Igor Markov, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, has been chosen as the first recipient of the Early Career Award from the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA).
Professor Markov will be recognized for his outstanding contributions to algorithms, methodologies, and software for the physical design of integrated circuits in the early stages of his career during the International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD) in November 2009.
"Igor Markov received high praise from numerous individuals supporting his nomination for this new award," remarked John Darringer, President of CEDA. "Each mentioned the vast number of contributions he has made across a wide range of problems, his high level of energy, dedication to his research and his versatility."
Defining his research as "computers that make computers," Professor Markov was nominated for this award by his peers Professors Sachin Sapatnekar from the University of Minnesota and Andrew B. Kahng, currently of the University of California, San Diego, who was also his graduate advisor. They described his varied accomplishments as "essential and lasting contributions to algorithms, methodologies and software for circuit partitioning, placement, floorplanning, routing and physical synthesis."
Professor Markov's research has produced Capo, a large-scale fixed-die placer for standard-cell ASIC layouts. The source code for Capo is publicly available, and Capo is widely used by electronic design automation (EDA) companies and university researchers. In addition to being a high-quality and robust min-cut placer, Capo has set the standard for open access and has helped to spawn the next generation of placement research through its widespread availability.
Professor Markov received a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from UCLA.
About the IEEE Council on EDA
The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) is an organizational unit of IEEE that provides a focal point for EDA activities spread across six IEEE societies (Antennas and Propagation, Circuits and Systems, Computer, Electron Devices, Microwave Theory and Techniques, and Solid State Circuits). The objectives of IEEE/CEDA include fostering design automation of electronic circuits and systems at all levels, by means of publications, conferences/workshops and volunteer activities.