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the following descriptions, selected items from B.
Parhami’s list of publications are provided in brackets.
the three main focus areas of computer arithmetic, parallel processing, and
dependable computing, Professor Parhami is engaged in research projects that cut
across many subfields of computer engineering.
is the art of applying scientific knowledge to the construction of artifacts and
processes that serve useful functions, while satisfying practical constraints on
cost, usability, and reliability. Engineers are
basically links between scientists and ordinary people. They adapt scientific
theories for everyday use and also formulate societal needs and problems in a
way that motivates scientists to study those problems and to develop relevant
theories for them. Increasingly, engineers, especially those with advanced
degrees, also act as scientists in developing and testing new theories
themselves. This type of engineer is sometimes indistinguishable from an applied
scientist. With the pretext above, computer engineering can be defined as a
discipline dealing with the design, implementation, and application of computing
systems, subject to constraints on computation speed, available resources (e.g.,
budget, chip area, power), and service quality. Computer engineers apply
computer science theories to the solution of computational problems, combining
their knowledge of the relevant theories with engineering judgment. They also
contribute to the science of computation by developing new theories that
facilitate the realization of dependable, cost-effective systems and/or help
explain practical computational phenomena.
engineering is an exciting field that teems with interesting and challenging
problems. From time to time, Professor Parhami studies wide-ranging issues in this
field that are not in his primary areas of research focus. These studies are
often triggered by his consulting work, teaching assignments (e.g., ideas that
motivate the students or enhance the learning environment), and his sense of
social responsibility as an educator/engineer/scientist. Many of these are
one-time projects that are difficult to categorize. Aspects of these studies are
continuations of Professor Parhami’s early work on technology transfer and
language-dependent considerations in computing (see B.
Parhami’s Research Directions and History).