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Computer Engineering Qualifying Exam Information


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Deadlines and Instructions for the August Qualifying Exam

Exam Dates: January 2016

December 10, 2015 -- Declare intent to take the Qualifying Exam and state your selections of primary and secondary areas. (Please submit by email to Natalie Edwards.)

January 2, 2016 -- Student will submit a 3-page written report on the Type-1 paper to Prof. Dugan by email.

Day of the Exam -- Provide the Director of CpE with a partially complete PhD Examination Report and Program Specific Qualifying Exam Report form at the time of the exam. These forms will be completed by the committee and submitted to the CpE office after the exam.

The areas identified in Computer Engineering Graduate Handbook for the qualifiers are as follows:

  1. Computer Architecture
  2. VLSI, Switching Theory
  3. Operating Systems, Real-Time and Embedded Systems
  4. Compilers, Software Systems and Software Engineering
  5. Fault-tolerant Computing and Reliability Engineering
  6. Networks, Distributed Systems and Security


NOTE: Please read the handbook carefully and note the committee’s expectations. The committee will both “assess the student’s potential to begin doctoral-level research,” as well as examine fundamental understanding by asking questions on “related topics.” Therefore, students should not only understand the problem and solution presented in the paper (and demonstrate the “abilities” listed in the handbook), but also be responsible for background material (which is *not* limited to references in the paper) for the question-answer session.



List of Papers for the 2016 January

Exam Offering


Computer Architecture

A. Perais and A. Seznec, "EOLE: Paving the Way for an Effrective Emplementation of Value Prediction," 978-1-4799-4394, IEEE, 2014, pp. 1-12.

VLSI, Switching Theory

S. M. Trimberger, "Three Ages of FPGAs: A Retrospective on the First Thirty Years of FPGA Technology," Proceddings of the IEEE, Vol. 103, No. 3, March 2015, pp. 318 - 331.

Operating Systems, Real-Time and Embedded Systems

V. Hanson and K Odame, "Real-Time Embedded Implementation of the Binary Mask Algorithm for Hearing Prostehetics," IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Vol. 8, No. 4 August 2014, pp. 465 -473.

Compilers, Software Systems and Software Engineering

C. Lui, A. Harris, M. Maas, M. Hicks, M. Tiwari, and E. Shi, "GhostRider: A Hardware-Software System for Memory Trace Oblivious Computation, "ASPLOS '15, March 14-18, 2015, Istanbul, Turkey, ACM 978-1-4503-2835, 2015, pp. 87-101.

Fault-tolerant Computing and Reliability Engineering

T.A. Johansen, "Toward Dependable Embedded Model Predictive Control," IEEE Systems Journal, 1932-8187, 2014, pp. 1-12.

Networks, Distributed Systems & Security

C. Shi, K. Joshi, R.K. Panta, M.H. Ammar, E. W. Zegura, "CoAST: Collaborative Application-Aware Scheduling Last-Mile Cellular Traffic," MobiSys’14, June 16–19, 2014, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, pp. 245-258.




The Computer Engineering Committee Members

  • Joanne Bechta Dugan, Chair
  • Mircea Stan
  • Mary Lou Soffa
  • Samira Khan


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