Printable Download: Michael Barr Profile and CV

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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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 v19.12

"Weeks of coding can save you hours of planning." --Unknown

In this issue:

  • Patents and Copyrights and Trade Secrets, Oh My!
  • Three FREE Books About Embedded Design
  • March 2020 Public Training Calendar
  • Budget Now for Next Year Team Trainings
  • Industry News That's Not Boring

Firmware Update v19.10

"Later equals never." --LeBlanc's Law

In this issue:

  • Case Study: Lethal Firmware Defects - Patriot Missile Failure
  • Further Develop Your Embedded Programming Skills this Fall
  • Rule Changes in the 2018 Update of Embedded C Coding Standard
  • ARM-based "Embedded Software Training in a Box"
  • Industry News That's Not Boring

Firmware Update v19.09

"The trick is to fix the problem you have, not the problem you want." --Bram Cohen

In this issue:

  • Getting Started with C++ for Firmware Developers
  • Further Develop Your Embedded Programming Skills this Fall
  • Modern Embedded Software Architecture: Beyond the RTOS
  • Retake Control of Your Embedded Project Schedule
  • Industry News That's Not Boring

Firmware Update v19.05

"The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions." --Claude Lévi-Strauss (of no relation to your pants!)

In this issue:

  • Don't Follow these 5 Dangerous Coding Standard Rules
  • Retake Control of Your Embedded Project Schedule
  • Embedded Systems and Cybersecurity
  • TechTalk: CRCs and Checksums
  • ARM-based "Embedded Software Training in a Box"
  • Industry News That's Not Boring