Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

Professor Andrew Brown

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Professor Andrew Brown

ECS, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering
University of Southampton
Southampton, United Kingdom. SO17 1BJ

Position: Academic staff in Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Extension: 23374
Telephone: Work (Voice): +44 (0)23 8059 3374
Fax: Work (Fax): 02380 592901
Email: adb@ecs.soton.ac.uk
URI: http://id.ecs.soton.ac.uk/person/114 [browse]

Interests: neural simulation multi-core systems parallel processing electronic design automation: simulation ssynthesis mask algebr


Andrew Brown currently holds an established chair in Electronics at the University of Southampton. He received a BSc in Physical Electronics from Southampton in 1976 and a PhD in Microelectronics in 1981. He held brief posts as research fellow and computer manager in the Electronics Department at Southampton before being appointed a lecturer at the end of 1980. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1989, Reader in Electronics in 1992 and to one of the established chairs in 1999.

During his time as an academic, he has spent numerous secondments and sabbaticals working in industry. In 1983 he was appointed a Visiting Scientist in the Machine Technology group at IBM Hursley, UK, working on electronic place and route systems for uncommitted logic arrays. In 1985, along with three other academics, he founded Horus System Ltd, an EDA startup (backed by Cirrus Computers) to exploit simulation technology developed at the University. In 1988, he worked at Siemens NeuPerlach (Munich, Germany) on a micro-router for their in-house VENUS EDA suite. In 1995 he was awarded a Senior Academic in Industry secondment to work at a small communications company, MAC, developing a placement tool used in decision support for the placement of mobile phone base stations. In 2001, he co-founded LME Design Automation, a venture capital-backed spinout to exploit an EDA synthesis suite that was been the prime focus of his University research at that time. One consequence of this startup was that he was awarded a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship to continue his work there until 2003. In 2004, he was appointed a Visiting Professor at the University of Trondheim, Norway, and spent time there integrating the simulation and synthesis work of the previous two startup companies. In 2008 he was appointed a Visiting Professor at the Computing Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK.

He was head of the Design Automation Research Group at Southampton from 1993 to 2007, when he became involved in the Manchester SpiNNaker system, and was able to obtain EPSRC support to allow him to work full time on the project, relinquishing all teaching, supervision and management responsibilities.



BSc Physical electronics 1976

PhD Microelectronics 1981





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Most external work has been providing expert opinions in legal cases.

Conferences Attended

  • PARCO'11 (Ghent)
  • CECAM (Lausanne)
  • DATE'11 (Grenoble)
  • Computational Neuroscience (Freiburg)
  • DATE'10 (Dresden)
  • HiPEAC'09 (Gothenburg)
  • PARCO'09 (Aachen)
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