Dr Oliver Diessel
Field of Research (FoR)
Dr Oliver Diessel is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering.
I develop methods for the design, test and implementation of digital systems in reconfigurable logic devices called Field-Programmable Gate Arrays.
My interest is in dynamically reconfigurable digital systems in which the circuits are modified while the system is operational.
I aim to promote the use of reconfigurable systems through the development of architectures, design methods and tools that enhance their benefits and reduce their costs.
Why did you get into engineering?
A fascination with technology and a natural tendency towards mathematics and science.
What are your research goals?
To develop smart devices that can act independently to benefit people.
What do people not understand about what you do?
They think I can help with practical issues such as fixing their PC or advising them on the best machine to buy. They would be better off asking me some theoretical questions.
Advice for prospective computer engineers & scientists
A career in computer engineering or computer science can see you changing the world. With this great power comes great responsibility. Keep an open mind to the wider implications of what you learn and do. And follow your dream.