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Joseph Cavallaro

EMAIL: cavallar@rice.edu
PHONE: 713-348-4719
OFFICE: Duncan Hall 3042

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Joseph R. Cavallaro

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Professor of Computer Science.
Director, Center for Multimedia Communications.


VLSI Signal Processing, Wireless Communication Systems Architectures, VLSI Systems Design and Prototyping.


In August 1988, he joined the faculty of Rice University, Houston, Texas, where he is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and by courtesy in the Department of Computer Science. He is also Associate Director of the Center for Multimedia Communication at Rice. Professor Joe Cavallaro's research is in special-purpose VLSI processor architectures. Advances in VLSI technology have made possible the implementation of special-purpose processors for signal processing, computer graphics, and robotics. Many of these applications involve a core group of matrix computations that can be efficiently performed on parallel arrays of functional units. In particular, important numerical algorithms for wireless communication systems can greatly benefit from enhanced parallel architectures and high-speed computer arithmetic. These algorithms and their efficient mapping to low-power architectures are studied on DSP, ASIC, and Application-specific Instruction Processors (ASIP).