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Homa Alemzadeh

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office location and address
Olsson, Room 259
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Education
B.S. Computer Engineering, University of Tehran, 2005
M.S. ​Computer Engineering, University of Tehran, ECE, 2008
Ph.D. ​Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, ECE, 2016
Biography

Homa Alemzadeh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia. Homa is also an Assistant Professor by courtesy in the Computer Science Department. Before joining UVA, she was a research staff member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Tehran. Homa was the recipient of 2017 William C. Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability from the IEEE Technical Committee and the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance. Her work on analysis of safety incidents in robotic surgery was selected as the Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Paper in Adult Cardiac Surgery at the 50th annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and was featured in the Wall Street Journal, MIT Technology Review, BBC, NBC News, among others.

EAGER: Implantable Medical Devices and Body Area Networks: Resilience by Construction
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Computer & Info. Sciences
September 01, 2017 – August 31, 2021
Towards Cognitive Assistant Systems for Emergency Response
Source: U.S. DOC - Natl. Institute Standards & Tech. (NIST
June 01, 2017 – May 31, 2021
EN-EE SCH:INT: Collaborative Research; BESI: Behavioral and Environmental Sensing and Intervention for Dementia Caregiver Empowerment
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Computer & Info. Sciences
September 01, 2014 – August 31, 2020
NSF Student Travel Grant for the 49th IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2019)
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
May 01, 2019 – April 30, 2020
ECE 4434: Dependable Computing Systems
Credits: 3
Focuses on the techniques for designing and analyzing dependable computer-based systems. Topics include fault models and effects, fault avoidance techniques, hardware redundancy, error detecting and correcting codes, time redundancy, software redundancy, combinatorial reliability modeling, Markov reliability modeling, availability modeling, maintainability, safety modeling, trade-off analysis, design for testability, and the testing of redundant digital systems. Cross-listed as CS 4434. Prerequisite: ECE 3430 or CS 3330 and APMA 3100 or APMA 3110.
ECE 4501: Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Credits: 1–4
A fourth-level undergraduate course covering a topic not normally covered in the course offerings. The topic usually reflects new developments in the electrical and computer engineering field. Offering is based on student and faculty interests.
SYS 4582: Selected Topics in Systems Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Detailed study of a selected topic determined by the current interest of faculty and students. Prerequisite: As specified for each offering.
ECE 4907: Electrical Engineering Projects
Credits: 1–3
Under faculty supervision, students plan a project of at least one semester's duration, conduct the analysis or design and test, and report on the results. If this work is to be the basis for an undergraduate thesis, the course should be taken no later than the seventh semester. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
CS 4980: Capstone Research
Credits: 1–3
This course is one option in the CS fourth-year thesis track. Students will seek out a faculty member as an advisor, and do an independent project with said advisor. Instructors can give the 3 credits across multiple semesters, if desired. This course is designed for students who are doing research, and want to use that research for their senior thesis. Note that this track could also be an implementation project, including a group-based project. Prerequisite: CS 2150 with a grade of C- or higher
CS 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
In-depth study of a computer science or computer engineering problem by an individual student in close consultation with departmental faculty. The study is often either a thorough analysis of an abstract computer science problem or the design, implementation, and analysis of a computer system (software or hardware). Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
CS 4998: Distinguished BA Majors Research
Credits: 3
Required for Distinguished Majors completing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. An introduction to computer science research and the writing of a Distinguished Majors thesis. Prerequisites: CS 2150 with a grade of C- or higher and CS BA major status.
ECE 6434: Dependable Computing Systems
Credits: 3
Focuses on techniques for designing and analyzing dependable computer-based systems. Topics include basic dependability concepts and attributes, fault models and effects, combinatorial and state-space modeling, hardware redundancy, error detecting and correcting codes, time redundancy, software fault tolerance, checkpointing and recovery, reliable networked systems, error detection techniques, and experimental dependability evaluation techniques. Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of probability and computer architecture is required. A working knowledge of programming is required for homework and mini projects.
ECE 6501: Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Credits: 3
A first-level graduate course covering a topic not normally covered in the graduate course offerings. The topic will usually reflect new developments in the electrical and computer engineering field. Offering is based on student and faculty interests. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
CS 6501: Special Topics in Computer Science
Credits: 3
Course content varies by section and is selected to fill timely and special interests and needs of students. See CS 7501 for example topics. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
SYS 6582: Selected Topics in Systems Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Detailed study of a selected topic, determined by the current interest of faculty and students. Offered as required.
CS 6890: Industrial Applications
Credits: 1
A graduate student returning from Curricular Practical Training can use this course to claim one credit hour of academic credit after successfully reporting, orally and in writing, a summary of the CPT experience to his/her academic advisor.
CS 6993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.
ECE 6995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 3–6
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. A project report is required at the completion of each semester. May be repeated as necessary.
ECE 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 3
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.
CS 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.
CPE 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member
CS 7995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 3
Formal record of student commitment to project research for the Master of Computer Science degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
CS 8897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students who are teaching assistants.
ECE 8999: Thesis
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
CS 8999: Thesis
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to thesis research for the Master of Science degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
CS 9897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students who are teaching assistants.
ECE 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.

William C. Carter Dissertation Award in Dependability 2017

J. Maxwell Chamberlain Memorial Paper Award, Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) 2014