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James O Hamblen
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Computer Systems and Software
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Klaus 3308

James Hamblen, a professor in the computer engineering area, joined the Georgia Tech Faculty in 1984 after graduating with his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. His other degrees include an M.S.E.E. from Purdue University and a B.E.E. from Georgia Tech.

Prior to returning to Georgia Tech to work on his Ph.D., he worked several years in industry. While working on his M.S.E.E. degree he was employed by Wescom Inc. where he worked on the design of a fault-tolerant multiprocessor PBX system. Subsequently, he worked as a systems analyst for Texas Instruments in Austin, Texas, and as a senior engineer for Martin Marietta Corporation in Denver, Colorado.

At Texas Instruments, Dr. Hamblen was involved in the design of the TMS9900 microprocessor development system. At Martin Marietta, he was a senior engineer in the software research and development section where he worked on computer systems for satellites and spacecraft. He is the author of the popular textbook, Rapid Prototyping of Digital Systems.

Research interests: 
  • Rapid prototyping with FPGAs
  • Embedded systems
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award ECE Senior Class 2004
  • Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for Windows Embedded 2004
  • IEEE Transactions on Education Best Paper Award 2003
  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Member, Eta Kappa Nu

Hamblen, J. O. and Hall, T., "System on Programmable-Chip Development Platforms in the Classroom," IEEE Transactions on Education, 2004.

Newman, K., Hamblen, J.0., and Hall, T., "An Introductory Digital Design Course Using a Low-cost Autonomous Robot," IEEE Transactions on Education, pp.289-296, vol. 45, no. 3, August 2002.

Hamblen, J. and Furman, M., Rapid Prototyping of Digital Systems Second Edition, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 284 pages, August 2001.

Hamblen, J. "FPGAs for Rapid Prototyping," in the Computer Engineering Handbook, 30 pages, V. Oklobzija editor, CRC Press, December 2001.

Hamblen, J.O., "Rapid Prototyping Using Field Programmable Logic Devices," IEEE Micro, pp. 29-37, vol.20 no.3, May/June 2000.

Hamblen, J.O. and Parker, A., "Optimal value for the Newton-Raphson Division Algorithm," Information Processing Letters, vol. 42, pp. 141-144, May 1992.

Braham, R. and Hamblen, J.O., "Design of a Neural Network Model with a Biologically Motivated Architecture," IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 251-262, April 1990.

Parker, A. and Hamblen, J.O., "A Fast Technique for the Evaluation of Unary Floating Point Functions," Transactions on Simulation, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 99-108, April 1988.

Hamblen, J.O. and Alford, C.O., "A Parallel Computer Architecture for Continuous Simulation," IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronics, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 719-725, November 1988.

Braham, R. and Hamblen, J.O., "Simulation of Integrated Circuits," Transactions on Simulation, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 243-263, October 1988.

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