Mikko Lipasti is currently the Philip Dunham Reed Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He was named an IEEE Fellow (class of 2013) "for contributions to the microarchitecture and design of high-performance microprocessors and computer systems."
In 2012, he co-founded Thalchemy Corp, a startup company that is developing novel algorithms and accelerators to enable ultra low-power continuous sensory processing in smartphones and other battery-operated devices. Thalchemy's algorithms mimic the operation of the mammalian thalamus, which serves as the routing, filtering, and preprocessing point for all sensory data on its way to the neocortex.
He earned his BS in Computer Engineering from Valparaiso University in 1991, his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992, followed by his Ph.D. in 1997. His graduate work was supervised by Dr. John Paul Shen, now head of Nokia Research in Palo Alto, CA.
Before and after his Ph.D. work, he learned to ply his craft during his years at IBM, where he helped develop software and hardware for PowerPC servers. He joined Wisconsin in Fall 1999, was granted tenure in 2005, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2009. He has consulted for Intel Corporation and Sun Microsystems.
If you are a student of computer architecture, you may be familiar with the Modern Processor Design textbook he co-authored with Dr. John Shen.
His primary research interests include high-performance, low-power, and reliable processor cores; networks-on-chip for many-core processors; and fundamentally new, biologically-inspired models of computation.
He currently leads the PHARM research team, which is part of the UW-Madison Computer Architecture Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.