Dr. Joan Carletta


Dr. Joan Carletta

Title: Professor
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office: ASEC 261
Phone: 330-972-5993
Fax: 330-972-6487
Email: carlett@uakron.edu


Biography

Joan Carletta joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Akron in 1999, where she now holds the rank of Professor.  Her research is in the area of embedded systems design, with an emphasis on the implementation of digital signal processing algorithms on embedded platforms using fixed-point mathematics.  She is also active in research involving the design of analog electronics, particularly for applications involving the instrumentation of sensors.

Dr. Carletta earned a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1996, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1988.  She is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery.  In 2009, she was on the team that won the Moody Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Fluids Engineering Division (with Dr. J. Zhe, and students S. Murali, X. Xiu, and A. Jagtiani).


Research Accomplishments

Dr. Carletta has an active research program, and has funding from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation and industry.  Her most recent embedded systems work involves the embedded real-time implementation of tone-mapping algorithms for high dynamic range images, and of digital image correlation techniques for monitoring the health of civil engineering structures.  She is an active participant in ongoing research work associated with the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering, and has contributed to work on wear debris sensors for monitoring the health of rotating machinery, and the design of analog electronics for use in high temperature environments.

Publications

C.X. Jiang, J.E. Carletta, T.T. Hartley, and R.V. Veillette, “A Systematic Approach for Implementing Fractional-Order Operators and Systems,” IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems, (print version in press), DOI: 10.1109/JETCAS.2013.2272836, 2013.

J. Liu, F. Hassan, and J.E. Carletta, “A Study of Hardware-Friendly Methods for Gradient Domain Tone Mapping of High Dynamic Range Images,” Springer Journal of Real-Time Image Processing, (print version in press), DOI: 10.1007/s11554-013-0365-y, 2013.

S. Shang, G. Yun, S. Kunchum, and J. Carletta, “Identification of Isotropic and Orthotropic Constitutive Parameters by FEA-Free Energy-Based Inverse Characterization Method,” Structural Engineering and Mechanics, vol. 45, no. 4, April 2013, pp. 471-494.

G. Yun, S.G. Lee, J. Carletta, and T. Nagayama, “Decentralized Damage Identification using Wavelet Signal Analysis Embedded on Wireless Smart Sensors,” Engineering Structures, vol. 33, no. 7, July 2011, pp. 2162-72.

A. Jagtiani, J. Carletta, and J. Zhe, “A Microfluidic Multichannel Resistive Pulse Sensor using Frequency Division Multiplexing for High Throughput Counting of Micro Particles,” Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, vol. 21, no. 6, DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/21/6/065004, June 2011.

A. Jagtiani, J. Carletta, and J. Zhe, “An Impedimetric Approach for Accurate Particle Sizing using a Microfluidic Coulter Counter,” Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, vol. 21, no. 4, DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/21/4/045036, April 2011.

L. Vytla, F. Hassan, and J. Carletta, “A Real-Time Implementation of Gradient Domain High Dynamic Range Compression,” Springer Journal of Real-Time Image Processing, (print version vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 153 – 167, June 2013), DOI: 10.1007/s11554-011-0198-5, 2011.

S.-B. Nam, G. Yun, J. Carletta, D.-H. Kim, and W. Binienda, “A Novel Noncontact Electromagnetic Field-based Sensor for Monitoring of Resonant Fatigue Tests,” Smart Materials and Structures, vol. 20, no. 3, p. 035005, March 2011.

L. Du, J. Zhe, J. Carletta, R. Veillette, and F. Choy, “Real-Time Monitoring of Wear Debris in Lubrication Oil using a Microfluidic Inductive Coulter Counting Device,” Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 1241–1245, 2010.

L. Du, J. Zhe, J. Carletta, and R. Veillette, “Inductive Coulter Counting:  Detection and Differentiation of Metal Wear Particles in Lubricant,” Smart Materials and Structures, vol. 19, no. 5, p. 057001, 2010.

S.M.N. Hasan, I. Husain, R.J. Veillette, and J.E. Carletta, “Power Generation in Series Mode:  Performance of a Starter/Generator System,” IEEE Industry Applications Magazine, March/April 2010, pp. 12-21.

S. Murali, X. Xia, A. Jagtiani, J. Carletta, and J. Zhe, “Capacitive Coulter Counting: Detection of Metal Wear Particles in Lubricant Using a Microfluidic Device,” Smart Materials and Structures, vol. 18, no. 3, March 2009, 037001.

S.V. Murali, A. Jagtiani, X. Xia, J. Carletta, and J. Zhe, “A Microfluidic Coulter Counting Device for Metal Wear Detection in Lubrication Oil,” Review of Scientific Instruments, vol. 80, no. 1, Jan. 2009, 016105.

K. Varma, H.B. Damecharla, A.E. Bell, J.E. Carletta, and G. Back, “A Fast JPEG2000 Encoder that Preserves Coding Efficiency: the Split Arithmetic Encoder,” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I, vol. 55, no. 11, December 2008, pp. 3711-3722.

A.V. Jagtiani, R. Sawant, J. Carletta, and J. Zhe, “Wavelet Transform-Based Methods for Denoising of Coulter Counter Signals,” Measurement Science and Technology, vol. 19, June 2008, 065102 (15 pp).

F. Hassan and J. Carletta, “An FPGA-Based Architecture for a Local Tone Mapping Operator,” Springer Journal of Real-Time Image Processing, vol. 2, no. 4, December 2007, pp. 293-308.

J. Zhe, A. Jagtiani, P. Dutta, J. Hu, and J. Carletta, “A Micromachined High-Throughput Resistive Pulse Sensor for Bioparticle Detection and Counting,” Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, vol. 17, no. 2, February 2007, pp. 304-313.

A.V. Jagtiani, J. Zhe, J. Hu, and J.E. Carletta, “Detection and Counting of Micro-Scale Particles and Pollen Using a Multi-Aperture Coulter Counter,” Measurement Science and Technology, vol. 17, no. 7, July 2006, pp. 1706-1714.

K.A. Kotteri, A.E. Bell, and J.E. Carletta, “Multiplierless Filter Bank Design: Methods that Improve Both Hardware and Image Compression Performance,” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, vol. 16, no. 6, June 2006, pp. 776-780.

Z. Fang, J.E. Carletta, and R. Veillette, “A Methodology for FPGA-Based Control Implementation,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, vol. 13, no. 6, November 2005, pp. 977-987.

K.A. Kotteri, S. Barua, A.E. Bell, and J.E. Carletta, “A Comparison of Hardware Implementations of the Biorthogonal 9/7 DWT: Convolution vs. Lifting,” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II, vol. 52, no. 5, May 2005, pp. 256-260.

S. Barua, J.E. Carletta, K. Kotteri, and A.E. Bell, “An Efficient Architecture for Lifting-Based Two-Dimensional Discrete Wavelet Transforms,” Integration - the VLSI Journal, vol. 38, no. 3, January 2005, pp. 341-352.

K.A. Kotteri, A.E. Bell, and J.E. Carletta, “Design of Multiplierless, High-Performance, Wavelet Filter Banks with Image Compression Applications,” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I, vol. 51, no. 3, March 2004, pp. 483-494.

J. Carletta, G. Giakos, N. Patnekar, L. Fraiwan and F. Krach, “Design of a Field Programmable Gate Array-based Platform for Real-Time De-noising of Optical Imaging Signals Using Wavelet Transforms,” Measurement, vol. 36, no. 3-4, October-December 2004, pp. 289-296.

K.A. Kotteri, A.E. Bell, and J. Carletta, “Quantized FIR Filter Design Using Compensating Zeros,” IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, vol. 20, no. 6, November 2003, pp. 60-67.

M. Nourani, J.E. Carletta, and C.A. Papachristou, “Integrated Test of Interacting Controllers and Datapaths,” ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems, vol. 6, no. 3, July 2001, pp. 401-422.

J.E. Carletta and C.A. Papachristou, “Behavioral Testability Insertion for Datapath / Controller Pairs,” Journal of Electronic Testing: Theory and Applications, vol. 11, no. 1, August 1997, pp. 9-28.


Education

Ph.D. Computer Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1995; B.S. Electrical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1988


Courses

4450:220 Digital Logic Design, freshman level undergraduate course, Spring 2013.

4400:360 Physical Electronics, junior level undergraduate course, Fall 2000 and Fall 2006.

4450:367 VLSI Design, junior level undergraduate course, Springs 2000 through 2012.

4450:420 Computer Systems Design (previously High Performance Computing/Advanced Processor Design), senior level and graduate course, Springs 2001 through 2004, 2010 through 2013.

4450:467 VLSI Circuits and Systems/VLSI Design Automation, senior level and graduate course, Falls 1999 through 2002, 2004 through 2007, 2010 through 2013.

4400:498/598 Analog IC Design, senior level and graduate course, Falls 2008 and 2009.

4450:410/510 Embedded Scientific Computing, senior level and graduate course, Falls 2008 through 2013.

4400:498/598 FPGAs and Embedded Systems, graduate special topics course, Springs 2005 and 2006, Fall 2007.

4450:693 VLSI Design and Development, graduate level reading course, Spring 2001.


Students

Firas Hassan, “Real-Time Embedded Algorithms for Local Tone Mapping of High Dynamic Range Images,” Ph.D. dissertation, 2007.

Sami Khorbotly, “Design and Implementation of Low Cost De-Noising Systems for Real-Time Control Applications,” Ph.D. dissertation, 2007.

Zhengwei (Vicky) Fang, “A Methodology for the Fixed-Point Implementation of Digital Infinite Impulse Response Filters on Field Programmable Gate Arrays,” Ph.D. dissertation, 2004.

Tanvir Tanvir, co-advised with R. Veillette, “Design and Stability Analysis of a High-Temperature SRAM,” Masters Thesis, Dec. 2012.

Kripesh Bhattarai, co-advised with K. Lee, “On the Use of a Digital Communication Channel for Feedback in a Position Control System,” Masters Thesis, Dec. 2012.

Shilpa Kunchum, “Embedded Digital Image Correlation in a Full-Field Displacement Sensor,” Masters Thesis, Dec. 2012.

Utthej Nukala, co-advised with R. Veillette, “Design of a Temperature Independent MOSFET-Only Current Reference,” Masters Thesis, Dec. 2011.

Purushottam Parajuli, co-advised with R. Veillette, “Design and Simulation of All-CMOS Temperature-Compensated gm-C Bandpass Filters and Sinusoidal Oscillators,” Masters Thesis, Dec. 2011.

Dileep Reddy Desai, co-advised with R. Veillette, “Analog Non-Linear Multi-Variable Function Evaluation by Piece-Wise Linear Approximation,” Masters Thesis, Aug. 2010. 

Matthew Kollarits, co-advised with R. Veillette, “Design and Simulation of a Temperature-Insensitive Rail-To-Rail Comparator for Analog-to-Digital Converter Application,” Masters Thesis, Aug. 2010. 

Madhu Latha Reddy Vatte, co-advised with R. Veillette, “Readout Circuitry for a Logarithmic CMOS Active Pixel Sensor that Facilitates High Speed Image Processing,” Masters Thesis, Aug. 2010. 

Pradeep Namburu, co-advised with R. Veillette, “A Temperature-Insensitive Gate-Controlled Weighted Current Digital-to-Analog Converter,” Masters Thesis, May 2010. 

Lavanya Vytla, “A Real-Time Implementation of Gradient Domain High Dynamic Range Compression Using a Local Poisson Solver,” Masters Thesis, May 2010.

Xinggao Xia, “Modeling A Microfluidic Capacitive Sensor for Metal Wear Debris Detection in Lubrication Oil,” Masters Thesis, 2009, The University of Akron.

Yang Wang, co-advised with R. Veillette and T. Hartley, “Modeling of Ultracapitor Short-Term and Long-Term Dynamic Behavior,” Masters Thesis, 2008.

Casey Bakula, “Low-Power Pulse-Shaping Filter Design Using Hardware-Specific Power Modeling and Optimization,” Masters Thesis, 2007.

Vamsi Annavajjula, co-advised with T. Hartley, “A Failure Accommodating Battery Management System with Individual Cell Equalizers and State of Charge Observers,” Masters Thesis, 2007.

Hima Bindu Damecharla, “FPGA Implementation of a Parallel EBCOT Tier-1 Encoder that Preserves Encoding Efficiency,” Masters Thesis, 2006.

Sankar Barua, “A High-Performance Hardware Architecture for Lifting-based Discrete Wavelet Transforms for Image Compression Applications,” Masters Thesis, 2004.

Frederick W. Krach, “Design and Implementation of FPGA-based Control Using Digital Redesign for a Magnetic Bearing Application,” Masters Thesis, 2003.

Elie Yarack, “Toward Both a Time and Solution Efficient Multi-Way Partitioning,” Masters Thesis, 1999, Case Western Reserve University.

Mark C. Brighton, “Datapath Placement using Simulated Annealing for the Virtex Family of Field Programmable Gate Arrays,” Masters project, 1999, Case Western Reserve University.

Marina Rabinovich, “Netlist Clustering Enhancer Algorithm as It Relates to Improving VLSI Partitioning,” Masters project, 1999, Case Western Reserve University.

Aaron Carkin, “Simulating 3-Dimensional Environments Using Fisheye Video,” Masters project, 1999, Case Western Reserve University.

Mark Kuemerle, “Design and Intelligent Power Control of an Asynchronous Floating Point Unit,” Masters project, 1997, Case Western Reserve University.