David Atienza Alonso


Biography and current work


The Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESL) focuses its research work on the definition of system-level multi-objective design methods, optimization methodologies and tools for high-performance embedded systems and nano-scale Multi-Processor System-on-Chip (MPSoC) architectures. The main research lines within the ESL activities include, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

• Thermal and reliability exploration frameworks and management approaches for MPSoCs and embedded systems, both at microarchitectural and system level.
• System-level design and energy management approaches for wireless body sensor networks.
• Exploration of synergies between hardware and software components to exploit design trade-offs (area, performance, power) in SoC architectures.
• New techniques for memory hierarchy optimization and the design of dynamic memory management mechanisms in multimedia SoC platforms.


David Atienza Alonso is associate professor of electrical engineering and director of the Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESL) at the Institute of Electrical Engineering within the School of Engineering (STI) of EPFL, Switzerland. Previously he was associate professor at the Computer Architecture and Automation Department of Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Complutense University, Madrid, Spain, and Inter-University Micro-Electronics Center (IMEC), Leuven, Belgium, in 2001 and 2005, respectively.

His research interests focus on system-level design methodologies for high-performance multi-processor systems-on-chip (MPSoC) and low-power embedded systems, including new thermal-aware design for 2D and 3D MPSoCs, design methods and architectures for wireless body sensor networks, dynamic memory management and interconnection hierarchy optimizations. In these fields, he is co-author of more than 250 publications in prestigious journals and international conferences, several book chapters and five U.S. patents. He received an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2016, and is the recipient of the IEEE CEDA Early Career Award in 2013, the ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award (ONFA) in 2012 and an External Research Faculty Award of Oracle in 2011 in the area of stable global thermal-aware control for enterprise computer servers. He has served as a Distinguished Lecturer (2014-2015) of the IEEE CASS. He is Senior Member of ACM, and IEEE Fellow.

He has also earned two best paper awards at the VLSI-SoC 2009 and CST-HPCS 2012 conference, and five best paper award nominations at the DAC 2013, DATE 2013, WEHA-HPCS 2010, ICCAD 2006 and DAC 2004 conferences. He serves or has served as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Computers (TC), IEEE Design & Test of Computers (D&T), IEEE Trans. on CAD (T-CAD), and Elsevier Integration. He was the Technical Programme Chair of DATE 2015, General Chair of the DATE 2017 conference, GLSVLSI 2011 and VLSI-SoC 2010, and member of the technical program and organization committee of the most important conferences in EDA and embedded systems design. He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Council of Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) since 2008.


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The complete list of publications can be accessed at the ESL Publications Webpage (http://esl.epfl.ch/page-33746.html) or at my Google Scholar Page (http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=H1JXhMIAAAAJ).

David Atienza Alonso

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Fields of Expertise

  • Embedded systems design, 2D/3D thermal modeling and management for multi-processor system-on-chip (MPSoc), electronic design automation (EDA), wireless body sensor networks (WBSN), memory optimizations, low-power hardware and software co-design