Brief Biography  CV

Ulya R. Karpuzcu is an associate professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of Minnesota. She received the Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests span physics of computing, energy-efficient computing, application-domain specialized architectures, hardware security and reliability, approximate computing.


  1. July MMXVIII: Karpuzcu is on sabbatical leave at Brown University.

  2. July MMXVII: Karpuzcu, Sapatnekar, Wang received an NSF SPX grant on scalable in-memory processing using spintronics.

  3. January MMXVI: Karpuzcu received the NSF CAREER Award on “Trading Communication and Storage for Computation to Enhance Energy Efficiency”.

  4. June MMXV: We released ACCURAX, a compilation of safe accuracy metrics for approximate computing, along with an output randomization tool.

  5. September MMXIV: Karpuzcu received an NSF CCF grant on soft (approximate) near-threshold voltage computing.

  6. August MMXIV: Lilja, Sartori, and Karpuzcu received an NSF XPS grant on approximate communication to enhance energy efficiency.

  7. January MMXIV: The second Workshop on Near-threshold Voltage Computing will be held w/ ISCA. Call for Papers

  8. Spring MMXIV: New Course Announcement: EE8950 Physics of Computation Syllabus

  9. Inspired by Richard Feynman’s lectures, “Physics of Computation” explores how physical principles/limits shape paradigms of computing.

  10. Goal: To understand how (and to what extent) a paradigm shift in computing can help with emerging energy problems.   

  11. Scope: Physical limits of computing, coding and information theoretical foundations, computing with beyond-CMOS devices, reversible computing,

  12. quantum computing, stochastic computing. For each computing paradigm, we cover (i) how information is represented, processed, stored, and communicated;

  13. (ii) to what extent shortcomings can be addressed; (iii) how the application domain looks like.

  14. September MMXII: We are organizing the first Workshop on Near-threshold Voltage Computing w/ MICRO. Call for Papers

Select Publications    Google Scholar    Full List

  1. POWERT Channels: A Novel Class of Covert Communication Exploiting Power Management Vulnerabilities, HPCA 2019.

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  1. Toward Dynamic Precision Scaling, IEEE Micro Magazine Special Issue on Approximate Computing, 2018.


  1. Efficient In-Memory Processing Using Spintronics, CAL 2017.


  1. ThermoGater: Thermally-Aware On-Chip Voltage Regulation, ISCA 2017.

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  1. AMNESIAC: Trading Computation for Communication for Energy Efficiency, ASPLOS 2017.

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  1. Accordion: Toward Soft Near-threshold Voltage Computing, HPCA 2014.

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  1. The BubbleWrap Many-Core: Popping Cores for Sequential Acceleration, MICRO 2009. 

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We released:

  1. QuantumOps, an R package for quantum computing.

  2. VARIUS(TC,NTV), a (micro)architectural model of parametric variation.

  3. ACCURAX, a compilation of safe accuracy metrics for approximate computing, along with an output randomization tool.


  1. ENGN2912M Introduction to Quantum Computing and Physical Basics of Computing (Brown): Fall MMXVIII Syllabus

  2. EE5340 Physics of Computation: Spring MMXVII Spring MMXV Spring MMXIV

  3. EE4363/CSci4203 Computer Architecture & Machine Organization: Spring MMXVIII Fall MMXVI Spring MMXVI Fall MMXIV Fall MMXIII

  4. EE5364/CSci5204 Advanced Computer Architecture: Fall MMVII Fall MMV Fall MMXII

Information for Prospective Students

  1. Our lab’s doors are wide open to motivated Ph.D. students and undergraduate researchers.

  2. For M.S. students, the thesis option is a necessary but not sufficient condition.


  1. Technical Program Committee Member:

    ISCA 2019, HPCA (2018, 2016, 2014), MICRO (2018, 2015), ICCAD (2015-2017)

  1. Co-organizer: Workshop on Near-threshold Voltage Computing with ISCA 2014, with MICRO 2012

  2. Organization Committee Member: ASPLOS (2019, 2018, 2015), ISCA 2014


Ulya R. Karpuzcu comes from İstanbul. She attended Österreichisches St. Georgs Kolleg (Austrian School İstanbul), and İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi

(B.S. in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering & B.S. in Computer Engineering).

Academic Genealogy (courtesy of José Martínez, Ph.D. 2002, Illinois)

Nathaniel Bowditch, M.A. 1802 (Honorary), Harvard

Benjamin Peirce, A.B. 1829, Harvard

Joseph Lovering, A.B. 1833, Harvard

John Trowbridge, S.D. 1873, Harvard

Wallace Sabine, A. M. 1888, Harvard           

Percy Bridgman, Ph.D. 1908, Harvard

John Slater, Ph.D. 1923, Harvard

Samuel Silver, Ph.D. 1940, MIT

Gedaliah Held, Ph.D. 1954, Berkeley

Akira Ishimaru, Ph.D. 1958, Washington

Dick Kieburtz, Ph.D. 1961, Washington

John Hennessy, Ph.D. 1977, SUNY Stony Brook

Josep Torrellas, Ph.D. 1992, Stanford

Ulya R. Karpuzcu, Ph.D. 2012, Illinois

Research Group                    Publications                   Open-Source                    Teaching       

Ulya R. Karpuzcu

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

4-155 Keller Hall

200 Union St. S.E.

Minneapolis, MN, 55455

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Last updated January, MMXIX by Ulya Karpuzcu.