Professor Rainer Doemer Receives NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Rainer Doemer, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, has been honored by the National Science Foundation with a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. The award, along with a $400,000 grant, was in recognition of his research in modeling embedded computer systems, more specifically, “Result-Oriented System-Level Modeling for Efficient Design of Embedded Systems.”

Doemer’s CAREER Award will support a project which addresses the creation and optimization of the system model itself for effective use in existing design processes rather than the traditional method of focusing largely on simulation and synthesis from a given model. Furthermore, the results of his project will be directly applicable to established system design flows in the industry as well as fit into existing and new courses in computer engineering.

Doemer’s research utilizes a new model of computation, named ConcurrenC, which refines the generic capabilities of common C-based system-level description languages. The creation of the system model is automated by using computer-aided re-coding, then optimized using Result-Oriented Modeling (ROM). In contrast to the traditional Transaction-Level Modeling (TLM), ROM offers a higher simulation speed and accuracy, which allows the system designer to quickly evaluate his design decisions. Doemer’s project also explores TLM of computation, which is an emerging research area promising to build better products in a shorter time.

The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious award to new faculty members. The CAREER program recognizes and supports the early career-development of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become academic leaders of the 21st century. CAREER awardees are selected on the basis of creative, career-development plans that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their institution. The CAREER award plans should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education.

CECS extends congratulations to Professor Rainer Doemer on receiving this prestigious NSF CAREER award and the accompanying recognition.

Components of Professor Doemer’s research:
Result-Oriented System Modeling and Automated Recoding