Jonathan Rose

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto

Jonathan Rose is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto since 1989. He received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 1986 from the University of Toronto, and from 1986 to 1989, he was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at Stanford University. He has been a pioneer in the area of Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) for over 20 years, having been one of the very first researchers to work in the area of FPGAs. His group has produced extensive research in the subareas of logic and routing architecture, memory architecture, and computer-aided design tools. He worked at Xilinx Inc. in San Jose, CA, during 1995-1996 as a Senior Research Scientist. In 1998, he co-founded Right Track CAD Corporation, which delivered architecture and software for FPGAs to device vendors. He was President and CEO of Right Track until May, 2000, when Right Track was acquired by Altera and became part of the Altera Toronto Technology Centre. He served as Senior Director of Altera Toronto to 2003, where his group shared responsibility for the development of several generations of Altera’s FPGAs. Altera Toronto now consists of 140 engineers and delivers key technology to the company. He served as Chair of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2004 to 2009 and currently serves as Director of the Engineering Business Minor and the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Hatchery. He is a founding member of Maple Leaf Angels Investment Group. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the ACM, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Associate of the American National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Senior Fellow of Massey College. He serves on the Board of Directors of Academics without Borders Canada and on the Technical Advisory Boards of Achronix and Sidense. His current research interests cover all aspects of FPGAs — their architecture, CAD, and applications in systems — and includes a new focus on inter-disciplinary applications of mobile devices.