Carnegie Mellon University

Philip Koopman

Philip Koopman

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Bio

My background includes time as a submarine officer for the US Navy, a principal in a couple small startups, an embedded CPU architect for Harris Semiconductor, and an embedded system architect for United Technologies Research Center. At Carnegie Mellon I've worked in the broad areas of wearable computers, software robustness, embedded networking, dependable embedded computer systems, and autonomous vehicle safety. My current research interests focus on self-driving car safety, embedded system dependability, safety critical systems, embedded control networks, distributed embedded systems, secure embedded systems, and embedded systems education. I'm also co-founder of Edge Case Research LLC. I'm a senior member of IEEE, senior member of the ACM, and a member of IFIP WG 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance. I have been named the 2018 winner of the IEEE-SSIT Carl Barus Award for outstanding service in the public interest.

Education

Ph.D., 1989 
Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Carnegie Mellon University

M.S., 1982 
Electrical, Computer, and System Engineering 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.S., 1982 
Electrical, Computer, and System Engineering 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research

Distributed Embedded Systems

The vast majority of the billions of processors manufactured yearly are used for embedded applications rather than desktop computing. Increasingly, these embedded processors are being incorporated into "smart" sensors and actuators, and are connected over a real-time network to form distributed embedded systems. Such systems have significantly different requirements and trade-offs than conventional computing systems, encompassing the areas of interdisciplinary design optimization, ultra-high dependability, very low cost, real-time performance, safety, low power consumption, and extended duration life-cycle support. Representative application areas include automobiles, trains, industrial process controls, home appliances, and inexpensive consumer items.

Professor Koopman's areas of interest include teaching distributed embedded system design techniques, improving the safety of embedded systems, and improving the survivability of deeply embedded systems (embedded systems that connect to enterprise systems).

Keywords 

  • Autonomous system safety
  • Distributed embedded systems
  • Software testing
  • Dependability
  • Autonomous driving
  • Computer engineering
  • Cyberphysical systems (CPS)
  • Embedded networks
  • Software engineering
  • Software safety
  • Software testing


 


 

Related news

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Koopman comments on hurdles facing self-driving cars

Philip Koopman commented for TechRadar on the challenges that will need to be overcome in order to achieve safe, widespread deployment of self-driving vehicles.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Koopman explains how to keep self-driving cars safe

Philip Koopman wrote an op-ed for The Hill explaining how automakers can maintain vehicle safety without sacrificing progress and technological innovation.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Koopman doubts Mobileye AV claims

Ars Technica quoted ECE’s Philip Koopman in an article about the feasibility of Mobileye’s autonomous vehicle technology.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Koopman interviewed on AV safety

Citylab interviewed Philip Koopman on the safety implications of the fatal Uber crash in Tempe, AZ.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Koopman on pedestrians and self-driving cars

The Incline quoted Philip Koopman on how autonomous cars detect pedestrians. Koopman details a self-driving car’s situational awareness: 360-degree cameras intake large volumes of data, and the car maintains singular attention on the road.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Koopman quoted on the difficulties of human operators in self-driving vehicles

As the government and different agencies are looking at the safety of self-driving vehicles, PennDOT is looking into how companies like Uber can continue to test this technology in a safe and useful way.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Koopman quoted on self-driving technology

Consumer Affairs recently discussed the future of self-driving technology with Philip Koopman.
Friday, March 09, 2018

Koopman to speak at PAAV Summit 2018

Philip Koopman will be the kickoff keynote speaker at the Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle (PAAV) Summit 2018.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Embedded.fm to feature Phil Koopman in upcoming podcast

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Koopman receives IEEE's Carl Barus Award

Philip Koopman recently won the 2018 IEEE-SSIT Carl Barus Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest.
Friday, March 03, 2017

Consumer Reports quotes Koopman on work with self-driving cars

Most experts agree that self-driving cars are 85 to 90 percent of the way to full autonomy.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Koopman comments on software bugs in autonomous vehicles

While the idea of a fully self-driving car is exciting, it’s important to note just how large a role software plays in autonomous capability. And how big of a stumbling block it can be. ECE’s Philip Koopman recently told The Register that the majority of software-induced vehicle accidents should never happen.
Friday, December 01, 2017

Koopman provides voice of reason on safety for self-driving car development

The first self-driving cars are finally operating on real streets, but doubts about their safety continue to plague passengers and pedestrians.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Koopman delivers keynote at ISSRE 2016

Philip Koopman gave the opening keynote at 27th annual International Symposium on Software Reliability Software.
Friday, November 04, 2016

Koopman quoted in Wall Street Daily, EE TImes on self-driving cars

According to Koopman, we can't just assume this technology is going to work.