New Career Development Chair appointments include Palacios, Solar-Lezama, Stojanovic, Weinstein

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 (All day)

EECS Department Head Eric Grimson announced yesterday to EECS faculty colleagues, four new appointments to Career Development Chairs including Toms Palacios, Armando Solar-Lezama, Vladimir Stojanovic and Dana Weinstein. Toms and Vladimir will hold Emanuel E. Landsman (1958) Career Development Chairs, Armando will hold the NBX Career Development Chair, and Dana will hold the Steven G. (1968) and Renee Finn Career Development Chair.

Vladimir Stojanovic's research interests include optimization of integrated circuits and systems application of convex optimization to digital communications, analog and VLSI circuits, modeling of noise and dynamics in circuits and systems, communications and signal processing architectures, high-speed electrical and optical links, on-chip signaling, clock generation and distribution and high-speed digital and mixed-signal IC design.

Toms Palacios' research interests include various aspects of wide bandgap semiconductors including: power amplification at high frequencies; high temperatur electronics, power generation and conversion; digital electronics in a beyond-Si scenario; and new concepts for biosensors and devices. He is also exploring new devices based on graphene.

Armando Solar-Lezama's research focuses on software synthesis, and on static and dynamic program analysis, with the goal of liberating programmers from the drudgery of low-level reasoning. Topics include induction-based program synthesis from implementation specifications, utilizing databases of program behaviors to guide program synthesis, utilizing graphical interfaces to support verifiable program synthesis, and methods to create more robust programs by enhancing implementations with efficient executable specifications.

Dana Weinstein's research group focuses on the development of hybrid MEMS-CMOS devices for low-power wireless communication, microprocessor clocking, and sensing applications, with particular emphasis on utilizing acoustic vibrations to enhance the performance of next-generation electron devices. She is also examining the integration of such hybrid devices into CMOS-based systems, including low-power, narrow-bandwidth low noise amplifiers for transceivers and low phase-noise oscillator arrays for clock generation and temperature sensing in microprocessors.

Congratulations to Vladimir, Toms, Armando and Dana!