Carnegie Mellon University

David Garlan

Dr. David Garlan

Professor of Computer Science, Institute for Software Research

Address 5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


David Garlan is a Professor in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he leads several research projects. His research interests include:

  • software architecture
  • self-adaptive systems
  • formal methods
  • cyber-physical systems

Dr. Garlan is a member of the Computer Science Department and the Institute for Software Research in the School of Computer Science.

David Garlan is a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.  He received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon in 1987 and worked as a software architect in industry between 1987 and 1990.  His interests include software architecture, self-adaptive systems, formal methods, and cyber-physical systems.  He is considered to be one of the founders of the field of software architecture, and, in particular, formal representation and analysis of architectural designs. He is a co-author of two books on software architecture: "Software Architecture: Perspectives on an Emerging Discipline", and "Documenting Software Architecture: Views and Beyond." In 2005 he received a Stevens Award Citation for “fundamental contributions to the development and understanding of software architecture as a discipline in software engineering.” In 2011 he received the Outstanding Research award from ACM SIGSOFT for “significant and lasting software engineering research contributions through the development and promotion of software architecture.”  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM.