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Dr. Marcel Jacomet is professor for microelectronics at Biel School of Engineering (Bern University of Applied Sciences, Berner Fachhochschule) and head of MicroLab-I3S as well chairman of I3S (Interdisciplinary Institute of Integrated Systems, formed by 6 professors with their laboratories and staff) and Microswiss-BE network (member of national Microswiss-Network), consisting of all four microelectronics laboratories in Biel, Bern Burgdorf and Saint Imier within the Berner Fachhochschule.


  • Born: February 21st, 1959 in Brunnen county of Schwyz
  • Status: married, 3 children
  • Languages: Rumantsch (mother language), German, English, French


  • 1966-1971: Primary School in Winterthur ZH
  • 1971-1973: Secondary School in Winterthur ZH
  • 1973-1977: Grammar School in Winterthur ZH
  • 1977-1981: MS of Electronic Engineering at ETH in Zürich
  • 1985-1990: Ph.D. of Electronic Engineering at ETH in Zürich (Dr. Ing. ETH), thesis subject Opens external link in new windowLayout Dependent Fault Analysis and Test Synthesis of Integrated CMOS Circuits, published in Series in Microelectronics, Volume 8, Hartung-Gorre, ISBN 3-89191-395-8, ISSN 0936-5362


  • 1982-1985: Industry Project Engineer at Institut of Electronics ETH, Zürich
  • 1990-1991: Research Project at Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1991-91/92: Technology Management at Müller Martini Inc, Zofingen, AG
  • 1992-now: Prof. for microelectronics at Bern University of Applied Sciences

Some Highlights


  • 2002: First price for the "Cod-It" project Venture 2002 - Companies for Tomorrow, organized by the ETH Zürich and McKinsey and Company
  • 2001: Patent for Secure Internet Transaction deposited
  • 2000: Patent for RFID anticollision algorithm accepted and published, FR2790622
  • 1998: Innovation award from Technology Center Switzerland Foundation (patronage of Ruth Dreifuss, Member of the Swiss Council of Ministers) for the ProTest prototyping chip test system
  • 1996: Worlds fastest fuzzy logic processor Chip (unofficialy)
  • 1991: Development of first industrial Fuzzy Logic product in Switzerland (report on national TV: Menschen Technik Wissenschaft emission autumn 1991)
  • PhD Students

    EPFL December 3rd, 1999: Associate supervisor of PhD student Alexandre Schmid at Ecole Polytechnique Fedarale de Lausanne (EPFL) with thesis subject VLSI Realization of Mixed Analog-Digital Artificial Neural Networks Dedicated to Autonomous Systems with On-Chip Learning Capability

    International Collaboration

    • Co-founder of Spin-Off company AXSionics AG, member of the board, CTO at AXSionics. AXSionics is developing and producing unique technologies for mobile, secure, ergonomic and privacy protecting authentication tokens and solutions.
    • Project evaluator and raporter for the European Commission on behalf of the Information Society Technologies Program (IST, 5th Framework Programe), February 2001, Brussels
    • Project evaluator for the European Commission on behalf of the Information Society Technologies Program (IST, 5th Framework Program), June 2000, Brussels
    • Zimbabwe: 10 one-year internship undergraduate and graduate students from National University of Science and Technology (NUST) worked at MicroLab.
    • Brazil: 3 one-year internship students from different Universities (UNICAMP, etc) worked at MicroLab
    • France: 3 internship students from Universities of Nantes and Paris worked at MicroLab

    International Conferences

    • IFIP VLSI-SOC: Member of technical program committee and session chair, 17-19 oct. 2005, Perth, Australia
    • SBCCI'1999-2008: Member of program committee and session chair of Symposium on Integrated Circuits and Systems Design conference, in Brazil, September 7-11th 2004 Porto de Galinhas, September, 2003 in Sao Paulo, September 9-14, 2002 in Porto Alegre, September 10-15, 2001 in Brasilia, September 18-22, 2000 in Manaus, September 18-22, 1999 in Natal
    • DELTA'2001-2010: Member of program committee of International Workshop on Electronic Design, Test and Applications, January 17-19, 2005, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,  January 28-30, 2003 in Perth, Australia, January, 2001 in Christchurch, New Zealand
    • TLD'2000-2005: Member of program committee of Technology Leadership Day microelectronics conference, in Switzerland, October 10, 2004 in Biel (local chair), October 10, 2003 in Winterthur, October 10, 2002 in Luzern, October 10, 2001 in Fribourg, October 10, 2000 in Rapperswil
    • ISQED'2000-2005: Member of technical committee of International Symposium on Quality Engineering Design conference, March, 2000-2004 in San Jose, USA
    • MTW'2002: Member of technical committee and session chair of Microelectronics Test Workshop conference, January, 2002 in Palmerston North, New Zealand
    • ATS'1998: Session chair of Asian Test Symposium conference, December 2-4, 1998 in Singapore, Singapore


    • Xcellence in University Research: General-Purpose SoC Plattform Handles Hardware/Software Co-Design, Theo Kluter, Marcel Jacomet, Xcell Journal, Issue 74, March 2011 Initiates file download(1.2 MB)
    • DELTA 2011, 7th IEEE International Symposium on Electronics Design, Test & Applications, Comparing Signal Processing Hardware-Synthesis Methods Based on the Matlab Tool-Chain, Rico Zoss, Andreas Habegger, Vinzenz Bandi, Josef Goette, and Marcel Jacomet, 17-19 January 2011, Queenstown, New ZealandInitiates file download (144kB)
    • CTI MedTech, Esophageal ECG Recorder, Rolf Vogel, Thomas Niederhauser, Michael Jungo, Marcel Jacomet, Josef Goette, Thanks Marisa, Erwin BergerInitiates file download (707kB)
    • DELTA 2010, 6th IEEE International Symposium on Electronics Design, Test & Applications, An Efficient Hardware Implementation for Recirpocal Unit, Andreas Habegger, Andreas Stahel, Josef Goette, and Marcel Jacomet, 13-15 January 2010, Ho-Chi-Min City, Vietnam Initiates file download(345 kB)
    • DELTA 2008, 5th IEEE International Symposium on Electronics Design, Test & Applications, On Using Fingerprint-Sensors for PIN-Pad Entry,  Marcel Jacomet, Josef Goette, and Andreas Eicher, Hong Kong, China, January 23-25, 2008, Initiates file download(264kB)
    • NUST, National University of Science and Technology, A Successful Swiss Technology Park: the role of university labs, Marcel Jacomet, 28 Nov. 2006, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
    • SunGard Europe, Beyond Boundaries: a personal entry gate to the digital world, Marcel Jacomet, 12-14 June 2006, Barcelona, Spain
    • The Third IEEE International Workshop on Electronics Design, Test & Applications, Using Dither to Improve the Performance of Lossy Sigma-Delta Modulators, Josef Goette, Marcel Jacomet, Markus Hager, 17-19 Jan. 2006, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (270Kb)
    • IFIP VLSI-SOC, A Novel Photo-Sensor Interface Technique Based on Sigma-Delta Conversion, Markus Hager, Marcel Jacomet, Josef Goette, Stefan Gempeler, 17-19 Oct. 2005, Perth, Australia (139Kb)
    • IT Business RFID: Eine Chip-Technologie mit Zukunftschancen, Marcel Jacomet, Seiten 44-47, Ausgabe 6, Nov/Dez 2004,
    • IEEE 17th Symposium on Integrated Circuits and System Design, SBCCI'2004, On the Dynamic Behavior of a Novel Digital-Only Sigma-Delta A/D Converter, Marcel Jacomet, Josef Goette, Venanz Zbinden, Christian Narvaez, 7-11 September 2004, Porto de Galinhas, Brazil (278Kb)
    • Technology Leadership Day 2002, TLD'2002, 10 Oct., Luzern Switzerland, Smart Image Sensor for Motion Detection, Sandro Zurbrügg, Josef Goette, Marcel Jacomet, Roger Cattin (1.5Mb)
    • IEEE Design Automation and Test in Europe, DATE'02, 4-8 March, Paris, Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation by linking Matlab/Simulink with a HW/SW Co-Design Rapid-Prototyping Platform, Marcel Jacomet, Josef Goette, Markus Hager, William Chigutsa, Nicolas Leuba, (322Kb)
    • IEEE 14th Symposium on Integrated Circuits and System Design, SBCCI'2001, 10-15 September 2001, Brasilia and 7th International Conference on Information Systems Analysis and Synthesis, ISAS2001, 22-25 July 2001, Orlando. On a Development Environment for Real-Time Information Processing in Systems-on-Chip Solutions, Marcel Jacomet, Josef Goette, Jörg Breitenstein, Markus Hager (548Kb), German version: Entwicklungsumgebung fr Echtzeit Daten- und Signalverarbeitung mit dem System-on-Chip Lösungsansatz (215Kb)
    • Technische Rundschau, TR, Nr 1, 14. Januar, 2000, pp40-42,  Switzerland. Kommunikation: Kontaktlose Identifikationsysteme, Marcel Jacomet (paper in German, title: Communication: Contactless Identification Systems) (964Kb)
    • IEEE Computer Society, CSCC'99, Conference on Circuits, Systems, Computers and Communications, 4-8 July 1999 Athens. Contactless Identification Device with Anticollision Algorithm. Marcel Jacomet, Adrian Ehrsam, Urs Gehrig, Also published in Recent Advanced in Signal Processing and Communications, by Worlds Scientific Engineering Socienty, ISBN 960-8052-03-3, pp 269-273 (54'807 bytes)
    • IEEE Computer Society, DATE'99, Design Automation and Test in Europe, March '99, Munich, Germany. ProTest: A Prototye Test System for ASIC and FPGAs with a Tight Link to VHDL and Verilog-HDL Based CAD Simulators, Marcel Jacomet, Jörg Breitenstein, Francisco Junqueira, Roger Wälti (190'106 bytes)
    • Technische Rundschau, TR, Nr 6/99, 23 June 1999, Switzerland. Schweizer Forschung: Testbench Methodik fr den Entwurf integrierter Digitalschaltungen (paper in German, title: Swiss Research: Testbench Methodology for Designing Digital Circuits)
    • Elektronik, No 2, 1999, Designeffizienz länt sich steigern: Testbench-Methodik für die Entwicklung digitaler Schaltungen, Marcel Jacomet, pp82-86 (paper in germany, Title: Testbench Methodology for Designing Digital Circuits - Increasing Design Efficiency)
    • IEEE Computer Society, The Seventh Asian Test Symposium, December 2-4, 1998 Singapore. Testing Embedded Memories: Is BIST the Ultimate Solution? An ASIC Designers Point of View, Marcel Jacomet (html file)
    • 2nd European Workshop on Microelectronics Education, EWME'98, 14-15 May 1998, Noordwijerhout, Netherlands. ProTest: A Low Cost Rapid Prototyping and Test System for PCB, ASIC and FPGA, Marcel Jacomet, Jörg Breitenstein, Roger Wälti, Lukas Winzenried, Martin Gysel (116 kbytes)
    • MegaLink no 17, 5. Octber 1998, pp 12-15, Switzerland. Effiziente Entwicklung digitaler Schaltungen, Marcel Jacomet (paper in German, title: Efficient Design of Digital Circuits), also published in Jahresbericht HTA Biel, 1997/98
    • IEEE Computer Society, The Sixth Asian Test Symposium, November 17-19, 1997 Akita, Japan. ProTest: A Low Cost Rapid Prototyping Test System for ASICs and FPGAs, version 2.0, Marcel Jacomet, Roger Wälti, Lukas Winzenried, Jaime Perez, Martin Gysel (228 kbytes)
    • IEEE Computer Society International Conference on Microelectronic Systems Education, July 21-23, 1997 Arlington, USA. ProTest: A Low Cost Rapid Prototyping Test System for ASICs and FPGAs, version 2.0,Marcel Jacomet, Roger Wälti, Lukas Winzenried, Jaime Perez, Martin Gysel (198'419 bytes)
    • 2nd Anual Joint Conference on Information Sciences, Wrightsville Beach USA, On-Line Optimization of Fuzzy Systems, Marcel Jacomet, Andreas Stahel, Roger Wälti, 28th Sept.-1. Oct. 1995, also published in North-Holland No 0020-0255, Volume 98, Number 1-4, 1997, New York, USA, pp301-313 (161'304 bytes)
    • Technische Rundschau, Nr 41, 1995, Switzerland. Fuzzy-Logik Anwendung in der Telekommunikation, Marcel Jacomet, Josef Goette, Christophe Dousse, pp16-19, (paper in German, title: Fuzzy Logic Applications in Telecommunication)
    • Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences, SATW, March 1995, ETH Lausanne, 4/1995, Switzerland. Forschungspolitische Früherkennung (FER), Neue Technologien und ihre Auswirkungen auf die Arbeitsplätze der Zukunft: Traditionelle Fahigkeiten unseres Landes und ihre Perspektiven, Explorative Studie im Raume Jura-Südfuss, Marcel Jacomet (paper in German, title: Future Key Technologies and their Impact on Tomorrows Jobs: Which are the Traditional Skills of our Country and what Kind of Perspectives do they Provide)
    • International Mechatronics Conference, Aachen Germany, 31th Oct-4th November 1994. Fuzzy Logic Based Decision-Machine to Solve the Handover Problem in a Digital Cellular Radio System, Marcel Jacomet, Josef Goette, Urs Grob, Christiphe Dousse (108'771 bytes)
      Jahresbericht HTA Biel, 1993/94, Switzerland. Innauguration of MicroLab (paper in German)
    • IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, June 1993, Vol 12, No 6, pp888-899, Layout-Dependent Fault Analysis and Test Synthesis for CMOS Circuits, Marcel Jacomet, Walter Guggenbhl
    • Swiss Automation Pool, SAP, Conference on Innovation and Future Oriented Industrial Automation, October 16, 1992, Berne, Switzerland. Bridging the Engineering Education with the Industrial Application (in German)
    • Technische Rundschau, May 8, 1992, Switzerland, pp94-97. Regeln und Steuern mit unscharfer Logik: Fuzzy Logik in der Schweizer Maschinenindustrie, Marcel Jacomet (paper in german, title: Automation and Control with Fuzzy Logic: Fuzzy Logik in the Swiss Machine Industry)
    • IEEE Workshop on Defect and Fault Tolerance in VLSI Systems, November 7, 1992, Grenoble, France. Stuck-at Faults vs. Layout Dependent CMOS Faults, Marcel Jacomet
    • IEEE International Test Conference, ITC, August 31, 1989, Washington DC, USA. FANTESTIC: Towards a Powerful Fault Analysis and Test Pattern Generator for Integrated Circuits, Marcel Jacomet
    • SEV Bulletin, No 11, June 6, 1987, pp 623-631, Switzerland. Testbarer Schaltungsentwurf - eine Uebersicht, Marcel Jacomet, Andreas Reber, (paper in German, title Testable Circuit Design - An Overview), summary also published in Markt und Technik, Design & Elektronik 24.Nov. 1987, pp 118-127


    Berner FH, TI Biel

    (Bern University of Applied Sciences)

    Prof. Dr. Marcel Jacomet


    Quellgasse 21

    CH-2501 Biel-Bienne




    + 41 (0)32 321 62 41


    + 41 (0)32 321 65 41


    Marcel.Jacomet at bfh.ch