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edacentrum is an independent institution geared towards promoting research and development in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. Founded by the German microelectronics industry, it was funded during its early years by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). As shown in the diagram below, it consists of an association (edacentrum e.V.) and a limited-liability company (edacentrum GmbH).

edacentrum Structure Supervisory Board Stering committee Association edacentrum GmbH company Management Committee

edacentrum e.V.

The edacentrum association is a non-profit organisation that operates on behalf of its members and the projects supported by it, as well as actively engaging in public relations regarding EDA matters. The association is directed by a management board, consisting of a chairman, vice chairman and treasurer . The management board is controlled by the supervisory board and advised by the Steering Committee.

edacentrum GmbH

The edacentrum GmbH company was founded in September 2004 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of edacentrum e.V., to provide individual services to the EDA sector on a commercial basis. This economic activity assures the permanent existence of the association and its range of services. The chief executive officer of the edacentrum GmbH is Dr. Jürgen Haase.

Supervisory Board

The supervisory board determines the overall objectives of the association and appoints and supervises the management board. It comprises leading industrial companies that have a high level of engagement in microelectronics in Germany. These companies currently include Atmel Automotive GmbH, Infineon Technologies AG, Robert Bosch GmbH. Members of the management board and the spokesman of the steering committee are guest  members of the supervisory board.

Spokesman of the Supervisory Board

Hartmut Hiller



Spokesman for the Supervisory Board
Hartmut Hiller,
Infineon Technologies.


Technical Advisory Board

The Technical Advisory Board (formely steering committee) provides technical guidance for the edacentrum. It includes representatives from the microelectronics and EDA industries, as well as from small and medium-size enterprises, industry federations and research institutes. Its task is to define research topics, plan projects, and review projects. The members of the management board are also associate members of the Technical Advisory Board. Delegates of funding organisations may also be guest members of the Technical Advisory Board.

Composition of the Technical Advisory Board

The current spokesman for the Technical Advisory Board is Wolfgang Rosenstiel, who is also chairman of the management board.

Management Board

The edacentrum is headed by a management board, whose members have an individual responsibility for different edacentrum business divisions.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Nebel

Chairman of the management board

Wolfgang Nebel,
Universität Oldenburg and OFFIS

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Nebel holds a Dipl-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering from Hanover University and a Dr.-Ing. degree in Computer Science from Kaiserslautern University. After several years of professional experience as software developer and software development manager at Philips Semiconductors in Hamburg, he became full professor and chair of Embedded HW-/SW-Systems at Oldenburg University. He held various academic positions including Dean of the CS department and Vice President Research of the university. Since 1998 he is a member of the Board of OFFIS, a 300 employee application oriented institute for information technology. Since 2005 he is the chairman of the Board of OFFIS, and since 2015 member of the Board of edacentrum.

He holds four patents, published more than 200 papers on research results in the domain of electronic system design and served as chairman of several EDA related conferences. Prof. Nebel is member of several advisory committees, co-founder of three companies, Vice Chair of EDAA and IEEE Fellow.

Vice chairman of the management board

Prof. Dr. Ulf SchlichtmannUlf Schlichtmann, Technische Universität München (TUM)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulf Schlichtmann (born 1964) studied electrical engineering and information technology at TUM, where he subsequently received his PhD for a thesis on logic synthesis for FPGAs. From 1994 to 2003, he held various technical and management positions at Infineon Technologies AG (until 1999: Siemens AG, Semiconductor Division). Most recently, he was responsible for the "Design Libraries" department (standard cells, SRAMs, I/Os incl. ESD structures) at Infineon. Since 2003 he has been head of the Chair of Electronic Design Automation at TUM. From 2008 to 2011 he was Dean of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at TUM.

Ulf Schlichtmann conducts research on methodology and automation of the design of complex electronic circuits and systems. Since several years, his research also addresses emerging technologies and architectures (photonics, microfluidics, neuromorphic computing). He has published more than 300 scientific papers on these topics. Ulf Schlichtmann is a member of various advisory boards as well as the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).

Dr. Jürgen Haase


Jürgen Haase, Managing Director of edacentrum GmbH

Dr. Jürgen Haase has been Office Director of edacentrum e. V. since 2001 and manages the edacentrum office in Hannover. In his previous positions, he worked for the Institute for Network and System Theory at the University of Stuttgart, for Philips Communications Industry AG in Nürnberg, and for Sican GmbH/sci-worx GmbH in Hannover, on applications including digital video communication, optical telecommunication systems, and ASIC and SoC design. He has been involved in many international R&D projects and — in a design services role — managed the design of numerous ASICs for customers based in Europe, US and Asia.

Through these projects and his work on the program committees of many international conferences, he has accumulated both broad and deep experience in the design and application of microelectronic circuits. His publications cover the design methods and applications of video communication and design methodology for integrated circuits, as well as intellectual property and its reuse.