Abdelfattah, Betz win S. Vassiliadis Award at FPL 2013

PhD candidate Mohamed Abdelfattah and Professor Vaughn Betz, both of the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, have won the S. Vassiliadis Memorial Award at the 23rd International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications in Porto, Portugal.

Mohamed Abdelfattah, left, and Vaughn Betz.

Mohamed Abdelfattah, left, and Vaughn Betz.

Abdelfattah presented their paper, titled ‘The Power of Communication: Energy-Efficient NoCs for FPGAs’, in the Infrastructure, Interconnect and Communication session on Monday, Sept. 2. Named in memory of Prof. Stamatis Vassiliadis, the award recognizes excellent paper quality at the conference. Vassiliadis was an IEEE Fellow, ACM Fellow, Member of the Dutch Academy of Sciences and professor at Delft University of Technology,  who was well known as an outstanding computer scientist and founded the SAMOS conference in 2001.

“The highlight of the conference for me was first watching Mohamed’s masterful presentation of his work, and then having interest not just from the academic community, but also two different commercial FPGA vendors with whom we had follow-up conversations about how to apply the work,” says Betz. They received the award at the conference banquet held in Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman’s historic port winery overlooking the city. “They’ve been making port in Porto for over 300 years, and it was a great venue to receive and celebrate this award,” says Betz.

The International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications is the first and largest conference covering this rapidly expanding area. The event drew about 260 attendees from around the globe.

For more information on the conference, visit the FPL 2013 website.

More information:
Marit Mitchell
Senior Communications Officer
The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
416-978-7997; marit.mitchell@utoronto.ca