Professor Wayne Luk


Address: Department of Computing, Imperial College London, 180 Queen's Gate, London SW7 2BZ, England
Email: wl 'at' doc.ic.ac.uk


I teach and research in Department of Computing at Imperial College London. I lead the Programming Languages and Systems Section and the Custom Computing Research Group, and I direct the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in High-performance Embedded and Distributed Systems and the Centre for Advanced Financial Engineering. I was Visiting Professor at Stanford University from November 2006 until August 2009. I am a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE, and the BCS. I am also Senior Advisor of Maxeler, Non-Executive Chairman of BlueBee, and Honorary Fellowship Advisor of the Croucher Foundation.

My research interests include:

My research group is currently focusing on theory and practice of reconfigurable architectures and the associated compilation techniques; see my selected publications or the DBLP list for details. In particular, I lead the project Custom Computing for Advanced Digital Systems supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and take part in the European FP7 projects EPiCS (Engineering Proprioception in Computing Systems), FASTER (Facilitating Analysis and Synthesis Technologies for Effective Reconfiguration), and HARNESS (Hardware- and Network-Enhanced Software Systems for Cloud Computing). Past projects include REFLECT, HARTES, and DIADEM. Our research has led to a Research Excellence Award from Imperial College in 2006, as well as many awards at international conferences, including ASAP (2008, 2013), ARC (2012), FPL (2004, 2007, 2008, 2010), ERSA (2004), FPT (2005, 2008), SAMOS (2008), and SPL (2008, 2009).

My research studies have been supported by various agencies including UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, European Framework 6 and Framework 7 programmes, Algotronix, Altera, Celoxica, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Maxeler, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Nokia, QinetiQ, Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Sony, and Xilinx.

The courses that I teach include Computer Architecture and Custom Computing.

I was privileged to co-found three great forums: International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications, International Conference on Field Programmable Technology, and International Workshop on Highly Efficient Accelerators and Reconfigurable Technologies. I co-chaired the ASAP'07 conference which was held during 8-11 July 2007 in Montreal, the FPT'02 conference which was held during 16-18 December 2002 in Hong Kong, and the FPL'97 Workshop which was held during 1-3 September 1997 in London.

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