Biography for Todd Austin
Here is my personal biography:
Todd Austin is a Professor of Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His research
interests include computer architecture, robust and secure system design, hardware and
software verification, and performance analysis tools and techniques.
Currently Todd is director of
C-FAR, the Center for
Future Architectures Research, a multi-university SRC/DARPA funded
center that is seeking technologies to scale the performance and efficiency
of future computing systems. Prior
to joining academia, Todd was a Senior Computer Architect in
Intel's Microcomputer Research
Labs, a product-oriented research laboratory
in Hillsboro, Oregon. Todd is the first to take credit (but the last to accept blame) for creating the
SimpleScalar Tool Set, a popular
collection of computer architecture performance analysis tools. Todd is
co-author (with Andrew Tanenbaum) of the undergraduate computer architecture
Computer Architecture, 6th Ed." In addition
to his work in academia, Todd is co-founder of SimpleScalar
LLC and InTempo Design LLC. In 2002, Todd was a
Sloan Research Fellow, and in 2007 he received the
Maurice Wilkes Award for "innovative contributions in Computer
Architecture including the SimpleScalar Toolkit and the DIVA and Razor
architectures." Todd is an IEEE Fellow, and he received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the
Wisconsin in 1996.
Here is my University of Michigan College of Engineering teaching
biography (written by the Media and Marketing Office):
In his time at the University of Michigan, Professor Todd
Austin has earned a reputation as an outstanding mentor and
professor. The evaluation scores for the courses he teaches, Computer
Architecture (EECS 470) and Microarchitecture (EECS 573), are consistently
high, and even hitting a perfect 5.0 on occasion.
Professor Austin has redesigned and updated EECS 470 based on his
experience as a processor designer at Intel in the MicroComputer Research
Labs, allowing him to share a perspective on computer design rarely found in
classrooms. One of his most notable innovations was the introduction of
SimpleScalar into his courses, a toolset he designed, which gives researchers
easily extensible, portable, high-performance test beds for computer design.
It has been widely adopted as a research tool, and Professor Austin has
worked with other institutions to incorporate it into their curricula and
teaching as well. It is now used by more than 50 universities and 60 courses
around the world.
Students and colleagues alike praise Professor Austin's energy, enthusiasm
and passion for the subject matter he teaches. He creates a dynamic classroom
environment that engages students and motivates them to actively participate
in their own educational experience. He is known for his approachability, the
open communication he encourages in class and during office hours and,
according to one student, his breadth of knowledge: "How many professors
can write the SPICE net-list for a dynamic scheduler, hack a compiler and
loader, simulate network traffic and optimize encryption algorithms all in
the same day?".
Professor Austin has earned numerous awards, including the Ruth and Joel
Spira Outstanding Teacher Award in 2002 and a National Science Foundation
CAREER Award in 2001. He earned his master's degree in computer engineering
from Rochester Institute of Technology and his PhD, in computer science, from
the University of Wisconsin, Madison.