Professor Kevin Skadron, Director
Kevin Skadron is the Director of the Center for Automata Processing and Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. He received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and B.A. in Economics from Rice University in 1994, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 1999. He spent the 2007-08 academic year on sabbatical at NVIDIA Research. He became Chair of UVA Computer Science Department in 2012. Skadron is the recipient of the 2011 ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award and a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM. For the year 2003-04, he was named a University of Virginia Teaching Fellow.
Among other professional activities, he is co-founder and editorial board member of IEEE Computer Architecture Letters, for which he served as associate editor-in-chief from 2001-2009 and editor-in chief from 2010-2012. He has served on the editorial board of IEEE Micro from 2004-2012 and as co-founder/co-editor (with Kevin Rudd) of its “Prolegomena” column, as secretary-treasurer of ACM’s SIGARCH from 2007-2011, as technical program co-chair of PACT 2006, general co-chair for PACT 2002 and MICRO-37, and on numerous technical program committees. He has also given several keynotes; most recently, he presented the keynote for IISWC 2014.
Professor Mircea Stan, Associate Director
Mircea Stan is the Associate Director of the Center for Automata Processing at the University of Virginia. Mircea received the Ph.D. (1996) and the M.S. (1994) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Diploma (1984) in Electronics and Communications from the Polytechnic Institute in Bucharest, Romania.
Since 1996 he has been with the Charles L. Brown Department of ECE at the University of Virginia, where he is now a professor. Prof. Stan is teaching and doing research in the areas of high-performance low-power VLSI, temperature-aware circuits and architecture, embedded systems, spintronics, and nanoelectronics. He leads the High-Performance Low-Power (HPLP) lab. He has more than eight years of industrial experience, has been a visiting faculty at UC Berkeley in 2004-2005, at IBM in 2000, and at Intel in 2002 and 1999. He has received the NSF CAREER award in 1997 and was a co-author on best paper awards at ISQED 2008, GLSVLSI 2006, ISCA 2003 and SHAMAN 2002.
Dr. Tho Nguyen, Managing Director
Tho Nguyen is the Managing Director of the Center for Automata Processing (CAP) and Senior Research Program Officer in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia. Tho is primarily responsible for project and program development as well as managing CAP operations. Tho obtained his PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering (Systems, Controls & Robotics) at the University of Washington in 2009.
His past work focused on sensing, modeling, and application of controls for large-scale environmental systems. Tho’s current research interest is in extending cyber-physical systems theory and technologies to mitigate the impact of disruptions to large scale systems (i.e., resiliency). Tho has had extensive international research experience and was previously funded by NSF and USAID. Prior to joining UVa, Tho served as a AAAS Fellow appointed to the National Science Foundation, where he worked on the Cyber-Physical Systems Program (2013-2015). He is also a former J. William Fulbright Fellow and an NSF IGERT Fellow.
Rob Jones, Deputy Director Of UVA’s Applied Research Institute
Rob Jones, Deputy Director of UVA’s Applied Research Institute, helps coordinate research activities between the University of Virginia and the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. Mr. Jones hold degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University and is a certified Program Management Professional.
Through these areas of expertise, Mr. Jones assists the Center for Automata Processing by identifying areas of interest for research, and new partners in the community. Outside of the university, Mr. Jones is an outdoors enthusiast, enjoys working the family homestead, and runs a successful photography business.
Dr. Ke Wang – Research Scientist
Ke Wang is a research scientist in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. He received his BS from Beijing University of Technology in 2002 and received his PhD from Tsinghua University in 2007. After receiving his PhD, Wang worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University. He joined University of Virginia in 2012.
His research interests include applications and design of heterogeneous computer architectures and physical design. Currently, Ke is working on developing data mining algorithms on Micron’s Automata Processor. In his spare time, Ke enjoys playing chess, Chinese chess, swimming, badminton, and table tennis.
Dr. Vinh Dang – Research Associate
Vinh Dang is currently a Research Associate at the Department of Computer Science, University of Virginia. His research interests are in the areas of automata processing, high performance computing, compressive sensing, electromagnetic scattering and inverse scattering, radar imaging, and numerical methods for electromagnetic problems. He is currently working on benchmarking automata processor performance against CPU/GPU/FPGA architectures.
Vinh received the B.Sc. degree from the Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology, Vietnam, the M. Eng. degree from University of Technology, Vietnam, and the Ph.D. degree from the Catholic University of America, all in Electrical Engineering, in 2003, 2006, and 2015, respectively. During his free time, he loves to listen to Vietnamese country music, read books in history, astrophysics, and kungfu stories, play ping pong and soccer.