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Barr Group co-founder Michael Barr is a former adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering with many years of hands-on software design and implementation experience. Internationally recognized as an expert in the field of embedded software process and architecture, Barr has been admitted as a testifying expert witness in U.S. and Canadian court cases involving issues of reverse engineering (including DMCA), interception of encrypted signals (Federal Communications Act), patent infringement, theft of copyrighted source code (including trade secrets issues), and product liability.

Barr's software has powered millions of embedded devices. He is also the author of three books and more than seventy published articles and papers about embedded systems design. For more than a decade, he was a regular invited speaker at the Embedded Systems Conferences around the world and, at times, served as a member of the conference's advisory board and as chair for various tracks.

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Education

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE), University of Maryland
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE), University of Maryland
Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Maryland

Notable Projects

  • Taught electrical engineering and computer science courses at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University.
  • Testified as an expert witness in half a dozen jury trials, including cases of automotive product liability and software copyright infringement, at each of which his client prevailed.
  • Plaintiff's expert on-behalf of companies including Bally Gaming, DirecTV, EchoStar, and Motorola and opposite companies including Apple, Cisco, Electronic Arts, Huawei, LG, Toyota, and ZTE.
  • Defense expert for companies including Bell ExpressVu, Fresenius Medical, NDS Group, and Samsung.
  • Developed software for various products, including safety-critical mechanical systems involving closed-loop control systems and high volume consumer electronics for digital television.
  • Consulted with and trained engineers and engineering managers and executives at various companies, including makers of FDA-regulated medical devices such as pacemakers and implanted defibrillators, insulin pumps, and glucose meters.
  • Former editor-in-chief of Embedded Systems Programming magazine, which at its peak had more than 60,000 engineers as monthly subscribers.
  • Keynote speaker at the 2014 Embedded Systems Conference on the topic of Killer Apps: Embedded Software's Greatest Hit Jobs.
  • Author of the widely-followed Embedded C Coding Standard.

Skills Summary

  • Languages: C, C++, Java, assembly
  • Processors: ARM, Microchip PIC, Intel 80x86, Motorola 68k, PowerPC, and others
  • Operating Systems: MicroC/OS, VxWorks, OSEK, and RTOSes generally; DOS and Windows; Linux/Unix

Notable Publications

Patents Awarded

  • U.S. Patent No. 6,976,562: Method of Calibrating a Brake System for Stationary Equipment and Apparatus for Doing the Same
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,210,116: Method and Apparatus for Synthesizing a Hardware System from a Software Description
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,945,879: Method and Apparatus for Selecting a Hardware Representation from a Software Description

Firmware Update v18.11

"Smooth seas do not make skilled sailors." --African Proverb

In this issue:

  • How to Get Started with C++ in Embedded Systems
  • Budget Now for 2019 Firmware Skills Training
  • How to Prioritize RTOS Tasks (and Why it Matters)
  • Industry News That's Not Boring

Firmware Update v18.10

"Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare." --Japanese Proverb

In this issue:

  • MISRA C for Security's Sake!
  • Final Days to Register for Fall Firmware Skills Training
  • Why Are State Machines So Useful in Embedded Software?
  • Embedded Linux Training in a Box <-- NEW PRODUCT!
  • Industry News That's Not Boring

Firmware Update v18.09

"The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components are those that aren’t there." --Gordon Bell

In this issue:

  • Download Barr Group's UPDATED Embedded C Coding Standard
  • Create Jump Tables via Function Pointer Arrays in C/C++
  • Further Develop Your Embedded Programming Skills this Fall
  • Master Embedded Linux Customization and Driver Development
  • Industry News That's Not Boring

Firmware Update v18.06

"Java is to JavaScript as car is to carpet." --Christian Heilmann

In this issue:

  • C's goto Keyword: Should we Use It or Lose It?
  • Tech Talk: Pros and Cons of Dynamic Memory Allocation
  • The Rise of the Full Stack Developers
  • Retake Control of your Embedded Project Schedule
  • Industry News That's Not Boring

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