Dr. Rob A. Rutenbar Honored with 2017 Phil Kaufman Award

Submitted by Gabe Moretti on Mon, 10/23/2017 - 05:50

Gabe Moretti


Dr. Rob A. Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design.


Dr. Rutenbar is being honored for his pioneering contributions to algorithms and tools for analog and mixed-signal designs. As an academic, he developed a wide range of fundamental models, algorithms and tools for analog integrated circuit (IC) designs. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded Neolinear, one of the most successful analog tool companies, to bring his research efforts to the larger design community.


Rob A. Rutenbar joined the faculty at CMU after receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, spending 25 years in Electrical and Computer Engineering, ultimately holding the Stephen J. Jatras (E’47) chair. In 2010, he moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was the Abel Bliss professor and head of Computer Science. He joined the University of Pittsburgh this year and currently serves as senior vice chancellor for Research.

His research has focused on: tools and algorithms for core IC design problems; methods to manage the statistics of nanoscale chip design; and custom silicon architectures for perceptual and data analytics problems, in applications such as speech recognition and machine learning. His work has been featured in venues ranging from EE Times to the Economist.


In 1998, he co-founded Neolinear, Inc., to commercialize the first practical synthesis tools for analog and mixed-signal ICs and served as its chief scientist until its acquisition by Cadence in 2004. In 2006, he founded the Silicon Vox Corporation, now called Voci Technologies Inc., to commercialize high-speed, high-accuracy speech recognition appliances for enterprise voice analytics applications.