Applications Driving Architectures Center


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

Andrew McCrabb
Explainable AI acceleration based on random forests

Meeting Type: Lessons Learned/Pivot

Andrew McCrabb

University of Michigan

PhD Student

- Fast and Scalable Parallel Batch-Dynamic k-Core Decomposition
Quanquan Liu, PhD Student (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
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ADA Center News

PyTorchFI Added to the Official PyTorch Ecosystem

PyTorchFI, a runtime perturbation tool for deep neural networks (DNNs) created by ADA Researchers at UIUC, has recently been added to the official PyTorch Ecosystem. This endorsement has lead to over 25,000 downloads, and it will likely lead to more researchers and developers to using PyTorchFI.

The PyTorchFI team was also the recipient of a ADA Lynn Conway Research Award in 2019. Congrats to the PyTorchFI team on its continued success and growth. 


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Four ADA Liaisons Recognized with 2021 Mahboob Khan Outstanding Liaison Awards

Ameen Akeel (Micron), Mike Burkland (Raytheon), Matt Horsnell (Arm), and Paul Whatmough (Arm) received 2021 Mahboob Khan Outstanding Liaison Awards from SRC. They were nominated for the award by ADA PIs. 

ILLIXR Highlighted as JUMP Research Success Story at an ISCA’21 Panel

At an ISCA’21 panel, "Is there research funding beyond machine learning and quantum?" Panelist Tim Green (Director of Innovative Research at SRC) highlighted the ILLIXR project in answer to the question “How do SRC and DARPA move the needle on a problem as complex as hardware-software co-… Read more

Valeria Bertacco Wins Elvira Poli Alumni Award

Congratulations to Valeria Bertacco for winning a prestigious Elvira Poli Alumni Award. These awards are given to engineering alumni who have made extraordinary contributions to their field.









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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