Professor Zoran Salcic

Dipl.Ing, M.E., PhD


  • Professor

Zoran Salcic is a professor of 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 systems and their implementation, design automation tools for embedded systems, hardware-software co-design, new computing architectures and models of computation and languages for heterogeneous systems, and related areas in computer systems engineering in which he earned international recognition and reputation.


Recently, he also started research in the area of micro- and nano-devices for optoelectronic computing, bio-sensing using lab-on-chip, wireless sensor networks, ultra-low power sensor nodes and their use in applications such as gait characterisation, human activity recognition, pedestrian tracking using measurements acquired from inertial measurement sensors, intelligent ambient monitoring and use of these technologies in Internet of Things context.


Significant part of his activity has been around total 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 near 300 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.



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

Research groups

  • Embedded Systems, Zoran Salcic was the founder of the group in 1996.

Teaching | Current



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


  • Fellow Royal Society New Zealand
  • Recipient of Alexander von Humboldt Research Award
  • Visiting Professor at Friedrich Alexander University (Erlangen-Nuremberg), Germany
  • Visiting Professor at Vienna University of Technology, Austria


Head of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of expertise

  • Complex digital system design and custom computing machines
  • Use of FPGAs in novel computing machines
  • New computer architectures based on Systems-on-Chip (SoC) implemented in FPGAs
  • Concurrent programming and system design languages for embedded, distributed and real-time systems
  • Formal models of computation (synchronous, GALS, DFCharts)
  • Design automation for total design flow (from specification to generation of platform for its execution)
  • Adaptive and dynamic computing systems
  • Sensor and actuator networks and Internet of Things 
  • Building Systems of Things (SoT)

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Professional affiliations


  • Senior member IEEE

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Shaikh, M. F., Salcic, Z., & Wang, K. (2015). Analysis and selection of the Force Sensitive Resistors for gait characterisation. ICARA 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 6th International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Applications. 10.1109/ICARA.2015.7081176
  • Murugesan, L. K., Hoda, R., & Salcic, Z. (2015). Toward visualising and controlling household electrical appliances. ICARA 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 6th International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Applications. 10.1109/ICARA.2015.7081214
  • Atmojo, U. D., Salcic, Z., Wang, K. I.-K., & Park, H. (2015). System-level approach to the design of ambient intelligence systems based on wireless sensor and actuator networks. Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing, 6 (2), 153-169. 10.1007/s12652-014-0221-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Udayanto Dwi Atmojo
  • Park, H., Li, Z., Malik, A., & Salcic, Z. (2015). Times Square – Marriage of Real-Time and Logical-Time in GALS and Synchronous Languages. Journal of Signal Processing Systems. 10.1007/s11265-015-0991-7
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Avinash Malik
  • Sinha, R., Vyatkin, V., Salcic, Z., & Park, H. J. (2015). Competitors or Cousins? Studying the parallels between distributed programming languages SystemJ and IEC61499. 19th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA 2014. 10.1109/ETFA.2014.7005073
  • Park, H., Malik, A., & Salcic, Z. (2015). WYPIWYE automation systems - An intelligent manufacturing system case study. 19th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA 2014. 10.1109/ETFA.2014.7005124
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Avinash Malik
  • Sorouri, M., Patil, S., Vyatkin, V., & Salcic, Z. (2015). Software Composition and Distributed Operation Scheduling in Modular Automated Machines. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 1-1. 10.1109/TII.2015.2430836
  • Sorouri, M., Vyatkin, V., & Salcic, Z. (2014). MIRA: Enabler of mass customization through agent-based development of intelligent manufacturing systems. Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. 10.1109/ICRA.2014.6906619

Contact details

Primary location

Level 2, Room 303-244
Auckland 1010
New Zealand