Professor Zoran Salcic

Dipl.Ing, M.E., PhD


  • Professor, Chair in Computer Systems Engineering

Zoran Salcic is a professor and holds the Chair in Computer Systems Engineering at The University of Auckland. He completed most of his PhD research at the City College New York (CCNY). His main research interests include complex digital systems design, custom-computing machines, reconfigurable computing, FPGAs, processor and computer systems architectures, embedded and real-time systems and their implementation, design automation tools for embedded systems, hardware-software co-design, new computing architectures, models of computation and languages for heterogeneous systems, industrial informatics and automation, Industrial Internet of Things and related areas in computer systems engineering in which he earned international recognition and reputation.


Recently, he has done research in the area of micro- and nano-devices for optoelectronic computing, bio-sensing using lab-on-chip, low-power wireless sensor networks, ultra-low power sensor nodes and their use in applications such as gait characterisation, human activity recognition, pedestrian localisation and tracking based on fusion of inertial sensing and radio frequency signal propagation, intelligent ambient monitoring and use of these technologies in Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial IoT (IIoT) context.


Significant part of his activity has been around automation of design flow for distributed and real-time systems based on SystemJ language as specification programming/system-design language that includes static analysis of SystemJ programs for meeting functional requirements, properties and real-time features and compilation to generate code that runs on all kinds of platforms (such as desktop environment, smartphones, embedded computers, real-time computers and even Cloud). SystemJ technology has been applied to various application domains and particularly industrial automation applications. His research is now focusing on merging SystemJ and Internet of Things technology in novel System of Things paradigm.


He supervised more than 350 students in their final undergraduate projects, more than 30 PhD and 35 Master’s research students. Besides academic he also has significant industrial experience in related high tech industries as President of R&D and CEO of large high-tech company.


He has published around 400 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, several books and numerous technical reports. He was founding editor-in-chief of EURASIP Journal on Embedded systems. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (Academy of Science) New Zealand and recipient of prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, Germany, in 2010 and 2016.



Dipl.Ing., Electrical Engineering, Sarajevo University, 1972

M.E., Computer Engineering, Sarajevo University, 1974

PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sarajevo University, 1976

Research | Current


  • Programming/design languages and integral design flow for distributed and real-time systems
  • System design flow - from SystemJ specification to software and target architecture generation
  • Execution architectures for SystemJ (multi-core systems implemented in SoCs and FPGAs)
  • Intelligent sensors and their use in gait characterisation, activity recognistion and monitoring, pedestrian tracking, environment monitoring, etc.
  • Sensor and actuator networks and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Foundations of new computing paradigm of Software-Definded Systems and Systems of Things (SoT) for static and dynamic systems software systems
  • Technolgies for distributed systems development
  • Methods for real-time processing of big and streaming data in IIoT-based systems

Research groups

  • Embedded Systems, Zoran Salcic was the founder of the group in 1996.
  • Industrial Informatics
  • Intelligent systems and environments (smart spaces)

Teaching | Current



  • COMPSYS 723 Embedded systems design
  • COMPSYS701Advanced digital systems design
  • COMPSYS704 Advanced embedded systems

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students, main supervisor

Ryan Kurte

Liming Qiu

Sang Nguyen

Manish Tewary

Thomas (Weiyi) Zhang

Current PhD students, co-supervisor

Nicholas Harvey-Lees-Green

Ameer Ivoghlian

Alex Zhang

Haolong Xiang

Hongsheng Hu



Previous PhD students, main supervisor

Dr Udayanto Dwi Atmojo

Dr Mohd Halim Bin Mohd Noor

Dr Mohd Nazrin Muhammad

Dr Muhammad Shaikh

Dr Zhenmin Li

Dr Johnny Yeh

Dr Heejong Park

Dr Ehad Akeila

Dr Majid Sorouri (1 year)

Dr Shan Cao (1 year)

Dr Qinglin Tian (1 year)

Dr Wei-Tsun Sun

Dr Neil Pandey

Dr Avinash Malik

Dr Ivan Radojevic

Dr Matthew Savage

Dr Bruce Maunder

Dr Chong-Ruey Lee

Previous PhD students, co-supervisor

Dr Benjamin Tan

Dr Dulsha Kularatna

Dr Latha Karthiga Murugesan

Dr Simon Yuan

Dr Lihsien Yoong

Dr Gareth Shaw

Dr Muhammad Nadeem

Dr Kevin Wang

Dr Octavian Cheng


Postdoctoral researchers

Dr Qinglin Tian (co-supervised)

Dr Heejong Park

Dr Octavian Cheng

Dr Roopak Sinha

Dr Alain Girault

Dr Flavius Gruian

Dr Zhaolin Li


  • Fellow Royal Society (Academy of Science) New Zealand
  • Recipient of Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, 20110 and 2016
  • Visiting Professor at Friedrich Alexander University (Erlangen-Nuremberg), Germany
  • Visiting Professor at Lulea University of technology, Sweden
  • Visiting Professor at Aalto University, Finland
  • Visiting Professor at Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, China
  • Visiting Professor at INRIA, Grenoble, France


Research group leader, Embedded Systems, since 1996

Research group leader, Industrial Informatics, since 2013

Deputy head of Department, Research (two times, 5 years)

Head of Department, 2012-2016

Areas of expertise

  • Concurrent programming and system design languages for embedded, distributed and real-time systems
  • Formal models of computation (synchronous, GALS, DFCharts)
  • Heterogeneous multi-core Systems-on-Chip (SoC) with time-predictability
  • Design automation of embedded systems (from specification to generation of platform for its execution)
  • Software as the system - dynamic and adaptive software systems
  • Complex digital system design and custom computing machines
  • Use of FPGAs in novel computing machines
  • Sensor and actuator networks and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Localisation and tracking using wireless and INS sensors, device free localisation
  • Wireless sensor technologies and their use in activity recognition (elderly and health care)
  • Distributed dynamically reconfigurable software systems
  • Real-time big data processing in IoT

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Professional affiliations

  • Senior member IEEE
  • Fellow Royal Society New Zealand

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Nadeem, M., Li, Z., Malik, A., Biglari-Abhari, M., & Salcic, Z. (2019). Allocation and scheduling of SystemJ programs on chip multiprocessors with weighted TDMA scheduling. JOURNAL OF SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE, 98, 63-78. 10.1016/j.sysarc.2019.06.009
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Morteza Biglari-Abhari, Avinash Malik
  • Tian, Q., Wang, K. I.-K., & Salcic, Z. (2019). A Low-Cost INS and UWB Fusion Pedestrian Tracking System. IEEE SENSORS JOURNAL, 19 (10), 3733-3740. 10.1109/JSEN.2019.2894714
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin I-Kai Wang
  • Malik, A., Park, H., Nadeem, M., & Salcic, Z. (2019). Memory management of safety-critical hard real-time systems designed in SystemJ. MICROPROCESSORS AND MICROSYSTEMS, 64, 101-119. 10.1016/j.micpro.2018.10.007
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Avinash Malik
  • Tewary, M., Malik, A., Salcic, Z., & Biglari-Abhari, M. (2019). An Energy Efficient Embedded Processor for Hard Real-Time Java Applications. Paper presented at 32nd International Conference on Computer Architecture (ARCS), Tech Univ Denmark, Copenhagen, DENMARK. 20 May - 23 May 2019. ARCHITECTURE OF COMPUTING SYSTEMS - ARCS 2019. (pp. 12). 10.1007/978-3-030-18656-2_21
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Avinash Malik, Morteza Biglari-Abhari
  • Tulabing, R., James, J., Mitchell, B., Park, H., Boys, J., Salcic, Z., & Covic, G. (2018). Mitigation of Local Grid Congestion Due to Electric Vehicles Through Localized Demand Control. International Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies, ISGT Asia 2018. 10.1109/ISGT-Asia.2018.8467768
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Grant Covic
  • Shaikh, M. F., Salcic, Z., Wang, K. I.-K., & Hu, A. P. (2018). Bipedal gait model for precise gait recognition and optimal triggering in foot drop stimulator: a proof of concept. Medical & biological engineering & computing, 56 (9), 1731-1746. 10.1007/s11517-018-1810-7
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin I-Kai Wang, Aiguo Patrick Hu
  • Muhammad, M. N., Salcic, Z., & Wang, K. I.-K. (2018). Indoor Pedestrian Tracking Using Consumer-Grade Inertial Sensors With PZTD Heading Correction. IEEE Sensors Journal, 18 (12), 5164-5172. 10.1109/JSEN.2018.2833118
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin I-Kai Wang
  • Atmojo, U. D., Salcic, Z., & Wang, K. I.-K. (2018). Dynamic Reconfiguration and Adaptation of Manufacturing Systems Using SOSJ Framework. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 14 (6), 2353-2363. 10.1109/TII.2018.2808270
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin I-Kai Wang

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 7, Room 769
New Zealand