Hannu Tenhunen was born in Joroinen, at eastern part of Finland , in 1957. He has two children and shares life with Leena Siren. He received degrees of Diploma Engineer in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering (with majors in Electron Physics and Digital Signal Processing, and minors in Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, and Solid-State Physics in 1982, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University , Ithaca, NY, USA, in 1985 with major in Microelectronics and minor in Applied and Engineering Physics (Microfabrication) (in 2.5 years). He has been nominated to docent positions at Tampere University of Technology and Helsinki University of Technology, in 1994 and 1999, and appointed as visiting professor at Cornell University in 1998 and a part-time visiting professor at University of Turku since 1999. He was awarded honorary doctor degree (Dr.h.c.) from Tallinn Technical University , Estonia , in 2003 for advancement of education and research in electronics. In 2003 he was also nominated to a honorary TUCS Research Fellow by University of Turku and Åbo Akademien University in Finland . He was appointed to honorary professor at Bejing Jiaotong University , China , also in 2003. In 2004 he received prestigious SSF Senior Individual Grant. He is also NorFA visiting professor at University of Turku 2003-2005 and Professour Invite´ at Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) in 2005. In 2004 he was awarded Nokia Visiting Fellow grant and in 2005 appointed as honorary professor in Fudan University , Shanghai , China . He was appointed in October 2005 to be adjuct professor at Chinese University of Honk Kong.
During 1978-82 he was with Electron Physics Laboratory, Helsinki University of Technology, and worked on quantum mechanical electron structure of crystalline and amorphous semiconductors. From 1983 to 1985 he worked at Cornell University and its National Submicron Facility as a Fulbright scholar . During this time he worked with 0.5-0.25 micron CMOS technologies and IC design.
From September 1985 he started at Tampere University of Technology, Applied Electronics and later at Signal Processing Laboratory as an associate professor with duties in setting up the LSI and VLSI design activities and to integrate DSP and VLSI activities together. He was also the coordinator (program director) of National Microelectronics Program of Finland during 1987-91, a 150 MSEK national research investment. He also worked as Head of Laboratory of Signal Processing Laboratory, which had over 70 researchers. From November 1989 he worked as research professor on ASIC desig n methodologies and applications. Since January 1992 he has been with Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm , where he is a professor of electronic system design and head of ESDlab (www.ele.kth.se/ESD/). Since 1992 he has established an active laboratory with state-of-the-art resources based on external support. The laboratory aims to be among the top 3 laboratories in Europe and within top 5 in world in its activity area. During his time at KTH he has initiated and/or being a founding member and proposal writer for the following large scale interdisciplinary national programs and graduate schools:
Professor Tenhunen has also contributed as an evaluator and expert of national research and educational programs in Europe and European Union research projects and programs, as well as evaluated research institutes, in 2003 and in 2006 IMEC in Belgium and multi billion Euro MEDEA+ Eureka-programme as a whole. He has been evaluator to electronics engineering programs in Norway and engineering education and graduate studies in Åbo Akademien. He has evaluated graduate school in ITC area INFOTECH at University of Oulu ..
His educational interests are within VLSI, future technology abstraction, circuit and system integration paradigms, and related system applications, and continuing education towards industries. He has lectured courses from semiconductor physics to computer engineering and designed and/or lectured over 40 different courses during the last 20 years. He has contributed significantly in restructuring the educational programs in electronics both in Tampere University of Technology in mid 80s and at KTH in 1990s. He has contributed to internationalization of advanced education programs are via establishment of International Signal Processing Program in Tampere in late 80s and NorFA Nordic Program on Modern Electronic System Design, NorESD in 1993. Sofar, the NorESD program with over 30 courses and close to 500 participants has been the largest single coordinated activity towards continuing education for industry in this area. His program director role and contributions in vitalizing the national educational and research activities in microelectronic circuit and systems designs during 80s were one of the strategic enablers for the global success of Finnish electronics industries during 90s. His current activities are focused in establishing internationally competitive educational program within the new KTH-Kista Information Technology program with focus on modern electronic design and System-on-Chip curriculum issues and overall renewal of the course and curriculum content. The new course and curriculum approaches created and adapted by Prof. Tenhunen has resulted to multiple international reviewed publications and invited presentations. Most recently, these activities have resulted to establishment of the popular international Master Program on System-on-Chip Design at KTH ( www.ele.kth.se/SoC/ ). Currently this program is the leading and most successful in Europe in SoC area. Prof. Tenhunen was one of the key architects in late 1990s for the current KTH large-scale initiative in Kista within information technology and he is dean of School of Information Technology (IT-Universitet) responsible on faculty and educational program development for the new IT-University ( http://www.it.kth.se/ ) located in Kista. Under his leadership KTH's IT-University is the largest School at KTH and has a significant European role in terms of profile, approach and strategy for new curriculum and faculty integration. The key strategy is based on focus in IT impact to society and individuals and on strongly internationalized faculty and student bodies providing a unique campus in the Nordic area. Currently IT-University in Kista has over 3500 full-time students, over 70 full and associate professors, and total activity volume over 520 MSEK. In 1992 Prof. Tenhune was the 3rd KTH professor located in Kista with no educational degree programs in Kista. The KTH approach is currently adapted to other university campuses nationally and internationally. Currently prof. Tenhunen is heading the Nordic Master program on Innovative ICT with the aim being the leading international educational program in Europe where ICT and innovation are incorporated.
Since September 2005 he has been the part-time Director of Turku Centre of Computer Science (TUCS, www.tucs.fi ) , a collaborative multi-university research center consiting of over 60 Ph.D. level seniors and over 110 Ph.D. students working in ICT sector.
His research interest and publications activities have been in areas:
His current research interests are ULSI/SoC circuits and systems for wireless and broadband communication, and related system design methodologies. He has made over 520 reviewed international publications on IC technologies and VLSI systems worldwide, and over 160 national publications/presentations . He has 11 patents granted worldwide. He is actively contributing to many international conferences as general chairman, session chairman, technical program committee member, invited speaker, panel organizer and panel member, and just presenting papers. He is e.g. technical program committee member of International Solid State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) (from 1989 forward), general chairman of European Solid-State Circuits Conference in 2000, and a long standing (since 1991) chairman of the successful IEEE NORCHIP series of Nordic conferences for the circuit design community, vice-chairman of Multiprocessor SoC workshop (MPSOC) in 2004. Since 2006 he has been elected to steering committee of European Solid State Circuit Conference and European Solid State Device Conference. He has also contributed to launch of new scientific journals and is serving as associate editor for those. He has served as referee to all key conferences and scientific journals in his area . He has served as technical program committee member to all key conferences in his area . He has been an invited quest editor for 7 different scientific journals (special issues), and coordinated as editor of publishing more than 5 books in new research areas. He has contributed over 25 invited journal papers.
In addition of technical interest, he has been active in technology policies in Finland and Sweden , researching technology impact to industry, strategic and management issues in high technology adoption in end products, and organizing technology diffusion and dissemination activities for SME sector at Nordic and European level. These activities have also produced international reviewed publications. He has initiated the NorASIC-SMI project (within JESSI program and partially funded by Nordisk Industrifond), and has initiated and planned MicroExcel project for distributed Nordic Center-Of-Excellence in microelectronics he also initiated the recent SoC-SME Nordic/Baltic SME sector activity and Nordic Network-of-Excellence in NoC area. He was one of the key architects for the European wide EuroSOC network-of-excellence and is organizing NoC related activities within that.. He has worked also as a board member in technology and science parks, research institute, and high technology start-up companies, as well as served as advisor to multitude of such activities. He has contributed significantly to Kemi Technology Park and Hermia in Finland , KTH Teknikhöjd, Kista Science Park , and to formation of start-up companies in different form VLSI Solution OY, Spirea AB , Synthesia AB , Imsys AB , SICS AB, and Frame Access AB.
During 2003/2004 Prof. Tenhunen launched strategic co-operation with two top universities in China , Fudan University , Shanghai , and Zhejiang University , Hangzhou . As part of this process two Euro-Sino Research and Educational Centers has established with joint M.S.c and Ph.D. programs with Nordic and European universities.