Volunteer Spotlight: Igor Markov


Retired Transactions on Computers Associate Editor Igor Markov discusses his interest and accomplishments in the field of computing.

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Q. Tell me a little about your research area and what motivated you to get into it?

A. I am interested in computers making computers, including architectural and device aspects, as well as optimization, algorithms, methodologies, and software tools. I find this research exciting because it draws in numerous techniques from computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering, and presents numerous challenges for us to solve.

Q. What are some of your proudest accomplishments?

A. Several algorithms and software tools I developed with my students and collaborators have been and are currently used to design and optimize commercial integrated circuits.

Q. What motivated you to become an Associate Editor for the IEEE TC?

A. My desire to serve the IEEE community by contributing to the health and well-being of a major IEEE publication.

Q. What is the best part of being an Associate Editor and will you encourage others to take up this role?

A. Exposure to leading-edge research from the vantage point of an associate editor.

Q. How do you see your research field shaping up and what are the major directions?

A. As my research field is maturing, I believe that significant emphasis should be put on the analysis of what has been done and what the major milestones were, rather than just proposing new, unrelated ways of solving key tasks. A holistic big picture should emerge, and perhaps help develop good textbooks for the future generation. In terms of research per se, I believe we will see comprehensive methodologies for design and optimization that transcend traditional "separation of concerns" principles.

Q. What advice would you give to junior researchers and graduate students?

A. Quality over quantity.

Q. What profession would you be in if you weren't in this field?

A. Mathematics.