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Behrooz Parhami's Service Profile

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Page last updated on 2013 February 22

Professor Parhami's service activites and plans are highlighted on this page. The following companion pages contain more detailed information, along with complete list of activities in each category.

Professional activities
Academic service
Community service
Industrial consulting and expert service

"If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day." Alex Noble

Synopsis of Professional Activities


Professor Parhami is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Distinguished Member of the Informatics Society of Iran, and a Professional Member of the ACM. He has served or is currently serving on the editorial boards of several technical publications, including two IEEE Transactions. He referees technical papers and research proposals on a regular basis and has been involved in organizing conferences for a number of professional organizations. He publishes critical reviews of books and research articles in Mathematical Reviews. In the 1980s, he was a founding member of the Informatics Society of Iran and served five-year terms as its first president and editor-in-chief, while at the same time guiding the IEEE Iran Section through a turbulent decade. For detailed discription and complete list of professional activities, please see B. Parhami's Professional Activities page.

Overview of Academic Service

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Professor Parhami has been active on numerous committees and other governing bodies at the departmental, college, campus, and university levels throughout his academic career. A complete list of his membership and leadership positions on such committees can be found on B. Parhami's Academic Service page. Highlights include two years of service as departmental vice-chair at UCSB and three years on the UCSB Academic Senate Committee on Academic Personnel, including one year as its vice-chair and another year as its chair. Current assignments include chairmanship of the ABET Committee for the Computer Engineering Program, serving as Associate Dean for Academic Personnel, College of Engineering, and membership of the Graduate Council at the campus level.

Community Service Summary

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Professor parhami has served the broader community in a variety of ways over the past four decades. Early in his academic career, he gave numerous public lectures to diverse audiences and also participated in the discussion of science and technology issues through mass media. For example, he authored or translated a large number of columns and articles on computers and computing for the popular press. More recently, he has developed a special series of mathematics lessons that aim to present challenging topics to elementary-school students by means of simple puzzles and fun games. This series of lessons, organized under the title "Math + Fun!", were tested at the Goleta Family School during 2003-06 and have since been made available as slide shows for free on-line access by teachers and students. A pet peeve of Professor Parhami is the utter lack of concern for the safety of UCSB students and staff exhibited by those who drive motor vehicles or ride bicycles on the campus walkways. In 2001, he initiated an extensive ongoing effort to document the extent of abuses of the campus walkways by vehicles of all kinds. For details, please see B. Parhami's Community Service page, his Math + Fun! page, or his Pet Peeve page.

Industrial consulting and Expert Service

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Professor Parhami's consulting activities revolve around the design and evaluation of high-performance digital systems, from the chip and board levels all the way to the system integration level. His hardware expertise includes the use of customization and pipelining techniques, as well as the application of (massive) parallelism at various levels of granularity. His work has also involved intellectual property considerations and patent litigation. In these domains, he has helped a number of companies and consulting firms with their efforts pertaining to high-performance computer system design. He has also assisted several organizations as an expert, by preparing technical briefs relating to the state of the art in various technology domains as well as intellectual property claims. Professor Parhami also offers a series of executive and academic workshops, as well as invited lectures, on topics such as the use of mathematical/logical puzzles for educating computer professionals, compendium of ground-breaking ideas in computer arithmetic (link forthcoming), and survey of interconnection networks for parallel processing (link forthcoming).