Researchers of the ARM-ECS Research Center

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.

Charles is a PhD student in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton where he also received his BEng Hons degree in Electronic Engineering. Working for the PRiME Project, his focus is on power and performance optimisation of computer vision applications on heterogeneous systems. Funded by a HiPEAC Collaboration grant, he completed a 3 month internship at ARM Research, Cambridge where he worked on the optimisation of machine learning algorithms for ARM mbed platforms.

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.

Manager of the Electronic Design Initiative at the University of Southampton leading a team of talented engineers to take innovative research through to successful commercial products. Engages with external companies to perform consulting activities and licensing of successful commercial IP. Graduated from the University of Southampton winning many awards in 2001 and completed his PhD in analogue and mixed signal IC design in 2004. For the last ten years he has straddled industry and academia with involvement in a number of companies including his own, and over 20 publications in leading conferences and journals.

Graeme Bragg studied Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems in ECS and graduated with a 1st class MEng degree in 2012. While studying for this degree, he gained an interest in environmental sensing having worked on the Glacsweb project with Dr Kirk Martinez and on the development of an ocean bubble camera with Prof Steve Gunn in a joint project between ECS and ISVR. He is currently a PhD student researching the Hardware/Software Co-Design of an Internet of Things Platform.

Prior to, and during, his undergraduate degree Graeme worked as a Systems Administrator for a UK software house with a focus on systems & network security, network administration, virtualisation and system implementations.

Ilias is an electronic and electrical PhD candidate at the University of Southampton collaborating with ARM through the Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (iCASE) programme. He holds a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the university of Patras in Greece, and a Master's degree in embedded software systems from the University of Aalborg in Denmark. His research interests lie in embedded systems, both in hardware and in software as he has been researching in the past the areas of real-time scheduling, software driven hardware verification, hardware fault tolerance and fault semantics. His work experience includes working as a embedded engineering intern at Seebyte Ltd, an underwater robotics company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His work there revolved around developing a state-of-the-art video mosaicing technique used in autonomous underwater vehicles for mapping purposes, and performing various optimisations to achieve real-time functionality for remote operated vehicles. Currently, he is researching power-efficiency optimizations in heterogeneous processors.

Jatin Mistry studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton from 2006 to 2009 and graduated with a 1st class BEng degree. During his undergraduate degree he received numerous awards for academic excellence and completed two summer internships with ARM Ltd. in 2008 and 2009. 

In 2009 Jatin started a PhD at University of Southampton under the supervision of Prof. Bashir M. Al-Hashimi and advice of Prof. David Flynn and James Myers in the area of low power embedded microprocessors. As part of his PhD he has completed a further internship with ARM Ltd. in 2011 and has recieved a 'Best technical paper' award. Further information can be found at

Jedrzej Kufel studied Mechatronics and Robotic Systems at the University of Liverpool from 2006 to 2010. He graduated with a 1st class MEng degree. During his studies Jedrzej undertook a summer placement with ARM Ltd. at CPU Design Group for which he received an award.

In 2010 Jedrzej started a PhD at the University of Southampton under a supervision of Dr. Peter Wilson, Prof. Bashir M. Al-Hashimi and advice of Stephen Hill. His PhD is in area of watermarking soft IP processor cores.

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Luis is a PhD research student from Mexico. He studied his Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering back in his home country, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), from 2005-2010. During this time did a year abroad at the University of Essex, UK. He did internships at HP and Freescale (based in Guadalajara) during his undergraduate.

After graduating he started his MSc in Microelectronics Systems Design at the University of Southampton, doing his MSc Project with Dr. Geoff Merrett, where graduated with Distinction in 2011. Soon after finishing, he started and is currently studying his PhD under supervision of Dr. Merrett and Prof. Bashir Al-Hashimi, on the field of Power Management for Multi-core Processors. Further information can be found at


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