Research Focus

Our research is in the design, analysis, and implementation of embedded systems. This includes both software and hardware aspects, and its effective co-design. Of particular interest are topics such as real-time embedded systems, embedded software, and computer architecture.

Recent Publications

  1. [J16]
    MCXplore: Automating the Validation Process of DRAM Memory Controller Designs.
    By Hassan, M. and Patel, H.
    In IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD), no. 99, pp. 1–14, 2017.
  2. [J15]
    PMC: A Requirement-aware DRAM Controller for Multi-core Mixed Criticality.
    By Hassan, M., Patel, H. and Pellizzoni, R.
    In ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS), pp. 1–25, 2017.
  3. [C49]
    Predictable cache coherence for multi-core real time systems.
    By Hassan, M., Kaushik, A. and Patel, H.
    In proceedings of the IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS), pp. 1–12, 2017.
  4. [J14]
    Path Selection for Real-Time Communication on Priority-Aware NoCs.
    By Kashif, H., Patel, H. and Fischmeister, S.
    In ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES), pp. 1–25, Jan. 2016.

Research Projects

These are some of the current research projects.

Predictable Access to Shared Data for Multi-core Real-time Systems

We investigate hardware and software techniques to ensure predictable accesses to shared data. We expect deployments of modern mixed-criticality systems to compute on shared data, which must be accessed in a predictable way.

Computer Architecture Support for Complex Networks

We are investigating a combination of micro-architecture and compiler techniques to accelerate the performance of accessing complex networks on modern computing systems.

For a list of in-active research projects, please see past research projects.

Call for papers

Consider submitting to FDL 2018.

Selected Service

Prospective Students

Students must have a strong background in programming (both software and hardware). If you are applying to either the Computer Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering department, and are interested in this research, then please send me your CV. Unfortunately, it may not be possible to respond to all email.

Research Team

Current Students

I am fortunate to be working with the following outstanding students.
Ph.D. MASc
  • Paulos Tegegn
  • Zhuanhao Wu



  1. Mohamed Hassan, Winter 2016 (Intel, Canada)
  2. Hany Kashif, Fall 2015 (SOTI Research)


  1. Nivedita Sritharan, Spring 2017
  2. Yunling Cui, Winter 2017 (Intel, Canada)
  3. Nathan Buchanan, Fall 2016 (Texas Instruments, USA)
  4. Zhuoran Yin, Winter 2015 (National Instruments)
  5. Anirudh Kaushik, Winter 2014 (IBM Toronto => PhD @ Waterloo)
  6. Aayush Prakash, Spring 2012 (IBM Toronto => Nvidia Canada)
  7. Sina Gholamian, Spring 2012 (Thalmic Labs.=>Qualcomm Canada=> PhD @ Waterloo)

Research Associate

  1. Dan Wang, Fall 2013 (Istuary)


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