Joseph Cavallaro

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Dr. Cavallaro joined the faculty of Rice University in 1988, where he is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and, by courtesy, in the Department of Computer Science. He is also Director of the Center for Multimedia Communications at Rice. Professor Cavallaro's research is in special-purpose VLSI processor architectures. 

Advances in VLSI technology have made possible the implementation of special-purpose processors for signal processing, computer graphics, and robotics. Many of these applications involve a core group of matrix computations that can be efficiently performed on parallel arrays of functional units. In particular, important numerical algorithms for wireless communication systems can greatly benefit from enhanced parallel architectures and high-speed computer arithmetic. These algorithms and their efficient mapping to low-power architectures are studied on DSP, ASIC, and Application-specific Instruction Processors (ASIP).

Research Areas

VLSI Signal Processing, Wireless Communication Systems Architectures, VLSI Systems Design and Prototyping, Computer Engineering Systems


1988 Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Cornell University

1982 M.S. Electrical Engineering, Princeton University

1981 B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Honors & Awards

2015 IEEE Fellow

2012-2013 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Distinguished Lecture

1989-1992 NSF Research Initiation Award