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A major concern in design is the increasing time from conception to realization. As digital systems grow in complexity, design time has become a significant factor in the success of a product. Professor Siewiorek uses knowledge-based techniques in both traditional design automation tasks, such as physical design, and in new, higher levels of design. A structured, top-down design methodology produces complete computer systems, including electronic, mechanical and thermal aspects optimized to the design's constraints.
As we have become more dependent on computers, the need for high availability and/or reliability has grown steadily. Professor Siewiorek is exploring the frontiers of reliable computing in three areas: measurement, modeling techniques, and architecture. Symptoms often appear days, and even weeks, prior to catastrophic failures. On-line trend analysis techniques discover indications of failure. Dependable systems are being constructed from commercial off-the-shelf components that were never designed for unexpected failures. Professor Siewioreks research group has developed a methodology for improving component and system behavior.
Mobile computers provide automatic, portable access to information. Over two dozen generations of mobile computers have been designed and fabricated by interdisciplinary student groups for experiments in applications such as vehicle maintenance, aircraft manufacturing, and medical assistance. These systems are helping to define the future of how computing will be done.
Carnegie Mellon, 1972
Computer architecture, reliability, context aware mobile computing
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor