Applications Driving Architectures Center

Reimagining How Computers Are Designed


Task Liaison Meetings

Calling All Task Liaisons

ADA Center students are presenting their research at online task liaison meetings each Wednesday. Task liaisons and other interested sponsors are invited to join. Registration is not necessary, but please visit our complete liaison meeting schedule for info on how to attend each meeting.

Eastern Time


Tsu-Hsi Chang
Saverio Fazzari

ADA Sponsor

Eastern Time

Xinxin Wang

Xinxin Wang
University of Michigan

PhD Student

- Reconfigurable Spark
Aaron Barnes, PhD Student (Purdue University)
- Update on Integrating Software-Centric Cache Coherence into the HammerBlade Prototyping Platform
Moyang Wang, PhD Student (Cornell University)

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ADA Center News

ADA PI Baris Kasikci Receives 1.8 Million Grant for Ironpatch Research

Even the most advanced cars and other vehicles hide a rat’s nest of electronics—hundreds of processors and millions of lines of code that were designed separately but now must work together under the hood for years at a time. Keeping such a hodge-podge of systems updated and free of security vulnerabilities is exceedingly difficult, according to University of Michigan researcher Baris Kasikci. And your car is just the tip of the iceberg. Software vulnerabilities are an even bigger threat on large vehicles like spacecraft and in the autonomous drones and other vehicles that are moving toward widespread use.

“It’s a little bit of a mess,” said Kasikci, a professor of computer science and engineering. “Traditionally, you fix the bug in the source code, you rebuild the software and you redeploy it. But these moving environments are really hostile to that model because there’s a lot of different software and lots of different kinds of computers.”

Kasikci is leading a research team that has just received a $1.8 million grant from DARPA to fix the problem with a system called Ironpatch. Part of DARPA’s $50 million Assured Micropatching Program, the four-year project aims to develop a self-contained patching system to solve the growing problem of security vulnerabilities in cars and large vehicles like trucks and spacecraft. The other researchers on the project include assistant professor Manos Kapritsos, professor Westley Weimer and research fellow Kevin Leach, all in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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Valeria Bertacco and Gu-Yeon Wei Present at the ERI Summit

Valeria Bertacco and Gu-Yeon Wei will share updates on the ADA Center research this afternoon at the JUMP session of the ERI summit.

ADA Papers Accepted to OSDI and USENIX

Congratulations to ADA researchers Baris Kasikci, Ian Neal, and Kevin Loughlin, who have just had a paper accepted to OSDI, and another paper accepted to USENIX Security.

Todd Younkin Appointed President and CEO of Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC)

SRC Executive Director Todd Younkin has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of SRC. Younkin’s appointment was made by SRC’s Board of Directors. Younkin will start transitioning to his new role on August 18, 2020.









As the computing industry struggles to maintain its historically rapid pace of innovation, the ADA Center, based at the University of Michigan, aims to streamline and democratize the design and manufacturing of next-generation computing systems.

The Center for Applications Driving Architectures, or ADA, is developing a transformative, "plug-and-play" ecosystem to encourage a flood of fresh ideas in computing frontiers such as autonomous control, robotics and machine-learning.

Today, analysts worry that the industry is stagnating, caught between physical limits to the size of silicon transistors and the skyrocketing costs and complexity of system design.

"The electronic industry is facing many challenges going forward, and we stand a much better chance of solving these problems if we can make hardware design more accessible to a large pool of talent," said Valeria Bertacco, an Arthur F. Thurnau professor of computer science and engineering at U-M and director of the ADA Center. "We want to make it possible for anyone with motivation and a good idea to build novel high-performance computing systems."

The center is a five-year project that includes researchers from several leading universities.


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