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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.

About

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.

 

Education

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

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.

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • 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
  • J. Bhimani, Z. Yang, M. Leeser, N. Mi, Accelerating Big Data Applications Using Lightweight Virtualization Framework on Enterprise Cloud, High Performance Extreme Computing Conference (HPEC), IEEE, 2017, 1-7
  • 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, 2017
  • C. Liu, M. Leeser, A Framework for Developing Parallel Applications with High Level Tasks on Heterogeneous Platforms, Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Programming Models and Applications for Multicores and Manycores, 2017, 74-79, ACM
  • 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, ACM
  • B. Drozdenko, M. Zimmermann, T. Dao, K. Chowdhury, M. Leeser, Modeling Considerations for the Hardware-Software Co-design of Flexible Modern Wireless Transceivers, 22nd International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL), 2016
  • X. Fang, M. Leeser, Open-source Variable-Precision Floating-Point Library for Major Commercial FPGAs, ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology Systems, 9(3), 2016

Faculty

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”.

Faculty

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).

Faculty

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 Full Photo Gallery Faculty Fellow Matthew Eckleman, CEE Yongmin Liu, MIE Outstanding Teacher of First Year Engineering Students Joseph Depasquale, Chemistry Brian O’Connell, FYE Sumi Seo, Mathematics Matthew […]

Faculty

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 […]

Faculty

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 […]

Faculty

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.

Faculty

Sep 28, 2017

Leeser and Ioannidis to Speak at MIT

ECE Professors Miriam Leeser and Stratis Ioannidis will give a joint lecture on the “Practical, Secure Function Evaluation at Scale” at the Computational Research in Boston and Beyond Seminar at MIT.

Faculty

Jul 24, 2017

Ioannidis and Leeser Awarded $500K NSF MaSSIF Grant

ECE Professors Stratis Ioannidis and Miriam Leeser have been awarded a $500K NSF grant to create a “Massively Scalable Secure Computation Infrastructure Using FPGAs.”

Faculty

Jun 05, 2017

Professors Leeser and Kokar to Work on DARPA Project with BAE Systems

ECE Professors Mitch Kokar and Miriam Leeser will work with BAE Systems on DARPA’s CONverged Collaborative Elements for RF Task Operations (CONCERTO) program. According to BAE Systems, CONCERTO focuses on supporting communications, radar, and electronic warfare systems with a flexible RF architecture that uses shared common hardware, enabling multifunction systems that meet the low-SWaP requirements […]

Faculty

Jan 30, 2017

ECE Faculty Meet With Student Advisory Board

ECE Interim Chair Miriam Leeser, Associate Chair Waleed Meleis, and Associate Professor Purnima Ratilal-Makris met with undergraduate students in the ECE Student Advisory Board to discuss their experiences in the department. The Student Advisory Board is planning on meeting with the department regularly throughout the year. We look forward to continuing the conversation.

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