Welcome to the
System Level Design Group!

Everything we do relates to understanding and harnessing computation and communication in computational, technological, and natural systems. We believe in thinking out-of-the-box and exploring the path not taken to discover new ideas in systems design. Our research areas of interest include, but are not limited to, cyber-physical, embedded, biological, and social applications.

We challenge the status quo by bringing science and engineering approaches together. In particular, we use network science, machine learning and optimization, and hardware prototyping to explore new angles in system design. Our current topics of interest go beyond traditional many-core platforms design and address Internet-of-Things (IoT), edge computing, social sensing, and other emerging areas of high societal relevance.

We illustrate our vision by exploring embedded, biological, and social applications. Our research results are highly visible, widely cited, and consistently funded. Would you like to join us?

Recent Papers

  • C Lo and R Marculescu, MetaNN: Accurate Classification of Host Phenotypes From Metagenomic Data Using Neural Networks, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Informatics, ACM, 2018
  • C Lo and R Marculescu, PGLasso: Microbial Community Detection through Phylogenetic Graphical Lasso, from KDD Workshop on Machine Learning for Medicine and Healthcare, 2018
  • A Topirceanu, M Udrescu and R Marculescu Weighted Betweenness Preferential Attachment: A New Mechanism Explaining Social Network Formation and Evolution in Scientific Reports 8, 2018
  • K Bhardwaj and R Marculescu, Dimensionality Reduction via Community Detection in Small Sample Datasets in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series, 2018
  • K Bhardwaj, D Stamoulis, R Ding, D Marculescu, and R Marculescu, Computational Approaches for Incorporating Short- and Long-Term Dynamics in Smart Water Networks in Smart Water Grids, A Cyber-Physical Systems Approach 2018
  • W Choi, K Duraisamy, RG Kim, JR Doppa, PP Pande, D Marculescu, R Marculescu, On-Chip Communication Network for Efficient Training of Deep Convolutional Networks on Heterogeneous Manycore Systems in IEEE Transactions on Computers Volume: 67, Issue: 5, May 1 2018
  • Recent Talks

  • NEW Keynote talk @ SocialSens 2018 (April 17th, Orlando) here
  • Talk @ Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) (July 12, Orlando) Special Session on Molecular Communication and Networking with Applications to Precision Medicine
  • Distinguished Lecture @ ESE UPenn 2015 (April 28) Entering the Labyrinth of (Inexact) Computer Science: A Cyber-Physical Approach
  • Recent Press

  • NEW Our paper is featured by the IEEE Transactions on Computers, May 2018 issue: On-Chip Communication Network for Efficient Training of Deep Convolutional Networks on Heterogeneous Manycore Systems

  • NEW 2018 Marculescu receives Kavcic-Moura Professorship: here

  • 2016 CMU Today: Battling Bacterial Infections

  • 2015 Scientific American: A broader understanding of bacterial social networks might help scientists combat antibiotic resistance

  • Recent Awards

  • NEW Marculescu receives the IEEE Computer Society 2019 Edward J. McCluskey Technical Achievement Award! Read more here
  • NEW Our paper on Wireless NoC and Dynamic VFI Co-Design wins T-VLSI Best Paper Award! ECE News Article Link to Paper

  • The 2013 CIT Outstanding Research Award from the College of Engineering for seminal contributions to the modeling, design and optimization of network-on-chip (NoC) communication architectures for integrated systems
  • 2013 Most Influential Paper Award: 10-Year Retrospective from the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference - J. Hu, R. Marculescu
  • 2013 Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference Best Paper Award - Hiroki Matsutani, Paul Bogdan, Radu Marculescu, Yasuhiro Take, Daisuke Sasaki, Hao Zhang, Michihiro Koibuchi, Tadahiro Kuroda, Hideharu Amano photo
  • 2012 IEEE/ACM Intl. Conference on Hardware/Software Co-design and System Synthesis (CODES-ISSS) Best Paper Award - Z Qian, P. Bogdan, G. Wei, C.-Y. Tsui, R. Marculescu
  • 2012 International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip (NOCS) Best Paper Award - P. Bogdan, S. Jain, R. Tornero, R. Marculescu
  • 2012 D.O. Pederson Best Paper Award from IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems - U. Ogras, P. Bogdan, R. Marculescu pic1 pic2 video


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