Prof. Angel Rodriguez Vazquez, recipient of the 2019 IEEE CASS Mac Van Valkenburg Award

The Spain Chapter of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society is proud to announce that the 2019 Mac Van Valkenburg Award of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society has been presented to Prof. Angel Rodriguez Vazquez, an IEEE Fellow from our Chapter.


Prof. Rodriguez Vazquez received the award at ISCAS 2019 in Sapporo, Japan, at the Society Awards Ceremony (Tuesday, 28 May), "for fundamental contributions to mixed-signal chip architectures for smart imaging, vision and 2-D data processing". It is the first time that a Spanish researcher receives this award.


The Mac Van Valkenburg Award honors the individual for outstanding technical contributions and distinguishable leadership in a field within the scope of CAS Society are consistently evident. The award is based on the quality and significance of contribution, and continuity of technical leadership.


Ángel Rodríguez Vázquez is a Full Professor of Electronics at the University of Seville (since 1995) and the IMSE-CNM/CSIC since its foundation, where he created an Analog and Mixed-Signal IC Design Lab aimed to sensing and communications. He teaches at the Faculty of Physics and the Schoop of Engineering, and he is coordinator of the PhD program on Physical Sciences and Technologies.


Dr. Rodriguez Vazquez is IEEE Fellow since 1999. He has authored 8 books; around 40 chapters in contributed books, including original tutorials on chaotic integrated circuits, design of data converters and design of chips for vision; and some 500 articles in peer-review specialized publications, as well as 9 patents. He has supervised 20 PhD theses.


Prof. Rodríguez-Vázquez has always pursued the balance between long term research and innovative industrial developments. He has led 50 R+D projects and was co-founder of the company AnaFocus (now Teledyne-Anafocus). He served as the AnaFocus CEO until June 2009, a period in which the company grew from 2 employees until 50 employees and reached the threshold of maturity as a worldwide company specialized in the design and production of smart CMOS imagers and vision systems-on-chip. The high-performance mixed-signal chips designed by his team include three generation of vision chips for high-speed applications, analog front-ends for XDSL MoDems, ADCs for wireless communications, ADCs for automotive sensors, chaotic signals generators, complete MoDems for power-line communications, etc. Some of these chips entered in massive production.


Prof. Rodríguez-Vázquez has received a number of international awards for his research work (IEEE Guillemin-Cauer best paper award, two best papers awards from Wiley’s-IJCTA, the IEEE ECCTD best paper award, and the IEEE ISCAS best demo-paper award). His research work is widely quoted and he has an h-index of 48 (Google Scholar, i-10 equal to 179) with about 10000 citations. He has served as Editor, Associate Editor, and Guest Editor for several IEEE and non-IEEE journals. He is on the committees of many international journals and conferences, and has chaired many international IEEE and SPIE conferences. He is Conference Chair of IEEE ISCAS 2020 to be held in Seville, the IEEE CAS flagship conference.