Philip Koopman

Associate Professor – ECECS
Office A308 Hamerschlag Hall
Telephone (412)-268-5225
Fax (412)-268-6353
Assistant Kara Knickerbocker

Research Interests

Distributed Embedded Systems

The vast majority of the billions of processors manufactured yearly are used for embedded applications rather than desktop computing. Increasingly, these embedded processors are being incorporated into "smart" sensors and actuators, and are connected over a real-time network to form distributed embedded systems. Such systems have significantly different requirements and trade-offs than conventional computing systems, encompassing the areas of interdisciplinary design optimization, ultra-high dependability, very low cost, real-time performance, safety, low power consumption, and extended duration life-cycle support. Representative application areas include automobiles, trains, industrial process controls, home appliances, and inexpensive consumer items.

Professor Koopman's areas of interest include teaching distributed embedded system design techniques, improving the safety of embedded systems, and improving the survivability of deeply embedded systems (embedded systems that connect to enterprise systems).

In the News

  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Blanton and Koopman Named Senior Members of ACM
  • Ballista Testing Incorporated into Linux Test Project
  • Koopmans 25th Patent Earned With Hendrey, ECE Alumnus
  • Koopman's Research Cited in MIT's Technology Review of Emerging Technologies
  • Koopman Elected to IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance
  • Koopman's Role Clarifying Computer Act Mentioned in IEEE Spectrum
  • Koopman Quoted in Wired Magazine's Article About "Smart Appliances"
  • Koopman Guest Edits IEEE Micro Issue on Critical Embedded Automotive Networks
  • Koopman and DeVale Win Best Paper at International Conference on Dependable Systems & Networking
  • Koopman Speaks on Software Licensing Laws at FTC Forum
  • Meredith Beveridge awarded NSF Fellowship
  •  Philip  Koopman

    Carnegie Mellon, 1989

    Research Area

    Computer Systems


    distributed embedded systems, survivable system architecture, dependability


    PhD, 1989
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Carnegie Mellon University

    MS, 1982
    Electrical, Computer, and System Engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    BS, 1982
    Electrical, Computer, and System Engineering
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute