for this space was the TVM platform based… Read more


MilSpec, ADA's Defense- Inspired Benchmark Suite, has new releases. Check them out here:

ADA Develops New Tool for gem5 Simulations

ADA researchers at the University of Michigan have developed Lapidary, a new tool enabling more efficient gem5 simulations. Lapidary creates gem5 checkpoints on bare-metal to avoid the weeks of simulation usually required to create viable checkpoints. It takes core dumps of the program… Read more

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

We Thank Our Sponsors For Their Support

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