Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulf Schlichtmann

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Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Schlichtmann (b. 1964) explores design automation methodologies for complex (digital and analog) electronic circuits and systems. These often consist of billions of components and need to be designed using sophisticated optimization and analysis algorithms. In recent years, his research has increasingly addressed emerging technologies (photonics, microfluidic biochips, neuromorphic architectures).

Professor Schlichtmann studied electrical engineering at TUM and obtained his doctorate for a thesis on computer-aided design, and also pursued a postgraduate business degree during this time. He then worked for Siemens AG and Infineon Technologies AG in a number of technical, managerial and executive positions for about 10 years. In 2003, Professor Schlichtmann was appointed to a professorship at TUM. In addition to his research and teaching activities, he coordinates international study programs in both Munich and Singapore (TUM Asia). He furthermore serves as program director of the TUMCREATE research project in Singapore and is is a member of various advisory boards and of the acatech National Academy of Science and Engineering.


  • Best Paper Award, Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE, 2017)
  • Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal, TUM (2012)
  • Best Paper Award, International Symposium on Integrated Circuits, Singapore (2009)
  • Dissertation Award, Friends of TUM (1995)
  • Publication Award, VDE ITG (1993)

Tseng TM, Li M, Freitas DN, McAuley T, Li B, Ho TY, Schlichtmann U: “Columba 2.0: A Co-Layout Synthesis Tool for Continuous-Flow Microfluidic Biochips”. IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. 2018; 37 (8): 1588-1601. 


Lorenz D, Georgakos G, Schlichtmann U: “Aging Analysis of Circuit Timing Considering NBTI and HCI”. IEEE International On-Line Testing Symposium (IOLTS). Sesimbra, Lisbon, Portugal. 2009: 3-8. 


Boos A, Ramini L, Schlichtmann U, Bertozzi D: “PROTON: An Automatic Place-and-Route-Tool for Optical Networks-on-Chip”. IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). San Jose, USA. 2013: 138-145.


Massier T, Graeb H, Schlichtmann U: “The Sizing Rules Method for CMOS and Bipolar Analog Integrated Circuit Synthesis”. IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. 2008; 27 (12): 2209-2222.


Spindler P, Schlichtmann U, Johannes FM: “Kraftwerk2 -- A Fast Force-Directed Quadratic Placement Approach Using an Accurate Net Model”. IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. 2008; 27 (8): 1398-1411.