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Fabrizio Lombardi

425 Dana Research Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Fabrizio Lombardi graduated in 1977 from the University of Essex (UK) with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Electronic Engineering. In 1977 he joined the Microwave Research Unit at University College London, where he received the Master in Microwaves and Modern Optics (1978), the Diploma in Microwave Engineering (1978) and the Ph. D. from the University of London (1982). He is currently the holder of the International Test Conference (ITC) Endowed Professorship at Northeastern University, Boston. At the same Institution during the period 1998-2004 he served as Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to Northeastern University he was a faculty member at Texas Tech University, the University of Colorado-Boulder and Texas A&M University. He has received many professional awards: the Visiting Fellowship at the British Columbia Advanced System Institute, University of Victoria, Canada (1988), twice the Texas Experimental Engineering Station Research Fellowship (1991-1992, 1997-1998) the Halliburton Professorship (1995), the Outstanding Engineering Research Award at Northeastern University (2004) and an International Research Award from the Ministry of Science and Education of Japan (1993-1999).

Dr. Lombardi was the recipient of the 1985/86 Research Initiation Award from the IEEE/Engineering Foundation and a Silver Quill Award from Motorola-Austin (1996). Dr. Lombardi was an Associate Editor (1996-2000) of IEEE Transactions on Computers and a Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE-CS (1990-1993). Since 2000, he has been the Associate Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Computers. Currently, he is also an Associate Editor of the IEEE Design and Test Magazine and a Distinguished Visitor of the IEEE-CS; he is also the Chair of the Committee on "Nanotechnology Devices and Systems" of the Test Technology Technical Council of the IEEE.

Dr. Lombardi has been involved in organizing many international symposia, conferences and workshops sponsored by professional organizations as well as guest editor of Special Issues in archival journals and magazines such as the IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, the IEEE Micro Magazine and the IEEE Design & Test Magazine. He is the Founding General Chair of the IEEE Symposium on Network Computing and Applications.

His research interests are testing and design of digital systems,quantum and nano computing, ATE systems, configurable/network computing, defect tolerance and CAD VLSI. He has extensively published in these areas and edited six books.

Research Interests:

  • Testing and design of digital systems
  • quantum and nano computing
  • ATE systems
  • configurable/network computing
  • defect tolerance


  • PhD, University of London, 1982

Research & Scholarship Interests

Fault-tolerant computing, VLSI CAD, testing, configurable computing, distributed systems.
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Honors & Awards

  • Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology 
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award

Selected Publications

  • J. Han, J. Liang, F. Lombardi "Analysis of Error Masking and Restoring Properties of Sequential Circuits", IEEE Transactions on Computers, 62(9), 2013, 1694-1704 
  • K. Namba, W. Wei, F. Lombardi "Extending Non-Volatile Operation to DRAM Cells", IEEE Access, 1, 2013, 758-769
  • J. Han, J. Liang, F. Lombardi "New Metrics for the Reliability of Approximate and Probabilistic Adders", IEEE Transactions on Computers, 62(9), 2013, 1760-1771
  • G. Cho, F. Lombardi "On the Delay of a CNTFET with Undeposited CNTs by Gate Width Adjustment", Journal of Electronic Testing Theory and Applications, 29(3), 2013, 261-273
  • A.F. Almurib, T Nandha Kumar, F. Lombardi "Single-Configuration Fault Detection in Application-Dependent Testing of FPGA Interconnects", Proceedings of IET Computers and Digital Techniques, 7(3), 2013, 132-141
  • H. Feng, A.F. Almurib, T. Nandha Kumar, F. Lombardi  "Testing a Nano Crossbar for Multiple Fault Detection", IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, 12(4), 2013, 477-485

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January 4, 2013

ECE Professor Fabrizio Lombardi has been named the inaugural Editor in Chief of the new open-access journal, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing. The IEEE Computer Society is the...

December 7, 2009

ECE Professor Fabrizio Lombardi has been published in the recent issue of ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems for his research on developing a new nanosystem architecture for Digital Signal Processing (DSP) applications.

December 10, 2008

Professor Fabrizio Lombardi has been elected a Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to testing and fault tolerance of digital systems.

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