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Alan George

Department Chair
Website Electrical and Computer Engineering


Dr. George is Department Chair, R&H Mickle Endowed Chair, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Pittsburgh. He is Founder and Director of the NSF Space Center called SHREC (Space, High-performance, and REsilient Computing) headquartered at Pitt with a funding level over $1M per year. SHREC is an industry-university cooperative research center (IUCRC) featuring nearly 40 academic, industry, and government partners and is considered by many as the leading academic research center in its field. Dr. George's research interests focus upon high-performance architectures, apps, networks, services, systems, and missions for reconfigurable, parallel, distributed, and dependable computing, from spacecraft to supercomputers. He is a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions in reconfigurable and high-performance computing.

Dr. George has served as principal investigator on sponsored research totaling over $30M. With his students, he has authored over 200 refereed journal articles and conference papers. His faculty recognitions include 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, university productivity award, and the Schwarzkopf Award from NSF for IUCRC technology innovation. Prior to joining Pitt in 2017, he served for 20 years on the ECE faculty at the University of Florida, where he led the effort that originally created SHREC (then called CHREC, Center for High-performance Reconfigurable Computing) and also the university's supercomputer center, which is among the most powerful in the nation. He left UF as the highest funded faculty member in the department.

A list of most scholarly publications with my students is available on my ORCID page.


Ph.D., Florida State University, 1987 - 1991

Garrett, T., Roffe, S., & George, A. (2024). Soft-Error Characterization and Mitigation Strategies for Edge Tensor Processing Units in Space. IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, 1-20.Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi: 10.1109/taes.2024.3393929.

Gealy, C.B., & George, A.D. (2024). Characterizing Parameter Scaling with Quantization for Deployment of CNNs on Real-Time Systems. ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems, 23(3), 1-35.Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). doi: 10.1145/3654799.

Gillette, A., & George, A. (2023). Resilient Autonomous Mission Management for Decentralized Multispacecraft Missions. Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 20(7), 387-397.American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). doi: 10.2514/1.i011208.

Kljucaric, L., & George, A.D. (2023). Deep Learning Inferencing with High-performance Hardware Accelerators. ACM TRANSACTIONS ON INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY, 14(4), 1-25.Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). doi: 10.1145/3594221.

Roffe, S., Akolkar, H., George, A., & Benosman, R. (2023). Radiation-Induced Noise Resilience of Neuromorphic Architectures. JOURNAL OF AEROSPACE INFORMATION SYSTEMS, 21(1), 75-83.American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). doi: 10.2514/1.I011192.

Gillette, A., & George, A. (2022). Reusable Schedule Design and Execution Framework for Autonomous Mission Management in Space. Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, 19(2), 154-165.American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). doi: 10.2514/1.i010990.

Ing, M., & George, A.D. (2022). A Study in SHMEM: Parallel Graph Algorithm Acceleration with Distributed Symmetric Memory. In OpenSHMEM and Related Technologies. OpenSHMEM in the Era of Exascale and Smart Networks. (pp. 3-20).Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-04888-3_1.

Stumpp, D.C., Akolkar, H., George, A.D., & Benosman, R.B. (2022). hARMS: A Hardware Acceleration Architecture for Real-Time Event-Based Optical Flow. IEEE ACCESS, 10, 58181-58198.Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3172396.

Sabogal, S., George, A., & Crum, G. (2021). Reconfigurable Framework for Resilient Semantic Segmentation for Space Applications. ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems, 14(4), 1-32.Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). doi: 10.1145/3472770.

Kljucaric, L., & George, A.D. (2023). Clustering Classification on FPGAs for Neuromorphic Feature Extraction. In 2023 IEEE 31st Annual International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/fccm57271.2023.00051.

Peitzsch, I., Ciora, M., & George, A.D. (2023). Multiarchitecture Hardware Acceleration of Hyperdimensional Computing. In 2023 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference (HPEC).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/hpec58863.2023.10363602.

Stumpp, D.C., Byrne, A.J., & George, A.D. (2023). Point-Source Target Detection and Localization in Single-Frame Infrared Imagery. In 2023 IEEE Aerospace Conference.IEEE. doi: 10.1109/aero55745.2023.10115662.

Esswein, R., Luksik, B., Loveless, A., & George, A. (2022). RBS: Profile-Guided Scheduling for Time-Triggered Applications. In 2022 IEEE/AIAA 41st Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/dasc55683.2022.9925829.

Martin, N., Cook, T., George, A., & Grainger, B.M. (2022). Radiation-Tolerant, High-Power Density GaN Drop-On Point-of-Load Converters. In 2022 IEEE Aerospace Conference (AERO).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/aero53065.2022.9843347.

Cannizzaro, M.J., Gretok, E.W., & George, A.D. (2021). RISC-V Benchmarking for Onboard Sensor Processing. In 2021 IEEE Space Computing Conference (SCC), (pp. 46-59).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/scc49971.2021.00013.

Franconi, N.G., George, A.D., Geist, A.D., & Albaijes, D. (2021). Signal and Power Integrity Design Methodology for High-Performance Flight Computing Systems. In 2021 IEEE Space Computing Conference (SCC), (pp. 27-38).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/scc49971.2021.00011.

Gretok, E.W., & George, A.D. (2021). Onboard Multi-Scale Tile Classification for Satellites and Other Spacecraft. In 2021 IEEE Space Computing Conference (SCC), (pp. 110-121).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/scc49971.2021.00019.

Kocik, J.R., & George, A.D. (2021). Space Station Power Forecasting with LSTMs for an Embedded Platform. In NAECON 2021 - IEEE National Aerospace and Electronics Conference.IEEE. doi: 10.1109/naecon49338.2021.9696386.

Luksik, B., Loveless, A., & George, A.D. (2021). Gatekeeper: A Reliable Reconfiguration Protocol for Real-Time Ethernet Systems. In 2021 IEEE/AIAA 40th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/dasc52595.2021.9594416.

Sanchez, H.A.L., & George, A.D. (2021). A streaming hardware architecture for real-time SIFT feature extraction. In 2021 International Conference on Field-Programmable Technology (ICFPT).IEEE. doi: 10.1109/icfpt52863.2021.9609932.