Robert Karam

Robert Karam

Assistant Professor

ENB 341 | 813-974-4184

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Dr. Robert Karam joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, FL, as an assistant professor in Fall 2017. Dr. Karam received his PhD in Computer Engineering at the University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, USA) in 2017, under the direction of Dr. Swarup Bhunia. Dr. Karam received his BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH, USA) in 2012 and 2016, respectively. He has previously worked as a Biomedical Engineer with the Advanced Platform Technology Center, L. Stokes Cleveland VA Hospital (Cleveland, OH, USA), where he developed novel signal processing algorithms and hardware for implantable devices. His research focuses on hardware security for reconfigurable platforms, energy-efficient and domain-specific reconfigurable computing architectures, and algorithm/hardware codesign for ultra-constrained bioimplantable systems.

Research Interests

Hardware security; reconfigurable computing; bioimplantable devices (algorithms and digital hardware)

Teaching Interests

Hardware security; reconfigurable computing; VLSI; digital logic


PhD in Computer Engineering, University of Florida (2017)
MS in Computer Engineering, Case Western Reserve University (2016)
BS in Computer Engineering, Case Western Reserve University (2012)

Honors and Awards

  • Semifinalist, TTTC's E.J. McCluskey Best Doctoral Thesis Award, VTS (2017) (Las Vegas, NV, USA)
  • Travel Grant to participate in Doctoral Research Forum, ASP-DAC (2017) (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE BioCAS Conference (2016) (Shanghai, China)
  • NSF Award for Young Professionals Contributing to Smart and Connected Health, EMBC (2016) (Orlando, FL, USA)

Key Activities

  • Reviewer for TCAD, TMSCS, JETCAS, TETCSI,
  • Reviewer for DAC, VLSI Design, DATE conferences