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José F. Martínez

  • José F. Martínez
  • Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Title: Professor
  • Address: 336 Frank H T Rhodes Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-1874
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José Martínez is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a member of the Computer Science Graduate Field at Cornell. His research work has earned several awards; among them: two IEEE Micro Top Picks papers; a HPCA Best Paper award; Best Paper nominations at MICRO and HPCA; a NSF CAREER award; two IBM Faculty awards; and one of the inaugural UIUC Computer Science Outstanding Educator Alumnus awards. On the teaching side, he has been recognized with two Kenneth A. Goldman '71 Excellence in Teaching College awards; a Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Excellence Award; as the most influential college professor of Merrill Presidential Scholars Andrew Tibbits (2007) and Gulnar Mirza (2016); and as the 2011 Professor of the Year by the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

Prof. Martínez is the Chair of the Transactions Operating Committee of the IEEE Computer Society, which oversees all of the Society's IEEE Transactions periodicals, and a member of the Society's Publications Board. He was the Editor in Chief of IEEE Computer Architecture Letters from 2013 through 2016. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Senior Member of the ACM, and a Member of the SHPE.

Prof. Martínez graduated in 1996 from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, and earned MS (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Research Interests

Prof. Martínez's research area is computer architecture. His research interests include reconfigurable and self-optimizing architectures, architectural impact of disruptive technologies (e.g., on-chip nano photonics), and hardware-software interaction.

Teaching Interests

Prof. Martínez is the Chair of the Computer Engineering teaching unit in ECE, and a member of ECE's Curriculum and Standards Committee. He usually teaches ECE 5750 (Advanced Computer Architecture, a core computer engineering graduate course), and ENGRD 2400 (Computer Systems Programming, which he created in 2016).

Selected Publications

  • Wang, X., S. Chen, J. Setter, Jose F. Martinez. 2017. "SWAP Effective fine-grain management of shared last-level caches with minimum hardware support.." Intl. Symp. on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA).
  • Wang, X. , Jose F. Martinez. 2016. "ReBudget: Trading off efficiency vs. fairness in market-based multicore resource allocation via runtime budget reassignment." March.
  • Hurkat, S., J. Choi, E. Nurvitadhi, Jose F. Martinez, R. Rutenbar. 2015. "A fast hierarchical implementation of sequential tree-reweighted belief propagation for probabilistic inference.." Intl. Conf. on Field-Programmable Logic (FPL).
  • Wang, X., Jose F. Martinez. 2015. "XChange: A Market-Based Approach to Scalable Dynamic Multi-resource Allocation in Multicore Architectures." Paper presented at Intl. Symp. on High-Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), San Francisco, CA Feb. 2015
  • Weisz, G., Y. Wang, S. Hurkat, M. Nguyen, J. C. Hoe, Jose F. Martinez. 2014. "GraphGen: An FPGA Framework for Vertex-centric Graph Computation." Paper presented at Intl. Symp. on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM), May.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Program Chair (HPCA) 2016
  • Best Paper Nomination, HPCA 2015 (High Performance Computer Architecture) 2015
  • College of Engineering, Kenneth A. Goldman '71 Excellence in Teaching Award (College of Engineering) 2014
  • Professor of the Year (Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society) 2011
  • Distinguished Educator Award in the inaugural class of alumni awards (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Department of Computer Science) 2011



  • B. Sc. (Computer Science & Engineering), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, 1996
  • MS (Computer Science), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999
  • Ph D (Computer Science), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002