David M. Nicol

Electrical and Computer Engineering
David M. Nicol
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
451 Coordinated Science Lab MC 228
1308 W. Main St.
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Reliable and secure systems

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  • Ph.D., Computer Science,University of Virginia, 1985

Teaching Statement

I aim to convey difficult material clearly, and challenge students to integrate concepts to solve new types of problems that follow immediately from the material covered.

Research Statement

The study of large-scale systems encounters problems in representation,

scalability, and behavior. Project MOSES investigates such issues, particularly in the context of networking security.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

I have almost always had undergraduates working on my research team. I support undergraduate summer interns.

Research Interests

  • security policy and its analysis
  • parallel discrete-event simulation
  • fluid based modeling
  • mathematical modeling and analysis
  • security
  • public-key infrastructure

Research Areas

  • Computer networking
  • Computer security, privacy, and information trust
  • Embedded, real-time, and hybrid systems
  • Parallel processing
  • Reliable and secure systems
  • System modeling and measurement

Teaching Honors

  • Alumni Fellowship Award, given by the William and Mary Society of the Alumni for excellence in teaching, 1992.

Research Honors

  • ACM SIGSIM Distinguished Contributions Award, 2007
  • ACM Distinguished Lecturer, 2008
  • ACM Distinguished Lecturer, 2007
  • Fellow of the ACM, for contributions to discrete event simulation
  • Best Paper Award, Conference on Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation, June 2005.
  • Best Paper Award, IPSI 2004-Studenica Conference on Internet Technologies
  • IEEE Fellow, 2003.
  • Marion and Jason Whiting Fellowship for study at Oxford University, 2000.
  • Best Paper Award, 9th Annual Conference on Parallel and Distributed Simulation, 1995.
  • Employee Excellence Award, Control Data Corporation, 1982.
  • Great Performer's Award, Control Data Corporation, 1980.

Courses Taught

  • CS 541 - Computer Systems Analysis
  • ECE 498 - Special Topics in ECE
  • ECE 541 - Computer Systems Analysis