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 application-specific-integrated-circuits, field-programmable gate arrays, and multicore processors. He is currently leading several projects in the security and resilience of embedded systems for Department of Defense applications.
Dr. Vai has worked in the area of high-performance and secure embedded computing for more than 30 years. He has worked extensively in codesign methodology for security and functionality, mission critical embedded systems, and trusted and assured microelectronics, and has published more than 100 technical papers in these areas. Dr. Vai has coordinated and taught various courses on hardware security and design methodology. He has published a textbook ("VLSI Design," CRC Press, 2001) and 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. 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, and industry.
Dr. Vai's current research interests include mission critical systems, particularly in the design and optimization of asymmetric multicore processing architecture for security and resilience. 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.