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Reiner Hartenstein

Reiner Hartenstein

Computer Science Department

Kaiserslautern University of Technology


The Tunnel Vision Syndrome: Massively Delaying Progress


Not only the multicore dilemma massively reduces programmer productivity and the progress of energy-efficient performance - a critical issue for the long term overall affordability of computing. Because of the Tunnel Vision Syndrome the solutions coming from a few isolated areas, are by far too slow and massively imperfect. Systolic arrays (SA) have been introduced by a mathematician. His synthesis method was “of course” algebraic, supporting only a few applications and sequencing concepts were “not his job”. A decade later we transformed this SA draft into a general purpose machine paradigm which was presented at the 3rd and 8th through 11th ASAP. The acceptance of our other fundamental idea, Term Rewriting System (TRS) top-down use for microchip design EDA, was delayed by the TRS expert scene: by 30 years!

The R&D landscape requires radically new solutions. We must avoid the reductionist philosophies of most specialized research areas and introduce connected thinking to bridge the gaps between different paradigms and between several abstraction levels. We must urgently rethink all basic assumptions and far-reaching cooperation patterns.



Dr. Reiner Hartenstein is CS professor at TU Kaiserslautern and was visiting professor at UC Berkeley. His degrees are from KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where he later was associate professor. He is consultant, authorized expert and referee.

He implemented the first generalization of the Systolic Array, invented the Shuffle Sort algorithm and is the father of High Performance Reconfigurable Computing (HPRC), and the anti-machine paradigm trailblazing data-stream-based computing, obtaining speed-up factors by 4 orders of magnitude - a decade ahead of the scene. He is the father of KARL, leading design language in the 80ies and backbone of the world’s first complete VLSI CAD framework and of the first Term Rewriting demo in top-down EDA, more than 2 decades ahead of the TR scene.

Reiner is founder of three, cofounder of two more international conference series and founder of the Multi University „E.I.S. Projekt“, first Mead-&-Conway effort on the continent (Europe and Asia) - incubator of the huge worldwide EUROCHIP action still running.

He published 14 books and more than 400 technical papers and gave numerous talks, including many invited tutorials and over 200 invited talks and 49 keynote addresses.

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Roozbeh Jafari

Roozbeh Jafari

Electrical Engineering Department

University of Texas at Dallas 

Wireless Health: Challenges and Opportunities


Abstract: Wireless Health brings to fruition many opportunities to continuously monitor human body with sensors placed on body or implanted in the body. These platforms will revolutionize many application domains including health care and wellness. They provide new avenues to continuously monitor individuals, whether it is intended to detect an early onset of a disease or to assess the effectiveness of the treatment. In the past few years, the community has observed a large number of wireless health applications that have been developed using wearable computers. Yet, not many have been deployed in a large scale. There are still several challenges that need to be addressed before realizing the ubiquitous use of wireless health systems.

In this talk, we will highlight several applications of the wireless health and wearable computers. We will describe components of the wireless health computing systems and will outline challenges associated with their ubiquitous deployment. We will highlight current research efforts toward creating application specific self-powered architecture for Wireless Health and will discuss future directions.



Dr. Roozbeh Jafari (http://www.essp.utdallas.edu) is assistant professor at UT-Dallas. He received his PhD in Computer Science (UCLA) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UC-Berkeley. His research interest lies in the area of wearable computer design and signal processing. His research has been funded by the NSF, NIH, DoD (TATRC), AFRL, AFOSR, DARPA, SRC and industry (Texas Instruments, Tektronix, Samsung & Telecom Italia). He has published over 100 papers in refereed journals and conferences. He has served as technical program committee chairs for several flagship conferences in the area of Wireless Health and Wearable Computers including the ACM Wireless Health 2012, International Conference on Body Sensor Networks 2011 and International Conference on Body Area Networks 2011. He is an associate editor for the IEEE Sensors Journal. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2012) and the RTAS 2011 best paper award. In his free time, he enjoys further research discussions with his team of 20+ research associates, students and staff.


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