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I am a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE) at the University of Essex where I lead the Embedded and Intelligent Systems (EIS) Research Laboratory. I am also a co-founder and the Chief Scientist of UltraSoC Technologies Ltd as well as co-founder and CEO of Metrarc Ltd. I hold visiting appointments at NASA JPL and the University of Kent.



A brief biography:

I was brought up in Biberach an der Ri, Germany and went to study Electronic Engineering at the University of Ulm (Germany), Cardiff University (Wales), and the Grande cole cole Suprieur de Chimie Physique lectronique de Lyon (CPE-Lyon, France). I graduated with a Dipl.-Ing. and a Masters degree in 1995 and subsequently became a Research Associate at the Biomechanics Group of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany). I completed my doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany) in 1999.

Following this I worked as a system architect / concept engineer on processor cores and peripheral modules for Systems-on-Chip at Infineon Technologies AG, Munich (Germany). In 2001 I joined the University of Kent as Lecturer in the Department of Electronics and moved to the University of Essex in 2005, at the same time I became the founding CTO of UltraSoC Technologies Ltd, a spin-out company from the University of Essex and the University of Kent. I have previously been a visiting Professor at ESIGELEC.

I have authored or co-authored over 200 publications, and 15 pending patents. My research has been funded by ESRC and EPRSC grants with substantial contributions from industry, as well as multiple EU grants, several other grants and funded projects.

I am a Senior Member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, SMIEEE), the Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik und Informationstechnik (VDE) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET).

Research interests, projects and publications

Core Research Interests:

       Embedded Systems and System-on-Chip (SoC) design, development support /debug and technology to increase security, performance and reliability

       Advanced embedded processor architectures targeted for automotive/industrial robotics, image processing, sensor network nodes and other real-time critical applications

       Low-Power Architectures

       Application of AI for real world problems, robot control and embedded systems

Current and recently completed Grants and Contracts:

Details of projects and grants are available on the EIS Lab page.


A list of selected publications is available on Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

Awards & Honours

       Finalist, EEDA Running the Gauntlet, 2007

       Shortlisted, IET Innovation Award 2007, Software in Design

       Runner Up, RCUK - Research Councils United Kingdom, Business Plan Competition

       NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems 2007 (AHS-2007), best paper award in the Secure Data and Information Systems category.

       International ICSC / IFAC Symposium on Neural Computation (NC98), Best Presentation Award


Research assistants and Ph.D. students

Details on my current staff and students are available on the EIS Lab page.

Jobs / Studying in the School

       See current vacancies and PhD opportunities on the EIS Lab page.

       If you would like to study for a taught M.Sc. degree, please enquire at ces-gradoffice AT essex.ac.uk.

       If you are interested in studying for a research degree in the school, please contact Marisa Bostock (ces-research AT essex.ac.uk).  She will show your application to all academics in the department who could supervise your work.

       Internships: please do not write to me asking for me to pay for internships, I occasionally will take self-funded internships, however, I will blacklist senders asking for me to fund internships.

       PhD Studies in the EIS Research Group: If you have the excellent grades, then you might be eligible for a PhD in the EIS Group. In order to apply please send me (in files under 1 Meg in total),  (a) your CV, (b) transcripts of your grades, (c) copies of papers you have published, (d) a project proposal linked to my research projects and interests and (e) the name of two referees.

Directions & Contact Details:

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Prof Klaus D McDonald-Maier
University of Essex
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)

United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1206 87 4376 direct line
Tel: +44 1206 87 2790 secretary
Fax: +44 1206 87 2788
Email: kdm AT essex.ac.uk

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