Dr.-Ing. Kuan-Hsun Chen is a tenured assistant professor in the group of Computer Architecture for Embedded Systems (CAES) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Previously, from August 2019 to August 2021, he held a Postdoctoral position in the Design and Automation for Embedded Systems group at TU Dortmund University in Germany. He obtained his Ph.D. degree (May 2019) in Computer Science (Dr.-Ing.) from TU Dortmund University with the highest distinction (summa cum laude), under the supervision of Prof. Jian-Jia Chen. He completed his master's degree in Computer Science (2013) and his bachelor's degree in the Interdisciplinary Program of Humanities and Social Sciences (2011) at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.

He currently serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine, and Guest Editor for the ACM Transactions of Cyber-Physical Systems (TCPS) and the ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS). Furthermore, he has published 70+ scientific works in top peer-reviewed journals (e.g., TC and TECS) and international conferences (e.g., EMSOFT, RTSS, RTAS, DAC, DATE). Additionally, he actively participates as a member of several Technical Program Committees (TPC) for premier conferences and contributes as a reviewer for various peer-reviewed journals and conferences in the field of computer science and engineering.

He is co-founder of the Dutch Real-Time System Community, supported by the 4TU.NIRICT community fund. Furthermore, he is also responsible for the course "Design and Implementation of Real-Time Systems", granted by the ASCI research school. Since 2024 he is a member of Young Academy Twente at UTwente. His achievements include Best Paper Award at ECRTS’23, Best Paper nomination at DATE'21, Best Student Paper Award at RTCSA'18, and a dissertation award at TU Dortmund University (2019). Furthermore, he was granted a personal exchange project (PPP) by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a postdoctoral fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2021. 

Outside the academic pursuits, he dedicates his time to mentorship and open-source development. He has been a volunteer mentor in the ESA Summer of Code in Space (2017) and Google Summer of Code since 2016, specifically focusing on open-source development for a popular real-time operating system, RTEMS. Additionally, he is the member of HiPEAC, a network of European researchers in the field of computing systems.


  • Computer Science

    • Evaluation
    • Non-Volatile Memory
    • Application
    • Real Time Systems
    • Timing Analysis
    • Software
    • Main Memory
    • Hardware


My main research is about  Embedded Real-Time Systems. In particular, I develop architecture-aware software automation and bridge the gap between theory and practice in real-time system software. The following topics are what I have worked on so far:

  • Timing Analysis, Scheduling, and System Software for¬†Real-Time Systems
  • Dependable Computing
  • Cyber-Physical-Systems and¬†Resource Management
  • Hardware Software Co-design

I have also served on several technical program committees (TPC) and organization teams:

transactions and journals:

and in the following venues as a reviewer or a sub-reviewer, including but not limited to:

  • Springer Journal of Time-Critical Computing Systems (TIME)
  • Springer Journal of Systems Architecture (JSA)
  • ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS)
  • ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES)
  • ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Sys¬≠tems (TCPS)
  • ACM Transactions on Internet of Things (TIOT)
  • IEEE Transaction on Computers (TC)
  • IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD)
  • IEEE Transaction on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC)
  • IEEE Transactions on Big Data (TBD)
  • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (TVT)
  • IEEE Embedded Sys¬≠tems Letters (ESL)
  • IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing (Thematic Section)¬†
  • IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (TAC)
  • IEEE Transactions on Reliability (TR)
  • IEEE Real-Time Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS)
  • IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
  • International Conference on Real-Time and Network Systems (RTNS)¬†
  • European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML PKDD)

Since 2016 I am also a mentor in Google Summer of Code for RTEMS. In case you are interested in the development of open-source RTOS, feel free to contact me.


Language-Based Deployment Optimization for Random Forests (Invited Paper), 58-61. Malcher, J., Biebert, D., Chen, K.-H., Buschjäger, S., Hakert, C. & Chen, J.-J. Tree Regularization for Efficient Execution. Schmid, L., Biebert, D., Hakert, C., Chen, K.-H., Lang, M., Pauly, M. & Chen, J.-J.Register Your Forests: Decision Tree Ensemble Optimization by Explicit CPU Register Allocation. Biebert, D., Hakert, C., Chen, K.-H. & Chen, J.-J. Real-Time Classification of Evolving Data Streams using Adaptive Random ForestsIn 2023 International Conference on Field Programmable Technology (ICFPT), Article 10416141 (pp. 232-237). IEEE. Ridder, F., Chen, K.-H. & Alachiotis, N. of the Dead(line Misses): Impact of Job Dismiss on the Deadline Miss Rate. Chen, J.-J., Günzel, M., Bella, P., Brüggen, G. v. d. & Chen, K.-H. Exploiting Floating Point Enabled Integer Arithmetic for Efficient Random Forest InferenceIn 2024 Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE): Proceedings. IEEE. Hakert, C., Chen, K.-H. & Chen, J.-J.
Special Session-Non-Volatile Memories: Challenges and Opportunities for Embedded System Architectures with Focus on Machine Learning ApplicationsIn 2023 International Conference on Compilers, Architecture, and Synthesis for Embedded Systems, CASES 2023 (pp. 11-20). IEEE. Henkel, J., Siddhu, L., Bauer, L., Teich, J., Wildermann, S., Tahoori, M., Mayahinia, M., Castrillon, J., Khan, A. A., Farzaneh, H., De Lima, J. P. C., Chen, J. J., Hakert, C., Chen, K. H., Yang, C. L. & Cheng, H. Y.Timing-Aware ROS 2 Architecture and System OptimizationIn 2023 IEEE 29th International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications (RTCSA) (pp. 206-215). IEEE. Teper, H., Betz, T., Brüggen, G. V. D., Chen, K.-H., Betz, J. & Chen, J.-J. Reaction Time AnalysisACM transactions on embedded computing systems, 22(5s), Article 143, 1-22. Günzel, M., Ueter, N., Chen, K.-H., Von der brüggen, G. & Chen, J.-J. NVM Simulation and Analysis on Single Bit Granularity Featuring Gem5 and NVMainIn 2023 12th IEEE Non-Volatile Memory Systems and Applications Symposium, NVMSA 2023 (pp. 50-55). IEEE. Hölscher, N., Truong, M. D., Hakert, C., Seidl, T., Chen, K. H. & Chen, J.-J.

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