Gabriel Falcão Paiva Fernandes

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Hi! If you wish to discuss new ideas for a PhD or MSc plan, or even for a research project that you have in mind, you can contact me by email (gff (at) uc (dot) pt) or reach me at Instituto de Telecomunicações, at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Coimbra, Portugal, where I develop my research apllied to parallel computer architectures, high performance computing (HPC), general-purpose computation on graphics processing units (GPGPU), high-level synthesis (HLS) and FPGAs. At application level we have been working on accelerators for LDPC codes, medical imaging and artificial intelligence.

We are a GPU Research Center certified by NVIDIA, proposing GPGPU as the modern approach for developing energy-efficient solutions for many compute-intensive problems. Also, we have been developing pioneer work in the area of reconfigurable and low-power systems, defending more friendly HLS approaches for the implementation of dedicated hardware systems on FPGAs. Wanna have a look? We are at the Image Processing Lab, Instituto de Telecomunicações, near the entrance (2nd) floor.

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Gabriel's biography

Gabriel graduated in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal, in 1997, where he also concluded a MSc degree in the area of Digital Signal Processing in 2002. He was a researcher at INESCPorto from 1997 until 2002. In 2003 he became a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC), Portugal. He started his PhD studies in late 2006 in the area of Telecommunications and Electronics and in 2010 he defended his dissertation entitled "Parallel algorithms and architectures for LDPC decoding", which was awarded with the second place at the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge 2010. He has been with the University of Coimbra as an Assistant Professor ever since.

Gabriel is a member of Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT). Presently, he is working on energy-efficient parallelization techniques, algorithms and architectures for LDPC codes and SDR solutions. He has also targeted his research efforts towards the development of the next generation of ultrasound systems and architectures, aiming for improved medical imaging quality, depth and resolution. In the area of image recognition and object classification Gabriel is proposing novel low-power parallel computing architectures for solving compute-intensive problems related with artificial intelligence.

In 2011 and 2012 Gabriel Falcao became a Visiting Professor at EPFL, Switzerland, with whom he collaborates in the area of parallel programming models and computer architectures, HLS and EDA. He also performs a collaboration with the Medical Engineering Program, a laboratory working in the area of ultrasound systems based within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. Gabriel is a Senior member of the IEEE, IEEE Signal Processing Society and of the HiPEAC network of excellence.



Departamento de Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra

Pólo II - Universidade de Coimbra

P-3030-290 Coimbra, Portugal

Phone: +351 239 796 267/371, Fax: +351 239 796 247

Email: gff(at)

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