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Mark Buckler

Applied Scientist


I’m currently an Applied Scientist at Amazon where I help this cute robot see the world with fast, accurate, and energy efficient computer vision. I recently graduated with a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University where I was advised by Prof Adrian Sampson.

My graduate research focused on efficient computer vision. I’ve found that abstractions can simplify the design process, but breaking down boundaries through hardware-software co-design can produce superior results. For this reason I see myself as a system creator rather than a hardware or software developer.

As an entrepreneurial engineer I quickly gravitated to both industrial and academic research. While finishing my M.S. at UMass Amherst I formed Firebrand Innovations as a way of monetizing intellectual property I developed while in high school. These days I can be found in Amazon’s robotics lab building powerful and exciting new computer vision systems.


  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Robotics
  • Computer Architecture
  • Embedded Systems


  • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2019

    Cornell University

  • M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2014

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, 2012

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Selected Publications

  • , , , , EVA²: Exploiting Temporal Redundancy in Live Computer Vision, in International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA).

    Details arXiv PDF Slides Video Project

  • , , , Reconfiguring the Imaging Pipeline for Computer Vision, in International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV).

    Details DOI arXiv PDF Slides Code Project

  • , , , , Dynamic synchronizer flip-flop performance in FinFET technologies, in IEEE Symposium on Networks-on-Chip (NOCS).

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  • , , Predictive synchronization for DVFS-enabled multi-processor systems, in IEEE Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED).

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  • , , , Low-power networks-on-chip: Progress and remaining challenges, in IEEE Symposium on Low Power Electronics and Design (ISLPED).

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Selected Patents

  • , , , Configurable image processing system and methods for operating a configurable image processing system for multiple applications, filed:

    Details Google Patents

  • , Continuous Frequency Measurement for Predictive Periodic Synchronization, filed: , granted:

    Details Google Patents USPTO

  • , , Predictive Periodic Synchronization Using Phase-Locked Loop Digital Ratio Updates, filed: , granted:

    Details Google Patents USPTO

  • , Synchronizer Circuits With Failure-Condition Detection and Correction, filed: , granted:

    Details Google Patents USPTO

  • , Video Conferencing, filed: , granted:

    Details Google Patents USPTO

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I’ve greatly enjoyed my time as a graduate research intern at DeepScale and so I was pleased when Forrest Iandola asked me to give a talk to his team on deep learning hardware. To keep the talk from being a boring list of slides recounting famous (but dry) neural network hardware papers, we decided to structure it like one of David Patterson’s talks which describe what not to do. The talk was well received, so I decided to reformat it into this blog post.


If you’ve read my post about patenting in academia and industry then you know why you might want to file a patent with your university or company. The first step to filing a patent in most organizations (after creating the invention of course!) is filling out an Invention Disclosure Form or IDF. These forms will be created, provided by, and reviewed by your organization’s technology transfer office or center for technology licensing.


We all get excited about doing scientific or engineering research for different reasons, but most of us seek the thrill of creating something entirely new. In this way, research can be just as wonderful as the creative arts. Publishing your new ideas is great for sharing information with the world, but sometimes you want to sell your ideas too. This is where filing for a patent can be very useful. I have some experience in this area as I have patented inventions on my own, in industry, and most recently in academia.


While building the downloading and decoding scripts for the Youtube BoundingBoxes dataset I needed to accurately cut videos into smaller clips. Some of the annotated videos were quite long and the annotations rarely covered the full video, so to save space my scripts cut out and save only the annotated sections. If done incorrectly this video cutting can cause subtle frame timing issues which I didn’t fully understand when I started writing these scripts.


Back in 2010 I started a blog dedicated to electronic music called Quoth the Raver (a play on Quoth the Raven). It was a huge amount of fun sharing the music I found with everyone on the site, and it inspired me to get even more familiar with the various genres, artists, and labels. These days electronic music (also known as EDM) has exploded in popularity, so the novelty of sharing new artists has worn off to a certain extent.



Low Precision SqueezeDet

Simulated fixed point model evaluation for SqueezeDet

Approximate Vision Pipeline

Using a reversible imaging pipeline to optimize sensor and ISP design for computer vision

YouTube BoundingBox Dataset Downloader

Helpful scripts I wrote for downloading and parsing Google’s huge video dataset

Reversible Imaging Pipeline

A Halide implementation of a forward and reverse computational photography pipeline

Neural Network Accelerator with Logarithmic Number System

Hardware accelerator for neural network computation using the LNS

Configurable Imaging Sensor

Tapeout of a configurable and energy-proportional image sensor

Network-on-Chip Synchronization

My M.S. thesis on synchronization circuits and systems for multi-clock domain Networks-on-Chip


What started as a Science Fair project became Firebrand Innovation’s first product


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