The Faculty Awards are granted annually and are awarded to help foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide, as well as with researchers in IBM research, development and services organizations. The intent is to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM’s work.
Chen was awarded $40,000 for his contributions to the areas high performance computing, synthesis, architecture and design space exploration. Since January 2013, Chen has published 18 conference papers in top conferences and two journal papers, including one submission that received a Best Paper Award on improving polyhedral code generation for high-level synthesis. In total, he has published more than 100 refereed journal and conference papers in the areas of FPGA, EDA, GPU, nanotechnology and heterogeneous computing. In addition to being a part of the Circuits research group at CSL, Chen is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, an affiliate associate professor of computer science and a seconded faculty member for the Illinois Advanced Digital Sciences Center.
Iyer, a George and Ann Fisher Distinguished Professor of Engineering, was awarded $20,000 for his work in the areas of trustworthy computing, including reliable system design, measurement and validation, as well as reliable and safe biomedical monitoring. Iyer has received the IBM Faculty Award five previous times, in addition to previously serving as the director of CSL and the interim vice chancellor of research. He is an ACM, IEEE and AAAS fellow, AIAA Associate Fellow and a distinguished visitor of the IEEE Computer Society. His other research interests include computer security, privacy and information trust, in addition to fault tolerance, networking and distributed computing, system modeling and measurement.
Lumetta, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and affiliate associate professor of computer science, received $35,000 for his research contributions in the areas of high performance networking and computing, hierarchical systems and parallel runtime software. Lumetta is currently the principal investigator for the CompGen Initiative, which is bringing together researchers from Illinois, the Institute of Genomic Biology and about 14 other companies, universities and research institutions to build an instrument that will enable faster, more reliable DNA sequencing.