Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1982
Academic Appointments
  • General Chair, 45th Annual Symposium in Microarchitecture (MICRO-45), Vancouver, British Columbia, December 2012.
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Texas, Austin, September 2001 – April 2002.
  • Co-Chair, 29th Annual Symposium in Microarchitecture (MICRO-29), Paris, France, December 1996.
Professional Affiliations
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Member.
  • The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Member.
  • The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Member.

Dr. Melvin has extensive experience across many areas in electronics and computing systems including processor architecture, memory systems, network processing, digital communications and embedded systems. His professional activities primarily involve advising industrial and legal clients relating to intellectual property.

Dr. Melvin received his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley on a high-performance processor design that exploited fine-grained parallelism in general purpose programs. He led an RTL architecture team designing a network processor utilizing a simultaneous multithreading architecture, and he was a co-founder of a second network processor startup that developed a massively multithreaded processor for deep packet inspection on edge routers. Dr. Melvin has also designed and built numerous real-time embedded systems that have been commercially deployed, including machine vision systems used in the automotive industry and voice processing systems.

In the intellectual property area Dr. Melvin has wide-ranging experience as a consulting and testifying expert in patent, copyright and trade secret litigation. He has acted as a court appointed expert, as an in-house technical expert at a large international law firm and he is also a patent agent registered with the USPTO. Dr. Melvin has offered expert testimony in a wide range of technology areas including CPU microarchitecture, memory systems, voice and image processing, wireless communications, networking systems, computer aided design tools, security software, data compression, programmable logic devices, flash memory technology and hard disk drive architectures.