Bio: Frank Vahid is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1988 graduating with highest honors, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Irvine in 1990 and 1994, respectively, where he was an SRC Fellow. Since 1990, he has co-authored over 150 conference and journal papers, including the best paper award from IEEE Transactions on VLSI in 2000, a DATE conference best paper award, and a DAC conference best paper nomination. He is author of several textbooks, including "Programming Embedded Systems" (UniWorld 2010), "Digital Design" (Wiley 2006, 2e 2010), "Embedded System Design" (Wiley 2001), books on VHDL and Verilog (Wiley, 2006), and "Specification and Design of Embedded Systems" (Prentice Hall 1994). He received the Outstanding Teacher of the UCR College of Engineering award in 1997 and the College's Teaching Excellence Award in 2003. He was formerly Chair of the Faculty of Engineering at UCR. He was program and general chair for the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on System Synthesis in 1996 and 1997, respectively, and for the IEEE/ACM International Workshop on Hardware/Software Codesign in 1999 and 2000. He has been on the steering committee of Embedded Systems Week since its inception in 2003. He is a senior member of IEEE. He has worked as an engineer for Hewlett-Packard and for AMCC, and has consulted for Motorola, NEC, Atmel, AMD, Freescale, and several other companies. He has served as an expert witness and consultant in several embedded systems patent cases. He is the inventor on three U.S. patents. His research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, Philips, Motorola, Xilinx, Intel, TriMedia, NEC, and the U.S. Dept. of Education, among others, totaling over $4 million. His current research includes software/hardware design for cyber-physical systems, in-home assistive monitoring technology is aid live-alone senior citizens, and technology to combat drunk driving. Recently he co-founded Zyante Inc. (, which is reinventing lower-division university engineering, math, and science education via new highly-interactive web-native materials that replace textbooks and homeworks, and can also form the foundation for online courses.