ADSD 2006: Advanced Digital Systems Design

September 25-29, 2006       Lausanne, Switzerland sponsored by Artist 

Invited lecturers

Luca Benini

Luca Benini is Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (DEIS) of the University of Bologna. He also holds a visiting faculty position at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. He held positions at Stanford University and the Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. He received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1997. Dr. Benini’s research interests are in the design and computer-aided design of integrated circuits, architectures and system, with special emphasis on low-power applications. He has published more than 270 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences, three books and several book chapters. He has been program chair and vice-chair of Design Automation and Test in Europe Conference. He has been a member of the technical program committee and organizing committee of a number of technical conferences, including the Design Automation Conference, the International Symposium on Low Power Design, the Symposium on Hardware-Software Codesign. He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided Design of Circuits and Systems and the ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Paolo Ienne

Paolo Ienne received the Dottore in Ingegneria Elettronica degree from Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, in 1991, and the Ph.D. degree from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1996. From 1990 to 1991, he was a undergraduate researcher with Brunel University, Uxbridge, U.K. From 1992 to 1996, he was a Research Assistant at the Microcomputing Laboratory (LAMI) and at the MANTRA Center for Neuro-Mimetic Systems of the EPFL. In December 1996, he joined the Semiconductors Group of Siemens AG, Munich, Germany (which later became Infineon Technologies AG). After working on datapath generation tools, he became Head of the embedded memory unit in the Design Libraries division. Since 2000, he has been a Professor at the EPFL and heads the Processor Architecture Laboratory (LAP). His research interests include various aspects of computer and processor architecture, reconfigurable computing, on-chip networks and multiprocessor systems-on-chip, and computer arithmetic. Dr. Ienne was a recipient of the 40th Design Automation Conference Best Paper Award in 2003. He is or has been a member of the program committees of several international workshops and conferences, including Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE), the International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD), the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC), the International Symposium on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), the ACM International Conference on Supercomputing (ICS), the IEEE International Symposium on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems (ASYNC), and the Workshop on Application-Specific Processors (WASP). He is a cofounder of Mimosys, a company providing tools for the automatic customization of embedded processors. With Rainer Leupers, he has edited the book Customizable Embedded Processors—Design Technologies and Applications, published by Morgan Kaufmann.

Rainer Leupers

Rainer Leupers received the Diploma and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science with honors from the University of Dortmund, Germany, in 1992 and 1997. From 1997-2001 he was a senior research engineer at the Embedded Systems group at the University of Dortmund. Between 1999-2001 he was also a project manager at ICD, where he headed industrial compiler and processor simulator tool projects. In 2002, Dr. Leupers joined RWTH Aachen University as a professor for Software for Systems on Silicon. His research and teaching activities revolve around software development tools, processor architectures, and electronic design automation for embedded systems, with emphasis on C compilers for application specific processors in the areas of signal processing and networking. He authored several books and numerous technical papers on design tools for embedded processors, and he served in the program committees of leading EDA and compiler conferences, including DAC, DATE, and ICCAD. Dr. Leupers received several scientific awards, including Best Paper Awards at DATE 2000 and DAC 2002. He has been a co-founder of LISATek, an EDA tool provider for embedded processor design (acquired by CoWare Inc. in 2003).

Enrico Macii

Enrico Macii holds a Dr. Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, a Dr. Sc. degree in Computer Science from Università di Torino, and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Torino. From 1991 to 1994 he was an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Currently, he is a Full Professor of Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino. His research interests include several aspects of the computer-aided design of integrated circuits and systems, with particular emphasis on the design of low-power systems.

Peter Marwedel

Peter Marwedel received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kiel (Germany) in 1974. He worked at the Computer Science Department of that University from 1974 until 1989. In 1987, he received the Dr. habil. degree in computer science. Since 1989 he is a professor at the Computer Science Department of the University of Dortmund. He served as the Dean of that Department between 1992 and 1995. Dr. Marwedel heads the ICD, a private technology transfer centre at Dortmund and is actively promoting the use of research results in industry. Dr. Marwedel worked on the MIMOLA high-level synthesis system since 1975. Later, he added retargetable compilation to his scope. This led to the current research focus on compilation for embedded systems. The results of his group include advanced compiler optimization algorithms for embedded systems, leading to improvements in run-time and energy efficiency. A recent trend is to connect this work to timing analysis tools. This trend is considered in the ARTIST2 network of excellence on embedded systems in Europe, for which Dr. Marwedel is a core team member. Dr. Marwedel is also active in teaching. The most visible result in this area is the recently published text book “Embedded System Design”. In addition to teaching at Dortmund University, he also teaches at ALARI (Lugano) and EPFL (Lausanne).

Heinrich Meyr

research and management positions in industry before accepting a professorship in Electrical Engineering at Aachen University of Technology (RWTH Aachen) in 1977. He has worked extensively in the areas of communication theory, digital signal processing and CAD tools for system level design for the last thirty years. His research has been applied to the design of many industrial products. At RWTH Aachen he is a co-director of the institute for integrated signal processing system (ISS) involved in the analysis and design of complex signal processing systems for communication applications. He was a co-founder of CADIS GmbH (acquired 1993 by Synopsys, Mountain View, California) a company which commercialized the tool suite COSSAP. In 2001 he has co-founded LISATek Inc., a company with breakthrough technology to design application specific processors. Most recently (February 2003) LISATek has been acquired by CoWare, an acknowledged leader in the area of system level design. At Coware Dr.Meyr has accepted the position of Chief Scientist. He also serves as a member of the board of directors at CoWare and another large corporation. Dr Meyr has published numerous IEEE papers and holds many patents. He is author (together with Dr. G. Ascheid) of the book «Synchronization in Digital Communications», Wiley 1990 and of the book «Digital Communication Receivers. Synchronization, Channel Estimation, and Signal Processing» (together with Dr. M. Moeneclaey and Dr. S. Fechtel), Wiley, October 1997. He has received two IEEE best paper awards. In 1998 he was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s wireless research centre (BWRC). He was elected as the “Mc Kay distinguished lecturer” at the EE department of the UC Berkeley for the spring term 2000. Dr.Meyr is also the recipient of the prestigious “Vodafone Innovation Prize” for the year 2000. The Vodafone prize is awarded for outstanding contribution to the area of wireless communication. As well as being a Fellow of the IEEE he has served as Vice President for International Affairs of the IEEE Communications Society.

Laura Pozzi

Laura Pozzi (MS 1996, Ph.D. 2000) is an assistant professor at the University of Lugano (USI), Switzerland. Previously she was a postdoctoral researcher at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, an R&D engineer with STMicroelectronics in San Jose, California, and an Industrial Visitor at UC Berkeley. She received a best paper award at the Design Automation Conference in 2003. Her research interests include automatic processor-customisation, high performance compilers, reconfigurable computing.

Nigel Topham

Nigel Topham is chief architect for ARC International and professor of computer systems at the University of Edinburgh. He has led a number of processor design teams, including the ARC 600. Prior to joining ARC, he was chief architect for Siroyan, a startup that created a high-performance scalable VLIW DSP. He is a founding director of the Institute for Computing Systems Architecture at Edinburgh University, where he researches new design methodologies for compilers, architectures and micro-architectures. He also enjoys teaching computer architecture to the next generation of processor architects. He holds BSc and PhD degrees in Computer Science, both from the University of Manchester.

Lothar Thiele

Lothar Thiele was born in Aachen, Germany on April 7, 1957. He received the Diplom-Ingenieur and Dr.-Ing. degrees in electrical engineering from Technical University of Munich, West Germany, in 1981 and 1985, respectively. Since 1981, he has been a research associate with Professor R. Saal at the Institute of Network Theory and Circuit Design of the Technical University Munich. After finishing his Habilitation thesis, he joined the group of Professor T. Kailath at the Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University, in 1987. In 1988, he has taken up the chair of microelectronics at the faculty of Engineering, University of Saarland, Saarbrucken, West Germany. He joined ETH Zurich, Switzerland, as a full professor in Computer Engineering end of 1994. The research interests include bioinspired optimization principles as well as models, methods and software tools for the design of embedded systems. In 1986 he received the «Dissertation Award» of the Technical University of Munich, in 1987, the «Outstanding Young Author Award» of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, in 1988, the Browder J. Thompson Memorial Award of the IEEE, and in 2000-2001, the «IBM Faculty Partnership Award». In 2004, he joined the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Honorary Blaise Pascal Chair of University Leiden, The Netherlands.

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