Jan Rabaey holds the Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professorship at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department of the University of California at Berkeley. After receiving his Ph.D degree in applied sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, he joined UC Berkeley in 1983 as a Visiting Research Engineer. From 1985 until 1987, he was a research manager at IMEC, Belgium. Professor Rabaey has created and/or directed a number of high-impact research centers, including the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), the FCRP multi-university Gigascale Systems (GSRC) and MultiScale Systems (MuSyC) Research Centers, and most recently the Berkeley Ubiquitous Swarm Lab. He is also the executive director of the MAS-IC program, the first fully online degree program offered by UC Berkeley engineering.

He is the recipient of a wide range of awards, amongst which the IEEE CAS Society Mac Van Valkenburg Award, the European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement award, and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award. He is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium. In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Lund, Sweden.

He has been involved as an advisor with a number of start-up companies and ventures, including Epic, Morphics, Sonics, Sequence, Simplex, ViMicro, Flarion, Cortera Neurotechnology and others. He serves on the advisory board of a broad range of semiconductor, design technology and wireless companies.

His current research interests include the conception and implementation of next-generation integrated wireless systems, as well as exploring the interaction between the cyber and the biological world.

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