ROB A. RUTENBAR
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Rob A. Rutenbar

Abel Bliss Professor and Head, Computer Science, University of Illinois
Affiliate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois
Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois
Adjunct Professor, ECE, Carnegie Mellon University

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BIO
Rob A. Rutenbar received the PhD from the University of Michigan in 1984, and then joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University.  He spent 25 years in Electrical and Computer Engineering at CMU, ultimately holding the Stephen J. Jatras (E’47) Chair.   He was the founding Director of the Center for Circuit & System Solutions (called “C2S2”), a large consortium of US schools (e.g., CMU, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech, Cornell, Columbia, GaTech, UCLA, etc.) supported by DARPA and the US semiconductor industry, focused on design problems at the end of Moore’s Law scaling.  In 2010 he moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently Abel Bliss Professor and Head of Computer Science.

His research has focused in three broad areas:  tools and algorithms for a wide variety of integrated circuit design problems;  methods to manage the messy statistics of nanoscale chip designs;  and custom silicon architectures for perceptual and data analytics problems, notably in applications like speech recognition and machine learning.   His work has been featured in venues ranging from EETimes to the Economist magazine.

In 1998 he founded Neolinear, Inc., to commercialize the first practical synthesis tools for analog and mixed signal ICs;  he served as Neolinear’s Chief Scientist until its acquisition by Cadence [NASDAQ: CDNS] in 2004.  In 2006 he founded the Silicon Vox Corporation, now called Voci Technologies Inc., to commercialize high-speed speech recognition hardware;  he is currently Chief Scientist at Voci.

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SELECT HONORS

  • 1998 IEEE Fellow
  • 2001 Semiconductor Research Corporation Aristotle Award
  • 2002 University of Michigan Alumni Merit Award for Electrical Engineering
  • 2002 Stephen J. Jatras (E’47) Chair in Engineering (CMU)
  • 2007 IEEE Circuits and Systems Industrial Pioneer Award
  • 2008 Wayne State University Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award
  • 2008 ACM Fellow
  • 2010 Abel Bliss Professorship in Engineering (Illinois)
  • 2011 Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on CAD
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