Greg Donohoe

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Gregory W. (Greg) Donohoe

Chair, [Computer Science Department]
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1010
Moscow, Idaho, USA
Office: 208.885.6501
Mobile: 208.301.3486



Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico, 1989
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico, 1982
B.S., Electronic Engineering Technology, Lake Superior State University, 1976
Registered Professional Engineer, State of Idaho, License #11357

My Schedule

Weekly Schedule

Summertime: no weekly schedule

Office Hours

  • No formal office hours. I'm generally in my office when not required elsewhere.
  • It's always safer to make an appointment.

Travel Plans

I plan to be out of the office these days:

  • August 15, 2014 - Coeur d'Alene
  • August 21, 2014 - Coeur d'Alene


Currently Teaching

ISEM 301: Information and Society

CS 401+501: Contemporary Issues in Computer Science

Classes Taught Recently

I've taught 30+ different classes at the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech and the University of Idaho. Most in the areas of signals and systems or computer engineering. ECE 444/544: Supervisory Control and Critical Infrastructure Contemporary Issues in Computer Science

Some Background

Work Experience

  • U.S. Navy, Radioman, 1968-71. U.S.S. White Plains, AFS-4. Vietnam & Western Pacific.

Current Professional Interests

  • Digital Image Processing
  • Image Analysis
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Real Time and Embedded Computing
  • Computer Science Education

Professional Areas I've Worked In

Digital signal and image processing. Machine Vision for security monitoring, robot control, scientific and medical image analysis. Real-time embedded systems for signal and image processing. Reconfigurable and low-power platforms. ASIC design, FGPA and microprocessor-based systems (VHDL, Verilog). Some reasonably large software projects in C++ and Java, using Object Oriented Programming methods.


Here's the whole gory story: Greg's Publications

Current Professional Activity

In the last few years I've shifted from hands-on research to university administration and project management. I like to work with others to make good things happen. Currently I'm very busy learning to be chair of Computer Science. Learning Python in my spare time.

Recent Research Projects

Integrated Passive Components

Embedded and Reconfigurable Computing


"Music shakes the dust of everyday life off your shoes." - Sonny Rollins

Have played guitar, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic and electric bass. Also sing in the Chancel Choir of the First Presbyterian Church in Moscow. Currently studying piano and bass. Used to play Irish and American fiddle tunes, some classical music. A highlight was playing at the Widow's Bar in Belturbet, County Cavan, Ireland, with Irish button accordion player Martin Donohoe and my sister Kitty Donohoe.

Now into jazz, swing, and world/fusion.

  • Play bass with the Hog Heaven Big Band
  • Play bass and sing with Gefiltetrout, a Klezmer/Gypsy/Eastern European folk dance band.
  • Alternate bass player with Pork Pie Hat, jazz standards and pop covers [1]]


Kick Scooters for "Last Mile" Transportation

To between home, campus, and downtown Moscow I usually use my Xootr kick scooter. Human powered, it uses no fuel. It goes about 8 miles 13 Km/hr, about halfway between walking (4 miles 6.5 Km/hr) and cycling (12 miles or 19 Km/hr). It's easy to carry uphill, is very pedestrian friendly on campus or downtown, and is easy to carry up hill. On a recent trip to France we saw many scooters of this design used by riders of the bus and the Métro.

Power-Assisted Bicycle

I purchased the Hilltopper electric bicycle kit from Clean Republic: I got the 4-1/2 pound lithium ion battery, good for 20 miles at 15 mph. Because there are so many steep hills here in the Palouse, using a regular bicycle is not always practical. The extra boost from the front wheel motor helps me get up those hills without having to break my stride by dismounting and walking, or S-turning up at two miles an hour.

It doesn't have proportional control, just an on-off switch. Push the switch, and it's as if another rider has started pedaling along with you I push the switch to go up a steep hill, to accelerate quickly in traffic, or simply to maintain speed in traffic when the road slopes up. When I'm in a real hurry I pedal in the highest gear with power assist, and go quite a bit faster than I could on my own.

I call it a winner! Now I'm tempted to get a trailer and see if I can use it for grocery shopping.

Quote of the Year

"Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n'y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n'y à plus rien à retrancher."

"It seems that perfection is reached, not when there is nothing else to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "Terre des Hommes".