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Khaled Benkrid is a senior lecturer (associate professor) in electronic engineering at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. His work focuses on the design and development of highly efficient, high performance and adaptive digital systems using a variety of custom-built and off-the-shelf VLSI technologies, including reconfigurable hardware, with applications stretching from embedded computing, signal processing and communications, to high performance scientific computing. To date, his research in the above areas resulted in over 100 publications in major international journal and conference papers. Dr. Benkrid Chaired/Cochaired several international conferences and workshops including the NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS) and the International Symposium on Highly Efficient Accelerators and Reconfigurable Technologies (HEART). He has also edited a number of conference proceedings and special journal issues including ACM Computer Architecture News (CAN) and the International Journal of Reconfigurable Computing. Dr. Benkrid holds a PhD in computer science, a first Class “Ingénieurd'Etat” degree in electronic engineering, and an executive MBA, with distinction. He is senior member of the IEEE and a chartered UK Engineer.
Didier Keymeulen is principal member of the technical staff of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the Bio-Inspired Technologies Group. At JPL, he is responsible for DoD and NASA applications on evolvable hardware for adaptive computing that leads to the development of fault-tolerant electronics and, autonomous and adaptive sensor and instrument technology. He is the electronics lead to the Tunable Laser Spectrum instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory rover launched in November 2011 and operating successfully on the surface of Mars since August 2012. He worked actively and published more than 30 papers in adaptive and learning systems for mobile robot navigation, image compression, space instruments and self-reconfigurable hardware such as analog device and MEMS gyroscope. He served as the chair, cochair, and program-chair of the NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware (AHS). He is also member of the editorial board of the Journal of Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines and member of the IEEE Aerospace Conference Technical Program Committee. He received the BSEE, MSEE and PhD in electrical engineering and computer science from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium in 1994. In 1996, after a post-doc at Tsukuba University, Japan, he joined the computer science division of the Japanese National Electro-Technical Laboratory as senior researcher.
Umeshkumar D. Patel is a principal engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Marlyland. He received a BE degree from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodra, India, ME degree from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodra, India, MS degree in electrical engineering from The George Washington Universiy, Washington, DC, and DSc degree from the George Washington University, Washington, DC. His research interests are hysteresis modeling, reconfigurable and adaptive hardware systems, low-voltage mixed-signal integrated circuit designs, radiation tolerant microelectronics and data conversion VLSI systems designs. Dr. Patel served as the chair, cochair, and program-chair of the NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware (AHS) and published many papers in the area of adaptive systems.
David Merodio-Codinachs is an ASIC/FPGA engineer at the European Space Agency's (ESA) ESTEC Centre, Microelectronics Section, Netherlands. He holds an MSc in electronic engineering from Politecnico di Torino and an MSc in telecommunications engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. After working as a consultant for Alcatel Bell and Philips for microelectronics designs in telecommunications and medical/audio products, he joined ESA/ESTEC in 2005 where he is now Technical Officer of several R&D contracts and provides support to several ESA missions. His interests are in the area of digital microelectronics and design methodologies; with special focus on radiation tolerant systems and reconfigurable computing. David served as the chair, cochair, and program-chair of the NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware (AHS) and published many papers in the area of adaptive systems.