Prof. Piotr Dudek is is a Professor of Circuits and Systems in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, leading the Microelectronics Design Lab.
He received his mgr inz degree from the Technical University of Gdansk, Poland, and the MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1996 and 2000 respectively. He worked as a Research Associate, and since 2002 as a Lecturer, at UMIST/The University of Manchester. He was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology during 2008/09, Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics at the Gdansk University of Technology in 2015, Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow in 2016/17, and a visiting researcher at the Sorbonne University in 2017/18.
He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a member of IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Technical Committees on Neural Systems, and on Cellular Neural Networks and Array Processing. He was the Chair of the IEEE CAS Technical Committee on Sensory Systems (2015-17). He has been a member of Scientific Committees, Track Chair or Session Chair at many international conferences. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II and Review Editor for Frontiers in Neuroscience and an active reviewer for many journals and funding agencies. His work received several Best Paper and Best Demo awards at international conferences (ISCAS, IJCNN, CNNA, ICDSC), and he has given numerous keynote and invited talks, and examined PhD theses worldwide.
Dirk Koch is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester. His group works on run-time reconfigurable systems based on FPGAs ranging from embedded systems to HPC. He developed techniques and tools for self-adaptive distributed embedded control systems based on FPGAs. Current research projects include hardware security database acceleration using FPGAs-based stream processing, HPC and exascale computing, as well as reconfigurable instruction set extensions for CPUs. Furthermore, in the FORTE project he is exploring how memristors can be used for building new kinds of analogue, digital and mixed-signal reconfigurable devices.
Dirk is author of the book "Partial Reconfiguration on FPGAs" and a co-editor of the book "FPGAs for Software Programmers" and his group is developing and maintaining the GoAhead framework that provides unique capabilities for building run-time reconfigurable systems. Recent awards include the FPL Community Award (2016) and the FPL most influential paper award (2015).