Baniasadi, Amirali

Associate Professor


Phone number: (250) 721-8613
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research description:

Low-power design
Power-aware architectures
High-performance processors
Expertise Profile
Just when you need to make an important phone call, your cellphone's battery dies. Wouldn't it be great to have a phone that lasts a little longer between charging?

Engineer Amirali Baniasadi is an expert in computer architecture who looks for ways to create that phone. He studies low-power design, meaning he looks for ways to make computing systems work faster in less time or use less energy. This could make batteries for cell phones and other portable devices last longer.

Once, computers used less energy than the lamp in your room, but now it's the other way around. This has created the new problem of energy consumption. Dr. Baniasadi was one of the first to address this issue in Canada. "I was kind of a pioneer in my research field," he says "This area was very new when I started my PhD, and even today in Canada there may be only very few people in academia who work in this are."

Dr. Baniasadi also plays an important role in helping students understand computer-engineering fundamentals. He has helped to develop curriculum and has designed lab manuals that improve the educational experience. He takes the time to get to know his students. "I try to identify the students who might be distracted in my class, and then I talk to them to see if they understand the material," he says. "I've learned that if a student knows that you care about them, they pay more attention in your class."

Countries lived or worked in:

Dr. Baniasadi lived and worked in Iran and US.



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