Kurt Keutzer

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Kurt Keutzer
Kurt William Keutzer

(1955-11-09) November 9, 1955 (age 68)
Alma materMaharishi University of Management (B.S.)
Indiana University Bloomington (M.S. and PhD)[1]
AwardsFellow, IEEE
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsBell Labs, Synopsys, University of California, Berkeley, DeepScale

Kurt Keutzer (born November 9, 1955) is an American computer scientist.

Early life and education[edit]

Kurt Keutzer grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana.[citation needed] He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Maharishi University of Management (formerly Mararishi International University) in 1978,[2] and a PhD in computer science from Indiana University in 1984.[3]


Keutzer joined Bell Labs in 1984, where he worked on logic synthesis.[2] In 1991, he joined the electronic design automation company Synopsys, where he was promoted to chief technology officer.[2][4] He subsequently joined the University of California, Berkeley as a professor in 1998.[2]

His research at Berkeley has focused on the intersection of high performance computing and machine learning. Working with a number of graduate students at Berkeley, Keutzer developed FireCaffe, which scaled the training of deep neural networks to over 100 GPUs. Later, with LARS and LAMB optimizers, they scaled it to over 1000 servers.[5][6][7][8] Keutzer and his students also developed deep neural networks such as SqueezeNet, SqueezeDet, and SqueezeSeg, which can run efficiently on mobile devices.[9]

Keutzer co-founded DeepScale with his PhD student Forrest Iandola in 2015, and Keutzer served as the company's chief strategy officer.[10] The firm was focused on developing deep neural networks for advanced driver assistance systems in passenger cars.[11]

On October 1, 2019, electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla, Inc. purchased DeepScale to augment and accelerate its self-driving vehicle work.[12]

Honors and awards[edit]

Keutzer was named a Fellow of the IEEE in 1996.[13]

Recipient of DAC Most Influential Paper (MIP) award (24th DAC, 1987) for his "Dagon: technology binding and local optimization by DAG matching” publication.[14]

Books by Keutzer[edit]

  • 1988. Dwight Hill, Don Shugard, John Fishburn, and Kurt Keutzer. Algorithms and Techniques for VLSI Layout Synthesis. Springer.[15]
  • 1994. Srinivas Devadas, Abhijit Ghosh, and Kurt Keutzer. Logic Synthesis. McGraw-Hill.[16]
  • 2002. David Chinnery and Kurt Keutzer. Closing the Gap Between ASIC & Custom: Tools and Techniques for High-Performance ASIC Design. Springer.[17][18] (2nd edition appeared in 2007.[19])
  • 2004. Pinhong Chen, Desmond A. Kirkpatrick, and Kurt Keutzer. Static Crosstalk-Noise Analysis: For Deep Sub-Micron Digital Designs. Springer.[20]
  • 2005. Matthias Gries and Kurt Keutzer. Building ASIPs: The Mescal Methodology. Springer.[21]


  1. ^ "Kurt Keutzer Ph.D.: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  2. ^ a b c d Keutzer, Kurt. "Faculty Page". UC Berkeley. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  3. ^ Keutzer, Kurt (1984). From paracomputer to ultracomputer (PhD thesis). Indiana University, Bloomington. OSTI 5401984.
  4. ^ "Announcing AI@The House". The House. 2018-01-17. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  5. ^ Iandola, Forrest N.; Ashraf, Khalid; Moskewicz, Matthew W.; Keutzer, Kurt (2015). "FireCaffe: Near-linear acceleration of deep neural network training on compute clusters". arXiv:1511.00175 [cs.CV].
  6. ^ "Supercomputing speeds up deep learning training". Tech Xplore. 2017-11-13. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  7. ^ James, Mike (2017-09-21). "i-programmer". ImageNet Training Record - 24 Minutes. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  8. ^ You, Yang; et al. (2017-09-14). "ImageNet Training in Minutes". arXiv:1709.05011 [cs.CV].
  9. ^ Niedermeyer, Edward (2019-10-01). "Tesla Beefs Up Autonomy Effort With DeepScale Acqui-Hire". The Drive. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  10. ^ Iandola, Forrest (2018-03-23). "DeepScale's plan to put Deep Learning in mass-produced cars". DeepScale Blog. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  11. ^ Yoshida, Junko (2018-01-09). "Visteon Works with DNN Vanguard DeepScale". EE Times. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  12. ^ Kolodny, Lora (2019-10-01). "Tesla is buying computer vision start-up DeepScale in a quest to create truly driverless cars". CNBC. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  13. ^ "33rd DAC Awards" (PDF). DAC. 1996. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  14. ^ "DAC Most Influential Paper (MIP) Award". DAC. 1987. Retrieved 2019-10-10.}
  15. ^ Hill, Dwight; Shugard, Don; Fishburn, John; Keutzer, Kurt (1988-11-30). Algorithms and Techniques for VLSI Layout Synthesis. Springer. ISBN 0-89838-301-3.
  16. ^ "Logic Synthesis". Amazon. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  17. ^ Chinnery, David; Keutzer, Kurt (2002-06-30). Closing the Gap Between ASIC & Custom: Tools and Techniques for High-Performance ASIC Design. Springer. ISBN 1-4020-7113-2.
  18. ^ Goering, Richard (2002-05-28). "Closing the custom gap". EE Times. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  19. ^ Closing the Power Gap between ASIC & Custom: Tools and Techniques for Low Power Design, 2007 Edition. ISBN 0-387-25763-2.
  20. ^ Chen, Pinhong; Kirkpatrick, Desmond A.; Keutzer, Kurt (2004-06-07). Static Crosstalk-Noise Analysis: For Deep Sub-Micron Digital Designs. Springer. ISBN 1-4020-8091-3.
  21. ^ Gries, Matthias; Keutzer, Kurt (2005-06-28). Building ASIPs: The Mescal Methodology. Springer. ISBN 0-387-26057-9.