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Asim Smailagic is a research professor at the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, College of Engineering, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also director of the Laboratory for Interactive and Wearable Computer Systems at CMU. This lab has designed and constructed 24 generations of novel mobile/wearable computer systems over the last decade. He has been a program chairman of seven IEEE conferences and program chairman of the Cambridge Conference on High Performance Distributed Computer Systems '89. He has acted as a guest editor and associate editor for leading archival journals, such as the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, Journal on VLSI Signal Processing, and the Journal of Computing and Information Technology and is one of cofounders of the IEEE Symposium on Wearable Computers. He was a visiting professor at Cambridge University and University of Leeds. He received the Fulbright Postdoctoral Award at Carnegie Mellon in Computer Science in 1988. He was a recipient of the 1992 Tempus European Community Award for scientific cooperation resulting in new curriculum development, the 2000 Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence from Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, recognizing his pioneering contributions to wearable computers, and the 2002 Carnegie Science Award for Excellence. He has written or edited seven books in the areas of computer systems design and prototyping, mobile computers, and VLSI system design. He has made major contributions to several projects that represent milestones in the evolution of advanced computer systems: from CMU's Cm* Multiprocessor System and Edinburgh Multi-Microprocessor Assembly (EMMA) to CMU's current projects on eearable computer systems, smart modules, communicator, and aura pervasive computing. He has served on numerous advisory boards, US National Science Foundation review panels, and consulting assignments, and delivered a number of keynote lectures at international conferences.