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Kurt Keutzer


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He received his B.S. degree in Mathematics from Maharishi International University, 1978 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Indiana University, 1981 and 1984 respectively.

In 1984 Kurt joined AT&T Bell Laboratories applying various computer-science disciplines to practical problems in computer-aided design. In 1991, Kurt joined Synopsys, Inc., continuing his research, culminating in his position as CTO and Senior Vice-President of Research. Kurt left Synopsys in January 1998 to become a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. From 1998 through 2002, he served as the Associate Director of the Gigascale Silicon Research Center (GSRC). The GSRC currently funds over thirty faculty and dozens of graduate students across a dozen academic institutions.

Kurt has researched a wide number of areas related to synthesis and high-level design and his research efforts have led to three Design Automation Conference (DAC) Best Paper Awards, a Distinguished Paper Citation from the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) and a Best Paper Award at the International Conference in Computer Design (ICCD). He co-authored the book entitled Logic Synthesis published by McGraw-Hill in 1994 and the book entitled Closing the Gap Between ASIC and Custom, which was a best-seller.

Currently he serves on the editorial boards of three journals: Integration - the VLSI Journal; Design Automation of Embedded Systems and Formal Methods in System Design. Kurt has served on the technical program committees of DAC, ICCAD and ICCD as well as the technical and executive committees of numerous other conferences and workshops. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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