Alvin R. Lebeck
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Alvin R. Lebeck
Professor of Computer Science
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Research Interests

I am not currently admitting any PhD students.

My research is in the general area of computer architecture. However, I have interests in nearly all computer systems related topics, spanning from atoms to applications.

Accelerating Statistical Machine Learning
Novel computer architectures targeted at machine learning problems that rely on Markov Chain Monte Carlo techniques and probabilistic computing in general.

Multicore/multiprocessor and Distributed Systems (including data centers)
Cache coherence protocols, memory consistency, runtime systems to expose and exploit parallelism. I also explore the use of new hardware technology in data centers.

Architectures for Emerging Technologies  
Computational paradigms enabled by new technologies.

Memory Systems
General aspects of memory hierarchies such as cache design, prefetching, latency tolerance, etc.

Energy Efficient Computing 
Processor and memory design, operating system support.


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Phitonex Announces $2M Seed Funding

Recent Courses

Compsci 390.1/590.2 Introduction to Parallel Computing
Compsci 250: Computer Architecture
Compsci 550: Advanced Computer Architecture I
Compsci 310: Introduction to Operating Systems
Compsci 590.4: Specialized Computer Architectures
Compsci 650: Advanced Computer Architecture II

Awards and Honors

Alan D. Berenbaum Distinguished Service Award. ACM SIGARCH. 2020 (My acceptance speech)
Fellow. IEEE. 2017
Honorable Mention, IEEE MICRO Top Picks from Computer Architecture Conferences . IEEE MICRO. 2017
Best Paper. 6th International Workshop on Network on Chip Architectures. 2013
IEEE MICRO Top Picks from Computer Architecture Conferences . IEEE. 2010
IEEE MICRO Top Picks from Computer Architecture Conferences . IEEE MICRO. 2009
Best Paper. 31st Annual ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Microarchitecture. 1998
NSF CAREER. National Science Foundation. 1997
Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher. Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin at Madison. 1995

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." – Maya Angelou