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Alan D. George

University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D. in Computer Science, Florida State University

Dr. George is Department Chair, R&H Mickle Endowed Chair, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He is Founder and Director of the NSF Center for Space, High-performance, and Resilient Computing (SHREC), a national research center and consortium founded in 2017 and headquartered at Pitt. SHREC features nearly 40 academic, industry, and government partners and is considered by many as the top research center in its field. SHREC was preceded by CHREC, the NSF Center for High-performance Reconfigurable Computing, which operated from 2006-2017 and was rated by NSF as one of its most successful centers. Professor George is a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions in reconfigurable and high-performance computing. He is lead recipient of the 2012 Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technology Innovation by an NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) for leading the development of Novo-G, the most powerful reconfigurable supercomputer in the world at that time. Professor George has won virtually every award available to a faculty member at a major college or university, including college scholar and teacher of the year, university teacher of the year, college doctoral advisor of the year, college faculty mentor of the year, university service award, and university productivity award.

Dr. George has served as lead principal investigator on research contracts and grants totaling well over $20M, as well as many others as a co-PI. With his students, he has authored over 200 refereed journal and conference papers. Dr. George has served as a member of editorial boards at the IEEE Transactions on Computers, Cluster Computing, and Microprocessors and Microsystems journals. He has served as program chair and co-chair and general chair and co-chair at multiple IEEE conferences and workshops, as conference keynote speaker at RSSI in Urbana-Champaign IL (2007), MRSC in Belfast Ireland (2008), HPRCTA @ SC in Portland OR (2009), MAPLD in San Diego CA (2013), and NAECON in Dayton OH (2016), and on dozens of program committees. Additional service of note includes leading the effort that founded the graduate division and curriculum for computer engineering in ECE, and leading the campus committee on HPC that founded the first supercomputer center in school history (for which he was honored with the University Service Excellence Award), both at the University of Florida, where he served on the faculty from 1997 to 2016.

Professor George holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the Florida State University, an M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Central Florida, and a B.S. in computer science from UCF. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, he worked as task leader and senior computer engineer for Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) in Orlando, Florida, as computer engineer for General Electric in Daytona Beach, Florida, and as programmer/analyst at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, Florida. Dr. George has taught a broad range of courses, including graduate courses in parallel and reconfigurable computing, computer architecture, fault-tolerant computing, high-performance computer networks, and software engineering, and undergraduate courses in computer networks, microprocessor-based system design, embedded systems design, digital logic, senior design, circuit analysis, signal and system analysis, fibre optics, and linear controls.


Dr. George's research interests focus upon high-performance architectures, apps, networks, services, systems, and missions for reconfigurable, parallel, distributed, and dependable computing, from satellites to supercomputers.

Most Cited Publications

"Parallel global optimization with the particle swarm algorithm," Schutte, Jaco F., Jeffrey A. Reinbolt, Benjamin J. Fregly, Raphael T. Haftka, and Alan D. George.  International journal for numerical methods in engineering 61, no. 13 (2004): 2296-2315.
"Parallel asynchronous particle swarm optimization," Koh, Byung‐Il, Alan D. George, Raphael T. Haftka, and Benjamin J. Fregly. International journal for numerical methods in engineering 67, no. 4 (2006): 578-595.
"The next frontier for communications networks: power management," Christensen, Kenneth J., Chamara Gunaratne, Bruce Nordman, and Alan D. George. Computer Communications 27, no. 18 (2004): 1758-1770.
"Determination of patient-specific multi-joint kinematic models through two-level optimization," Reinbolt, Jeffrey A., Jaco F. Schutte, Benjamin J. Fregly, Byung Il Koh, Raphael T. Haftka, Alan D. George, and Kim H. Mitchell. Journal of biomechanics 38, no. 3 (2005): 621-626.
"Parallel simulation of chip-multiprocessor architectures," Chidester, Matthew, and Alan George. ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS) 12, no. 3 (2002): 176-200.

Recent Publications

"Emulation-Based Performance Studies on the HPSC Space Processor," Schwaller, B., Holtzman, S., George, A.D. (2019) IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, 2019-March, art. no. 8742163, . 
"Comparative Benchmarking Analysis of Next-Generation Space Processors," Gretok, E.W., Kain, E.T., George, A.D. (2019) IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings, 2019-March, art. no. 8741914, .
"Resilient networking framework for mission operations and resource sharing in multi-agent systems," Manderino, C., Gillette, A., Gauvin, P., George, A.D. (2018) AIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference - Proceedings, 2018-September, art. no. 8569889, .
"Investigation of Multicore SoCs for On-Board Feature Detection and Segmentation of Images," Ramesh, B., Shea, E., George, A.D. (2018) Proceedings of the IEEE National Aerospace Electronics Conference, NAECON, 2018-July, art. no. 8556637, pp. 375-381.
"Accelerating Real-Time, High-Resolution Depth Upsampling on FPGAs," Langerman, D., Sabogal, S., Ramesh, B., George, A. (2018) IEEE 3rd International Conference on Image Processing, Applications and Systems, IPAS 2018, art. no. 8708867, pp. 37-42.