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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

  • M. Sabbagh, M. Uecker, A.J. Powell, M. Leeser, M.H. Moghari, Cardiac MRI Compressed Sensing Image Reconstruction with a Graphics Processing Unit, International Symposium on Medical Information and Communication Technology (ISMICT), 2016
  • R. Subramanian, B. Drozdenko, E. Doyle, R. Ahmed, M. Leeser, K.R. Chowdhury, High-level System Design of IEEE 802.11b Standard-Compliant Link Layer for MATLAB-Based SDR, IEEE Access, 4, 2016, 1494-1509
  • 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
  • N. Moore, M. Leeser, L. Smith King, Kernel Specialization Provides Adaptable GPU Code for Particle Image Velocimetry, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 26(4), 2015, 1049-1058
  • M. Leeser, S. Mukherjee, J. Brock, Fast Reconstruction of 3D Volumes from 2D CT Projection Datawith GPUs, Biomed Central Research Notes, 7(528), 2014
  • X. Wang, M. Leeser, VFloat: A Variable Precision Fixed and Floating-Point Library for Reconfigurable Hardware, ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems, 3(3), 2010, 1-34
  • X. Wang, M. Leeser, K-means Clustering for Multispectral Images Using Floating point Divide, IEEE Symposium on Field-programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM), 2007, 151-162
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Related News

January 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.

September 28, 2017

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.

July 24, 2017

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

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