Industrial Mentors

Industrial Mentors of the ARM-ECS Research Center

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.

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. 

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.

Peter Harrod has been with ARM since the company's formation in 1990 and has worked on a variety of ARM designs over the years. These have included a floating-point coprocessor, CPUs ranging from ARM7DM to Cortex-A5 and debug and trace components.  He has a special interest in design for test and the design of dependable systems. He is currently involved in applying the ISO 26262 functional safety standard for automotive systems to ARM's series of R-class (real-time) processors.

He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a BSc (Eng) Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering, then did postgraduate study at the University of Manchester (UMIST at the time) where he gained an MSc in Digital Electronics and a PhD. As part of his doctoral research he built an array processor using 4MHz Z80 CPUs, which were state-of-the-art at the time! At GEC Hirst Research he did his first IC design. In 1985 he moved to Austin, Texas and worked in the High-End Microprocessor group at Motorola (now Freescale) on the MC68030 and MC68040. In 1988 he joined Acorn Computers and was one of the team of 12 that became ARM. In the early days of ARM he did one of the first implementations of IEEE 1149.1 boundary scan (JTAG).

He is a Fellow of the IET and Senior Member of the IEEE. He serves on the Steering Committee of the European Test Symposium and has served on a number of programme committees.

James is a Staff Engineer in ARM's Silicon R&D group, where he leads research into circuits for the IoT. James joined ARM in 2007, where he was responsible for developing RTL-GDS2 reference flows for the various ARM soft processor cores. After a six month secondment to R&D to learn about state retention power gating for a Cortex-M reference flow, James joined R&D full time in early 2009. His main research interest is in deployable core and chip level power reduction, to which end he has worked on sub-threshold design, state retention power gating and margin reduction efforts. James holds an MEng from Imperial College, London.

John Biggs has been involved with ARM developments since 1986 and co-founded ARM Ltd. in 1990. After a number of years working as a VLSI design engineer he went on to form ARM's Design Methodology Group in 1995. John works as a Consultant Engineer in ARM's research group focussing on the development of advanced methodologies for the low-power deployment of synthesisable ARM IP.  He holds a BSc in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Manchester and is currently chair of the IEEE1801 (UPF) work group.

Stephen joined ARM after graduated from Southampton in 1994 with an MSc in Microelectronic System Design. He worked on many generations of ARM processor before going on to run ARM's processor cores research group for 5 years and then becoming Engineering Director of ARM's Processor Division in Austin, Texas.

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