Professor Bashir M. Al-Hashimi is a Visiting Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Southampton, and founded the Industry-University Arm-ECS Research Centre.
Bashir is an internationally recognised authority in the areas of energy-efficient and dependable embedded computing systems. His research has been concerned specifically with developing hardware and software solutions to minimise power consumption and to improve reliability of microprocessors, producing research results of significance for UK and international companies in the areas of low-power electronics and design automation of silicon chips.
“Electronics and software have a tremendous impact on life, from the Internet to consumer electronics, healthcare and transportation. Embedded systems, many of which will be low-power mobile devices, will be one of the most powerful tools in tackling global societal challenges.”
Bashir has attracted grant income of over £12M. Much of his research has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and by industry. He has held two prestigious EPSRC Platform grants: ‘Systems-on-Chip’ (2008) and ‘Electronic Design’ (2011), and in 2013 he led a research consortium funded by the EPSRC investigating Battery-Free Electronics, one of the themes of the UK Microelectronics Design Grand Challenges.
He is currently Project Leader of the £5.6M EPSRC PRiME programme: ‘Power-efficient, Reliable, Many-core Embedded Systems‘, (2012-17). PRiME brings together electronics engineers and computer scientists to investigate the design and implementation of future high-performance energy-efficient and dependable embedded systems with many-core processors.
“A key component of PRiME is the close connection and interplay between world-leading research and the involvement of industry to identify and translate technology outcomes from this programme to commercial exploitation quickly and efficiently.”
Bashir has established two research centres. He is founder and director of the Pervasive Systems Research Centre for multidisciplinary research in Electronics and Computer Science.
He was a member of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 panel for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials, assessing the quality of research in UK higher-education institutions.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 2013, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2009, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, formely IEE), 2000, and the British Computer Society (BCS), 2007. He is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder (2014-2019).
Bashir is a passionate and committed advocate of research-led education. As Deputy Head of School (Education) in Electronics and Computer Science, (2005-8) he led the creation of a world-leading education programme based on the strength and capability of the research environment at ECS. He serves as assessor and advisor to universities worldwide on education programmes and research strategy and he has acted as external examiner at universities including University College London, York, Glasgow and Surrey.
In an industrial and academic career spanning 25 years, Bashir has authored 270 publications, authored, co-authored and edited five research books in topics ranging from electronic circuits simulation, to low-power test of integrated circuits, system-on-chip, to energy-efficient embedded systems.
With his former PhD students Bashir is the recipient of four best paper awards at prestigious international conferences. He has graduated 30 PhD students many of whom hold senior positions in industry and academia worldwide, including one winner and one runner-up of the IEEE European Test Symposium J. McCluskey Doctoral thesis Award.
Bashir is Editor-in-Chief of the IET Journal: Computers and Digital Techniques, and in 2008 received the first Research Journal Editor Achievement award from the IET for his outstanding leadership. He served as the General Chair of the IEEE European Test Symposium (2006), Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE) Technical Programme Chair 2009, and was General Chair of DATE 2011.