Assoc. Professor of Electrical Engineering
Assoc. Professor of Computer Engineering

Dept of Electrical Engineering
and Computer Science


Vanderbilt University School of Engineering

Office location: 248 Featheringill Hall
Office phone: (615) 322-1507
Office fax: (615) 343-6702
Email: william.h.robinson@vanderbilt.edu

Brief Biography


Dr. William H. Robinson received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1996 and his M.S. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 1998. He received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Tech in 2003. His dissertation was directed by Dr. D. Scott Wills who co-led the Embedded Computer Vision and Surveillance Systems (ECVASS) research group (formerly the Portable Image Computation Architectures (PICA) research group) until 2011.

In August 2003, Dr. Robinson joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010. Dr. Robinson leads the Security And Fault Tolerance (SAF-T) Research Group at Vanderbilt University, whose mission is to conduct transformational research that addresses the reliability and security of computing systems. He is a member of the Radiation Effects and Reliability (RER) research group and collaborates with both the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) and the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) at Vanderbilt University. He also participates with the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST) where he serves as the Outreach Director. His research explores the hardware and software tradeoffs to improve system performance, system reliability, and system security. Topics of interest include computer architecture design, integrated circuit (IC) design, rapid prototyping using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), secure hardware platform design, radiation-hardening-by-design for digital circuitry, and mitigation of single event effects. Dr. Robinsonís major honors include a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and selection for DARPAís Computer Science Study Panel. He was also a recipient of a Career Initiation Grant from the Facilitating Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (FACES) Program at Georgia Tech.

Dr. Robinson is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and participates in the Computer Society, the Education Society, and the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. He is also a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and participates in the Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture. Other professional memberships include the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

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