RWTH Aachen University
RWTH Aachen University is Germany's top-ranked technical university with approx. 40,000 students and is a member of the IDEA league.
Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems
The Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems (ICE), being part of the RWTH Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is headed by Prof. R. Leupers, Prof. G. Ascheid, and Prof. A. Chattopadhyay. ICE performs research and development in different areas of embedded system design technology, especially covering algorithms, architectures, and tools for wireless communication systems. ICE maintains tight cooperations with semiconductor vendors, system houses, and EDA companies, and frequently provides industrial consulting services. ICE receives funds from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), e.g. via the Excellence Cluster UMIC (Ultra High Speed Mobile Information and Communication), a large scale next-generation mobile internet research program. Further funding is received from EU projects like EURETILE, METIS, 2PARMA, HiPEAC, and DSPACE, as well as from industry partners. Several successful EDA spin-off companies originated from ICE, e.g. Cadis (acquired by Synopsys), Axys (acquired by ARM), and LISATek (acquired by CoWare, now Synopsys).
Rainer Leupers received the M.Sc. (Dipl.-Inform.) and Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) degrees in Computer Science with honors from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, in 1992 and 1997. From 1997-2001 he was the chief engineer at the Embedded Systems chair at TU Dortmund. During 1999-2001 he was also a team leader at ICD, where he headed industrial service projects. In 2002, Dr. Leupers joined RWTH Aachen University as a professor for Software for Systems on Silicon. Since then, he has also been a visiting faculty member at the ALARI Institute in Lugano. His research and teaching activities comprise software development tools, processor architectures, and electronic design automation for embedded systems, with emphasis on multiprocessor systems-on-chip. He published numerous books and technical papers, and he served as program committee member and topic chair of leading international conferences, including DAC, DATE, and ICCAD. He was a co-chair of the MPSoC Forum and SCOPES. Dr. Leupers received several scientific awards, including Best Paper Awards at DATE 2000, 2008 and DAC 2002, and he holds several patents on processor design automation technologies. He has been a co-founder of LISATek, an EDA tool provider for embedded processor design, now part of Synopsys Inc. He has served as consultant for various companies, as an expert for the European Commission, and in the management boards of compound research projects like UMIC, HiPEAC, and ARTIST.