IEEE Int. Symposium on Defect and Fault Tolerance
 in VLSI and Nanotechnology Systems
 IEEE Int. Symposium on Defect and Fault Tolerance
 in VLSI and Nanotechnology Systems

Call for papers

DFT is an annual Symposium providing an open forum for presentations in the field of defect and fault tolerance in VLSI and nanotechnology systems inclusive of emerging technologies. One of the unique features of this symposium is to combine new academic research with state-of-the-art industrial data, necessary ingredients for significant advances in this field. All aspects of design, manufacturing, test, reliability, and availability that are affected by defects during manufacturing and by faults during system operation are of interest.


  1. Yield Analysis and Modeling
    Defect/fault analysis and models; statistical yield modeling; diagnosis; critical area and other metrics.
  2. Testing Techniques
    Built-in self-test; delay fault modeling and diagnosis; testing for analog and mixed circuits; online testing; signal and clock integrity.
  3. Design For Testability in IC Design
    FPGA, SoC, NoC, ASIC, low power design and microprocessors.
  4. Error Detection, Correction, and Recovery
    Self-testing and self-checking design; error-control coding; fault masking and avoidance; recovery schemes, space/time redundancy; hw/sw techniques; architectural-specific techniques; system-level design-time or runtime strategies.
  5. Dependability Analysis and Validation
    Fault injection techniques and frameworks; system's dependability and vulnerability characterization.
  6. Repair, Restructuring and Reconfiguration
    Repairable logic; reconfigurable circuit design; DFT for on-line operation; self-healing; reliable FPGA-based systems.
  7. Design for Defect and Fault Tolerance
    Reliable circuit/system synthesis; radiation hardened/tolerant processes and design; design space exploration for dependable systems; transient/soft faults and errors.
  8. Aging and Lifetime Reliability
    Aging characterization and modeling; design and run-time reliability, thermal, and variability management and recovery.
  9. Dependable Applications and Case Studies
    Methodologies and case study applications to Internet of Things, automotive, railway, avionics and space, autonomous systems, industrial control, etc.
  10. Emerging Technologies
    Techniques for 3D stacked ICs, quantum computing architectures, microfluid biochips, etc.
  11. Design for Security
    Fault attacks; fault tolerance-based countermeasures; hw security assurance, hw trojans, resistance to persistent DoS, security vs. reliability trade-offs, interaction between VLSI test, trust, and reliability.

Paper submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit original and unpublished contributions. Two types of submissions are possible: (i) regular paper (6 pages), and (ii) short paper (4 pages). Both types will be included in the symposium proceedings and should adhere to the IEEE conference template, 2-columns style (available here), and submitted as PDF file, electronically. Please refer to the symposium web page for updated information.

Submission website

Submissions are managed by means of EasyChair. Please register or use your existing login at EasyChair to access the DFT 2017 area for submission at


Each submission will be reviewed by the Program Co-Chairs to ensure compliance with the format criteria. The Program Co-Chairs will reject submissions that are not in compliance or that are out of scope of the conference. All submissions that meet the criteria and fit the scope of the conference will be reviewed by at least three members of the Technical Program Committee. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of originality, soundness, importance of contribution, quality of presentation, and appropriate comparison to related work. The Program Co-Chairs will make the final decisions about which submissions are accepted for presentation at the conference.

Paper publication and presenter registration

Papers will be accepted for long or short oral presentation at the symposium. Proceedings will be published and included in the IEEE Digital Library. It is mandatory that authors of accepted presentations attend to present their work at the conference and also that each accepted paper is accompanied by at least one full conference registration fee payment (no student registration) before the authors' registration deadline for the manuscript to be included and published in the proceedings.

Best paper and best student paper awards

All papers will be considered for the DFT 2017 Best Paper Award.

A best student paper award, sponsored by Cadence, will be assigned during the event. Rules to be considered for this award:

  • The student is the first author of the paper
  • The student is the presenter of the work

Special issue in IET Computers & Digital Techniques

A call for papers for a special issue in the IET Computers & Digital Techniques will be announced after the symposium. Authors of papers presented at DFT 2017 will be invited to submit extended versions of their work.

Important dates

  • Extended submission deadline: Apr 28, 2017 May 12, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2017 July 7, 2017
  • Camera ready and author's registration: July 21, 2017 August 4, 2017

Program committee

List of the technical program committee members.


Downloadable Call for Submissions Flyer pdf.

Call for special sessions

DFT 2017 seeks proposals for Special Sessions. The special sessions should aim at providing a complementary experience with respect to the regular sessions by focusing on hot and emerging topics of interest to the DFT community, as well as on multi-disciplinary topics, that are expected to have a significant impact on DFT activities in the future (e.g. reliability aspects in Internet-of-Things, autonomous systems or medical appliances, such as microfluid biochips). A special session could consist of a set of individual presentations or a panel, possibly with experts from the industry. Upon acceptance, special session presenters can prepare either a single paper for the entire session or one paper per presenter to be included in the formal proceedings. For this reason, papers (presenting original and unpublished contributions and that may be 4 pages or 6 pages long) for special session will go through review process. For the single-session papers, it will be possible to purchase 2 extra pages at an additional cost.

Submission Process: Submitted proposals should include:

  • a title of the special session
  • a maximum 250-word abstract outlining the session's scope, topics and relevance for DFT symposium
  • name, contact information and short biography of the organizer(s)
  • format of the session: (1) panel or set of individual presentations, and (2) single paper per session or one paper per presenter
  • list of three/four contributed presentations (including titles, presenter names, contact information of the corresponding presenter, and an abstract of each contribution). For panel proposals, list three to five panelists and their area of expertise.

Proposal submissions should be presented in a single PDF to be sent via e-mail to both Program Chairs:

  • Antonio Miele - antonio dot miele at polimi dot it
  • Saqib Khursheed - S dot Khursheed at liverpool dot ac dot uk

By means of their submission, all presenters agree to register for and participate to DFT 2017, in case their special session proposal is accepted.

Prospective authors should adhere to the following deadlines:

  • Special session proposal due: April 28, 2017
  • Special session acceptance: May 5, 2017
  • Special session paper submission: June 2, 2017
  • Paper acceptance notification: July 7, 2017
  • Camera ready and author's registration: July 21, 2017

Downloadable Call for Submissions Flyer pdf.