soha hassoun


Computer Science (primary)
Chemical & Biologial Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Tufts University




Computational Systems

Modeling and Design

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Medford, MA 02155
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Computational Systems + Synthetic Biology

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Soha Hassoun is Professor and Past Chair of the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University. She holds secondary appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and also in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts. Soha received the BSEE degree from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, the Master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, and the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Soha's research interest is in the area of Bio Design Automation, where her lab aims to build tools for analyzing and designing complex biological systems. Her lab is now focused on using Machine Learning to develop such tools, with a focus on enzyme promiscuity prediction and metabolomics analysis. Her prior work included developing algorithms from pathway and modularity analysis and pathway synthesis.

Soha was an integrated circuit designer with the Microprocessor Design Group, Digital Equipment Corporation, Hudson, MA, 1988-1991, and worked as a consultant to several EDA companies including Mentor Graphics and Carbon Design Automation. Her research interests in this area include developing algorithmic solutions to facilitate designing integrated circuits and understanding the impact of new technologies such as double-gate devices, carbon nanotubes, and 3-D integration on design.

Dr. Hassoun was a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, and several awards from ACM/SIGDA for her service, including the Distinguished Service Award in 2000 and 2007, and the 2002 Technical Leadership Award. She held executive and technical leadership positions for several conferences and workshops, including DAC, ICCAD, IWLS, and TAU. She was ICCAD Technical Program Chair in 2005, ICCAD Vice Chair in 2006, ICCAD Chair in 2007, DAC Technical Program Co-Chair in 2011 and 2012, DAC Vice Chair in 2013, and DAC Chair in 2014. She co-founded the International Workshop on Bio-Design Automation in 2009. She was an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions On Computer-Aided Design and of the IEEE Design and Test magazine. She was nominated to the Defense Science Study Group, affiliated with DARPA's Institute for Defense Analyses. In 2013, she was recognized by the Electronic Design Automation Consortium as one of 33 luminaries in the field of Electronic Design Automation. She served on the IEEE Council on Design Automation, and was Director of Educational Activities for ACM SIGDA Special Interest Group on Design Automation for several years. She is a fellow of Tau Beta Pi and a senior member of IEEE and ACM.