CEDA and the EDA Consortium will present Dr. C. L. David Liu, the William Mong honorary chair professor of Computer Science and former president of the National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, with this year’s Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to EDA. He will receive the award at a dinner ceremony November 8 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, Calif.
As chair of the Kaufman Selection Committee and past president of CEDA, I’ve had the privilege of presiding over the selection of the yearly recipient. Dr. Liu is a respected figure who has done fundamental and seminal work in EDA and well deserving of the honor. He is a distinguished engineer and educator, and an astute business leader. His contributions have been incorporated in many commercial tools and have impacted numerous market segments. He was a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign from 1973-1998. After his return to Taiwan in 1998, he became president of National Tsing Hua University until 2002. Many of his students, influenced by his passion for EDA, have made their own impressive marks in our field.
Early in his career, Dr. Liu led the transformation from ad hoc EDA to algorithmic EDA. He was an early advocate for more rigorous design automation, reasoning that powerful, formal algorithmic techniques were essential to the effective solution of complex design automation problems. His technical contributions are at the foundation of numerous current EDA tools within several disciplines, including behavioral synthesis, logic synthesis and physical design.
His technical impact includes the first floorplanning algorithms and scheduling algorithms for hard real-time tasks. His research on floorplanning received DAC’s Best Paper Award in 1986 and has been widely regarded as seminal. Dr. Liu’s work on Rate Monotonic Scheduling (RMS) is a cornerstone of modern scheduling theory, applicable in the design of real-time operating systems. As of today, his 1973 paper on the subject has more than 7,000 citations.
Over the past 12 years, his contribution to Taiwan’s semiconductor industry has been broad and significant. He serves as chairman of the board of TrendForce, a market intelligence provider in the DRAM, LED, LCD and Solar Energy technical segments. He is a member of the board of Powerchip Semiconductor Corp., United Microelectronics Corp., MediaTek and Macronix International Co., Ltd. Additionally, he is a member of the board of Anpec Electronics Corporation, Andes Corporation, and Cadence Methodology Service Company.
If that isn’t enough, he has hosted for the last six years a weekly radio show on technology, natural science, social science, and literature in Taiwan. He has published three essay collections based on the presentations in the show. One of them is a 2011 winner of a prestigious book award in the category of popular science.
The Phil Kaufman Award honors individuals who have made an impact on the field of EDA and pays tribute to Phil Kaufman, the late industry pioneer who turned innovative technologies into commercial businesses that have benefited electronic designers. Last year’s recipient was Pasquale (Pat) O. Pistilli, chairman of MP Associates of Louisville, Colo., who pioneered the EDA industry and built DAC as its premiere showcase and networking platform.
To register to attend the 2011 award dinner, go to: http://www.edac.org/events11/kaufman/index.jsp.