ECE Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

This January, ECE Florida is excited to welcome three new faculty members, bringing the total number of tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the department to 54. Please join us in welcoming (L-R) Christophe Bobda, Zoleikha Biron, and Farimah Farahmandi to the department.

Christophe Bobda

Dr. Bobda comes to us from the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville, AR. He received the License in mathematics from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon in 1992, the diploma of computer science and the Ph.D. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in computer science from the University of Paderborn in Germany in 1999 and 2003 respectively. He was potsdoc at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg from 2003 to 2005, assistant professor at the University of Kaiserslautern from 2005 to 2007 and professor at University of Potsdam from 2007 to 2010. In 2010 Dr. Bobda joined the University of Arkansas as associate professor and was promoted to full professor in 2016. His research interests include: reconfigurable computing, system-on-chip and computer architecture with applications in embedded imaging, cloud computing and cybersecurity. Dr. Bobda’s research has been sponsored by the NSF, the AFRL, the ONR and the German DFG and has led to more than 150 publications in leading journals and conferences, with a citation count over 2230 and more than 20,000 downloads.

Zoleikha A Biron

Dr. Biron comes to us from Clemson University. Prior joining the University of Florida in January, she spent 18 months at the Clemson University International Center of Automotive Research (CU_ICAR) as a post-doctoral researcher.  She received her Ph.D. from Clemson University in 2017, her MS and BS degree in Electrical Engineering from K.N. Toosi University of Technology and University of Tehran, respectively.

Her research focuses on cyber physical systems with applications in intelligent transportation systems, smart power systems and the integration of renewable energy sources with smart power systems. She is interested in utilizing control theory, estimation and fault diagnostics techniques to enhance the security and efficiency of cyber physical systems.

Farimah Farahmandi

Farimah Farahmandi received her Ph.D. from the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, 2018. She received her B.S. and M.S. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Tehran, Iran in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Her research interests include design automation of SoCs and energy-efficient systems, formal verification, post-silicon validation and debug. Her research has resulted in two books, seven book chapters, and fifteen publications in premier ACM/IEEE journals and conferences including IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on CAD, Design Automation Conference (DAC), and Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE). Her research has been recognized by several awards including IEEE System Validation and Debug Technology Committee Student Research Award, and Gartner Group Info-Tech Scholarship. She currently serves as an Associate Editor of IET Computers & Digital Techniques .

Please join ECE Florida in welcoming Drs. Bobda, Biron, and Farahmandi.