Yahya Mirza’s original background was aeronautical engineering and was initially employed by Battelle Labs in Columbus Ohio. After transitioning into the software industry, Yahya spent three years as a visiting researcher in the UIUC Smalltalk Research Group. Through his company, Aurora Borealis Software, Yahya has worked on system software projects for Microsoft, CatDaddy Games, Source Dynamics, Pixar Animation Studios and Small Machines Inc. Since 2002, Yahya has been the organizer of a number of applied workshops including the Language Runtimes workshops, held at the OOPSLA and Supercomputing Conferences, the Interactive Cinema Symposium held at Siggraph and the Multi-core / Many-core Conference. Recently Yahya has worked with the Clang / LLVM compilation system and an OS bring-up on the Tegra-2 SoC for an embedded computing system. Yahya has a deep interest in parallel compilation and runtime system technologies that leverage emerging heterogeneous SoCs.
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