Frank Vahid

Frank Vahid Ph.D.

Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, 1994

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Department of Computer Science & Engineering

Dr. Vahid is a faculty member of the Center for Embedded Computer Systems at UC Irvine. He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1988 graduating with highest honors, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Irvine in 1990 and 1994, respectively, where he was an SRC Fellow.

Since 1990, he has co-authored over 120 conference and journal papers, including the best paper award from IEEE Transactions on VLSI in 2000, a DATE conference best paper award, and a DAC conference best paper nomination. He is co-author of the textbooks “Digital Design” / “VHDL for Digital Design” / “Verilog for Digital Design” (John Wiley and Sons, 2005, 2006, and 2007), "Embedded System Design" (J. Wiley and Sons, 2002) and "Specification and Design of Embedded Systems (Prentice Hall, 1994), He received the Outstanding Teacher of the UCR College of Engineering award in 1997 and the College's Teaching Excellence Award in 2003. He was program and general chair for the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on System Synthesis in 1996 and 1997, respectively, and for the IEEE/ACM International Workshop on Hardware/Software Codesign in 1999 and 2000. He has graduated 7 Ph.D. students that are now professors at prestigious U.S. universities.

He has worked as an engineer for Hewlett-Packard and for AMCC, and has consulted for Motorola and NEC, among other companies. His research is or has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, Philips, Motorola, Xilinx, TriMedia, NEC, Intel, and IBM, among others.

His current research focuses on designing novel self-adapting architectures for low-power embedded and desktop systems, and on creating a generation of electronic blocks that non-experts and experts alike can utilize to build basic but useful sensor-based systems.


"Dissertation of the Year" for 2006 awarded to Ph.D. student Roman Lysecky by the European Design Automation Association, in the category of Embedded Systems

Best Papers in Architecture recognition for CASES 2003 paper, recognized with paper in Special Issue of IEEE Transaction on Computers, 2005

Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCR College of Engineering, 2004

Best Paper Award Workshop on Compilers and Operating Systems for Low Power (COLP), 2001

Best Paper Award, IEEE Transactions on VLSI, 2000

Best Paper Award Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) conference, 2000

NSF Career Award, 1999

Outstanding Teacher Award, UCR College of Engineering, 1998

Design Automation Conference Scholarship Award, 1996 and 1998

SRC Graduate Fellow, 1990 - 1994

Best Paper Nomination, EuroDAC, 1994

Best Paper Nomination, DAC 1992

Chancellor's Fellow, UC Irvine, 1988 - 1989