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Full name: 
Linda M Wills
Job title: 
Associate Professor
Email address: 
Work phone: 
404/894-4565
Fax: 
404.894.4641
Office: 
Klaus 3310

Dr. Wills received her S.B. (1985), S.M. (1986), and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her graduate research focused on automating software understanding to enable software evolution and reuse. At Georgia Tech, she teaches and conducts research in embedded computer vision, parallelizing multimedia applications, and innovative computing systems education. Dr. Wills was the first recipient of the Demetrius T. Paris, Jr. Professorship. She is a senior member of the IEEE and IEEE Computer Society and a member of ACM.

Research interests: 
  • Embedded computer vision and surveillance systems
  • Parallelizing multimedia applications
  • Automated software engineering and retargeting
  • Computer systems education
Distinctions: 
  • Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellow 2007-2008
  • Best Paper Award, IFIP International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, 2005
  • Demetrius T. Paris Professorship, 2001-2004
  • IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award, 2002-2003
  • National Science Foundation Career Award, 2001
  • IEEE Certificate of Appreciation for Best Paper of Session Award, 19th Digital Avionics Sys. Conference, 2000
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, 1995
  • IEEE Computer Society Certificate of Appreciation, 1995
  • ACM Recognition of Service Award, 1995

Wills, L. and Wills, S., "MiSaSim: A Resource-Aware Programming Environment for Computer Systems Engineering Education," Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE07), pp. S1C:7-12, Milwaukee, WI, October 2007.

Valentine, B., Apewokin, S., Wills, L., Wills, S., and Gentile, A., "Midground Object Detection in Real World Video Scenes," to appear in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-based Surveillance (AVSS), London, UK, September 2007.

Huang, T. C., Wills, L., Melton, R., and Alford, C., "Predicting Communication Protocol Performance on Superscalar Architectures using Instruction Dependency," Performance Evaluation, Volume 63, Issues 9-10, pp. 939-955, October 2006.

Wills, L., Auerbach, J., and Hughes, J., " Partners in Transitioning to Tech: Supporting Students Who Follow Nontraditional Paths to Engineering Degrees," Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE06), San Diego, California, pp. S4G:3-8, October 2006, Top Five Finalist for Benjamin J. Dasher Best Paper Award.

Kim, H., Wills, S., and Wills, L., "Reducing Operand Communication Overhead using Instruction Clustering for Multimedia Applications," Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM 2005),pp. 345-352, Irvine, California, December 2005.

Kim, J., Wills, S., and Wills, L., "Implementing and Evaluating a Color-Aware Instruction Set for Low-Memory, Embedded Video Processing in Data Parallel Architectures," in Proceedings of the IFIP International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing (EUC 2005), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 3824, Springer-Verlag, pages 4 - 16, Nagasaki, Japan, December 6-9, 2005. Received Best Paper Award.

Baumstark, L. and Wills, L., "Retargeting Sequential Image-Processing Programs for Data Parallel Execution," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 116-136, Feb. 2005.

Gentile, A., Sander, S., Wills, L., and Wills, S., "Impact of Pixel to Processor Ratio in Embedded SIMD Image Processing Architectures," Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, 64:(11), pages 1318-1327, November 2004.

Heck, B., Wills, L., and Vachtsevanos, G., "Software Technology for Implementing Reusable, Distributed Control Systems," IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Vol. 23, Number 1, pp.21-35, February 2003. Received the 2002-2003 Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award.

Janka, R., Wills, L., and Baumstark, L., "Virtual Benchmarking and Model Continuity in Prototyping Embedded Multiprocessor Signal Processing Systems," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, Vol. 28, No. 9, pp. 832-846, September 2002.

Wills, L., Kannan, S., Sander, S., Guler, M., Heck, B., Prasad, J.V.R., Schrage, D., and Vachtsevanos, G., "An Open Platform for Reconfigurable Control," IEEE Control Systems Magazine, pp. 49-64, June 2001.

Rugaber, S., Stirewalt, K., and Wills, L. M., "Understanding Interleaved Code," Automated Software Engineering, Volume 3, Numbers 1-2, pp. 47-76, June 1996; expanded version of International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM) 1995 paper which received Best Paper Award.

C. Rich and L. M. Wills, "Recognizing a Program's Design: A Graph-Parsing Approach," IEEE Software, Volume 7, Number 1, pp. 82-89, January 1990. Reprinted in Artificial Intelligence at MIT: Expanding Frontiers, pp. 196-215, (P. H. Winston, ed.), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (1990); Software Reengineering, pp. 534-541, (R. Arnold, Ed.), Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society Press (1992).

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