About the Authors

Stephen Brown received is B.A. Sc. Degree in electrical Engineering from the university of New Brunswick, Canada and the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He joined the University of Toronto faculty in 1992, where he is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 1999-2000 he was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Altera Corporation in San Jose, California, where he worked on advanced CAD algorithms and device architecture for programmable logic devices.

His research interests include field-programmable VLSI technology, CAD algorithms, and computer architecture. He won the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council's 1992 Doctoral Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis in Canada.

He has won several awards for excellence in teaching electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science courses. He is coauthor of the book Field-Programmable Gate Arrays.


Zvonko Vranesic received his B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical Engineering, for the university of Toronto. From 1963-65, he worked as a design engineer with the Northern Electric co. Ltd. In Bramalea, Ontario. In 1968 he joined the University of Toronto, where he is now a Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. During the 1978-79 academic year, he was a Senior Visitor at the University of Cambridge, England and during 1984-85 he was at the University of Paris, 6. Presently, he serves as Chair of the Division of Engineering Science at the University of Toronto.

His current research interests include computer architecture, field-programmable VLSI technology, and multiple-valued logic systems.

He is coauthor of three other books: Computer Organization, 4th ed., Microcomputer Structures, and Field Programmable Gate Arrays. In 1990 he received the Wighton Fellowship for "innovative and distinctive contributions to undergraduate laboratory instruction."

He has represented Canada in numerous chess competitions. He holds the title of International Master.

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