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Prof. Coskun earns two awards and two major grants in computing research

By Gabriella McNevin

ECE Prof Ayse and Team
Pictured from left to right Dr. Ata Turk, Professor Manuel Egele, and Professor Ayse Coskun.

Energy-efficient computing expert Professor Ayse Coskun was most recently recognized with grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Sandia National Laboratories, a best paper award, and an early career award.

NSF awarded the interdisciplinary team led by Prof. Coskun $234K (total award $700K, shared between BU, Brown, and MIT) for their research in cutting-edge processor cooling methods last summer. Prof. Coskun will be collaborating with Prof. Sherief Reda from the School of Engineering at Brown and Prof. Evelyn Wang from the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT.

Last spring, additionally, she and co-PI ECE Professor Manuel Egele, netted a $490K grant from Sandia National Laboratories to design automated analytics for efficiency and security of HPC systems. Their team unearthed breakthroughs on diagnosing performance variations, which are becoming more prominent with new generations of large-scale HPC and cloud systems. The BU-Sandia team published a paper that earned the Gauss Award at the 2017 ISC High Performance Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. The publication entitled “Diagnosing Performance Variations in HPC Applications Using Machine Learning,” was co-authored by six BU ECE researchers: Prof. Coskun, Prof. Egele, Research Scientist Dr. Ata Turk, and PhD students Ozan Tuncer, Emre Ates, and Yijia Zhang.

Also this year, Prof. Coskun was selected for the Ernest S. Kuh Early Career Award by the Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The Ernest S. Kuh Early Career Award honors an individual who has made innovative and substantial technical contributions to the area of electronic design automation in the early stages of his or her career. More specifically, Prof. Coskun was recognized for sustained and outstanding contributions to energy-efficient system-level design, including temperature-aware design and management, 3D-stacked system design, and management of large-scale computing systems. The CEDA Early Career award ceremony will take place in November 2017.

Prof. Coskun’s past recognition includes a NSF CAREER Award in 2012, Best Paper Award from the High Performance Embedded Computing workshop in 2011, and Dean’s Catalyst Awards from Boston University in 2010 and 2017. She is currently an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided Design and served as associate editor of the IEEE Embedded Systems Letters. She was named Junior Faculty Fellow at the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing in 2011 and holds a PhD from the University of California, San Diego.