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Dr. Dean's research uses computer architecture, compiler technology, and real-time analysis and scheduling to simplify the design and implementation of embedded systems. Unlike most other embedded system research, this work targets applications without the budget for custom processors or ICs.
By using a compiler to interleave multiple program threads into one at the assembly instruction level, generic uniprocessors can provide significant concurrency. This simplifies hardware to software migration and enables embedded system designers to use standard (i.e. cheap) microprocessors to absorb the function of dedicated (i.e. expensive) peripheral components.
In addition to his academic education, Dr. Dean worked for several years at United Technologies Research Center, an industrial R&D lab in Connecticut. He analyzed, simulated and designed communication networks and system architectures for jet engines, elevators, cars and building climate control systems. He also designed, programmed and built prototypes for a few automotive applications. For most of his time as an undergraduate he worked as an electronic technician.
Dr. Dean is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award.
- 2000 - Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
1993 - M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
1991 - B.S in Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin at Madison, Madison, WI
| Primary Research Interests
- Computer Architecture and Systems (Including Embedded Computer Systems*, Microprocessor Architecture, Software and Optimizing Compilers*)
| Selected Publications
- Avik Juneja, Alexander Dean and Subhashish Bhattacharya, Using Real-Time System Design Methods to Integrate SMPS Control Software with Application Software, 2015 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Montreal, Canada, September 2015
- Thomas Stout and Alexander Dean, Voltage-Source-Based Voltage-to-Time Converter, IEEE 58th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, Fort Collins, Colorado, August 2-5, 2015.
- Dan Moore and Alexander Dean, Intra-Operation Dynamic Voltage Scaling, 2015 IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems, Networks and Application, Hong Kong, China, August 2015
- Alexander G. Dean, Embedded Systems Design, Analysis and Optimization using the Renesas RL78 Microcontroller, Micrium Press, September 2013, ISBN: 978-1-935772-96-5
- Alexander G. Dean and James M. Conrad, Creating Fast, Responsive and Energy-Efficient Embedded Systems using the Renesas RL78 Microcontroller, 2nd Edition, Micrium Press, September 2013, ISBN: 978-1-935772-98-9
| Awards and Honors
- 2016 - Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (SMIEEE), USA
- 2011 - NCSU Thank a Teacher Award
- 2007 - Outstanding Teacher Award (Advanced Institute of Information Technology, Seoul, Korea)
- 2001 - NSF Career Award