Carnegie Mellon University

Franz Franchetti

Franz Franchetti

Kavčić-Moura Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
Director, Engineering Research Accelerator

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Franz Franchetti is a full Professor (with indefinite tenure) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He received the Dipl.-Ing. (M.Sc.) degree in Technical Mathematics and the Dr. techn. (Ph.D.) degree in Computational Mathematics from the Vienna University of Technology in 2000 and 2003, respectively. In 2006 he was member of the team winning the Gordon Bell Prize (Peak Performance Award) and in 2010 he was member of the team winning the HPC Challenge Class II Award (most productive system). In 2013 he was awarded the CIT Dean's Early Career Fellowship by the College of Engineering of Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Franchetti is Faculty Director of Information Technology Services in the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also CTO and Co-Founder of Spiral Gen, Inc., a Pittsburgh area startup that commercializes the Spiral technology. Previously, he has been Thrust Leader of the Security Thrust in Carnegie Mellon’s SRC Smart Grid Research Center and Faculty Senator for the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon.

Professor Franchetti is the current President of the Austrian Scientists and Scholars in North America (ASciNA), and leads the ASciNA Western Pennsylvania chapter. Please contact him if you are an Austrian academic in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Franz has been playing the electric guitar on-stage in various rock bands since 1993. Watch him perform live or visit Wr. Neustadt’s newcomer festival SCHMU, where he performed and served as stage engineer.


Ph.D., 2003 
Vienna University of Technology

M.S., 2000 
Vienna University of Technology


Dr. Franchetti's research focuses on automatic performance tuning and program generation for emerging parallel platforms and algorithm/hardware co-synthesis. He targets multicore CPUs, clusters and high-performance systems (HPC), graphics processors (GPUs), field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), FPGA-acceleration for CPUs, and logic-in-memory and 3DIC chip design.  Within the Spiral effort, his research goal is to enable automatic generation of highly optimized software libraries for important kernel functionality. In other collaborative research threads, Dr. Franchetti is investigating the applicability of domain-specific transformations within standard compilers and the application of HPC in smart grids and material sciences. He leads three DARPA projects in the BRASS, HACMS, and PERFECT programs and is PI/Co-PI on a number of federal and industry grants.


  • Code synthesis
  • Automatic performance tuning
  • Digital signal processing transforms
  • Advanced architectures
  • Secure CPS
  • Image processing and chip manufacturing
  • High performance computing

Related news

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Franchetti Appointed Associate Dean for Research

Congratulations to the newly-appointed Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering, Franz Franchetti.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Franchetti Selected for DOE's X-Stack Teams

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science – Advanced Scientific Computing Research has announced awards for its five X-Stack: Programming Environments for Scientific Computing teams.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Franchetti appointed as honorary consul by Austrian president

Franz Franchetti has been appointed as an honorary counsel by the Austrian president and will report to the New York Consulate General.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Researchers develop a new model that enables fast and accurate object detection

Franz Franchetti and research intern Vít Růžička have recently developed a new model that enables fast and accurate object detection in high-resolution 4K and 8K video footage using GPUs. Their research has been featured in Tech Xplore.
Monday, April 10, 2017

Academic conferences: where diverse people inspire one another

Franchetti serves as the President of the Austrian Scientists & Scholars in North America (ASciNA), an organization that provides Austrians, especially Austrians new to the United States, with useful information, professional development resources, social events, networking opportunities, and a ‘home away from home’.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Franchetti quoted on AI chip startups

As companies continue to invest heavily in hardware to run deep-learning systems, the limitations of existing chips, such as Nvidia’s graphic chips, are being exposed. Despite having been tweaked to adapt, they soak up a lot of energy when working in parallel. CMU has had to ask its researchers to throttle back their chip use due to the strain they placed on the university’s power system.
Monday, February 08, 2016

Franchetti and researchers awarded DARPA BRASS project

ECE professors Franz Franchetti, James Hoe, and José Moura, along with Tze Meng Low, an ECE systems scientist, have been awarded a project in DARPA’s Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) program.