Carnegie Mellon University

Franz Franchetti

Franz Franchetti

Associate Research Professor, CyLab, Electrical and Computer Engineering

5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Franz Franchetti is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. 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.

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.


  • M.S., Vienna University of Technology, 2000 
  • Ph.D., Vienna University of Technology, 2003 


Franchetti investigates how to leverage the ever-growing power of today’s computing devices to enhance stability and efficiency of smart grids. He is currently co-PI in the NIST-sponsored “Smart Grid in a Room” project.