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Members

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.

Students

Ph.D. Students

Ebadollah Taheri (Ph.D. FA 2019 – , Project: TBC)

Ebad received his M.Sc. degree from Iran University of Science and Technology in Electronic and Computer Engineering in 2016. After that, he continued his research with Adaptive and Secure Computing Systems (ASCS) Laboratory, Boston University as a research affiliate. His research interests are in the field of Reliable and High-Performance Computing Systems with a focus on  Interconnection Networks. In addition to his research,  he enjoys running and playing violin.

Mohadeseh (Shadi) Manafi Avari (Ph.D. FA 2019- , Project: Intelligent Resource Management in Optically Interconnected Exascale Computing Systems )
Co-supervise with Dr. Kim 

Shadi received her B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering-Software and M.Sc. degree in Artificial Intelligence from K.N.TOOSI University of Technology (KNTU) in Iran. Her fields of interest are Machine Learning, Manycore System design, Multi-Agent Systems, Deep Learning, and Emerging Big Data Systems. In addition to her studies, she really enjoys playing volleyball.

Asif Mirza (Ph.D. SP 2019- , Project: Cross-Layer Design for Systems Integrating Silicon Photonics)
Co-supervise with Dr. Pasricha

Mirza received his B.Sc. in Electrical and Instrumentation Engineering from Keshav Memorial Institute of Technology, India, and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. His interests are in Embedded Systems, Computer Architectures, Emerging Photonic Technologies, and Machine Learning. His hobbies include photography, hiking, and enjoying different food cuisines.
Febin Sunny (Ph.D. SP 2019- , Project: Cross-Layer Design for Systems Integrating Silicon Photonics)
Co-supervise with Dr. Pasricha

Febin received his Bachelor of Technology Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering, from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. Areas of study which interest him include Embedded Systems, Many Core System Architectures, and Photonic NoC Architectures. He loves hiking, cooking, Rock and Metal and gaming. 
This could be you: we are currently looking for motivated students with a B.Sc./M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Integrated Photonics. Please read the information on this page and follow the instructions before sending an email to Prof. Nikdast!

M.Sc. Students

Siddhi Sawant (M.Sc. FA 2019-, Project: Fabrication Process Variations in Silicon Photonics Integrated Circuits)

Siddhi completed her BSc in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Mumbai. Her research interests include ASIC design and verification, digital system design and silicon photonics. Apart from her academics, she likes to swim and dance!

Lekha Rane (M.Sc. FA 2019-, Project: Automated and In Package Testing of Silicon Photonics Integrated Circuits)

Lekha received her BSc degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Mumbai University, India. Her research interests are silicon photonics, digital system design, and VLSI design. She worked with the CSU ROBOCUP Lab as a PCB Designer/Support Engineer. She likes to cook, hike and star gaze on her personal time!

Shruti Parab (M.Sc. FA 2019-, Project: Photonics Neural Networks)

Shruti completed her Bachelors of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Mumbai University, India in May, 2018. Currently, she is pursuing her M.Sc. in Computer Engineering. Her research interests are VLSI Design, Computer Architecture, Silicon Photonics and Machine Learning. She likes being around nature, reading books, and learning new languages

Aniruddha Vyawahare (M.Sc. FA 2018- , Project: EPDA) 

Aniruddha 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.

Yash Chopra (M.Sc. SP 2018- , Project: Computer Vision, Deep Learning)

Yash completed his B.Engg in Electronics and Telecommunications from University of Mumbai, India. His research interests include low-power embedded system design, Internet of Things (IoT), High performance Computing, Computer architecture and Machine Learning. Apart from his research, his interests include gaming, cooking and literature.

Undergraduate Students

Nick Daly (Undergraduate Student SP 2019- , Project: Sensing, Deep Learning)

Nick is currently pursuing his B.Sc. Degree in Computer Engineering at CSU.  He is a Walter Scott Junior Undergraduate Scholar. His interests are in Control Systems and Machine Learning. Besides his studies, Nick enjoys watching and playing sports.

High School Students (Capstone Project)

Noah Mulvaney (High School Student FA 2018- SP 2019, Capstone Project: Sensing, Deep Learning) 

Noah is a high school student in Broomfield who is doing his capstone project in ECSyD Lab. Noah particularly loves studying mathematics, physics, and computer science. He also loves hiking and being outside with his four siblings and parents.


News

  • August 2019: ECSyD welcomes two new Ph.D. students, Shadi and Ebad!
  • August 2019: ECSyD welcomes three new MS students, Siddhi, Shruti, and Lekha!
  • April 2019: Congratulations to Mihir and Yash for receiving the “People’s Choice Award – First Place” at CSU Demo Day! (Press)
  • March 2019: Mirza, Febin, and Shadi have been awarded A. Richard Newton Young Student Fellowship at IEEE/ACM DAC! Congratulations!
  • February 2019: ECSyD Lab received equipment support (high-end GPU) from NVIDIA. Thank you NVIDIA!
  • January 2019: Mirza, Febin, and Nick joined ECSyD! Welcome!
  • June 2018: ECSyD Lab received research funding from NSF to improve energy-efficiency and reliability in terascale data centers employing silicon photonics. Thank you NSF!
  • May 2018: Aniruddha joined ECSyD. Welcome!
  • May 2018: Mihir joined ECSyD. Welcome!

Research Sponsors:


Alumni:

Mihir Pakhale (M.Sc. Project, SP 2018 – SUM 2019). Project: Eye of Horus (EoH): A Real-Time Surveillance System to Protect Citizens. First position: Firmware Engineer at Seagate Tech., CO, USA!
Sakshi Bhatnagar (M.Sc. Thesis, FA 2017 – SP 2019). Thesis: Performance Assessment of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Interconnects Using Advanced Polynomial Chaos Schemes. Publications: [C27]. First position: TBC!

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September 2019, Group gathering!

February 2019, Spicy Lunch gathering!