Research: Custom Computing

The Custom Computing Research Group in Department of Computing conducts research in various areas of specialised computing platforms focusing on efficiency, performance and productivity, particularly:

Theory and practice of reconfigurable computing, including:

Models, architectures, development methods and tools for:

Applications of custom-designed systems in areas such as:

Our research also covers other applications such as sparse kernels, medical imaging, brain data processing, software-defined radio, seismic computation, database search, and ecological modelling.

We are responsible for several surveys on reconfigurable computing, Gaussian random number generators, and low-power techniques for FPGAs, and a textbook on system-on-chip.

Currently we are involved in various collaborative projects, including Application Customisation, POETS and EXTRA. Past projects include Custom Computing for Advanced Digital Systems, HARNESS, TETRACOM, EPiCS, FASTER, REFLECT, HARTES, and DIADEM.

Our research has led to a Research Excellence Award from Imperial College, as well as many awards at international conferences, including ASAP (2008, 2013, 2016), ARC (2012), FPL (2004, 2007, 2008, 2010), ERSA (2004), FCCM (2012), FPT (2005, 2008), RCAR (2017), SAMOS (2008), and SPL (2008, 2009); and candidates for awards at ASAP (2019), FPGA (2020), FCCM (2020), and FPT (2018, 2019).