Welcome to the Emerging Computing Systems and Design Automation (ECSyD) Lab!

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Principal Investigator

Dr. Mahdi Nikdast received his Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2013. He is currently as Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Colorado State University (CSU). Dr. Nikdast is the director of the Emerging Computing Systems and Design Automation (ECSyD) Lab. at CSU. His research interests focus on the design and development of emerging computing and embedded systems employing emerging technologies for high-performance computing systems and applications.

Graduate Students

Aniruddha Vyawahare (M.Sc., Project: EPDA) received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Nagpur University, India with a recognition of best project in 2012. His research interests are SoC architectures, verification and validation tools and techniques, Internet of Things (IoT), and silicon photonics. When not studying, he would either be there in the mountains, recording some songs or playing guitar.
Mihir Pakhale (M.Sc., Project: Computer Vision) holds a B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from Pune Institute of Computer Technology, India. During his B.Sc., he found an early passion for developing low-power embedded systems, working with ARM architecture-based controllers, and FPGAs. His research interests are analog-digital systems, low-power embedded systems, computer vision, and machine learning.
This could be you: we are always looking for motivated students with a B.Sc./M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Integrated Photonics. We are working on some ground breaking research projects. We work hard and care about each other’s future and success in our group. If this sounds interesting to you, email your CV and transcript to Prof. Nikdast for further information. Women are highly encouraged to apply!


  • June 2018: ECSyD Lab will receive research funding from NSF to improve energy-efficiency and reliablility in terascale data centers employing silicon photonics.
  • May 2018: Aniruddha joined ECSyD. Welcome!
  • May 2018: Mihir joined ECSyD. Welcome!

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