Prof. Rolf Drechsler
Group of Computer Architecture
University of Bremen, Germany
Title: Ensuring Correctness of Next Generation Devices: From Reconfigurable to Self-Learning Systems (Keynote Talk)


Nowadays electronic systems are small yet powerful and embedded into their environment. They are adapting to changes and often operate autonomously. These systems have reached a level of complexity that opens up new application areas, like autonomous driving or self-learning robotics, but at the same time strains the existing design flows in system development. In this talk several current trends and research challenges are outlined. It is shown which aspects of test and verification have to be considered to enable successful development of next generation devices.


Rolf Drechsler ( received the Diploma and Dr. phil. nat. degrees in computer science from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He worked at the Institute of Computer Science, Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, from 1995 to 2000, and at the Corporate Technology Department, Siemens AG, Munich, Germany, from 2000 to 2001.

Since October 2001, Rolf Drechsler is Full Professor and Head of the Group of Computer Architecture, Institute of Computer Science, at the University of Bremen, Germany. In 2011, he additionally became the Director of the Cyber-Physical Systems Group at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Bremen.

His current research interests include the development and design of data structures and algorithms with a focus on circuit and system design. He is an IEEE Fellow.

From 2008 to 2013 he was the Vice Rector for Research and Young Academics at the University of Bremen. Since 2018 he is the Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Rolf Drechsler was a member of Program Committees of numerous conferences including e.g., DAC, ICCAD, DATE, ASP-DAC, FDL, MEMOCODE, and FMCAD. He was Symposiums Chair at ISMVL 1999 and 2014, and the Topic Chair for “Formal Verification” at DATE 2004, DATE 2005, DAC 2010, and DAC 2011 and 2018. He received the Berninghausen Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018.
He is a co-founder of the Graduate School of Embedded Systems and he is the coordinator of the Graduate School “System Design” funded within the German Excellence Initiative.

He received best paper awards at the Haifa Verification Conference (HVC) in 2006, the Forum on specification & Design Languages (FDL) in 2007 and 2010, the IEEE Symposium on Design and Diagnostics of Electronic Circuits and Systems (DDECS) in 2010 and the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) in 2013 and 2018.

Rolf Drechsler is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems, IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications, International Journal on Multiple-Valued Logic and Soft Computing, and ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems.