Brown CS Professor R. Iris Bahar has been elevated to a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as of January this year. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization that is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The Fellow grade is a distinction awarded to those who have made important individual contributions in any of the IEEE fields of interest. Iris Bahar was honored by IEEE for her “contributions to modeling and design of power-aware and noise-tolerant nanoscale computing systems.” In particular, Iris was an early pioneer in exploring computer architecture level techniques to reduce power dissipation, without impacting performance. Similarly, she was one of the first to investigate the use of probabilistic techniques for modeling and synthesis of noisy and unreliable computing systems.
Iris is a professor of both Computer Science and Engineering, holding joint appointments in the School of Engineering and Department of Computer Science. Her research lies broadly in the areas of computer system design and electronic design automation. More specifically, her research focuses on energy-efficient and reliable computing, from the system level to device level. Previous research topics that Iris has explored include modeling thermal noise effects in nanoscale circuits, design of noise- and error-immune circuits, approximate computing (from systems to circuits), and memory synchronization techniques for multiprocessor systems. Most recently, she is exploring applications for near-data processing and design of robust machine learning techniques for robot scene perception.
Iris’s recent status upgrade to fellow is another recognition of her hard work and contribution to her field. She has also been a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Engineering Achievement Award and the Brown University School of Engineering Award for Excellence in Teaching in Engineering.
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