Mitchell Thornton

Mitch Thornton

Cecil H. Green Chair of Engineering,
Executive Director, Darwin Deason Institute for Cybersecurity,
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Educational Background

B.S.E.E., Oklahoma State University, 1985; M.S.E.E., University of Texas at Arlington, 1990; M.S.C.S. Southern Methodist Univeristy, 1993; Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Southern Methodist University


  • Cybersecurity
  • Quantum Informatics

Recent Research Publications

  •  Silicon Photonics 2x2 Trench Coupler Design and Foundry Fabrication, Applied Optics, vol. 61, no. 16, June 2022, pp. 4927-4931, (with H. Shahoei, I.G. Achu, E.J. Stewart, U. Tariq, W.V. Oxford and D.L. MacFarlane).
  • A 2.56 Gbps Serial Wireline Transceiver that Supports an Auxiliary Channel in 65 nm CMOS, IEEE Transactions on VLSI, vol. 28, iss. 1, pp. 12-22, January 2020, (pre-print version August 13, 2019,, with X. Wang, T. Liu, S. Guo, and P. Gui).
  • Higher Dimension Quantum Entanglement Generators, ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems, vol. 16, no. 1, article 3, 21 pages, October 2019, (with K.N. Smith).
  • Consideration of Quality Attribute Tradeoffs of the Blockchain Pattern in the Software Development Process, Annals of Emerging Technologies in Computing, vol. 3, no. 4, October 2019, pp. 15 - 27, (with J.M. Medellin).
  • Keyboard Snooping from Mobile Phone Arrays with Mixed Convolutional and Recurrent Neural Networks, Proc. of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies, vol. 3, no. 2, June 2019, pp. 45-1 - 45-22, (with T. Giallanza, T. Siems, E. Sharp, E. Gabrielsen, I. Johnson, and E.C. Larson).
  • Higher-radix Chrestenson Gates for Optical Quantum Computation, Journal of Applied Logics, vol. 5, iss. 9, pp. 1781-1798, December 2018, (with K.N. Smith, T.P. LaFave, Jr., and D.L. MacFarlane).
  • A Fixed-Point Squaring Algorithm Using an Implicit Radix Number System, IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems, vol. 6, iss. 1, pp. 34-43, March 2016, (pre-print February 2016, IEEEXplore, with S.D. Gupta).
  • QMDDs: Efficient Quantum Function Representation and Manipulation, IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 86-99, January 2016, (pre-published July 21, 2015, pre-print version, with P. Niemann, R. Wille, D.M. Miller, and R. Drechsler).
  • Simulation and Implication using a Transfer Function Model for Switching Logic, IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 64, no. 12, pp. 3580-3590, December 2015, (pre-published February 6, 2015, pre-print version).
  • Quantum Multiple-Valued Decision Diagram: The Case of Skipped Variables, Journal of Multiple-Valued Logic and Soft Computing, vol. 24, 2015, no. 1-4, pp. 93-108, (with D.Y. Feinstein).
  • Modeling System Threat Probabilities Using Mixed-Radix Multiple-Valued Logic Decision Diagrams, Journal of Multiple-Valued Logic and Soft Computing, vol. 24, 2015, no. 1-4, pp. 135-149, (with T. Manikas, and D.Y. Feinstein).
  • On Optimizations of Edge-Valued MDDs for Fast Analysis of Multi-State Systems, IEICE Trans. Inf. & Syst., vol. E97-D, no. 9, September 2014, pp. 2234-2242, (with S. Nagayama, T. Sasao, J.T. Butler, and T.W. Manikas).
  • Clock Distribution Area Reduction Using a Multiple-Valued Clocking Approach, Journal of Multiple-Valued Logic and Soft Computing, vol. 22, no. 1-2, 2014, pp. 21-39, (with R.P. Menon).
  • Modeling Digital Switching Circuits with Linear Algebra, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, San Rafael, California, ISBN 9781627052337 (hardcopy), ISBN 9781627052344 (eBook), April 2014.
  • Digital System Verification: A Combined Formal Methods and Simulation Framework, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, San Rafael, California, ISBN 9781608451784 (hardcopy), ISBN 9781608451791 (eBook), February 2010, (with L. Li).
  • Multiple-Valued Logic Concepts and Representations, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, San Rafael, California, ISBN 10-1598291904 (hardcopy), 10-1598291912 (eBook), January 2008, (with D. M. Miller).
  • Introduction to Logic Synthesis Using Verilog HDL, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, San Rafael, California, ISBN 10-1598291068 (hardcopy), ISBN 10-1598291076 (eBook), November 2006, (with R. B. Reese).
  • Spectral Techniques in VLSI CAD, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, Massachusetts, ISBN 0-7923-7433-9, July 2001 (with R. Drechsler and D. M. Miller).