Anam Farrukh

... on a "timeless" journey to become to Dr. You Know Who!

PhD Student, Real-Time Embedded Systems @ Boston University official logo


Hello there! Welcome to my homepage.
I'm a 4th year PhD student at the Department of Computer Engineering. I work as a real-time system's researcher in the BOSS group led by my adviser, Doctor Who! ... or as most people know him, Professor Richard West at the Department of Computer Science. Together we roll our sleeves up everyday and get down to the nitty gritty of designing and building cyber-physical embedded systems for safety-critical and time-sensitive applications. My ultimate goal is to build my very own time-machine! But until then, all my research efforts go towards ensuring timing predictability, smart resource management and enhanced environmental awareness for these systems thus enabling adaptable system behavior with gauranteed temporal & spatial isolation and efficient run-time performance. My research interests include:

  • real-time operating systems,
  • hardware-software codesign,
  • mixed criticality systems especially those related to avionics and the automotive domain,
  • on- & off-chip distributed systems along with their end-2-end (e.g. sensor to actuator) latency sensitive communication infrastructures.

Im currently working on the design of an autonomous flight management system for quadcopter drones that works in a distributed manner on a single-chip Intel x86 multicore processor. If you are interested to know more, feel free to drop me an email @ afarrukh [at] bu [dot] edu and I'd be more than happy to get back to you with all the excruciating details of my work. What can I say...I love talking research. (you've been warned!)

Some mundane particulars about my happy self:

I graduated on the Dean's Honors list with a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from my hometown university, Lahore University of Management and Sciences (LUMS) back in Pakistan. At the time I was working in Computer Architecture and designed a MIPs unicore pipelined processor in VHDL. Later on, in my first year of PhD @ BU I transitioned over to RISC-V before joining Professor West's incredible system's group. I think I've finally found my calling!


Conference Papers

  • Anam Farrukh and Richard West, "smARTflight: An Environmentally-Aware Adaptive Real-Time Flight Management System", in Proceedings of the 32nd Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS), Modena, Italy, 7-10 July, 2020. (Outstanding Paper, Best Paper Award) [pdf] [presentation] [Author Page @ ECRTS-2020]

  • Michel Kinsy, Shreeya Khadka, Mihailo Isakov and Anam Farrukh: “Hermes: Secure Heterogeneous Multicore Architecture Design”, in IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST), May 2017. [pdf]

Technical Reports

  • Anam Farrukh, "Cleanfight Flight Controller: A Nose Dive into the Frequency Domain", Technical Report, Department of Computer Science, Boston University, 2019 [pdf]

Graduate Teaching Fellowships


  • CS112: Introduction to Computer Science 2 - Summer-I & II 2020
  • CS350: Fundamentals of Computer Systems - Fall 2019, Spring 2020
  • CS591: Topics in Computer Science - Summer-II 2019
  • CS111: Introduction to Computer Science 1 - Summer-I 2019
  • CS552: Operating Systems - Spring 2018,2019
  • EC440: Introduction to Operating Systems - Fall 2017,2018
  • CS410: Advanced Software Systems - Fall 2018
  • EC327: Software Engineering - Summer 2018,2017

Contact Information

CS Department
Boston University
111 Cummington Mall
Boston, MA 02215