The people who make this possible

An Li studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton from 2008 to 2011 and graduated with a First class BEng degree. Then he did MPhil research at the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge in 2011-2012. In a cooperation with Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd., the research aimed to enhance functionality of scanning electron microscopes (SEM) by using a parallel computation platform (GPGPU).

After his MPhil study, AN LI went back to the University of Southampton, and is currently a PhD student, under supervision of Prof Bashir Al-Hashimi, Prof Lajos Hanzo, and Dr Robert Maunder. The research is focused on the wireless communication upon parallel computation platforms, like GPUs on desktop computers or low power ARM’s GPUs on mobile devices. 

Anand Savanth graduated (ECE) from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India and completed his masters degree in Microelectronics at the University of Liverpool where he received the Sir Robin Saxby award. He interned with the Silicon Group at ARM R&D, Cambridge in 2010 and has since been working as a Research Engineer on low power custom circuits for ARM embedded and applications processors, with current focus on custom and analog-assisted circuits for IoT platforms. He is also pursuing a PhD with the ECS group at University of Southampton.

Alex Weddell was awarded a first-class MEng Electronic Engineering degree from the University of Southampton in 2005, then studied for his PhD on energy-aware wireless sensor nodes (awarded in 2010). He has contributed to the Defence Technology Centre "Adaptive energy aware sensor networks" project, and EPSRC projects "New directions for intelligent sensors" and "Next Generation Energy-Harvesting Electronics: Holistic Approach". He has experience with a range of energy harvesting devices and developed a platform which supports a mix of energy sources to power an energy-aware wireless sensor node. He is now a Lecturer, with research interests in energy harvesting, wireless sensor networks, and application-driven system design.

Andreas Hansson received his cum laude PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Currently he works as a Research Engineer at ARM Ltd, United Kingdom, where he leads the research in future memory system and interconnect architectures. He has published on Network-on-Chips in numerous conferences and journals, and received several awards.

Received the BEng Electronic Engineering (1st class hons) degree from the University of Southampton in 2004, and was awarded a PhD in energy-aware sensor networks in 2009. He is currently a lecturer in the Electronic and Software Systems Group, and chairs an interest group on wireless sensing and sensor networks in the University's Pervasive Systems Centre. His research expertise is low-power electronics, energy-aware pervaisve sensing, energy harvesting and wearable devices, and he has published over 40 journal and conference publications in these areas.  Further information can be found at

Giacomo Gabrielli joined ARM in 2010, where he currently works as a Senior Engineer in ARM's R&D Cores group. The main projects he is currently working on aim to identify key micro-architectural techniques for improving performance and power consumption of next-generation ARM cores and accelerators. His main research interests include microarchitectures, memory hierarchies, and performance/power modelling. He holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa.

Harry joined the microelectronics research group at Southampton University in 1974 after his first degree at Liverpool University, and was awarded his PhD three years later. The research topic involved optical testing of integrated circuits, and this led to employment at the GEC Hirst Research Centre in Wembley, initially on process engineering techniques for 8um NMOS. He was part of the pioneering team using silicon on sapphire and moved to specialise in circuit design. In 1984 he moved to Acorn Computers Ltd at Cambridge, initially working with a silicon compiler team then latterly in the Advanced R&D group working on the implementation of their new RISC architecture in 3um CMOS. This department split off to become Advanced RISC Machines Ltd in 1990, now ARM Ltd.

Harry worked for ARM till his retirement in 2007, for most of that time in the role of VLSI Design Manager, by which time the company had become very successful and technology had advanced such that he worked on 45nm processes. He has been a member of the IET and IEEE for over 30 years, and was an ARM Fellow in the last few years at ARM. Since retirement he has taken on a number of voluntary jobs, mostly on the Isle of Wight, but also he likes to pass on his experience and has active links with current PhD students in the Electronics and Computer Sciences department. 

Received a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Electronics Systems Engineering. He is currently a Reader in Electronics and Computer Science. His research in wireless sensor network systems for earth science applications spans seven projects including deployments in Norway, Iceland and Tijuana. This includes research into low power wireless sensor communications, autonomous node behaviour and ARM-based sensor nodes. He has published over 130 papers, been involved in eleven European projects and is a member of the Earth and Space Science Informatics executive group of the American Geophysical Union. For more information see his home page.

Dr Matthew Swabey took a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering at Southampton University from September 1998 to July 2001 followed by a PhD at Southampton University from July 2001 to September 2006. After working as a researcher he became Teaching Fellow at Southampton in 2006. In 2011 he was recruited by Purdue University in the USA where he is currently the Deputy Director of Instructional Labs. He began working with ARM by collaborating with Prof. David Flynn during his time at Southampton including prototyping the DesignStart Cortex M0 processor onto IBM 120nm as a simple SoC. Working with colleagues from ARM he project managed the Tokatchi-1 & 2 flow, choosing the silicon technology, supporting design kits, working with the DRC and submitting designs for the Tokachi-3M. He has been working closely with the ARM-ECS research center ever since.

Paul N. Whatmough received the B.Eng. degree (first class Hons.) in electronic communications engineering from the University of Lancaster in 2003, the M.Sc. degree (with distinction) in communications systems and signal processing from the University of Bristol in 2004, and the engineering doctorate in VLSI signal processing from University College London, in 2012, all in the U.K.

From 2005 to 2008, he held the position of Research Scientist at Philips Research Labs, Redhill, U.K. (which became NXP Semiconductors Research in 2006).  In 2008, he joined the Silicon R&D department at ARM Ltd., Cambridge, U.K. while working towards the industrial doctorate degree.  His current research interests are in low-power circuits, algorithms and architectures relating to wireless, DSP and embedded computing.

Dr. Whatmough is a member of the IET and IEEE. He was the recipient of the IET Student Project Award in 2003, the IEEE Communications Chapter Award in 2004 and the European Wireless Technology Conference (EuWiT) Young Engineering Prize in 2008.


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