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The New Normal: The importance and the role of innovation

Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli

University of California, Berkeley, USA

The Covid-19 pandemic advanced the digital transformation by at least 10-15 years, bringing chaos to many productive sectors including tourism, mobility, trade, the hotel and food industries. The speech will analyze the impact of Covid-19 on the whole society and show how innovation can help rethinking business models and the boundaries between industries.

Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli is the Edgar L. and Harold H. Buttner Chair at the EECS Department, UC Berkeley. He graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in 1971. He co-founded Cadence and Synopsys, the two leading EDA companies. He is on the Board of Directors of Cadence, KPIT,, Cy4Gate, Exein, and Chairman of the Board of Quantum Motion, Phononic Vibes, Innatera and Phoelex. He is a member of the advisory board of Walden International and Xseed, of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Italian Institute of Technology and the Chair of the Strategic Board and of the International Advisory Board for the Milano Innovation District. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Politecnico di Milano and honorary Professor at Politecnico di Torino. He was the President of the “Comitato Nazionale dei Garanti della Ricerca” and of the Strategy Committee of Fondo Strategico Italiano. He consulted for companies such as Intel, HP, Bell Labs, IBM, Lendlease, Samsung, UTC, Lutron, Kawasaki Steel, Fujitsu, Telecom Italia, Pirelli, GM, BMW, Mercedes, Magneti Marelli, and ST Microelectronics. He authored 19 books, 2 patents and over 1,000 papers. He is Fellow of the IEEE and ACM, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He earned the IEEE/RSE Maxwell Award “for groundbreaking contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the development of electronics and electrical engineering or related fields”, the Kaufmann Award for foundational contributions to EDA, the EDAA lifetime Achievement Award, the IEEE/ACM R. Newton Impact Award, the University of California Distinguished Teaching Award, the IEEE TC-CPS Technical Achievement Award, the IEEE Leon Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award and the ISPD lifetime achievement award.