Applications Driving Architectures Center

Reimagining How Computers Are Designed


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

Cesar Avalos Baddou

Purdue University

PhD Student

- Meet the Sponsors: DARPA MTO Programs and Concepts in IC design, automation, and security – led by Serge Leef
Serge Leef, ADA Sponsor (DARPA)
- Meet the Sponsors: IBM
Sarita Adve (Moderator), Pradip Bose (Presenter), ADA Sponsor (IBM)

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ADA Center News

U-M Africa Week

ADA members and sponsors are invited to attend U-M Africa Week (, bringing together thought leaders for discussions on Africa's future over the coming decades. Director Valeria Bertacco and Researcher in Residence Fitsum Andargie will be among the presenters.

U-M Africa Week
Princeton ADA Researchers win DATE 2021 Best Paper Award

Princeton ADA researchers Yue Xing, Huaxi, Lu, Sharad Malik, and collaborator Aarti Gupta have won the Best Paper Award, Design and Tools Track, at the DATE 2021 conference today. This research generalizes the ILA model to beyond processors and accelerators.  

ADA PI Todd Austin Receives a MICRO 2020 Test of Time Award

The MICRO Test of Time (ToT) award recognizes the most influential papers published in prior sessions of the International Symposium on Microarchitecture, each of whom has had a significant impact in the field.

Every year, papers are… Read more

ADA PI David Brooks Recognized as 2020 ACM Fellow

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named 95 members ACM Fellows for wide-ranging and fundamental contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cloud computing, computer graphics, computational biology, data science, human-computer interaction, software… 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.


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Lockheed Martin
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