Vaughn Betz

Vaughn Betz is currently a professor and the NSERC/Intel Industrial Research Chair in Programmable Silicon at the University of Toronto. He is the original developer of the widely used VPR FPGA placement, routing and architecture evaluation CAD flow, and a lead developer in the VTR project that has built upon VPR. He co-founded Right Track CAD to commercialize VPR, and joined Altera upon its acquisition of Right Track CAD. Dr. Betz spent 11 years at Altera, ultimately as Senior Director of software engineering, and is one of the architects of the Quartus CAD system and the first five generations of the Stratix and Cyclone FPGA families.

Vaughn Betz received his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Manitoba, his M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto. His doctoral dissertation received the Governor General’s Gold Medal for best thesis in science, engineering or medicine.

He holds 101 US patents and has published over 100 technical articles in the FPGA area, thirteen of which have won best or most significant paper awards. Dr. Betz is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a Faculty Affiliate of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence.