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Miriam Leeser

Associate Investigator

Miriam Leeser is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University, on
sabbatical at Maynooth University for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Her research interests revolve around hardware accelerators, especially Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). She has done significant work on implementing physical layer wireless networking protocols, cognitive radio and software defined radio, as well as recent research on hardware implementations of machine learning.

Miriam received the Fubright Scholar Award in 2018 to fund her visit to Ireland, the Connect Centre and
Maynooth University.  A press release about the Fulbright award is available here:


She also has a research award from NSF to initiate collaborations between her research group and the
Connect Centre. The NSF grant is titled “Software Hardware Efficient Extensible Protocols (SHEEP)”.
Details are here: https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1836880&HistoricalAwards=false

She is interested in working with Connect and Maynooth researchers on topics involving FPGAs and
implementations of wireless networking, especially as applied to 5G and IOT.

Leeser received her BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and Diploma and Ph.D.
Degrees in Computer Science from Cambridge University in England.  After completion of her Ph.D., she
joined the faculty of Cornell University, Department of Electrical Engineering.  In January, 1996 she
joined the faculty of Northeastern University, where she is head of the Reconfigurable and GPU
Computing Laboratory and a member of the Computer Engineering group.  She is a senior member of
ACM, a senior member of IEEE and a senior member of SWE.  Her research group web page is:


Associate Investigator Maynooth University