Dr. Giovanni De Micheli Honored with 2022 Phil Kaufman Award Presented by ESD Alliance and IEEE CEDA


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Dr. Giovanni De Micheli, Professor and Director of the Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEL) and of the Integrated Systems Centre at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, has been honored with the 2022 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design. The award is presented annually by the Electronic System Design Alliance (ESD Alliance), a SEMI Technology Community, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA).

Dr. De Micheli was recognized for his extensive contributions to electronic design automation (EDA). His EDA tools and methodologies research has helped drive significant advances in the academic field of design automation and made a lasting impact on the industry through their incorporation into commercial EDA solutions. Notably, he developed multiple technologies while inspiring his students, university researchers and engineers in the industry. His work has expanded the fields of high-level synthesis, logic synthesis, and Network-on-Chip (NoC) for more than 30 years.

“Professor De Micheli, or Nanni to many of us who’ve been driving our industry forward for decades, stands as a relentless advocate for our field,” said Aart de Geus, Chairman and CEO of Synopsys. “While many predicted our industry was fully matured, he remained focused and creative, be it with the encoding of finite-state machines combined with logic minimization or solving the cell-library mapping problem with Boolean matching. I am not alone when I express my appreciation to Nanni for advancing the field, but most important, for continuing to add findings that keep our profession fresh and exciting!”

“For the over three decades that I have known Professor De Micheli, he has established himself as a true force in the EDA community,” said Dr. Patrick Groeneveld, past chair of the Design Automation Conference (DAC). “His key technical contributions lie in the areas of logic synthesis, hardware software co-design, NoC design and physical synthesis.”

“Dr. De Micheli has been a stalwart innovator and supporter of EDA with numerous and lasting contributions, and certainly he well deserves this honor,” said Gi-Joon Nam, President of the IEEE Council on EDA.

“On behalf of the ESD Alliance, I congratulate Professor De Micheli on receiving the 2022 Phil Kaufman award,” said Simon Segars, ESD Alliance Chairman. “The industry would not be where it is today without his groundbreaking research, which was often years ahead of its time. His impact on the industry is well-recognized and celebrated with this distinguished award.”

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