Contact

Technical University of Munich
School of Computation, Information and Technology
Chair for Design Automation
Prof. Dr. Robert Wille
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Munich | Germany
robert.wille@tum.de
Tel: +49 89 289 23551

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The Chair for Design Automation is supported by the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Arts through the Distinguished Professorship Program.

Der Lehrstuhl für Design Automation wird durch das Bayerische Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst im Rahmen des Spitzenprofessurenprogramms gefördert.

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Awards

This page provides an (incomplete) list of awards and special recognitions our work received in the recent past. We are greatly indebted to all people and organizations who provided us with these honors!

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June 2024
Unitary Fund Grant
Awarded to Kevin Mato for the framework “MQT Qudits”, recognized as one of the most promising quantum software projects.

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June 2024
TeachInf Award
for the best mandatory Computer Science lecture in the winter semester 2023/2024 at the Technical University of Munich awarded to Tom Peham and Robert Wille together with the team of the Chair for Computer Architecture and Parallel Systems

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June 2024
Heinz Zemanek Award
given by the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) for the dissertation “Design Automation Tools and Software for Quantum Computing” awarded to Lukas Burgholzer

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March 2024
Best Poster Award
for the PhD Forum presentation “Design Automation Tools and Software for Quantum Computing” at the Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) conference
awarded to Lukas Burgholzer

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Juni 2023
TeachInf Award
for the best mandatory Computer Science lecture in the winter semester 2022/2023 at the Technical University of Munich awarded to Tom Peham and Robert Wille

Juni 2023
Candidate for the Best Paper Award
for the paper “Technology Mapping for Beyond-CMOS Circuitry with Unconventional Cost Functions” published at International Workshop on Logic Synthesis (IWLS) by D. Marakkalage, M. Walter, S.-Y. Lee, R. Wille, and G. De Micheli

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April 2023
Audience Choice Award
for the team working on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease
co-mentored by Stefan Hillmich

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March 2023
Best Poster Award
for the presentation on “Detection of Sensor-To-Sensor Variations Using Explainable AI”
by Sarah Seifi

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January 2023
Best Student Paper Award
for the paper “Automatic Implementation and Evaluation of Error-Correcting Codes for Quantum Computing: An Open-Source Framework for Quantum Error Correction” published at International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSI Design)
by T. Grurl, C. Pichler, J. Fuß, and R. Wille

January 2023
Candidate for the Best Paper Award
for the paper “A SAT Encoding for Optimal Clifford Circuit Synthesis” published at Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC) conference
by S. Schneider, L. Burgholzer, and R. Wille

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July 2022
DAC Young Fellow Best Video Award
awarded to Stefan Hillmich

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July 2022
Promotio sub auspiciis Praesidentis rei publicae
(the highest possible distinction for a doctoral degree in Austria)
awarded to Alwin Zulehner

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June 2022
JKU Early Research Achievement Award
awarded to Lukas Burgholzer

March 2022
Candidate for the Best Paper Award
for the paper “Comprehensive and Accessible Channel Routing for Microfluidic Devices” published at the Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) conference by G. Fink, P. Ebner, and R. Wille.

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January 2022
10-year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award
for the paper “Synthesis of Reversible Circuits with Minimal Lines for Large Functions” published at Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC) conference by M. Soeken, R. Wille, C. Hilken, N. Przigoda, and R. Drechsler.

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December 2021
Runner up for the Applied NISQ Computing Paper Award at the Q2B Conference; paper: “Randomizing multi-product formulas for improved Hamiltonian simulation” at the Q2B Conference by Paul K. Faehrmann, Mark Steudner, Richard Kueng, Maria Kieferoa and Jens Eisert

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July 2021
JKU Early Research Achievement Award
awarded to Kevin Verma

February 2021
Candidate for the Best Paper Award
for the paper “As Accurate as Needed, as Efficient as Possible: Approximations in DD-based Quantum Circuit Simulation” published at the Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) conference by S. Hillmich, R. Kueng, I. L. Markov, and R. Wille

January 2021
Candidate for the Best Paper Award
for the paper “One-Pass Synthesis for Field-coupled Nanocomputing Technologies” published at Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC) conference
by M. Walter, W. Haaswijk, R. Wille F. Sill Torres, and R. Drechsler

December 2020
ERC Consolidator Grant
for the project “Design Automation for Quantum Computing”
awarded to Robert Wille

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November 2020
Vote Your Prof
1st Place awarded to Robert Wille for exceptional performance in teaching at JKU.

November 2020
Candidate for the Best Paper Award
for the paper “Cost Optimization at Early Stages of Design Using Deep Reinforcement Learning” presented at the Workshop on Machine Learning for CAD (MLCAD) by L. Servadei, J. Zheng, J. A. Arjona, M. Werner, V. Esen, S. Hochreiter, W. Ecker, and R. Wille

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October 2020
Best Paper Award
for the paper “An Efficient Methodology for Mapping Quantum Circuits to the IBM QX Architectures” published at IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems
by A. Zulehner, A. Paler, and R. Wille

July 2020
Candidate for the Best Paper Award
for the paper “Bail on Balancing: An Alternative Approach to the Physical Design of Field-coupled Nanocomputing Circuits” published at IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI) conference
by M. Walter, R. Wille, F. Sill Torres, and R. Drechsler

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July 2020
Best Poster Award
for the Young Student Fellow Program presentation “Decision Diagrams for Quantum Computing” at the Design Automation Conference (DAC)
awarded to Stefan Hillmich

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June 2020
Heinz Zemanek Award
given by the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) for the dissertation “Design Automation for Quantum Computing” awarded to Alwin Zulehner

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April 2020
EDAA Outstanding Dissertation Award
given by the European Design and Automation Association (EDAA)
for the dissertation “Design Automation for Quantum Computing”
awarded to Alwin Zulehner

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November 2019
Award of Excellence
given by the Austrian Ministry of Education
for the dissertation “Designing Droplet Microfluidic Networks: A Toolbox for Designers”
awarded to Andreas Grimmer

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November 2019
Winner of SRC@ICCAD
the ACM Student Research Competition at ICCAD
awarded to Stefan Hillmich

November 2019
Candidate for the ‘Best Paper Award’
for the paper “How to Efficiently Handle Complex Values? Implementing Decision Diagrams for Quantum Computation” published at the International Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD)
by A. Zulehner, S. Hillmich, and R. Wille

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October 2019
KlarText Preis
given by the Klaus Tschira Foundation for the article “Ein ganzes Labor auf einem Chip”
to Andreas Grimmer

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October 2019
IBM Quantum Challenge 2019
3rd Place awarded to Hartwig Bauer, Lukas Burgholzer, and Stefan Hillmich

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September 2019
JKU Early Research Achievement Award
awarded to Andreas Grimmer

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September 2019
JKU Early Research Achievement Award
awarded to Alwin Zulehner

July 2019
Best Research Demo Award
for the demo “fiction: Electronic Design Automation for Field-coupled Nanocomputing Circuits” presented at the IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI)
awarded to M. Walter, R. Wille, F.Sill Torres, D. Grosse, and R. Drechsler

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June 2019
Under-40 Innovators Award
awarded to Robert Wille

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June 2019
Best Poster Award
for the PhD Forum presentation “Design Automation for Quantum Computing” at the Design Automation Conference (DAC)
awarded to Alwin Zulehner

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March 2019
Best Poster Award
for the PhD Forum presentation “Designing Droplet Microfluidic Networks: A Toolbox for Designers” at the Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) conference
awarded to Andreas Grimmer

March 2019
Candidate for the ‘Best Paper Award’
for the paper “Better Late Than Never: Verification of Embedded Systems After Deployment” published at the Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) conference
by M. Ring, F. Bornebusch, C. Lüth, R. Wille, and R. Drechsler

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January 2019
Best Poster Award
for the PhD Forum presentation “Design Automation for Quantum Computing” at the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC)
awarded to Alwin Zulehner

January 2019
Candidate for the Best Paper Award
for the paper “A Staircase Structure for Scalable and Efficient Synthesis of Memristor-Aided Logic” published at the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC)
by A. Zulehner, K. Datta, I. Sengupta, and R. Wille

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September 2018
UBIT Award
given by the Upper Austrian Economic Chamber
to Berislav Klepic

August 2018
IBM QISKit Developer Challenge
Winner

June 2018
OCG Incentive Award
awarded to Andreas Grimmer

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March 2018
Google Research Award
for our work on simulation of quantum computations

September 2017
Candidate for the ‘Best Paper Award’
for the paper “Advanced Load Balancing for SPH Simulations on Multi-GPU Architectures” published at the High Performance Extreme Computing Conference (HPEC)
by K. Verma, K. Szewc, and R. Wille