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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.

Research & Scholarship Interests

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.
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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
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October 19, 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...

August 30, 2018

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...

March 29, 2018

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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