Prof. Valeria Bertacco has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2017, “for contributions to computer-aided verification and reliable system design.”
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Prof. Bertacco is a highly noted researcher in the area of computer architecture and is Director of the department’s Computer Engineering (CE) Lab. She specializes in the area of computer design, with emphasis on reliability, design correctness, and hardware-security assurance, and is specifically interested in the functional correctness of hardware designs and approaches to addressing the challenges posed by fragile silicon and extreme design complexity. Her present research and is centered on the development of new algorithms and on-chip units for pre-silicon, post-silicon, and runtime validation and debug. This focus is extended to support the correctness of designs in the face of transistor failures, through techniques that use novel reliability mechanisms to extend the system’s lifetime and to provide guarantees of its correct behavior.
In addition to her research and teaching activities, Prof. Bertacco is the faculty advisor for the Ensemble of CSE Ladies (ECSEL), a student group for graduate women in CSE. She helped initiate Computing CARES, a program funded by a U-M Third Century grant that aims to increase participation of women in computer science. She has made numerous contributions of time, effort, and equipment in support of the ECE program at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAIT) in Ethiopia, which has included curriculum development and classroom teaching, and was part of a U-M delegation that has broadened this relationship and formalized a research exchange program designed to increase collaboration between U-M and AAIT.
Prof. Bertacco received her MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1998 and 2003 and a Computer Engineering degree summa cum laude from the University of Padova, Italy in 1995. She joined the faculty at Michigan in 2003. Prior to that, she was with the Advanced Technology Group of Synopsys for four years as a lead developer of the industry-standard Vera and Magellan tools.
Prof. Bertacco has received recognitions including U-M’s Faculty Recognition Award and Sarah Goddard Power Award, the College of Engineering’s Herbert Kopf Service Excellence Award and Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award, an IEEE CEDA Early Career Award, an NSF CAREER award, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Young Investigator Award, and an IBM Faculty Award. She is program chair for the Design Automation Conference, has served on several conference program committees, and has been an Associated Editor for the IEEE Transactions on CAD and the Microelectronics Journal. She is an ACM Distinguished Scientist.
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