Hugo De Man is professor emeritus at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven) in Belgium, the institution from which he earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees. He is also co-founder and Senior Fellow at the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC) in Leuven.
During his 40 years of work combining advanced electronic design automation, or EDA, research and integrated circuit design at the edge of CMOS technology scaling. Dr. De Man has pioneered the high-level synthesis and hardware/software co-design of systems-on-chip (SoC). He has worked on several key aspects of solid-state circuits including, mixed-signal design; the development of layout and switched-capacitor filter simulation tools (co-designing such filter chips for audio systems); high-level synthesis for digital signal processor (DSP) systems (resulting in the Cathedral silicon compiler suite), the first operational silicon compilers for industrial DSP chips; high-level synthesis of programmable co-processors (increasing design productivity); and SoC design for nanoelectronics.
An IEEE Fellow, he founded IMEC, now the largest independent microelectronics research organization in Europe, with more than 1,400 employees.