Mika Nyström

(alternate spellings:
Mika Nystrom
Mika Nystroem
for those of you who don't have a German or Scandinavian keyboard.)
E-mail: mika@alum.mit.edu
home phone : +46-8-708 398 17
summer phone : +46-155-332 06
address 1 :
Brunnsgränd 5
S-111 30 Stockholm
address 2 :
Flat 2
45 Hamilton Terrace
London NW8 9RG
United Kingdom

I was born in Stockholm, Sweden on March 23, 1971, and I lived there most of my life (so far!) I graduated from high school in the International Baccalaureate program at Kungsholmen's Gymnasium in Stockholm in 1989. After that, I spent a year at the University of Stockholm and a year in the Swedish Army, and I graduated from M.I.T. with bachelor's degrees in physics and electrical engineering in May, 1994. A dvi copy of my senior thesis is here. I received my master's degree from Caltech in 1997. There's a very old picture of me here. And a newer one here.

I graduated with a Ph.D. in June, 2001! My thesis is available from Kluwer Academic Publishers or why not amazon. At last count, I held six patents.

I was in the Asynchronous VLSI Group here at Caltech, so my research interests are mainly in asynchronous VLSI, but I have done some internet stuff and spent way too much time with IRC. There is some server source code if you want it. Some of the things that are being contemplated for the upcoming redesign can be found in a mailing list archive.

2001-2005, I worked as Instructor and Research Scientist at Caltech. I taught 181 (see below) and CS2 in 2001-2002 and again in 2002-2003. Since 2003, I've published a bunch of papers and done many other things. Try my name in Google if you want to know more!

Here are some things I have done (not so) recently:

  • "Project Y"-an attempt to bring together WWW and group-oriented discussions on the Internet. Together with Eve Schooler and Nathan Mates.
  • Caltech computer scientists develop vegetable computer.

     A breakthrough in environmentally conscious computing (click on the vegetable to read more about it). Read more about other people's vegetable computers here.
  • A paper I wrote for a class (EE185a) about Contrast Enhancement Lithography used in VLSI fabrication.
  • During the 1995-96 academic year, I was a TA for CS138, taught by Mani Chandy.
  • A few years ago, I spent an inordinate amount of time with the CS department's new Pentium lab computers running NetBSD. Here's a report about this work.
  • During the academic year (1999-2000) I helped to teach the department's legendary digital VLSI design laboratory CS/EE181.
  • Ever wondered what freshmen learn at Caltech? When I was teaching CS2, one of the things they learned was how to write a loop.

    When I'm not playing around with a computer, I'm usually trying to keep my car running---actually this one is gone. And in a crazy fit , I bought another car! I almost bought an airplane, too, but at some point I came to my senses...(The little white car is mine, though.)

    Fuji once had a new color film---Super G 800. A few seconds' exposure (20 or so) in the Angeles National Forest right above Los Angeles gave an amazing (considering the equipment) shot of Comet Hale-Bopp. The annoying bright area at the bottom of the picture is from city lights in and around L.A. (actually I think they are from Palmdale, Calif.)

    The picture was taken with a Minolta 700i, 50 mm lens at f/1.4, a rather flimsy camera tripod, and processed in a standard C-41 process. The image was scanned on a Hewlett-Packard ScanJet from the printed positive and the contrast and brightness were adjusted with Adobe PhotoShop (the transformations were applied to the whole scanned image, so this is a pretty faithful reproduction of the print). Just click on the image to get a bigger version (very big---2718x1860).

    Lately, I've been rediscovering an old hobby of mine---black-and-white photography.

    The island of Santorini has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth!.

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