DCIS started in 1981 as a national conference named « Jornadas de Diseño Lógico », celebrated in Barcelona. It was a biannual event in which a small group of enthusiastic pioneers of the microelectronics in Spain made great efforts in order to activate the scientific community willing to receive support from the public institutions. It is worth to mention that part of the benefits that we receive today in terms of technology support and human capital are due to the great dissemination and education labors carried out by DCIS.
Four events after its start (1983, Barcelona; 1985, Madrid; 1987, Barcelona; 1989, Huelva), the name of the workshop was changed to Conference on Design of Integrated Circuits (from its spanish “Congreso de Diseño de Circuitos Integrados”, adopting the acronym DCIS), remaining annually till the present days. For successive years (1991, Santander; 1992, Toledo; 1993, Malaga; 1994, Gran Canaria; 1995, Zaragoza), the number of submitted papers was continuously increased.
The next milestone occurred in 1996, when this national conference evolved into international, mainly because of the interest and participation of research groups located abroad, adopting its present name of Conference on Design of Circuits and Integrated Systems, DCIS. Since then, the international conference has been organized in different European cities.