CIS Prof. Shengquan Wang receives $400,000 CAREER award from National Science Foundation

February 13, 2008

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DEARBORN / Feb. 13, 2008---Shengquan Wang, assistant professor of computer and information science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, has received one of most prestigious grants available from the National Science Foundation, through the Faculty Early Career Development program, also known as the CAREER program.

The grant, totaling $400,000 over five years, was awarded for Wang’s proposal titled “Timing-Aware Dynamic Thermal Management in High Performance Embedded Systems.”

Wang’s project is designed to address the problem of overheating in microprocessors while guaranteeing the timely processing required for high-performance real-time embedded applications such as avionics and flight control, space shuttle systems, vehicles, and instrumentation in medical and emergency facilities.

These high-performance applications present greatly increased computational requirements, while semiconductor manufacturing technology allows for smaller-sized devices.

“As a result, power density in microprocessors increases exponentially,” Wang said. “Microprocessors are prone to overheating because of the increased power density, and it’s generally assumed that more than 50 percent of electronic failures are temperature-related. Temperature is becoming one of the big concerns in system design.”

At the same time, these high-performance applications demand timely processing or “increasingly stringent timing guarantees,” Wang said.

“As high-performance embedded systems become more and more thermally constrained, the issue of how to provide timing guarantees under the thermal constraint must be addressed,” he said. “Meeting both the timing constraint and the thermal constraint at the same time makes the issue more exciting and challenging.”

Wang plans to explore ways to achieve this goal by developing various timing-aware forms of “dynamic thermal management,” or TA-DTM.

“The term TA-DTM refers to a range of possible hardware and software strategies that work dynamically to control a chip’s operating speed and temperature,” Wang said.

“This award to Professor Wang is a great indication of both the high quality of his work and his potential to provide leadership in the study of computer science for years to come,” according to Subrata M. Sengupta, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UM-Dearborn. “It also is indication of the overall excellence of our faculty and the value of their research at the national and international levels.”

Wang joined the UM-Dearborn faculty as assistant professor of computer and information science in 2006, the same year he earned his Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M University. He also earned a master’s degree at Texas A&M, and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in China. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the Anhui Normal University in China in 1995.

“This program emphasizes the importance the National Science Foundation places on the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning,” according to a statement from the NSF. “The CAREER program embodies the NSF’s commitment to encourage faculty to practice, and academic institutions to value, integration of research and education.”

 
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