ECE Colloquium with Radu Marculescu

4:00 pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 339
Entering the Labyrinth of (Inexact) Computer Science: A Cyber-Physical Approach

With Radu Marculescu,
Carnegie Mellon University

Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 3:45 p.m.

Faculty Host: Ajay Joshi

Abstract: During high school, I was fascinated by science. I used to read stories about Nobel Prize laureates and dream about their discoveries. Despite this, I became an engineer and, over the years, got to appreciate the power and transformative nature of computing in all human endeavors.

In recent years, due to the cyber-physical systems (CPS) advent, I have found renewed interest and (somehow unexpected) opportunities to revisit some long forgotten topics in math and physics realizing that they can actually offer a much deeper understanding of CPS modeling and optimization. Truth being told, designing cyber-physical systems still feels more like an art rather than science but, in order to harness their huge potential, we need to reach beyond the established confines of computer systems design and (re)define a new science of CPS design.

Starting from these overarching ideas, I discuss the theoretical foundations and practical implications of using a network approach to developing new mathematical models and tools needed to guide the CPS optimization ranging from hardware, all the way up to software, and (user-aware) application development. In other words, this talk is precisely about the subtle interplay between science and engineering and the joy of seeing things come full circle.

About the Speaker: Radu Marculescu is a Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1998. He has received several best paper awards in the area of design automation and embedded systems design. He has been involved in organizing several international symposia, conferences, workshops, as well as guest editor of special issues in archival journals and magazines. His research focuses on modeling and optimization of embedded systems, cyber-physical systems, and biological systems. Radu Marculescu is a Fellow of IEEE.