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Dave Albonesi to teach MOOC exploring the computing technology behind smartphones

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Join ECE’s Dave Albonesi as he explores the fundamental computer technology inside smartphones and the advanced performance techniques that make them run so fast in a new massive open online course (MOOC), The Computing Technology Inside Your Smartphone. Beginning March 10, 2015, the course covers hardware and software computing technology, performance approaches developed by computer designers, and actual smartphone processors. Watch the course video intro here.

This course is one of four selected by the Cornell Faculty Senate’s Distance Learning Committee, and it is specifically tailored to online learning. Cornell MOOCs are free to anyone with Internet access and Cornell offers certificates for successful completion. To register, go to edX.

“I created this course based on one that I developed here on campus for Engineering freshman,” said Albonesi.  “I thought that the online course could unravel a bit of the mystery underneath the covers of a smartphone, give students engineering design experience, and get some of them interested in pursuing computer engineering, which is an incredibly rich field with many important applications.”

Professor Albonesi’s primary area of research is energy efficient computer architecture and he teaches courses that range from freshman-level introductory computing to graduate-level computer architecture. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research and is a Fellow of IEEE. Before embarking on an academic career, he spent 10 years in the computer industry as a computer architect, chip designer, and engineering manager.

This is the second MOOC offered by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In Spring 2014, Professor Stephen Wicker taught the course, Wiretaps to Big Data: Privacy and Surveillance in the Age of Interconnection.

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