Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli

University of California, Berkeley

Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli

Talk Title: Tools and Abstractions: how to Bring IC-like Design Productivity to Buildings and Artificial Living Organisms

My take in this talk is that the great success of Electronic Design Automation to enable the design of chips with more than 1 Billion transistors over a span of 40 years can be replicated in other sectors including traditional industries such as construction, and novel sectors such as synthetic biology, if its essential elements are distilled appropriately. I will show how we are approaching these extensions and what challenges we are facing.


Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli is the Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Chair of EECS, University of California, Berkeley, where he is Special advisor to the Dean of Engineering for Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Faculty Advisors to the Berkeley Accelerator, SkyDeck. Awards (among others): Kaufman for pioneering contributions to EDA; IEEE/RSE Maxwell Medal “for groundbreaking contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the development of electronics and electrical engineering or related fields” and the EDAA Lifetime Achievement Award. He co-founded Cadence and Synopsys, the two leading EDA companies and is Member of the Board of Directors of Cadence, KPIT, ISEO, ExpertSystem, QuantumMotions (Chairman), Phoelex (Chairman), Cy4Gate, Exein and Cogisen. He consulted for several companies including Intel, IBM, ST, Mercedes, BMW, UTC, Lendlease and GM. He is the Chairman of the International Advisory Council, Milano Innovation District. He is member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He is an IEEE and ACM Fellow. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Aalborg University, from KTH (Sweden) and from IAG (Krakow, Poland). He published 1,120 papers and 19 books and graduated over 100 Doctorate Students.