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David Kaeli

Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Khoury College Courtesy Appointment


Office Location

360 Huntington Avenue
333 Dana Research Center
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: David Kaeli, 442 DA
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Computer architecture
  • Heterogeneous computing
  • Performance analysis
  • Embedded systems
  • Security and information assurance
  • Back-end compilers
  • Profile-guided optimization
  • Hardware reliability and recovery
  • Image databases
  • Software engineering
  • Workload characterization
  • General purpose graphics processing units (GPGPU)


  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University
  • MS in Computer Engineering, Syracuse University
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University


David Kaeli is a College of Engineering Distinguished Professor on the electrical and computer engineering faculty, with a courtesy appointment at Khoury College of Computer Sciences. He is the director of the Northeastern University Computer Architecture Research Laboratory (NUCAR). He serves as a project leader at the NIEHS Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) Center.

Kaeli is a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM. He served as a research thrust leader for the NSF Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems. He is a member of the Northeastern University Institute for Information Assurance and the Northeastern University Institute for Complex Scientific Software.

His research looks at the performance and design of high-performance computer systems and software. Current research topics include profile-guided compilation, high-ILP microarchitectures, GPGPUs, architectural features for security, virtualization, power modeling, database systems, branch prediction studies, workload characterization, memory hierarchy design, embedded systems design, and software testing. He frequently provides tutorials on the subjects of profiling and instrumentation and trace-driven simulation.

Kaeli is a fellow of the IEEE and a member of ACM. He presently serves as chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Computer Architecture. He recently served as a member-at-large for ACM SIGMicro and on CRA’s Computing Community Consortium for three years. He presently serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. He has served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Computers and and IEEE Computer Architecture Letters. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi honor societies.