Izzat El Hajj


Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dan Vivoli Fellow (’17-’18)

223 Coordinated Science Laboratory
1308 West Main Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Email: elhajj2 at illinois dot edu

Short Bio

Izzat is a PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a research assistant in the IMPACT Research Group working with Prof. Wen-mei Hwu.

Izzat's research interests are in programming systems for emerging processor and memory technologies. He has worked on programming systems for GPUs tackling issues of performance portability via locality-centric scheduling (CGO’15) and automatic kernel synthesis (MICRO’16a), as well as the utilization of features that make GPUs more autonomous within systems such as dynamic parallelism (MICRO’16b) and unified virtual memory (ISPASS’17). For his work on GPU programming systems, he received the Dan Vivoli Endowed Fellowship (’17-’18). He has also worked on programming systems for emerging resistive memory technologies, tackling the issue of persistent object representation by enabling the use of multiple virtual address spaces per process (ASPLOS’16) and allowing for portable representations of polymorphic objects (OOPSLA’17). The former received the HiPEAC paper award and resulted in multiple patent applications.

Izzat has been actively involved in teaching activities for heterogeneous programming. He has assisted in teaching GPU programming in numerous local courses, multi-institution courses (NCSU, OU, UTK), and massively open online courses (Coursera). He has taught at international summer schools such as the BSC/UPC PUMPS summer school in Barcelona, Spain and the CEA-EDF-Inria summer school in Cadarache, France. He has also contributed GPU teaching material to a widely used GPU programing textbook and teaching kit.

Izzat received his B.E. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2011 at the American University of Beirut (AUB), where he graduated with high distinction and received the Distinguished Graduate Award.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aug ’11 - present

  • PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

American University of Beirut, Sep ’07 - Jun ’11

  • B.E. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Minor in Business Administration

American Community School at Beirut, Sep ’92 - Jun ’07