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eshagian2.jpgMary Eshaghian-Wilner, Adjunct Professor

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Biography

Mary Mehrnoosh Eshaghian-Wilner was born in Iran in 1964. She received her B.S. degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering (1985), M.S. degree in Computer Engineering (1985), her Engineers degree in Electrical Engineering (1988), and her Ph.D. in Computer Engineering (1988), all from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Eshaghian-Wilner currently is an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to joining UCLA, she was a full Professor and Department Head at the Computer Engineering Department of Rochester Institute of Technology.

Professor Eshaghian-Wilner has over twenty years of research experience in various areas within the field of Parallel Architectures and Algorithms. She is best known for her pioneering contributions to three areas of Optical Computing, Heterogeneous Computing, and Nanoscale Computing.

In the area of Optical Computing, she produced one of the first theses that dealt with the computational aspects of optical interconnects for VLSI chips. The well- referenced OMC model was developed by Dr. Eshaghian- Wilner as part of her Ph.D. work, and since then, many architectures and algorithms have been designed by Dr. Eshaghian-Wilner and others based on that model.

In the area of Heterogeneous Computing, Dr. Eshaghian-Wilner is the editor of the field's first book, "Heterogeneous Computing," and she is the co- founder of the IEEE Heterogeneous Computing Workshop. The well-known NSF-funded Cluster-M model was developed by Dr. Eshaghian-Wilner and her team, as one of the first paradigms for executing heterogeneous applications to systems. The Cluster-M mapping is still the fastest known algorithm for mapping arbitrary task graphs onto arbitrary system graphs.

Most recently, Dr. Eshaghian-Wilner has been focusing on the bio and nano applications of her work. One of her most notable results in this area involves the design of highly interconnected multiprocessor chips with spin waves that possess an unprecedented degree of interconnectivity that was not possible previously with electrical VLSI interconnects.

Professor Eshaghian-Wilner is a founding series co-editor of "Nature Inspired Computing" for Wiley & Sons, and has edited the first book of this series, "Bio-inspired and Nanoscale Integrated Computing". Professor Eshaghian-Wilner has founded and/or chaired numerous IEEE conferences and organizations, including the IEEE Women in Engineering affinity division of the coastal Los Angeles section. For additional information see www.seas.ucla.edu/~eshaghia.

Research Interests

Current Research:
Bio-inspired and Nano-scale Integrated Computing

Architectures:
Nanoscale, MEMS, Optical Interconnects, VLSI and Reconfigurable chips

Networks:
Heterogeneous/Cluster/Grid Computing, Mapping and Scheduling algorithms/tools

Applications:
Bioinformatics, Sequence Alignment, Image-Processing, Computer Vision

Awards and Recognitions

  • Recipient of the "Best Paper" award, World Multi-Conference on SCI, 2003.
  • Recipient of the USC Women in Science and Engineering Award, 2002
  • Recipient of the "Best Paper" award, World Multi-Conference on SCI, 2002
  • Recipient of the NSF POWRE Award, 2000
  • Recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000
  • Recipient of the IEEE-HCW plaque for contributions made as a founding chair, 1999
  • Recipient of the CSULB Summer Stipend Research Award, 1998
  • Recipient of the CSULB Outstanding Teaching Award, 1997
  • Recipient of the CSULB Scholarly and Creative Activities Award, 1996
  • Recipient of the CSULB Affirmative Action Faculty Development Award, 1995
  • Recipient of the NJIT SBR award, 1994
  • Recipient of the NEC Research Award, 1993
  • Recipient of the NJIT SBR award, 1993
  • Recipient of the NSF Research Initiation Award, 1993
  • Recipient of the NJIT SBR award, 1992
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