Arslan Munir is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science (CS) at Kansas State University (K-State). He is also an affiliated (ancillary) faculty in the K-State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He holds a Michelle Munson-Serban Simu Keystone Research Faculty Scholarship from the College of Engineering. He joined K-State as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in June 2017. Before joining K-State, he was a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) from July 2014 to June 2017. He was a postdoctoral research associate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA from May 2012 to June 2014. He received his M.A.Sc. in ECE from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada, in 2007 and his Ph.D. in ECE from the University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, Florida, USA, in 2012. He also worked as a visiting graduate research student at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada for one semester during his Ph.D. From 2007 to 2008, he worked as a software development engineer at Mentor Graphics in the Embedded Systems Division. He also worked as a software engineer at Techlogix Limited in 2007.
Dr. Munir's current research interests include embedded and cyber-physical systems, secure and trustworthy systems, computer architecture, artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision, parallel computing, and fault tolerance. He is a founding director of the Intelligent Systems, Computer Architecture, Analytics, and Security (ISCAAS) laboratory at K-State. His current research projects include design of secure and dependable autonomous vehicles and intelligent transportation systems, AI-assisted spacecraft trajectory optimization and planning, and AI-enable situational awareness. His research accomplishments have been covered by various news and media outlets.
Dr. Munir was the recipient of many academic awards including the doctoral fellowship from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. He earned gold medals for the best performance in electrical engineering, gold medals and academic roll of honor for securing rank one in pre-engineering provincial examinations (out of approximately 300,000 candidates).
He has published more than 70 scholarly peer-reviewed articles related to his research interests in prestigious journal and conferences, with two of his research papers receiving Best Paper Awards and two more being selected as Best Paper Finalists. He published a book on modeling and optimization of parallel and distributed embedded systems in Wiley-IEEE in 2016. He also holds three U.S. patents.
He has served as a program committee member and a reviewer for various IEEE and ACM conferences, a reviewer for various IEEE, ACM, and Elsevier journals, and a reviewer for National Science Foundation panels. He has served on the technical program committee of several conferences including ACM GLSVLSI, IEEE ICCD, IEEE iNIS, IARIA ICNS, IEEE CloudNet, IEEE MCSoC, and IEEE/IFIP EUC. He served as a Session Chair in IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE), 2020, and Special Sessions Chair in IEEE International Symposium on Smart Electronic Systems in 2021. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.
His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). He has been awarded the NSF Computer and Information Science and Engineering Research Initiation Initiative award. He has also been awarded Summer Faculty Fellowships at AFRL, Information Direcotrate (RI) in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Prospective Ph.D. students: I currently do not have any new position openings for Graduate Research Assistants in my research group.