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Lab Researchers


Staff Role
Dave Burke PhD Researcher, studying Significance-Driven Adaptive Approximate Computing
Shidharth Maheshwari PhD Researcher, working on Embedded Genomics together with Dr Ian Wilson at Institute of Genetic Medicine
Ivan Shmarov PhD Researcher, working on Power Infused AI Systems, together with Dr Pablo Docampo and Dr Thomas Billam from School of Physics and Mathematical Sciences, Newcastle University
Shengqi Yu PhD Researcher, working on Power-adaptive and Survivable Non-volatile Circuit Design
Ibrahim Haddari PhD Researcher, working on Power-adaptive AI Hardware Design
Devante Gray PhD Researcher, working on Hardware/Software Co-sandboxing for Power-constrained IoT Applications, primarily supervised by Dr Maryam Mehrenezad at School of Computing, Newcastle University.
Tousif Rahman PhD Researcher, working on Explainable AI Hardware, funded by LRF ICON.
Rishad Shafik Senior Lecturer, Principal Investigator
Fei Xia Senior Research Associate, expert of many-core runtime modelling and algorithms
Adrian Wheeldon Research Associate, working on learning automata based Pervasive AI hardware architectures
Jie Lei Research Assistant, working on audio wearable application using learning automata
Dainius Jenkus Research Assistant, working on Energy=efficient and Reliable Many-Core Systems
Thomas Bunnam Research Associate (PT), working on Pervasive AI Hardware
Ali M. M. Aalsaud PhD Researcher, studying Impact of Concurrent Workloads on Many-Core Systems

Current MSc and Undergraduate Project Students


  1. Pavan Ambrekar is an MSc student from our MSc Microelectronics cohort. He is currently investigating verification and validation architecture for AI hardware.
  2. Srikanth Pitta is an MSc student from our MSc Microelectronics cohort. He is currently investigating audio wearable design using Learning Automata based AI hardware.
  3. Kaiyun Chen is an MSc student from our MSc Microelectronics cohort. He is currently investigating mixed signal memristor-based approximate arithmetic design.
  4. Zheyuan Xu is an MSc student from our MSc Microelectronics cohort. He is currently investigating energy harvesting and management for solar-powered circuits.
  5. Eileen Li is an MSc student from our Biomedical Stream. She is currently studying the use of AI for detecting epileptic seizures.
  6. Ahmed Eldahesh is an MSc student from our MSc Embedded Systems and IoT cohort. He is currently studying low-power data encoding methods for Learning Automata based AI hardware.

Lab Alumni


  1. Mohammed A. N. Al-hayanni was a PhD student (15-19) — currently working as an academic in Iraq.
  2. Issa Qiqieh was a PhD student (14-18) — currently working as an academic in Jordan.
  3. Francesco Mazzei was an MS intern — currently working in Manchester in an SME.
  4. Ms Ö. Zulal Tanrıvermiş was an Erasmus+ intern  — currently studying further in Turkey.
  5. Matt Travers was an MEng student in 2015-2016 academic year —  currently working in a finance investment company.
  6. Ahmed Khadim was an MSc student in 2015-2016 academic year — currently an academic of a university in Iraq.
  7. Joshua Da Costa was a Stage 3 BEng project student, who is currently working in banking sector.
  8. Harry Snell was a Stage 3 BEng project student — currently studying further.
  9. Dainius Jenkus was a Stage 3 BEng project student — currently studying for PhD in the lab.
  10. Joe Scott was a Stage 3 BEng project student — currently studying for PhD in Newcastle.
  11. Joel Holland was a Stage 3 BEng project student — currently studying for PhD in Newcastle.
  12. Danny Harris was a Stage 3 BEng student, who studied energy efficiency of multi-layered AI hardware.
  13. Luke Waller was a Stage 4 Industrial Intern, who studied temporal computing methods for AI hardware.

Academic Collaborators


Prof Ole-Christoffer Granmo, University of Agder, Kristiansand S, Norway.
Prof Geoff Merrett – School of ECS, University of Southampton, UK.
Prof Alex Yakovlev – Microelectronics Research Group, Newcastle University, UK.
Prof Alexander Romanovsky – Department of Computer Science, Newcastle University, UK.
Dr Maryam Mehrenezad, School of Computing, Newcastle University, UK
Dr Pablo Docampo, School of Engineering, Newcastle Uni., UK
Dr Thomas Billam, School of Maths, Physics and Statistics, Newcastle Uni., UK
Dr Fei Xia – Microelectronics Research Group, Newcastle University, UK.
Dr Ashur Rafiev – School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, UK.
Dr Ian Wilson – Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University, UK.
Prof. Bashir Al-Hashimi – School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK.
Dr Amit Acharyya – IIT Hyderabad, India.
Dr Ioannis Sourdis, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Prof Krishnendu Chakrabarty, Duke University, USA.
Prof Saeid Nooshabadi, MichiganTech, USA.
Prof Sandip Kundu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.

Industrial Collaborators


The lab collaborates with:

Dr Gerard Rauwerda, Flexaware, The Netherlands.
Dr Dwaipayan Biswas, IMEC, The Netherlands.
Dr Shidhartha Das, Arm, Cambridge, UK.
Dr Fahim Kawsar, Nokia Bell Labs Cambridge, UK.
Mr Jonathan Edwards, Temporal Computing, Newcastle, UK.

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