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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) — Rochester, NY

BS/MS Computer Engineering Program - Expected Degrees (May, 2019)

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  • Brain-Inspired Computing
  • Computer Vision
  • Deep Learning
  • Advanced C++ Programming
  • Graph Theory
  • Computer Architecture
  • Applied Programming
  • Linear Optimization
  • Digital Systems I and II
  • Computer Science I and II
  • Electronics I


§Z. Carmichael, H. F. Langroudi, C. Khazanov, J. Lillie, J. L. Gustafson, D. Kudithipudi, "Deep Positron: A Deep Neural Network Using Posit Number System," Proceedings of the IEEE Conference and Exhibition on Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE), Florence, Italy, 2019 [24% acceptance rate].

§Z. Carmichael, H. F. Langroudi, C. Khazanov, J. Lillie, J. L. Gustafson, D. Kudithipudi, "Performance-Efficiency Trade-off of Low-Precision Numerical Formats in Deep Neural Networks," Proceedings of the ACM Conference for Next Generation Arithmetic (CoNGA), Singapore, 2019.

§Z. Carmichael, B. Glasstone, F. Cwitkowitz, K. Alexopoulos, R. Relyea, R. Ptucha, "Autonomous Navigation Using Localization Priors, Sensor Fusion, and Terrain Classification," Proceedings of IS&T International Symposium on Electronic Imaging: Image Processing Algorithms and Systems, San Francisco, CA, 2019.

§Z. Carmichael, H. Syed, D. Kudithipudi, "Analysis of Wide and Deep Echo State Networks for Multiscale Spatiotemporal Time Series Forecasting," Proceedings of the ACM Neuro Inspired Computational Elements (NICE) Workshop, Albany, NY, 2019.

Z. Carmichael, H. Syed, S. Burtner, D. Kudithipudi, "Mod-DeepESN: Modular Deep Echo State Network," Annual Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience, Philadelphia, PA, 2018.

Proceedings Paper | § Oral Presentation | Poster Presentation


RIT KGCOE Dean's List

2014 - 2018

RIT Presidential Scholarship

2014 - 2018

RIT BS/MS Tuition Award

2014 - 2018

RIT Excellence in Computing


Journal & Conference Reviewing

IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems

Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) Workshop on Compact Deep Neural Networks


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Member

Oct 2018 - Present

Tau Beta Pi - The Engineering Honor Society

Oct 2018 - Present

The National Society of Leadership and Success

Oct 2018 - Present



  • Python
  • C++
  • C
  • System Verilog/Verilog
  • VHDL
  • Java
  • LaTeX
  • Shell/Bash
  • Rust
  • TCL
  • ARM Assembly
  • JavaScript


  • Cortex M0+/M4 Architectures
  • NXP/Freescale KL46Z/KL64F
  • Arduino
  • Spartan6 FPGA

Software and Libraries

  • TensorFlow
  • Scikit-Learn
  • Intellij/Pycharm
  • Git
  • SVN
  • MATLAB/Octave
  • ROS
  • Xilinx ISE/Vivado
  • Django
  • ModelSim
  • NumPy/SciPy
  • Keil μVision
  • Microsoft Office
  • Footprints
  • Eclipse
  • Atlassian Suite
  • vim

Operating Systems

  • Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
  • Arch Linux
  • Ubuntu/Lubuntu
  • CentOS/RedHat
  • NixOS
  • Amazon Linux AMI

Work Experience

Nu.AI Laboratory Researcher — RIT, Rochester, NY

January 2018 - Present

I have been a member of Prof. Kudithipudi’s Neuromorphic Artificial Intelligence (Nu.AI) Lab since January of 2018, whose strong focus on novel and explainable learning techniques and advocation of a student-centric research environment attracted me. In the Nu.AI Lab, I modernized the Nu.AI website to better broadcast our research and attract interested researchers, set up and contributed content to a Confluence wiki space, communicated an internalized GitLab workflow to members to share codebases, and revived a weekly reading group to discuss novel and pertinent research papers. I provide members with programming lessons and have also mentored several undergraduate research assistants. In my involvement with the lab, I have published several papers on echo state networks (ESNs), the posit number system applied to deep learning, and am currently completing my Master's thesis that aims at exploiting knowledge distillation to support model interpretability.

Digital Engineering Intern — Plexus Corp., Raleigh, NC

June 2017 - August 2017

As a digital engineering intern, I worked on several projects: some for Plexus customers, and others for internal usage. I designed RTL code for the generic instantiation of power-hungry components for Xilinx FPGAs. The module uses a given proportion of a chip to generate as much heat as possible when enabled to test the efficacy of its cooling systems. I worked with the digital engineering team at Plexus in parametrizing the design and ensuring weekly project goals were met. I also worked on an internal battery testing unit using the development board FRDM-K64F. I collaborated with mechanical, electrical, and software engineers to verify and validate the design.


  • C/C++
  • System Verilog
  • Powershell


  • NXP NXP/Freedom K64F
  • Xilinx Spartan FPGA

Software Engineering/Research Intern — CUBRC, Inc., Cheektowaga, NY

June 2016 - December 2016

At CUBRC, I joined the recently spawned health care team who were striving to push for a breakthrough in data analysis in the health care industry. The project, called Heartwood Analytics, has a vision to provide a broad genre of agencies with the tools to reduce the perplexity of the possession and potential utilization of huge amounts of data; through automated predictive analysis and accessible centralization of multi-source data, Heartwood Analytics provides its customers with the ability to build on their core competencies, identify market opportunities, and manage outcomes for their highest risk patients.

I contributed to the analytical backend of the proposed product by developing an automated machine learning framework that produces a fine-tuned model for any given health record data. Data is abstracted through a common ontology to allow for the use of various data sources, and then a model search is executed given a budget to produce a predictive model. Analysis is also run to interpret important factors, such as the higher weighted features of a regression. Additionally, I documented relevant research and the software itself, and provided receptive, effective support for our customers.


  • Python {2, 3}
  • Shell/Bash
  • SPARQL and RDF

Software and Libraries

  • TensorFlow
  • Scikit-Learn
  • Flask
  • NumPy
  • Kafka
  • Atlassian Suite {JIRA, Confluence, HipChat, BitBucket}

Senior SD Representative and RA Publisher — ITS Service Desk (RIT), Rochester, NY

Fall 2014 - Spring 2016

At the Information Services and Technology (ITS) Service Desk (SD), I was a senior representative and a Right Answers (RA) publisher and editor. As a SD senior, in addition to routine duties, I was responsible for the training of new employees, presentation of processes and support tips to student employees, and assessment of sensitive scenarios when full-time employees were unavailable. As a RA publisher, I was responsible for writing, editing, and publishing articles for the RIT community: faculty, staff, and students across multiple campuses.


  • Footprints
  • Microsoft Office
  • RightAnswers
  • Atlassian Confluence

Founding Partner — CPUtiful Tech, Killingworth, CT

Summer 2015 - Spring 2016

CPUtiful Tech was a company comprising four partners with the mutual interest of creating a consumer electronics retail company with a business platform based on personable interactions. The company was dissolved in 2016.

Other Misc. Work

  • RIT CMPE-380 Applied Programming Grader
  • RIT CMPE-250 Assembly Language Grader


RIT Tennis Club Treasurer

2014 - 2017

RIT Intramural Co-Ed Volleyball Captain

2014 - 2017

RIT Intramural Co-Ed Flag Football Captain

2015 - 2016

RIT KanJam Executive Board Member

2014 - 2016

Playing the Drums

2009 - Present