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Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli

Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli

Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli is an esteemed figure in the world of electronic design automation (EDA), blending a robust academic career with notable entrepreneurial achievements. After completing his master’s degree in engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1971, he joined the University of California, Berkeley in 1976. There, he has made significant contributions as a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and currently holds the Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Chair.

His entrepreneurial spirit is evident in co-founding Cadence and Synopsys, two pivotal companies in the EDA industry. These ventures underscore his ability to translate academic insights into impactful industry applications. His work in EDA has been crucial in advancing the design of modern integrated circuits.

Sangiovanni-Vincentelli’s influence extends beyond academia and business, as evidenced by his advisory roles to global technology companies and governmental bodies, including IBM, Intel, ST Microelectronics, United Technologies, BMW, General Motors, Ferrari and Pirelli. He has also been actively involved in various educational and governmental advisory capacities.

His scholarly contributions are substantial, with over 1000 papers and seventeen books focusing on design tools, methodologies, large-scale systems, embedded controllers, and hybrid systems. Recognized as an IEEE Fellow since 1982 and a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1998, he x\has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, the IEEE Graduate Teaching Award, the 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 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information and Communication Technologies category with the following motivation: “for transforming chip design from a handcrafted process to the automated industry that power today’s electronic devices”.

Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of Cadence Design Systems Inc., and nine USA, India, and European companies, of which he  is Chairman of the Board on five,  and continues his academic role at UC Berkeley.