2010 TCCA Chair Candidate

David Kaeli

David Kaeli is a Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Engineering at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Prof. Kaeli is also the Director of the Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research Laboratory (NUCAR).  
He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University in 1992. He received his M.S. in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University in 1985 and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University in 1981. For the 2001-2002 academic year he spent a year as a Visiting Professor at the Departament of d'Arquitectura de Computadors at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.
Prof. Kaeli has served in a number of roles, including IEEE TCMARCH Chair, IEEE TCCA Vice-Chair, IEEE TCCA Newsletter Editor, ACM SIGMICRO Treasurer, and ACM SIGMETRICS Industry Chair. He is presently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Associate Editor for Journal of Instruction-level Parallelism, and is a past Associate Editor for IEEE Computer Architecture Letters and IEEE Transactions on Computers. 
Position Statement
Over my past term as Vice-Chair of IEEE TCCA, I have observed many changes in our field that have impacted IEEE and our profession. The downturn of the global economy has had a dramatic effect on the computing field, and particularly on Computer Architecture. There has been a significant impact on the Computer Architecture job market. For TCCA, the global recession has resulted in changes in IEEE policy impacting conference finance policies. Conference attendance has been impacted in terms of student attendance. I have a number of initiatives planned that I feel can help TCCA remain a vibrant and healthy TC, weathering the impact of challenging economic times, and grow in both student participation and international membership.
My first goal will be to increase student participation in our main meetings, ISCA and HPCA, as well as our co-sponsored meetings. Students are the future of our profession, be it academia or industry. Conference attendance and participation is very important to grow our membership and build a strong research community. I plan to aggressively pursue sustainable funding from the US federal government, foreign governments, and industry. I have served as General Chair for both ISCA and HPCA, so have significant experience raising funds for student travel and participation.
My second goal will be to promote Computer Architecture research to federal agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and DARPA in the United States, as well as international agencies. I have interacted with agencies in the US, Canada, Germany, Ireland, and Spain in the review of research proposals and conference funding proposals. I also serve on the Computing Research Associations Computing Community Consortium, and have been able to advocate for the Computer Architecture community.
My third goal will be to grow IEEE TCCA internationally. Our community has grown faster outside of the US than within in recent years - we have now held ISCA in China and HPCA in India. These moves were well overdue, and we need to continue engaging all parts of the world - computing and Computer Architecture have become part of the global economy. IEEE TCCA needs to look for opportunities to become more global as well.
Given my diverse background of industry experience (IBM 12 years) and academia (Northeastern University 17 years), I feel I understand both perspectives, and can effectively balance the priorities and interests of both constituents in my role as the future TCCA Chair.