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William H. Robinson

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Associate Dean of the School of Engineering
Associate Professor of Computer Engineering


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Intellectual Neighborhoods

Research Focus

Prof. Robinson leads the Security And Fault Tolerance (SAF-T) Research Group. We design, model, verify, and implement robust computing systems with consumer, defense, industrial, and medical applications. Our research addresses the reliability and security of computing systems across the abstraction layers of hardware and software. Specific projects have addressed: (1) radiation-induced soft errors in microelectronics by examining cross-layered optimizations during the electronic design automation (EDA) process, and (2) the threat of malicious hardware by investigating detection within third-party intellectual property (IP). Research website 

Prof. Robinson co-leads the Explorations in Diversifying Engineering Faculty Initiative (EDEFI). We investigate the institutional, technical, social, and cultural factors that impact the decision-making and career choices for Black engineering doctoral students, and the ways in which those factors contribute to the current underrepresentation of Black people in engineering faculty positions. We have identified factors that often discourage Black scholars from pursuing academic careers. We have addressed the lack of participation by developing a mentoring web portal that provides on-demand videos from faculty on topics of race and gender. Research website 

Biography

William H. Robinson joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Vanderbilt University as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010. Currently, he serves as an Associate Dean in the School of Engineering. Prof. Robinson leads the Security And Fault Tolerance (SAF-T) Research Group at Vanderbilt University, whose mission is to conduct transformational research that addresses the reliability and security of computing systems. He also investigates the institutional, technical, social, and cultural factors that impact the current underrepresentation of African Americans in engineering faculty positions. His major honors include selection for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Computer Science Study Panel, both in 2008. Dr. Robinson is a Senior Member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).