Carnegie Mellon University

The Quality of Life Technology Center is within the School of Computer Science (SCS) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). SCS is perennially ranked among the top four US academic research organizations in the computer sciences (the other universities being MIT, Berkeley and Stanford). SCS occupies three whole buildings on the CMU main campus: Newell-Simon Hall (150,000 sq. ft., opened in 1999), the Gates Center for Computer Science (157,000 sq. ft., opened in 2009) and the Hillman Center for Future Generation Technologies (60,000 sq. ft., opened in 2009). Major units within SCS include the Robotics Institute, which is the largest robotics research organization in the world; the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, widely acknowledged as the best in its field; and the Quality of Life Technology Center, one of the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Centers (there have been a total of 47 ERCs since the program started in 1985).


Daniel P. Siewiorek is the Buhl University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He has designed or been involved with the design of nine multiprocessor systems and has been a key contributor to the dependability design of over two dozen commercial computing systems. Dr. Siewiorek leads an interdisciplinary team that has designed and constructed over 20 generations of mobile computing systems. Dr. Siewiorek has written nine textbooks in the areas of parallel processing, computer architecture, reliable computing, and design automation in addition to over 475 papers. Dr. Siewiorek has served as Associate Editor of the Computer System Department of the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, as Chairman of the IEEE Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing and as founding Chairman of the IEEE Technical Committee on Wearable Information Systems. He is the director for the Quality of Life Technology NSF Engineering Research Center. He has been the recipient of the American Association of Engineering Education Frederick Emmons Terman Award, the IEEE/ACM Eckert-Mauchly Award, and the ACM SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contributions Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ACM, and AAAS and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Siewiorek received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1968, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering (minor in Computer Science) from Stanford University, in 1969 and 1972, respectively.

Asim Smailagic is a research professor in the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems, College of Engineering, at Carnegie Mellon. He is also director of the Laboratory for Interactive Computer Systems at Carnegie Mellon, which has designed and built more than two dozen generations of novel wearable computers and several pioneering prototypes of context-aware computers. Professor Smailagic has been a program chairman of IEEE conferences more than 10 times. He is a chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Wearable Information Systems. He has acted as co-editor, associate editor, and guest editor in leading archival technical journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computers, Journal on VLSI Signal Processing and Journal on Pervasive Computing. He co-developed an interdisciplinary concurrent design methodology (with Professor Dan Siewiorek) and is widely recognized for his work in the design and rapid prototyping of wearable computers. He received the Fulbright post-doctoral award in computer science at Carnegie Mellon in 1988. He received the 2000 Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science, the 2003 Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence in Information Technology, the 2003 Steve Fenves Systems Research Award from the Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering and other prestigious awards.