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Education and Innovation in Embedded Systems Design

USI Università della Svizzera italiana, USI Faculty of Informatics, Advanced Learning and Research Institute USI Università della Svizzera italiana USI Faculty of Informatics USI Advanced Learning and Research Institute

De Micheli Giovanni

Institution EPFL
Address EPFL IC ISIM LSI INF 341 (Department INF) Station 14 CH-1015 Lausanne
Phone +41 21 6930911
Nanosystems: devices and design - MSc


Giovanni De Micheli is Professor of Electrical Engineering, and by courtesy, of Computer Science at Stanford University. Previously he held positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York, at the Department of Electronics of the Politecnico di Milano, Italy and at Harris Semiconductor, Melbourne, Florida. He holds a Nuclear Engineer degree (Politecnico di Milano, 1979), a M.S. and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (University of California at Berkeley, 1980 and 1983).

His research interests include several aspects of design technologies for integrated circuits and systems, with particular emphasis on synthesis, system-level design, hardware/software co-design and low-power design. He is author of: Synthesis and Optimization of Digital Circuits, McGraw-Hill, 1994, co-author and/or co-editor of five other books and of over 250 technical articles, He is member of the technical advisory board of several EDA companies, including Magma Design Automation, Coware and Aplus Design Technologies. He was member of the technical advisory board of Ambit Design Systems.

Dr. De Micheli is the recipient of the 2003 IEEE Emanuel Priore Award for contributions to computer-aided synthesis of digital systems. He is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE. He received the Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to the IEEE CAS Society in 2000. He received the 1987 IEEE Transactions on CAD/ICAS Best Paper Award and two Best Paper Awards at the Design Automation Conference, in 1983 and in 1993.

He is President of the IEEE CAS Society. He was Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on CAD/ICAS in 1987-2001. Dr. De Micheli was the Program Chair and General Chair of the Design Automation Conference (DAC) in 1996-1997 and 2000 respectively. He was the Program and General Chair of the International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD) in 1988 and 1989 respectively. He was also co-director of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes on Hardware/Software Co-design, held in Tremezzo, Italy, 1995 and on Logic Synthesis and Silicon Compilation, held in L'Aquila, Italy, 1986. He is a founding member of the ALaRI institute at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), in Lugano, Switzerland, where he is currently scientific counselor.

Research Interests:

Professor Giovanni De Micheli is interested in computer-aided design (CAD) methods and tools for VLSI circuits and systems, with particular emphasis on automated synthesis, optimization and validation. More specifically, he is interested in logic and high-level synthesis and optimization of integrated circuits and in hardware/software co-design of electronic systems. Current research projects address:

  • Dynamic Power Management of Circuits and Systems (Low-Power Design)
  • System-Level Design Tools and Hardware/Software Co-design
  • Networks on Chip: a New Paradigm for Interconnect Design

His research addresses problem modeling and characterization, development of algorithms, the study of their properties as well as their implementation and testing.