Configurable Computing & Embedded Systems

2015 ~ Present | Xilinx Inc., AT&T Inc., NASA


The objective of the current class project, Tech Cities, is to research and develop a smart city infrastructure for the Atlanta area with a focus on configurable hardware as a computational platform. Configurable (or reconfigurable) computing combines high-performance hardware with the flexibility of software. This project will explore the use of configurable microelectronics to assist in areas such as high-performance computing, security and trust, and component interfacing. We will also research embedded vision algorithms as well as real-time data analytics and display to provide a framework for better understanding urban environments and human interaction.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Configurable computing uses and tradeoffs; hardware/software co-processing/co-simulation; high-performance computing; digital design and verification EDA tools; trustworthy computing; root-of-trust hardware; secure computing; autonomic computing; real-time data analytics; data display and audification; city-planning.

Methods and Technologies

  • Embedded Computing Systems
  • Programmable Logic Devices, e.g. FPGAs
  • Microcontrollers
  • Data Analytics
  • Data Visualization
  • Web-based Dashboards
  • Electronic Test and Measurement Equipment
  • Databases

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Computational Media
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

Preferred Interests and Preparation

EE, CmpE – Embedded systems, digital design, computer architecture, FPGAs, configurable computing, computer security, circuits.

CS, CM – Big or real-time data analytics, graphs, visualization, information security, databases, human-computer interface.

Other – Environmental researchers, city planners, architects, etc.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Location 
Kendeda Building 110
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Dr. Lee W.
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
Dr. Mike Ruiz
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

Xilinx Inc., AT&T Inc., NASA

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