Dr. Michael Vai joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 1999 and is currently a senior staff member in the Secure Resilient Systems and Technology Group. Before coming to this group, he was an Assistant Leader of the Embedded and Open Systems Group in the ISR and Tactical Systems Division. At Lincoln Laboratory, he has led the development of several notable real-time systems incorporating very-large-scale integration (VLSI) chips, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and multicore processors. In 2002, Dr. Vai coordinated and taught a VLSI Design course at Lincoln Laboratory, and in 2003, he delivered a lecture ASIC and FPGA DSP Implementations in the IEEE lecture series Current Topics in Digital Signal Processing.
Dr. Vai has worked in the area of high-performance embedded computing for more than 20 years. He has worked and published extensively in VLSI, application specific integrated circuits (ASIC), FPGAs, design methodology, and embedded digital systems. He has published more than 80 technical papers and a textbook ("VLSI Design," CRC Press, 2001). He is also the co-editor and a contributing author of a reference handbook ("High Performance Embedded Computing Handbook," CRC Press, 2008).
Until July 1999, Dr. Vai was on the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University. At Northeastern University, he developed and taught the VLSI Design and VLSI Architecture courses. He also established and supervised a VLSI CAD Laboratory. In May 1999, the students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department presented him with the Outstanding Professor Award. During Dr. Vai's tenure at Northeastern University, he conducted multiple research programs funded by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and industry.
Dr. Vai's current research interests include anti-tamper and information assurance technologies, particularly those related to open architectures and high-performance computing algorithms. He is a senior member of IEEE. Dr. Vai earned MS and PhD degrees from Michigan State University in 1985 and 1987, respectively, both in electrical engineering.