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EECS Students Matthew Guthaus and Jarrod Roy Win 2005 CADathlon

Jarrod Roy and Matthew Guthaus were awarded a trophy and $2,000 when they took first place in the 2005 ACM SIGDA programming contest, CADathlon, held at ICCAD in San Jose,CA, November 6, 2005. Their team name was named Underdogs, perhaps a bit deceptive since Matthew Guthaus was a member of the winning team in the 2003 CADathlon, and Jarrod Roy was a member of the winning team in the 2004 CADathlon (sharing the win with MIT).

Guthaus is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering. His dissertation research is on design automation of robust clock networks using parametric statistical STA. Other research interests include physical design automation, low-power architecture for embedded systems, and algorithm specific microprocessors.

Roy is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science. His areas of research interest include VLSI physical design as well as SAT and QBF solving.

The CADathlon is a day-long programming contest that tests knowledge in the field of Computer Aided Design and Electronic Design Automation. Contestants are tested on their CAD knowledge, problem solving, programming, and teamwork skills. This year, there were 11 two-man teams from universities in the US, Taiwan and Brazil.

For additional information on the CADathlon, please see the web page.