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Professor Zoran Salcic

Dipl.Ing, M.E., PhD


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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

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students


Previous PhD students


  • 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

Areas of expertise

  • Concurrent programming and system design languages for embedded, distributed and real-time systems
  • Formal models of computation (synchronous, GALS, DFCharts)
  • Heterogeneous multi-core Systems-on-Chip (SoC) 
  • Design automation of embedded systems (from specification to generation of platform for its execution)
  • Software as the system - dynamic and adaptive software systems
  • Complex digital system design and custom computing machines
  • Use of FPGAs in novel computing machines
  • Sensor and actuator networks and Internet of Things 
  • Localisation and tracking using wireless and INS sensors
  • Device free localisation
  • Wireless sensor technologies and their use in activity recognition (elderly and health care)

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Professional affiliations


  • Senior member IEEE

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Tulabing, R., James, J., Mitchell, B., Park, H., Boys, J., Salcic, Z., & Covic, G. (2018). Mitigation of Local Grid Congestion Due to Electric Vehicles Through Localized Demand Control. International Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies, ISGT Asia 2018. 10.1109/ISGT-Asia.2018.8467768
  • Shaikh, M. F., Salcic, Z., Wang, K. I.-K., & Hu, A. P. (2018). Bipedal gait model for precise gait recognition and optimal triggering in foot drop stimulator: a proof of concept. Medical & biological engineering & computing, 56 (9), 1731-1746. 10.1007/s11517-018-1810-7
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin I-Kai Wang, Aiguo Patrick Hu
  • Muhammad, M. N., Salcic, Z., & Wang, K. I.-K. (2018). Indoor Pedestrian Tracking Using Consumer-Grade Inertial Sensors With PZTD Heading Correction. IEEE Sensors Journal, 18 (12), 5164-5172. 10.1109/JSEN.2018.2833118
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin I-Kai Wang
  • Atmojo, U. D., Salcic, Z., & Wang, K. I.-K. (2018). Dynamic Reconfiguration and Adaptation of Manufacturing Systems Using SOSJ Framework. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 14 (6), 2353-2363. 10.1109/TII.2018.2808270
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin I-Kai Wang
  • Shaikh, M. F., Salcic, Z., Wang, K. I. K., & Hu, A. P. (2018). Walking direction detection based on acceleration trend pattern for improved foot drop stimulators. Proceedings of 2017 International Conference on Engineering and Technology, ICET 2017. 10.1109/ICEngTechnol.2017.8308203
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aiguo Patrick Hu, Kevin I-Kai Wang
  • Abeywardardana, D. K., Hu, A. P., & Salcic, Z. (2018). Wirelessly Powered Microactuators. Paper presented at IEEE Industrial-Electronics-Society (IES) International Conference on Industrial Electronics for Sustainable Energy Systems (IESES), Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND. 31 January - 2 February 2018. 2018 IEEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS (IESES). (pp. 6).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Aiguo Patrick Hu
  • Muhammad, M. N., Salcic, Z., & Wang, K. I. K. (2018). Detecting turns and correcting headings using low-cost INS. Journal of Navigation, 71 (1), 189-207. 10.1017/S0373463317000443
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kevin I-Kai Wang
  • Salcic, Z., Atmojo, U. D., Park, H., Chen, A. T. Y., & Wang, K. I. K. (2017). A framework for designing dynamic and interoperable automation and robotics systems. Proceedings - 2017 IEEE 15th International Conference on Industrial Informatics, INDIN 2017. 10.1109/INDIN.2017.8104855
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andrew Chen, Kevin I-Kai Wang

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 903 - Bldg 903
Level 4, Room 432
New Zealand