Miriam Leeser

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


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  • 316 Dana Research Center
  • 617.373.3814

Research Focus

Accelerators for compute intensive applications: reconfigurable hardware and graphics processing units (GPUs). Applications including biocomputing, machine learning, software-defined radio. Uses and implementations of computer arithmetic.


Miriam Leeser is a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern where she is head of the Reconfigurable and GPU Computing Laboratory.  She received her BS degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and Diploma and PhD degrees in computer science from Cambridge University in England. She was on the faculty at Cornell University’s Department of Electrical Engineering before coming to Northeastern, where she is a member of the Computer Engineering research group. Her research includes using heterogeneous architectures for signal and image processing applications including wireless communications as well as implementing computer arithmetic and verifying critical applications. She is a senior member of the IEEE and of the ACM.



  • PhD, Cambridge University, 1988. Joined Northeastern in 1996.

Honors & Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar
  • National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award

Research Overview

Accelerators for compute intensive applications: reconfigurable hardware and graphics processing units (GPUs). Applications including biocomputing, machine learning, software-defined radio. Uses and implementations of computer arithmetic.

Selected Research Projects

  • Massively Scalable Secure Computation Infrastructure Using FPGAs
    • – Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Hardware/Software Implementations of Wireless Communications for 5G and Beyond
    • – Principal Investigator, Mathworks

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • M. Blott, T.B. Preußer, N.J. Fraser, G. Gambardella, K. O’brien, Y. Umuroglu, M. Leeser, K. Vissers, FINN-R: An End-to-End Deep-Learning Framework for Fast Exploration of Quantized Neural Networks, ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems, 11(3), 2108, 16
  • B. Drozdenko, M. Zimmermann, T. Dao, K. Chowdhury, M. Leeser, Hardware-Software Codesign of Wireless Transceivers on Zynq Heterogeneous Systems, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, 6(4), 2017, 566-578
  • J. Bhimani, N. Mi, M. Leeser, Z. Yang, FiM: Performance Prediction for Parallel Computation in Iterative Data Processing Applications, In Cloud Computing (CLOUD), IEEE 10th International Conference, 2017, 359-366
  • M. Blott, T.B. Preußer, N. Fraser, G. Gambardella, K. O’Brien, Y. Umuroglu, M. Leeser, Scaling Neural Network Performance Through Customized Hardware Architectures on Reconfigurable Logic, In 2017 IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD), 2017, 419-422
  • X. Fang, S. Ioannidis, M. Leeser, Secure Function Evaluation Using An FPGA Overlay Architecture, In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays, 2017, 257-266


Aug 28, 2020

Best Paper Award at IEEE HPEC 2020

Computer engineering PhD student Mahsa Bayati (PhD’20), ECE Professor Miriam Leeser, Associate Professor Ningfang Mi were awarded the Outstanding Student Paper Award for their paper “Exploiting GPU Direct Access to Non-Volatile Memory to Accelerate Big Data Processing” at the 2020 IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing Conference (HPEC).


May 20, 2020

Leeser wins Best Paper for ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems

ECE Professor Miriam Leeser’s paper on “FINN-R: An End-to-End Deep-Learning Framework for Fast Exploration of Quantized Neural Networks” won Best Paper for the 2020 year in ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems.

Mar 12, 2020

Cybersecurity: Your Secrets Are Safe With Us

Northeastern researchers are at the forefront of cybersecurity research, protecting everything from the phone in your pocket to the city of the future.

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Dec 03, 2019

Desnoyers and Leeser Awarded $1.55M NSF Grant to Accelerate Innovations in Cloud Technologies

ECE Affiliated Faculty Peter Desnoyers (PI), Khoury College, and ECE Professor Miriam Leeser (co-PI) are the Northeastern University leads of $1.55M five-year NSF grant that is part a $5M total award in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst (lead) and Boston University.


Jun 05, 2019

Lin to Lead $1.2M Grant to Reduce DNN Computation and Storage Requirements

ECE Assistant Professor Xue (Shelley) Lin will lead a $1.2M NSF grant, in collaboration with ECE Professor Miriam Leeser and Massoud Pedram from the University of Southern California, on developing “A Unified Software/Hardware Framework of DNN Computation and Storage Reduction Using ADMM”.


Jun 04, 2019

Leeser to Give Keynote Speech at ISSC

ECE Professor Miriam Leeser will give a keynote speech on “Billions and billions – or what to do with all those transistors” at the Irish Signals and Systems Conference (ISSC).


Apr 29, 2019

Faculty and Staff Awards 2019

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2018-2019 academic school year. See Photo Gallery Faculty Fellow Matthew Eckelman, CEE Yongmin Liu, MIE Outstanding Teacher of First Year Engineering Students Joseph Depasquale, Chemistry Brian O’Connell, FYE Sumi Seo, Mathematics Matthew Webber, […]


Oct 19, 2018

Professor Leeser to be Keynote Speaker at H2RC 2018

Professor Miriam Leeser will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Heterogeneous High-performance Reconfigurable Computing Workshop being held in Dallas, Texas November 11. Abstract: Secure Function Evaluation (SFE) allows an interested party to evaluate a function over private data without learning anything about the inputs other than the outcome of this computation. This offers a […]


Aug 30, 2018

Enabling Flexible, Adaptable, and Scalable Wireless Networking

ECE Professor Miriam Leeser was awarded a $100K NSF grant for "Software Hardware Efficient Extensible Protocols (SHEEP)." Abstract Source: NSF Wireless devices have become ubiquitous. New devices are coming on line all the time, and protocols for these devices continue to evolve. This research will investigate a flexible platform that can support a variety of […]


Mar 29, 2018

Leeser Selected as Fulbright Fellow

ECE Professor Miriam Leeser was selected for a Fulbright award at Maynooth University and the CONNECT Centre, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland to study wireless and networking technology with applications to Internet of Things (IoT), wireless networking, cognitive radio, software defined radio and software defined networking.

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