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).